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07.02.2010 12:17

Iniesta: “I want to be better than last year”

Sandra Sarmiento

Andres Iniesta reckons he’s “feeling really good” at the moment and “I’ve been playing really well over the last six weeks or so, regardless of whether I’m scoring or not”.

2010-02-06_FCB_-_GETAFE_002.jpgIniesta was a fundamental part of Barca’s heroic win over Getafe on Saturday and his form over the recent games has been back to his best. After the game he spoke exclusively to the Barac TV programme ‘El Marcador’.

Feeling good

Iniesta switched from the left to the right of the midfield against Getafe, but wherever he plays, he seems to shine. “I’m feeling good – over the last month and a half I’ve had some good sensations and I’m trying to take advantage of playing every game to get back to my best. It’s hard to make comparisons, but I’d like to be even better than I was last year. I want to get better every year – there’s still plenty of the season to play and I’m feeling good”.

What a move!

2010-02-06_FCB_-_GETAFE_006.jpgOne of the best moments against Getafe was his turn away from the surrounding players on the edge of his own box. “I saw the Getafe players and, well it was something that turned out really well for me . I thought, thank heavens there was no one behind me or I could have been in trouble”, he laughed – “it was a risky area to do that and you have to be very careful”.

Goals sure to come

After an unforgettable year in which he was voted the fifth best player in the world by FIFA, Iniesta admits he still has one thing to improve – his goalsoring: “it’s true that I maybe need to score more, but my overall performance is the same whether I score or not. I’m trying to get goals though”.


After a great opening 20 minutes, the red card for Piqué really changed the Getafe game and Iniesta commented: “I didn’t expect the red card. It was the typical tackle that maybe you just lose control a bit – he told me that he got a bang on the knee – it’s one of those quick decisions, I thought the ref harmed us, but it all turned out alright. Playing with 10 is tough, especially against a team like Getafe who like to keep the ball, it was hard work, but the team’s attitude was top drawer”.

Still 5 points clear

As to the team’s lead at the top: “the important thing is that we do our job – we keep on winning and whatever the other teams do is just secondary. We gave a good impression and the team is feeling good – we’re working hard”.
Iniesta: “I want to be better than last year”

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The Getafe game was Iniesta’s 200th in the league: “it’s a nice figure to reach and I’m excited about what it means and it’s not easy to do that at a club like Barca. I hope to play in many more”.

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