Barcelona had a very tough, intense, emotional match against Valencia on Saturday, but the La Liga champions pulled off a fantastic comeback to win the game 3-2 and go above Atlético Madrid in the table, at least for a few hours before the Colchoneros play their match.
The Blaugrana didn't play their best football and suffered more than necessary, but the added drama of a 94th minute game-winner from Lionel Messi made this win very sweet. Coach Luis Enrique was very proud of his team in his post-match presser:
“It was a game packed with tension and intensity. We dominated at first and could have been leading by a lot more. Then in five manic minutes the game got away from us, but luckily we got back level and mounted a comeback … Towards the end of the game the team showed that they are very much alive.
“Messi took the responsibility at the very best time and it was a glorious moment.
“The way this game panned out says so much about this team, and they showed character right until the end. This was one of those days where collective effort shone through – the players showed how good they are at overcoming adversities.”
After such an important victory and the bad news regarding Andrés Iniesta's knee injury, Blaugrana players were all over Twitter to share their feelings with their followers. Here's a round-up of the reactions from the Barça players across social media:
BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) October 22, 2016
3 puntos muy importantes que van para @andresiniesta8 ¡Recupérate pronto amigo!— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) October 22, 2016
3 really important points, they're for you @andresiniesta8 pic.twitter.com/dvrip2wjoi
An excellent win against a very good team. To our captain and friend @andresiniesta8: you will be back stronger and better . pic.twitter.com/NOoTePbjdf— André Gomes (@aftgomes) October 22, 2016
En 90 minutos todo puede pasar. Queríamos ganar este partido y lo hicimos! Gran trabajo del equipo! FORÇA BARÇA! #ValenciaFCB pic.twitter.com/VDVE23h3Ls— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) October 22, 2016
"In ninety minutes anything can happen. We wanted to win this match and we did! Great job from the team!"
Partido difícil ma tres puntos muy importantes , fuerza a nostro capitán @andresiniesta8 #ViscaBarca pic.twitter.com/kbIIRwZXNf— Lucas Digne (@LucasDigne) October 22, 2016
"Difficult match but three very important points, all the strength to our captain"
Que grandes sois !!! Buen trabajo del equipo y recompensa conseguida.— Jordi Alba (@JordiAlba) October 22, 2016
Ánimos y mucha fuerza a mi hermano @andresiniesta8.
"How great are you!!! Good job from the team and deserved reward. Be strong, my brother (Andrés Iniesta)."
Las dificultades nos hacen mejores. GRANDE, EQUIPO!! Força Barça!! / Difficulties make us better. Well done team! Força Barça! pic.twitter.com/xnIM0hFcUv— Denis Suarez (@DenisSuarez6) October 22, 2016
Partido difícil pero tres puntos mas importantes. Ánimo y fuerza a @andresiniesta8 #viscabarca #Cercle23— Samuel Umtiti (@UmtitiSam) October 22, 2016
Difficult match but the three points are more important. All the strength to Andrés Iniesta"
Capiii....Animo hermano !! Que recuperes pronto, te necessitamos ✌ ️ Fuerza !! @andresiniesta8 pic.twitter.com/GqLtXAqPx8— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) October 22, 2016
"Captain... Cheer up, brother!! Get back soon, we need you... Be strong!!"
Fuerza Maestro. Recuperate pronto!!!! pic.twitter.com/pBRNpyDqcI— Javier Mascherano (@Mascherano) October 22, 2016
"Be strong, Maestro. Get back soon!!!!"
Be strong our captain, recover soon cause we need you @andresiniesta8. Great team work!!! Visca Barça pic.twitter.com/I48AGmSQgU— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) October 22, 2016
Sergio Busquets spoke to the media after the match, and he also sent his best wishes to the captain:
“We hope Iniesta’s injury is as unimportant as possible, but he got hurt in a delicate zone. We’ll miss him, we’ll support him and we hope he recovers as quickly as possible”.
The big takeaway from all of this is: this team is really close, and Iniesta is loved by absoutely everyone. Amazing. Not surprising, but still amazing.