Mascherano upbeat despite draw

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Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano was content the Catalans were able to come away from their match against Villarreal with a 2-2 draw.

The Catalans looked set to register another victory away from home after they took a 2-0 lead against Villarreal in the first half of their La Liga match at Camp El Madrigal. However, the home side produced an incredible second half comeback to force a 2-2 draw against the league leaders.

The result extends Barca’s unbeaten run in all competitions to an incredible 39 games.

Mascherano says that he would rather take a draw away from home over a loss, especially against a side as strong as the Yellow Submarine.

“Villarreal are one of the best sides in the league, and this field is never easy. It was intense and it was tough for us. At the end of the season you end up appreciating draws like this,” Mascherano told Barca TV.

“The game can be looked at two ways: We were winning 2-0 and they tied us, or we could have lost and we drew.

“There were 15 or 20 minutes that were really tough. They made their chances count, which allowed them to draw even. These things happen.

“They played well too, they also did things right. That means, at times, you have to suffer.

“Our attitude, which is not negotiable, is still very good. The team, despite some setbacks, always wants to keep going.”