The Spanish midfielder, talking ahead of the Copa del Rey Final, has rejected claims that their rivals from the capital have gained the ascendancy over the CatalansAndres Iniesta believes talk that Real Madrid have become the dominant side in Spanish football is premature, despite Los Blancos clinching their 32nd La Liga title this season.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Barcelona's Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on Friday night, Iniesta opted to direct focus towards his team's own merits, and how their fate lay entirely in their own hands.
"Everyone has their own opinion and their way of seeing things. It's really too early to say if we are experiencing a cyclical change in the balance of Spanish football," stated the 28-year-old Spanish international, who was quizzed on the topic by assembled reporters.
"There are some who claim not winning the Champions League every season will make it a wasted one. Putting everything into perspective however, we've won the two Super Cups as well as the Club World Cup this time around. We fought until the end in La Liga, and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
"We now want to wrap things up with the Copa del Rey and close four years with [Pep] Guardiola in the best way."
Coach Guardiola will be leaving the Spanish giants at the end of this season after taking over in 2008, and Iniesta proceeded to express his confidence in the abilities of incoming manager and current assistant coach Tito Vilanova.
"People are wrong if they think Vilanova is going to win the title by himself. We as players have to be more committed than ever in wanting to do things along the same line.
"Vilanova has been inside, knows everything there is here, and it is now in our hands to ensure his time in charge is just as successful as Guardiola's."
Guardiola leaves the Catalan club after leading them to three La Liga titles as well as two Champions League crowns in his four-year spell.