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FC Barcelona rout Athletic Bilbao, gets back first place

January 17, 2016 by  
Filed under La Liga

Liga BBVA – Barcelona 6-0 Bilbao

Reactions after the game: 

Coach Luis Enrique:

We did what we had to but the Copa del Rey game at San Mamés (in Bilbao) won’t be anything like what happened in this one”.  Bilbao received an early expulsion after the five-minute mark which led to the rout 6-0.

“The game changed completely following the penalty. Things became more comfortable for us, it became a game that we had to close out, we had to work on positioning and on creating scoring chances,”

Luis Suarez who scored a hat-trick:

I am happy with the goals, but the most important thing is to win,” he said. ”We took advantage of the opportunities that came after the early expulsion.”

Besides Suárez, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano and Sergi Roberto also spoke to the media after the game. Here are the highlights of what they had to say:

Sergio Busquets:

“With Gorka Iraizoz’s expulsion we had more chances.”

“Wednesday’s game will be different, competitive but attractive. Athletic will come out looking to score and they’ll play with a lot of intensity at their grounds, where they’ll have the support of their fans.”

“We hope to have Leo Messi and Jordi Alba on Wednesday.”

Javier Mascherano:

“We did enough to keep Athletic Club from getting opportunities. A team like that can complicate things.”

“Being ahead on the scoreboard always makes you play differently, but the objective was to keep on winning.”

“They’re strong and on Wednesday we hope to play a good game and get a good result.”

Sergi Roberto:

“After the expulsion everything moved forward. On Wednesday in the Cup, we have to be careful against Athletic Club because we’ll be on their field and they’re even tougher in front of their fans.”

“We hope the injuries to Jordi Alba and Leo Messi don’t amount to much.”

“I am ready to play wherever the coach needs me.”

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