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Opening statement:

“No one doubts the strength of Real Madrid, which in recent years has continued conquering titles. But today, after the showing from our fans in the last Champions League match, when they stayed behind us, we have returned the gesture by delivering them a victory.”

More on the fans:

“The way our fans gave the team an ovation in the 85th minute is something we’ll never forget and will always help define this team. Today, I was able to return the gesture. Now we must try to win the league and battle to the end.”

On the characteristics of an El Clásico:

“These are demanding games that require maximum physical and mental preparation. The fact that we made it 3–2 in the 92nd minute makes it a gargantuan morale booster.”

On the final minutes:

“Both teams went for the win, but we created more chances.”

On how the game played out:

"I think it was fast-paced, but at times it was out of control, probably because of the Champions League game on Wednesday. The was often times wide open, which affected the rhythm.

On Barça taking the league lead:

“Madrid still have a game in hand and it will be tight until the end.”

On Lionel Messi’s performance:

“Messi always generates an imbalance in the middle field and we tried to get him involved as much as possible. It might be more difficult in the middle of the fields because of the density of players. To allow him to participate, we have to keep players on the defensive line. He scored his 500th goal here in the 92nd minute, and the fact that it won the game will be a beautiful milestone for Barça.

On Sergi Roberto:

"The last play was a great physical and technical exhibition by him in the 92nd minute.”

On winning in the final minute:

“It’s wonderful to win in minute 92.”

On Barça’s approach:

“We wanted to generate a lot of scoring chances while keeping Madrid from generating them.”

On this game’s place in the annals of El Clásico history:

“It was an El Clásico every bit as significant as the two teams who played in it.”


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