Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach
I’m a very happy man. This season we’ve captured many titles. We’ve set goals and achieved them, so we’re satisfied. It’s great to be champions, but it’s also great to achieve titles by playing well and with a certain style. That’s important for me and it’s important for Barcelona as a football club too. I thought we deserved to win tonight. River Plate were very brave and they had some good opportunities, but I have to be honest and say that I think we’d have defeated any team tonight. But we don’t want to stand still. After a short break, we’re looking forward to getting back together and achieving even more. We want to become a better team and better human beings too, so that we can keep making our supporters all over the world happy.
Marcelo Gallardo, River Plate coach
I want to congratulate Barcelona for their victory. They are exceptional – they possess great players: Messi, Neymar, Suarez. They have great individuals, but they are also a great team. We had a game plan and that was something we kept to for the first 35 minutes, but after that we lost focus and that’s when their goals came. We wanted to stop Barcelona from playing freely. But in the second half we tried to push forward and five minutes into the second half they got the second and that was a huge blow from which we didn’t recover. The supporters have been fantastic and I’m very sorry for disappointing them. They came with big hope and expectations and I’m sure that this loss has affected them, but I’m very happy for what we’ve achieved in the past six months. We did our best.
Luis Suarez, Alibaba E-Auto Player of the Match
I’m very, very happy and flattered to win the award for the Player of the Match as well as the Golden Ball. But the most important things is for us to win the trophy. We came to Japan to be crowned champions of the world and we did that. As a club team, the title of FIFA Club World Cup winners is a very important one and we want to win more titles like this in the future. I thought we played really well tonight and it was great to play alongside Leo (Messi) as well as Neymar. Obviously, to score twice in the final was special for me, but I’d have been delighted if we’d have won the tournament even if I hadn’t scored. We gave everything we could to win both games and the fact that I’ve received awards for the work I’ve done on the pitch is extremely satisfying.