Football Spoke to Radio MARCA from Kobe
Andres Iniesta has left Barcelona, but the midfielder is still a fan from afar and will always be associated with the Catalan side.
Since his exit last summer, some have suggested that the Azulgrana have lost something, but he doesn’t agree.
“I don’t agree that Barcelona have lost their shine,” Iniesta said to Radio MARCA from Kobe, Japan.
“The team is still perfecting a perfect season. They have been effective but are still differentiated by their way of doing things.”
Barcelona are still competing on all fronts this season, but which trophy would Iniesta prioritise?
“They all have a lot of merit,” he said.
“You have to be happy with what you win and disappointed by what you didn’t.
“For me, the league was most important, but for many people the Champions League is the most beautiful.
“Real Madrid players wish they had won more leagues, while Barcelona players want more Champions Leagues.”
Barcelona have ruled over Spain for the majority of the 21st century, but many believe they haven’t won as many Champions Leagues as they should have, particularly with Lionel Messi in their ranks.
“I never felt we were inferior to anyone,” Iniesta said.
“Our squad and our ability could have done more in the Champions League, but in the end you have to be happy with what you’ve achieved.”
Not all of the memories are positive, though, and Iniesta didn’t take long to remember a night that he would like to forget.
“If I could, I would erase the night in Rome [where Barcelona lost 3-0 to Roma and crashed out of the 2017/18 Champions League],” he explained.
“For everything. I knew it was my last game in Europe, we were having a perfect season and the result was favourable [from the first leg].
“On that night we fell. A collective and personal dream ended, it was painful.”