Ilkay Gundogan was happy to share his analysis of Barcelona’s victory over Las Palmas after winning the game late on for the hosts.
The midfielder won a penalty in stoppage time, after being pushed in the back as he looked set to score, and had no doubts it was a spot-kick.
“It was the situation we needed. Obviously I felt like I had a free header and was able to score and then I felt quite a bit of a push and I think it was a clear penalty,” he told La Liga TV.
“Thankfully we were able to convert it and win the game because it feels like a very important result for us.”
Gundogan then went on to speak about the match itself and admitted Barcelona had started the game far too slowly.
“I think we reacted very well in the second half. We started slow. The first half we always reacted to what the opponent did, we came late, that’s how we conceded the goal, very easily, gave the opponent too much space.
“That makes it tough, to go behind and chase the result until the last minute. It’s mentally demanding, we can’t deny that, but on the other side, on a lot of times this season we’ve shown in a lot of games that we are able to deal with that mental pressure. We’ve always reacted in a really good way.
“I think the performance second half was really good, we had really good chances to score even more goals and this is what’s needed to win games because in this league the opponents are not easy.
“Also congratulations to Las Palmas, they played a really good game in possession and people should not underestimate them.”
Barcelona have made a habit of starting slowly and going behind recently, something Xavi will be hoping to rectify going forwards.