With his team pulling off an impressive 2-0 win over Paris Saint Germain in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinals match, Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta says that he is still very much in form for such moments.
“I still see myself fine,” the midfielder enthusiastically remarked during an interview by the El Laguero radio show. “Each person will have their own view of others, of what they do, of what they don’t do, but I always say the same: we can all improve, and nothing else. I am happy with what I do, always knowing you can do better. I never went away, nor have I returned. I have always been here, and remained who I am.”
Iniesta served a crucial role in the match, where he provided teammate Neymar with an excellent pass in the 14th minute of the match. The 30-year old skirted past PSG defenders Yohan Cabaye, Edinson Cavani, Marco Verratti and Marquinhos to deliver the ball to the forward, who then promptly drove it into the net for the team’s first point.
“It all happened quickly and in the end it came out perfect. It was important to score the goal, to make us relaxed in the game,” he said of the spectacular assist.
“We had to take the game for what it was — in any moment they could score, and football can have surprises sometimes. Today we played a very complete game, which we have to do from now until the end.”
The pass comes in as Iniesta’s fourth assist in the Champions League this season.
There has been a large amount of concern for iniesta’s health and performance this season after he suffered a string of injuries. However, his performance in the match served as a nice comeback.
Neymar sealed the Barcas’ win by sinking his second goal of the night later in the first half.