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Barça Manager Jordi Roura: “our morale has to be high” against Real Madrid

Tuesday’s painful Spanish Cup KO, Barça face Real Madrid again, this time in a League competition they are dominating - leading their great rivals by 16 points – a situation that leads Roura to insist on an optimistic message. The FC Barcelona coach is fully confident in his players’ “admirable attitude” ahead of Saturday’s match, which he reckons is: “a very important game”. “The League is the top prize and a good result on Saturday will be a great step forward”, he added. Furthermore, Roura admitted: “against Milan and Madrid we were not as inspired as usual, but that is no cause for pessimism”.

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01 March 2013 08:20 PM

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Barcelona (FCB).- After Tuesday\u2019s painful Cup KO, Barça face Real Madrid again, this time in a league competition they are dominating - leading their great rivals by 16 points- a situation that leads Roura to insist on an optimistic message, insisting: \u201Cour morale has to be good, because our attitude is unbeatable and we will win again\u201D.


Roura went on: \u201Cit\u2019s a very important game and there is a lot at stake. The League is the top prize and a good result on Saturday will be a great step forward. If we are so far ahead now, that\u2019s because we have played exceptionally well up to now\u201D.

Problems identified

Roura admitted: \u201Cagainst Milan and Madrid we were not as inspired as usual, but that is no cause for pessimism. The team will go on and we\u2019ll compete for everything. The players\u2019 attitude and work ethic is as always admirable\u201D. The coach also agreed that the players were down (after Tuesday\u2019s defeat), but made it clear that the best thing now is to compete and get a positive result on Saturday.

Roura gave his analysis of Tuesday\u2019s defeat, explaining: \u201Cwe\u2019ve looked at the problems we had and they are pretty clear to see. Many of them come from playing against a tough team. We know how Real Madrid play and now we are trying to improve those things we did badly\u201D. When asked to comment on Tito Villanova\u2019s absence Roura was clearly moved by his boss\u2019 situation. He also went on to explain that his own time at FC Barcelona had taught him how to deal with media criticism and keep a distance from it.

Aim is to win in the Bernabeu

Roura is also clear about which Barça will run out onto the Bernabeu pitch: \u201Cwe will, as we always do, go out to win the game. We don\u2019t know which Real Madrid we\u2019ll be facing, but whatever team they put out they will be very competitive \u2013 they have a big, strong squad. These games are always difficult and it\u2019s the small details that decide them\u201D.

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  • Barça Manager, Jordi Roura, at the press conference before the FCB - Real Madrid game (by FC Barcelona)

  • Barça Manager, Jordi Roura, at the press conference before the FCB - Real Madrid game (by FC Barcelona)