Barcelona picked up a straightforward 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo to strengthen their grip on the second place in the La Liga standings.
The Blaugrana rode on the back of a Memphis Depay strike followed by a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace to clinch a crucial home win.
Iago Aspas did score one for the visitors. But it proved to be a mere consolation as Jeison Murillo’s sending off knocked out any chances of a fightback from the Galicians at Camp Nou.
Speaking after the game, the star of the show, Aubameyang talked about the victory, saying: “The first half was complicated, the second half was better. We lost a lot of easy balls. We have to improve on that… and I’m the first one.”
Ousmane Dembele put on a fine display on Tuesday, as he assisted two of the three goals on the night, including Aubameyang’s second.
Speaking of the understanding between him and the Frenchman, the striker said: “Dembélé is my brother. From the first day I met Dembélé in Dortmund we have connected very well on and off the pitch.”
When quizzed about Dembele’s future, he replied: “I do not know what will happen with him.”
Aubameyang also spoke about Ronald Araujo, who was involved in an unfortunate incident in the second half as he clashed heads with Gavi and fell to the ground, with the defender being taken off the field via an ambulance.
The club confirmed after the game that the Uruguayan had suffered a concussion and that his condition was not serious.
Talking about the incident, Aubameyang said: “We were scared by the accident. I hope everything is fine.”
Frenkie de Jong also reacted to Araujo’s situation, saying: “We just heard that Araujo is okay… Hopefully he can return to the training pitch soon. It’s always worrying when a player is down.”
Speaking of the result at Camp Nou, the Dutch midfielder added: “It was an important win and we hope to improve next season.”
Barcelona will be without several players for the next game against Getafe due to suspensions and injuries. Frenkie de Jong himself is ruled out after picking up a yellow card on Tuesday.
When quizzed about the situation, the midfielder replied: “We have a team full of high-quality players, I don’t know who will play.”