The FC Barcelona players believe that the fourth consecutive league title is still within reach despite tonight’s draw with Villareal. “The second half of the season just started and there are many points still in play,” said the three-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Cesc Fàbregas said, “the ball didn’t want to go in, despite having control of the game in every moment.” The midfielder also called for unity: “we must be more united than ever, we must believe that a comeback is possible. We have to keep on working.”
Leadership from the captain
Carles Puyol’s response was passionate and charismatic: “the team will react; we’ll do more, whatever we must to win. There are no excuses, the players are used to playing every three days and La Liga is not lost. We will not give up.”
Dani Alves echoed his captain: “we don’t give up on anything here, we’ll fight until the end, always until the end.” The defender, who played farther up the pitch tonight, admitted that “seven points is a significant disadvantage,” but he was clear that “we’ve achieved much more difficult things and we must keep on trying.” The Brazilian believes that FC Barcelona is especially having difficulties away from the Camp Nou: “away from home it’s a challenge for us to find equilibrium.”
Here are some of the statements made by the players after the match:
Valdés: “we had chances up until the end, but Diego López had a sensational match. La Liga is not lost.”
Busquets: “there is no way we are going to give up on La Liga.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)