With only 24 hours to go before the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup, Barça are no longer thinking of anything else. Andres Iniesta, one of the most influential players in the squad, said at the press conference after the game that the team have come here “with all the enthusiasm and desire in the world to win again”. Andres wanted to emphasise the difficulty of getting to participate for a World title like this one: “To be here you have to win the Champions League, which today is very hard. If we win the World Club Championship it will have been a great year and we’ll have a very happy Christmas”.
“We’ve felt the fans’ euphoria”
Although they are a long way from Barcelona, Andres Iniesta wanted to make it clear that the players feel the happiness being felt in Catalonia after the 3-1 win in the Bernabeu. “The win has done a lot for all of us. Even from afar we’ve felt the fans’ euphoria. When you win a game like that it gives you a boost for everything that comes later” he said, aware that the win in Madrid means they’ll go into the semi-final against Al-Sadd with even more confidence. He stressed, though, that despite the victory against Real Madrid, “there’s a long way to go in the League”.
In this regard, he assured everybody that the squad is in good shape: “I don’t know how the defeat will affect Real Madrid. I can only talk about my own sensations with our team, which are very good. For us it was really important to win”. The Barça number 8 took advantage of his appearance at the press conference, too, to reject the idea that Barça doesn’t do so well against the smaller teams: “This team has shown that we show the same respect whether we’re playing at Hospitalet or in the San Siro“.
A special competition
For Iniesta, this World Club competition is very special. Even more so for him, as when Barça won in 2009, Iniesta was injured in the semifinals and missed the Final. “Personally, it’s an extra motivation. That year I had lots of problems with injuries, and I really hope I can play in the Final” he said, whilst recalling that Barça have already lost a few finals, but have always been able to come back and play again in later editions.