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FC Barcelona picked up a great win in the Catalan derby against Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium thanks to two goals from Luis Suárez and one from Ivan Rakitic. The Uruguayan striker after the game revealed the key to Barça’s win. “The intensity, desire and ambition are what gave us three points. We knew it would be difficult, this kind of game is always tough because of the tension but we were relaxed playing our own football,” said Suárez.

“In the first half they were tactically strong defensively but we did not lose our intensity. The goal allowed us to relax.

“We have to win games to keep the pressure up. We will see what happens in the end.”

Ivan Rakitic

“We were the better side and we waited for our moment.”

“Getting ahead in the game helps a lot but we worked hard during the whole game and for that we were confident that our moment would come.”

Gerard Piqué

“3-0 shows we were the better side.”

“We have to work hard now and win all our games.”

Jordi Alba

“We knew we had to win and we couldn’t slip up.”

“Tiredness set in the second half for our opponents.”

Sergi Roberto

“We knew the Real Madrid result and if we want to stay in the battle for the league we had to win.”

“We have to give everything until the end and we will not stop battling.” 


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