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Mascherano enjoying stint in defence

25 March 2012 15:45

Javier Mascherano said he is thoroughly enjoying playing in defence for Barcelona.

The Argentina international is a midfielder by trade but has been regularly used as a centre-half by Barca boss Pep Guardiola since arriving at Camp Nou from Liverpool in 2010.

Mascherano lined up alongside Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique in a three-man defence in Saturday's 2-0 win over Mallorca and was pleased with how he performed.

"I feel great playing in the back-line, even though my position on the right-hand side is a bit weird for me," the 27-year-old told his club's official website. "But we did a good job and our defence was great."

Mascherano was thrilled with the victory after Barca had overcome the loss of Thiago to a red card during the second-half.

"We just have to do our work in the best way possible but always looking to see how the leaders are doing," he said.

"Against Mallorca we kept our composure. We withstood the pressure after losing a player and with the second goal (from Pique on 79 minutes), the game got a bit easier because there wasn't much time left.

"It was a difficult match but starting tomorrow (Sunday), we have to start thinking about AC Milan. The away leg will be important in the tie."

Barcelona head to San Siro for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final tie with Milan.

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