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27.05.2009 23:00

Iniesta: "The perfect end to a great season"


Andrés Iniesta was almost lost for words after helping FC Barcelona to win the Champions League for the third time in the club's history as he stood out against Manchester United.

The midfielder explained that he was "lost for words" after the "historic final" in Rome that saw him help the Blaugrana win thanks to goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi. "Winning the Champions League final against a team like Manchester United and having the chance to complete the treble is magnificent."

"We knew that we had to be calm and to play well," Iniesta explained to reporters after the game. "I hope that all the players can enjoy it and that everyone will be happy."


"I had not been able to score a goal and at last today I could in a very important game for the team."

"I think my goal came from a great move by the team and I have done what I could from there."

"The win was more important than my goal, the season has been long and hard."

"I want to devote this to my parents, to the fans and especially to the team."

"The game was difficult, but that is like I said that finals are there to be won, not to play superbly."


"They started out well, but then the goal came and we were able to play our way."

"I dedicate the win to the FC Barcelona fans and to everyone that has given us support and help."


"I think that this season we have won three trophies because we have played brilliantly."

"I am delighted to the fans and for everyone at Barça."

"Manchester United are a great team and I am delighted to have beaten them in this game."

"We have to congratulate the Barça defence because everyone said that Cristiano Ronaldo would score and he could not."


"The coach gave us a lot of confidence."

"Everything we have done has led us to these trophies and now we are the first Spanish team to win the treble."

"I still have a long career ahead of me."

"I could not have asked for anything more after leaving Manchester United to rejoin Barcelona. It is like a dream."

"It is unforgettable and you cannot believe what has happened or have ever imagined it. There are no words to describe the game."

"It was too early to receive the first card, but I think that the team played very well."

"We will not be able to analyse the game until we are settled down."


"We deserved it for everything that we have done this year."

"When things sink in we will be able to look back at what we have done and what it means."

"I will not forget the way that everyone played as we took on a great team."

Victor Valdés

"I am delighted, it is a special day for everyone, for the team and for the fans. We are proud because we have made history."

"We played special football based on the coach's principles and he is the key reason that we are all here."

"Barça are one of the best teams in the world."

"Today is a great day for all FC Barcelona supporters."


"We have made history and now we can enjoy it. We have made many people happy, both those that came to Rome and those that stayed in Barcelona."

"I am pleased for the team and for all individual players. Tomorrow we will see the fans when we return."


"Playing in Rome against Manchester United could not be better."

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