Fontàs: "The result was incredible"
Andreu Fontàs played his first game at the highest level for FC Barcelona as a starter on Saturday evening and could not hide his delight after helping the team to a mammoth victory against Almería.
The homegrown defender wore number 26 as he linked up alongside Carles Puyol in the Blaugrana back
four and performed like a seasoned pro as he made nine clean tackles and won the ball back on eight
occasions during the historic
win. Fontàs played the entire 90 minutes and his statistics were impressive.
Being involved in 46 moves, Fontás also completed 76 of his 81 passes and his tackling and
aerial ability saw him ensure that Almería were hardly able to test Víctor Valdés in the Estadio de
los Juegos Mediterráneos and he also had an assist having helped Pedro in his goal.
"I am incredibly happy at playing my first game in the starting team
and also because the result was incredible," Fontàs explained. "The other players helped me so
much. At half time (Pep) Guardiola told us that we could not relax even though the scoreline was
already huge. That meant that we carried on working for more."
Fontàs already had first team experience as a substitute having replaced Gerard Piqué during
at Sporting de Gijón last season. He also appeared in the Copa del Rey tie against
this term in the away leg when he played alongside fellow B team starlet Marc Bartra.
Below is what some of the players had to say:
"I am happy with my goals and with the general display of the team."
"It is an unusual sort of game where you are left wondering if you have played very well or
they have done very badly. We took every opportunity we had."
"It is good for us as we continue to grow and continue to build confidence."
"We knew that this was the most important game and we have fulfilled that so now we go to
Greece and think about the Madrid game afterwards."
"I am pleased with the win because beyond the result we knew that it
would not be an easy game as the last few times the team has been here it was tough. Today we were
able to win and go home happy."
"More than anything I am pleased with the collective display. I think that whole team has
played well and it is because of that the result was how it was. Personally I just keep adding more
"The key to the high score was the ambition of the team, with respect to the opposition,
because at half-time it was 0-5 and we continued playing well and being at our best."
"I once played in a game with a similar scoreline for Liverpool at Anfield against Besiktas.
These games do not happen often. The team played very well."