Barca boss delighted with Catalan’s six-shooting kings
MADRID: Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura was delighted after his side’s goals in their 6-1 win over Getafe were scored by six different players.
Alexis Sanchez and Lionel Messi took advantage of two wonderful passes from Andres Iniesta to put the Catalans 2-0 up within 13 minutes.
Barca then passed up a host of chances to add to their lead before half-time but found their range again after the break as David Villa and Cristian Tello made it 4-0.
And there was a deserved goal for Iniesta in stoppage time after Alvaro Vasquez had pulled one back for Getafe before Gerard Pique rounded off the scoring.
Barca’s victory also extended their lead at the top of the table to 12 points when Atletico Madrid failed to win on the road for the fifth league game in a row as they lost 2-1 at Rayo Vallecano.
“It’s strange but certainly positive to have six goals with six different scorers,” he said.
“We are very happy with the performance of the team because so many players had just come from playing with their national team. As a group they played extraordinarily well.”With those internationals in mind Roura had given an outing to some of his fringe players and he was particularly happy with the form shown by Sanchez and Alex Song.
“Song had an incredible game and we have to highlight how solid he was.
Sanchez is a much loved and respected member of the squad. Today he scored a good goal and that has given him confidence.
“In the past few games he was a little anxious but he has a great capacity to work hard. His fight and the pressure he applies is contagious and he is very important for us.”
Roura also made a special mention of the contribution made by the Barca fans as more than 85,000 turned up for their first midday kick-off at the Camp Nou in nearly 50 years.
“I would like to thank the fans today because it is a unusual kick-off time. There was a great atmosphere, I saw a lot of kids and I think it has been a nice day for everyone.”Sanchez himself was particularly pleased to have found the net for the first time in the league this season after receiving a lot of criticism for his lack of production in recent weeks.
“This goal was special, but I have never stopped believing that I am a good player,” he said. “I know how I am and what I can do. Before I created chances but the ball wouldn’t go in.”
Getafe boss Luis Garcia explained how his side were powerless to stop Barca despite his intention to pressure them high up the field.
“You can’t do much more because you don’t have the ball. You can’t take the ball off them and when you do it is after a great effort and you are still far from their goal,” he said.
“We tried not to just sit back because last year we left here with a bad feeling having done that.
“It is very difficult. If you had seen my talks during the week you would understand that we wanted to be more ambitious but here you can’t be.”Rayo Vallecano move into sixth with Real Sociedad just a point behind them in seventh as they beat Real Zaragoza 2-1.
But the result of the day elsewhere was arguably Espanyol’s incredible 4-0 demolition of Athletic Bilbao at San Memes which moved them ahead of the Basques and into 13th.