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There were smiles all round after the impressive 4-0 defeat of Premiership leaders Manchester City in Wednesday’s highly anticipated Champions League encounter. Four of the winning Barça players spoke to the press afterwards, and here’s the pick of the quotes:

Ivan Rakitic

“The best team won. The result was a fair reflection of what happened on the pitch.”

We played a serious game from the moment we scored.”

Leo Messi is the best player of all time. Let’s hope stays with us forever.”

Marc-André ter Stegen

"Until the red card, we had a lot of work at the back. It was very hard at first because they put us under a lot of pressure.”

"Leo Messi is an important part of our game plan, but we have a lot of other good players who can score.”

"We have one of the best teams in the world and we have to show that week in week out".

Lucas Digne

"It was very important for us to beat Manchester City. We played a great game and beat a great team 4-0.".

"I have to be ready to play whenever Luis Enrique calls on me. I’m adapting well, it feels great out there on the pitch".

"Ter Stegen is a great goalie and he had a great game today.”

"Playing with Messi is incredible. He’s the best player in the world and has always shown that. He scored three magnificent goals.”

Andrés Iniesta

"The game ended 4-0, but it was not an easy one. They challenged for possession and have some great players. It was an intense game.”

"The difference is that we took our chances at key moments.”

"We have nine points, which puts us in a good position, and in the next game we’ll try to move a step closer to qualifying.”

"It was a boost for our confidence, it shows we’re doing things right. The game in England will be very different, but it does give us a great chance to get closer to advancing.”

Borussia M’Gladbach win 2-0 at Celtic

Brendan Rodgers and his side may have managed a famous draw with Manchester City but in their home fixture with the Germans they were beaten 2-0 following goals by Stindl and Hahn. It leaves Barça flying high with the maximum nine points, followed by Man City (4), Gladbach (3) and Celtic (1), meaning last sixteen qualification is already within touching distance.


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