The FC Barcelona players place high value on tonight's hard-fought victory over Betis, they also praised the effort put in by Pepe Mel's team. Like Guardiola, Andrés Iniesta hopes that his booking appeal is successful.
Sergio Busquets celebrated his first century in the Liga with a victory. The midfielder said: “we knew how dangerous Betis was thanks to the Cup tie last year. We were lucky to have scored two quick goals because they are a good team.” With that said, the home-grown player highlighted Barça’s improvement in the second half: “in the second half we went on the attack with more players; we were superior and we managed to change the outcome of the game.” The midfielder recognized that he’s “very proud” of the praises he’s received from Guardiola over the past couple of days and that they help him “to continue working each day to improve.”
Víctor Valdés also spoke about tonight’s game against Real Betis. The keeper said that they “play a similar style, of attack and passing. They played a fantastic game and they gave us a lot of problems in the first half, although we were superior in the second.” The keeper played down the fact that Barça couldn’t manage to keep a clean sheet at the Camp Nou for the first time this season, “the important thing is winning the three points and we got them, the conceded goals don’t matter.”
Iniesta: “I didn't dive”
Iniesta also had words of praise for Betis: “we knew that it would be difficult because they are a great team. They are good in the air and they showed that throughout the game. When we needed more possession they drew level, but in the end we managed to secure the victory.” On the team’s performance, the midfielder said that “you have highs and lows in every game, you must try to minimize that as best you can.”
On the play that got him a yellow card, Iniesta said: “I hope they take the card away. I didn’t dive, they brought me down. Thankfully it played no part in the outcome of the game.”
On the clásico in the Cup against Real Madrid next Wednesday, the player said that “it will be a beautiful game for the spectators and for the players, I’m sure that it will be a beautiful and intense playoff.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)