After a Lionel Messi free-kick proved the difference in a top-of-table clash against Atletico Madrid, midfielder Sergio Busquets used the win to criticise La Liga over the scheduling of Barcelona’s fixtures having played three days ago.
Barcelona played Las Palmas on Thursday in a 1-1 draw and arrived back in Catalonia on Friday, giving them only one day to recover.
Atletico Madrid featured on Wednesday where they overcame Leganes 4-0 allowing them an extra day’s rest. Busquets believes Barcelona should have played a day earlier too.
“Both teams could have played on Wednesday and they put us on Thursday,” he said.
“We got back to Barcelona and we had to train without resting. If we’re in the best league in the world, they should do things better.
“It’s not an excuse. It’s the reality. When we lost, I don’t like to complain but we’ve won today so I’m going to take advantage of that (to complain).”
Head coach Ernesto Valverde now has to prepare his side for their visit to bottom place Malaga before hosting Chelsea in their second leg Champions League last 16 tie on March 14th.
Despite the busy period, Barcelona extended their unbeaten run to 27 games this season and widened their five-point lead to eight.
“We’re proud,” Busquets enthused. “The team gave everything. We were better. We had possession, chances and Leo’s goal was sensational. This is how you win La Liga. Suffering and winning against the best and today we have beaten the team second in the table.”
With eleven games remaining, Barcelona still have to face five of the top ten La Liga sides including Real Madrid and Busquets feels as though the job is far from done.
“It’s not over,” he added. “There are still tough games between now and the end of the season.
“It’s true we have the head-to-head over Atletico now, but we will take things game by game. The calendar is demanding but we’re excited to keep on moving forward and to do big things.”