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FC Barcelona's Assistant Manager: "Only victory guarantees us a spot in the semi-finals"

Barça’s Assistant Manager, Jordi Roura says that Barça will be ambitious against PSG on Wednesday’s second leg game. Roura, who take care of Barça during Tito Vilanova’s absence, notes that only victory would guarantee a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League. On Messi, Adriano and Pedro's fitness, Barça's assistant manager says that “we have to wait and see how they feel and we especially have to see the results from their latest medical tests”. Nevertheless, Messi trained on Tuesday with the rest of his team-mates, although he has not received the medical all-clear yet.

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09 April 2013 11:08 PM

by

Aleix Santacana

Barcelona (FCB).- FC Barcelona will approach tomorrow\u2019s match against PSG as if it were a final. \u201CWe have to approach the match with maximum intensity and maximum ambition. We can\u2019t sit on our advantage. We need to start the match with the singular purpose of winning, that\u2019s the only way we can guarantee ourselves a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the sixth year in a row,\u201D said Jordi Roura during this afternoon\u2019s press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva.


Despite the fact that the Parisian team need to score at the Camp Nou to progress, the Catalan Assistant Manager doesn\u2019t expect PSG to change their style of play from the away leg at the Parc des Princes: \u201Cwe\u2019re expecting to go up against a team that will cede the ball to us. We\u2019re accustomed to playing these types of games, a lot of teams do this against us.\u201D

Waiting on Messi, Adriano and Pedro

When asked if Messi, Adriano and Pedro will be available on Wednesday, Roura said, \u201Cwe still have a few training sessions to evaluate their fitness. At the moment, the sensations are good but we need to wait and see how they feel and we especially have to see the results from their latest medical tests.\u201D He added: \u201Cif any one of these players end up playing, it\u2019s be because they are 100% able to do so.\u201D

Roura went on to say that \u201Cin the end if we can\u2019t call on the best player in the world, for us that\u2019s a handicap.\u201D He quickly added that \u201Cwe have a very deep and talented roster. We\u2019ll be just as ambitious [if Messi isn\u2019t available].\u201D According to the Assistant Manager, the match against Mallorca was a good prelude to tomorrow\u2019s showdown with PSG: \u201Cthe players that have to play in Messi\u2019s position have shown that they can perform at a very high level.\u201D

Solid defence

\u201CIt\u2019s true that we have been a bit unlucky when it comes to closing out games. We\u2019re aware of this problem and we\u2019ve been working on it,\u201D said Roura when asked about Barça\u2019s numerous confirmed absences on defence. He added: \u201Cwe\u2019re hoping that the players that play on Wednesday have a very solid game on defence.\u201D

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  • Jordi Roura at the press conference before the Barça vs PSG Champions League game (by FC Barcelona)

  • Jordi Roura at the press conference before the Barça vs PSG Champions League game (by FC Barcelona)