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Barça Manager Jordi Roura fully focused on Granada

FC Barcelona go to Granada on Saturday for the first in a marathon series of five games in 14 days, including massive matches with Milan in the European Champions League and Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup. The Manager has said in the press conference before the Granada vs. FC Barcelona game that “we are in comfortable position in the league but that should be no excuse for any kind of relaxation”. “We’re into the nice part of the season when in a few days there are lots of things at stake. In terms of fitness and morale this is a good moment for us” commented Roura.

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15 February 2013 07:48 PM

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Anna Segura

Barcelona (ACN).- After two weeks with no midweek fixture, Barça go to Granada on Saturday for the first in a marathon series of five games in 14 days, including massive matches with AC Milan in the European Champions League and Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup. However Jordi Roura insisted in his Friday press conference that all attention is currently focused on the forthcoming Spanish League fixture with Granada. \u201CWe are fully focused on Granada because the league is a basic target for us. A positive result is always an important step forward \u2026 We are in comfortable position in the league but that should be no excuse for any kind of relaxation\u201D.


Asked whether he might rest players ahead of AC Milan, the manager explained that \u201Cwe have a lot of options as far as putting a team together is concerned. We\u2019re not playing Milan until Wednesday, which gives us plenty of time to recover \u2026 We\u2019re into the nice part of the season when in a few days there are lots of things at stake. In terms of fitness and morale this is a good moment for us\u201D.

Granada and Lucas Alcaraz

Barça go to Granada after failing to win either of their last two away games at Real Sociedad and Valencia. So Roura believes it is very important to win at Los Cármenes, but knows that under Lucas Alcaraz \u201Cthey have managed to turn things around.\u201D Since the arrival of their new manager, the Andalusians have won at Madrid and Deportivo la Coruña. \u201CThey\u2019re moving up. And we know all about Lucas Alcaraz\u2019s teams, they\u2019re always very solid, difficult, strong \u2026 They\u2019re doing well now and will want to impose their style\u201D. Asked about former FC Barcelona man Nolito, the coach said \u201Cwe know him and all about his danger\u201D.

All eyes on Xavi

Xavi Hernández was able to train again with the squad on Friday and Jordi Roura explained that they are still assessing whether or not he\u2019ll be fit to play against Milan. \u201CWe\u2019re hoping he\u2019ll be OK, but we\u2019re watching his development closely.\u201D As for David Villa, the coach said that his attack of renal colic \u201Cwas a setback for him and broken his rhythm somewhat\u201D. Villa quit the hospital on Friday morning.

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  • Jordi Roura, Friday's press conference before the Granada vs Barça game (by FC Barcelona)

  • Jordi Roura, Friday's press conference before the Granada vs Barça game (by FC Barcelona)