Barcelona claimed 1-0 victory on Sunday.
And now one player of the winning side could prove a pivotal moment in the La Liga title race.
Sergi Roberto believes Barcelona’s 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid could prove a key moment in the LaLiga title race. The Catalan club were second best for much of the fixture at the Wanda Metropolitano but Lionel Messi scored a dramatic winner four minutes from time.
It helped Barca leapfrog Real Madrid back to the top of the table – albeit on goal difference – but provided a huge psychological boost.
“We knew that their fans were going to pressure us and it was the case,” Roberto told Marca. “Matches like these are where the league can be decided, and we have had to suffer to win. But there is a long way to go, and many teams will pose a threat.”
Roberto said he could not choose between Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen as Barcelona’s man of the match. Argentina forward Messi scored Barcelona’s winner with a stunning curling effort. However, Barcelona were indebted to Ter Stegen’s heroics in goal as he pulled off two incredible saves to deny Mario Hermoso and Alvaro Morata.
“Marc has made two good saves and Messi has decided the game,” added the 27-year-old. “It is a victory for the group. Atletico have pressured us a lot. They created a couple of very clear chances.”