Iniesta Enjoys Barcelona Return Against Mallorca

Andres Iniesta scored a goal on his return from injury, and was understandably delighted in the aftermath...

Apart from the three points that Barcelona gained, Saturday night was a special one for the Camp Nou faithful, because it marked the return from injury of Andres Iniesta.

Speaking after the match, Iniesta, who scored a goal for good measure, said, "It was important to begin the year well, to get into our rhythm and win the three points. It is always difficult when you return after a holiday or international duty.

"We won three points and that is what is important. On a personal level, I am pleased to have got on the pitch again."

Iniesta understandably received a rapturous response from the crowd when he was brought on, and he was thankful for their support.

"The truth is they gave me a strong reception," he said. "I have to thank the fans for the affection they showed me today. It was a special night. When I remember it, I get goosebumps."

The Spanish international then spoke about his first sensations on the pitch: "When you go so long without playing, it is inevitable to feel a bit off the pace. But I am happy to have played and to have helped in the win."

Arjun Miglani