Barcelona had a very tough match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, but left the Basque Country on top of La Liga after a hard-fough 1-0 victory, with Ivan Rakitic scoring the game-winner in the first half.
Plenty of Blaugrana players reacted to the victory on social media.
We start with Man of the Match Rakitic, who tweeted a locker room photo (which is always tricky, but this one's safe) with his teammates after the game:
¡Tres grandes puntos! Estamos en el buen camino. Y feliz por ayudar con el gol ⚽️— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) August 28, 2016
3 great points! Happy for the goal pic.twitter.com/dIkoesFxx9
Barça captain Andrés Iniesta missed the match through injury but was obviously watching the game and was very happy with the result:
Gran victoria y gran trabajo!!! Força Barça!!!— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) August 28, 2016
"Great victory and great job!!! Força Barça!!!
Marc-André ter Stegen made his first start as Barça's undisputed keeper, and after a very impressive performance, he was certainly happy:
Always a tough and intense battle at San Mamés. Great win and team spirit tonight! #AthleticFCB pic.twitter.com/vjuLcN7ELJ— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) August 28, 2016
Ter Stegen's backup and new Barça goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen also reacted to the victory, and he sure loves emojis!
Proud of my new teammates . Great away win tonight ! #FCB #AthleticFCB #MesQueUnClub pic.twitter.com/SpvxatoVap— Jasper Cillessen (@JasperCillessen) August 28, 2016
Now we move into the kids. Sergi Roberto, Denis Suarez and Rafinha Alcântara all played important parts in the game, and they also took to Twitter to talk about it:
Partido siempre difícil en este campo, pero gran partido de todo el equipo!! a seguir!! Força Barça !! pic.twitter.com/ev0uXh83xK— Sergi Roberto (@SergiRoberto10) August 28, 2016
"Always a tough match in this ground, but a great game from the entire team!! Moving on!! Força Barça!!
Playing at San Mamés is a luxury but winning here is a challenge. Today we take the 3 points back home. C'mon! pic.twitter.com/mBsLpcDPeZ— Denis Suarez (@DenisSuarez6) August 28, 2016
Tres puntos importantes!!— Rafinha Alcantara (@Rafinha) August 28, 2016
Y feliz por estar de vuelta. Visca el Barça! pic.twitter.com/5I5CC64xtf
"Important three points!! And happy to be back. Visca el Barça!"
Luis Enrique also spoke about the victory, but he's an older fella, so instead of social media, he used a microphone to praise his side on getting a very tough victory, but he knows there is room for improvement in the upcoming matches. Lucho is also very impressed with the competitive spirit shown by the team, even the new signings:
“It took a lot of merit to get those three points: We had to make a massive physical effort. Athletic is a team that creates very deep pressure, and they generate a lot of it, and that’s what caused us to make some early errors. But once we had worked out how to deal with that pressure, we started creating plenty of goalscoring chances.
“We were finding it difficult to get the ball into the opposition’s half, but we were more in control of things in the second half, although it was them who created most pressure towards the end.
“It’s an invigorating result. It’s very hard to play at San Mamés, so we’re really pleased with the outcome.”
“I’d have liked us to have controlled the game better, but they were doing well with long balls and it took a lot out of us physically. We read the game well, although we really should have sentenced the match earlier. But we have a great squad. They truly do want to compete for everything.”