Andrés Iniesta was perhaps the most quiet part of Barcelona's offense in the win against PSG. Still trying to get back to 100% after a calf injury, the starting captain wasn't as spectacular as usual, but he played a pivotal part off the ball, and helped maintain the team's stability with the tactical change made by his coach. As always, Andrés was super efficient in the passing department. It was a subpar performance by his standards, but his performance didn't hurt the team overall.
Eventually, he was subbed by Xavi Hernández, and he watched the team control the rest of the game from the bench. He was happy with what he saw, as we can see in his post-match comments. Here's a few highlights of his answers:
"Before the game we talked about trying to find areas where we could have superiority and create danger and I think that we managed that. We turned the result round and it's always easier once you've got into the lead, but on the whole I think we put in a pretty complete performance".
"We didn't know who would start - that's the way Luis Enrique is doing things this year. What we did know is that he was trying to figure out how PSG would play and try and surprise them to create danger".
"I really do prefer the second leg at home. I know that there are teams who will go away for the return game and get a result, but I prefer to play that second match at home, with the fans helping us get through".
"It's hard to say you have controlled the whole game, but I do feel that we did so for large parts of the match. PSG are an uncomfortable team to face and they like to have the ball. The way they press is capable of unsettling any team".
"I've been off for a whole and now I just have to keep feeling better and better and getting the rhythm back into my game so that I can move forward".
"I don't know what stage the side is at, but if we want to fight for every title, we have to continue to grow as a team. We are on a good run of results and we are improving our performances. That's what we work for in training and that's why we keep working to prepare for the next challenge".
"Messi, Suárez and Neymar are a guarantee for us - let's hope they can keep up this level of performance, because if they do, we will definitely go a long way"
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