Barcelona returned to winning ways as they secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Sevilla last night.
It was an important win for the Catalans, who were coming on the back of a rather disappointing 2-2 draw with Mallorca in midweek.
The win sees them move back to the top of the La Liga standings and with Girona and Real Madrid set to face off tonight, the result could prove to be very beneficial for the Blaugrana.
Barcelona players on Sevilla win
Speaking after the game, Joao Cancelo was happy with the victory, stating (h/t Mundo Deportivo): “The win was well deserved. We suffered a lot against a great team with great players. In the end, we won and became league leaders, for now.”
“I’m trying my best to help the team, everyone is doing well,” Cancelo added. “We should have won against Mallorca.”
Cancelo said he is happy to help Barcelona out whenever possible: “I’m trying my best to help the team, everyone is doing well.”
Gavi, too, echoed similar lines when he spoke to Movistar+, saying: “This victory tastes like glory. We deserved it from the very start and we’re very happy. I’m very happy with the manager’s trust. We talk about tactical details during the match.”
“We were disappointed after dropping points vs Mallorca. We had to make amends today,” Gavi added, highlighting the disappointment of the midweek result.
Talking about this particular match, Marc-Andre ter Stegen believes Barcelona should have scored at least a couple of goals in the first half.
“We should have scored at least two goals in the first half. Luckily we did end up winning the match,” he said. “It was always going to be difficult to face Sevilla.”
“We had chances to score, but fatigue set in and we found a very lucky goal. We are very satisfied with the three points,” ter Stegen added.
The goal, in the end, was indeed lucky from Barcelona’s perspective, as former Real Madrid superstar Sergio Ramos scored an own goal.
Ramos was not the only highlight of the game, as some Barcelona players had the chance to meet their former teammate Ivan Rakitic. One of them was ter Stegen.
“It’s always a pleasure to see Rakitic, even with another team. The friendship will always remain,” he said when asked about Rakitic.
“I talked with him about the chance he had. I told him: What a shot! It was hard to see the ball,” the German added.
Ter Stegen went on to add each individual player at Barcelona, especially stressing on the absence of Frenkie de Jong and Pedri, both of whom are sidelined due to injuries.
“Of course, we miss Pedri and De Jong. We need to rest Gavi, who’s playing absolutely everything,” he said.
Talking about Fermin Lopez’s performance, ter Stegen added, “Fermín has not played a lot, but he has shown his influence on the pitch.”
With Barcelona temporarily leading the table, Cancelo said he is keeping a close eye on the Real Madrid game. “We’re looking forward to the Girona – Madrid match,” the right-back said.
Real Madrid take on the Catalan outfit later this evening. A win will help Los Blancos regain their position at the top of the league table.
Ter Stegen, meanwhile, is happy with the clean sheet but stressed that Barcelona must improve defensively in order to keep up with Real Madrid.
“We have many matches ahead of us. We have to improve defensively and I also have to improve personally,” he said.
“Everyone is part of the team and I am very happy with the result and the clean sheet. We have seen that this team competes and fights a lot. I am proud of this team,” he added.