El Clasico: Post-match news & comments

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez admits he would’ve liked to have signed several of Barcelona’s stars during his summer shopping spree.

In a Q&A session involving both the clubs presidents , they were asked who each president would like to sign from the opposing team.

Florentino Perez: “Many Barca players. They are a great team and most importantly as a whole. In the last year they’ve had a great season.”

Laporta replied: “Madrid has a great players but we are very happy with what we have.”

Andres Iniesta & Cristiano Ronaldo were involved in a bit of argie-bargie in last nights Clasico. Ronaldo accused Iniesta of diving and the Barcelona midfield maestro responded after the match: “It disturbed me that Cristiano felt the need to tell me that I should not dive, because he is not the most appropriate person to be doing such a thing.” OUCH

“CR9” had said before the match that he hoped to score “10 to 20 goals against Barcelona.”
But was generally well dealt with by the Barca defense

Funny-man Dani Alves added salt to the wound: “Cristiano Ronaldo? After so much time out, it is normal that he was a little lacking in pace and more so in such an important game.

“He had their best chance in the first half but failed. Perhaps the desire to score 10 or 20 goals was a bit too much for him!”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic spoke of his delight at his first Clasico win, especially after just coming back from injury: “The match was played at a high rate. Now I feel better. I played 35 minutes and I’m happy and well but very tired,” he said.

“It was my first El Clasico, I scored the goal and Barca won, I am very happy.”

Meanwhile club president Laporta said that the result validated why Barca signed Ibra: “That’s why we signed Ibrahimovic, to make a difference in big games.

“He has scored a goal from pure skill, a volley with the left foot.”

Lio Messi added his thoughts:”We have achieved a victory that has much merit. It’s never easy beating a team like Madrid, especially if we consider we were playing with only ten players. When Busquets got sent off we were playing better,” he told Sport.

“It’s a beautiful day but the really important thing is get the three points. The bottom line is the victory. For me everything has gone very well. I have not noticed any discomfort and had no problems.

“The league is very long and we have not even finished the first half of the championship. Being leaders at this point in the season does not mean much. We must keep working, knowing that victory is very important but without losing sight that we still have a lot of games ahead in the league.”

The Argentine was inspirational with his usual twirls and velcro touch of the ball. He missed a one-on-one with Casillas, a situation he usually gets the better off. Pep’s reaction to the missed oppertunity was classic:

(Credit for the above picture of Pep goes to Barcelona Football Blog )

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