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27.09.2008 23:51

Piqué: “This win was a real team performance”

Anna Segura

The FC Barcelona players felt that the victory that they obtained in the Estadi Lluís Companys was achieved because they played like “a team”, according to Gerard Piqué.

After the derby encounter, the Blaugrana players showed that they were proud of the win against Espanyol and the manner I which it was achieved after they came from a goal behind and showed real character. That was a key, according to the squad.

Víctor Valdés:

espanyol-fcb_x9x.jpg“Barça deserved to win at all times”.

“It was a game in which we had a lot of chances and in the dressing room we were all very pleased”.

“For the first goal they fouled me and the referee did not whistle”.

“We had to come back and, luckily, we were able to do that”.

Bojan Krkic:

“There are days when you score and others when it just will not go in”.

Xavi Hernàndez:

“If they are throwing flares then I do not think anyone can identify with it. We hope it does not happen again”.

Gerard Piqué:

“We are totally against violence. Anything that is not about football should not happen and in this case it has”.

“This win was possible because we are a squad and showed we are a team”.

Thierry Henry:

“We have played very well from the start. It is most important that we won. Our attitude was really important too”.

Dani Alves:

espanyol-fcb_x1x.jpg“We eventually won the prize that we were playing for”.

“These games are different. You have to go out to win. We have managed to win while having to work very hard”.

“Our persistence has allowed us to win the game”.

“Football is passionate and it can go too far. We should not speak about these things because it gives it importance to something that does not belong in football”.

Eidur Gudjohnsen:

“At last I have won my first derby with a strong character in the team”.

“We did not let our heads drop despite suffering like we did”.

“These are three points that have been won with a lot pride and are very important”.
Piqué: “This win was a real team performance”
Derby defeat for Sporting Clube
Barça’s rival in the Champions League group stage, Sporting Clube, were beaten 2-0 by Benfica in the Lisbon derby. José Antonio Reyes scored the opener in the 67th minute and Rechel Junior da Silva Sidnei added the second four minutes later.

On another note, Sergio Busquets and Pedro went to the anti-doping control centre after the game. The two players, along with the rest of the squad will return to training on Monday afternoon at 17:30.

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