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Jordi Roura: “I look at the players and I’m optimistic”, he stated before the Deportivo and Milan games

At the press conference before the FC Barcelona vs Deportivo de la Coruña game, Barça boss insisted that the team had trained well this week and are keen to beat the Galician side: “to keep our lead at the top of the table”. After the two consecutive defeats against Real Madrid, FC Barcelona needs a morale boost against Deportivo in order to face AC Milan next Tuesday, a crucial and difficult match in order to continue their Champions League campaign. In the first leg tie, the Catalans lost 2-0 in San Siro and now they need an heroic victory at the Camp Nou.


08 March 2013 08:32 PM


Aleix Santacana

Barcelona (FCB).- Barça face four big days and the team\u2019s Manager Jordi Roura is well aware of what awaits them: \u201Cwe hope it will be a better week than the one before last - I look at the players and I\u2019m optimistic\u201D. Roura also insisted that Saturday\u2019s game is his main focus: \u201Cthis Saturday\u2019 s game is very important for us, we have to keep the lead we have at the top\u201D of the Spanish League table.

As Roura explained: \u201Cwhen things are going well, people are often just too euphoric \u2013 but when we lose, there is too much pessimism. For us, the League is very important and there is still a long way to go before we can say we\u2019ve won it. We have to play each game as it comes along\u201D.

Players are focussed

Jordi Roura also believes that the game-free week the team have had has allowed them to do some good preparation for the upcoming games: \u201Cthey are very competitive players and they feel really bad when we are not at the level we want to be at. We\u2019ve trained really well this week and the players look really focussed on Saturday and determined to fight back on Tuesday\u201D.

The FC Barcelona coach also revealed that he\u2019d be making changes in his starting line up on Saturday night, whilst concentrating on keeping a clean sheet: \u201Cwe have to try and not concede a goal \u2013 if we can do that on Saturday, it\u2019ll help us on Tuesday too, though our main aim is of course to go out and win the game\u201D.

Three man defence

As to tactics, Roura explained: \u201Ca three man defence is one of our tactical options. We\u2019ll decide to use it or not as the game develops. We all want to turn the tie around on Tuesday, but we have to ensure that happens with hard work and action\u201D.

Grateful for President\u2019s support

Jordi Roura then thanked the FC Barcelona\u2019s President Sandro Rosell for his public support: \u201CI want to thank him, but I\u2019m just doing my job. We are following the guidelines which are being laid down for us. The President is always welcome in the changing room \u2013 he can come along whenever he wants to\u201D

Roura spoke of the four game suspension handed down to Victor Valdés: \u201Che\u2019s sadder than anybody about losing those four games. The club have appealed and we\u2019ll have to see how that turns out, but we do have Pinto, who always plays well when he\u2019s called in\u201D. Finally, Roura revealed that he will be keeping a close eye on the progress Xavi is making over the next few days and hopes that he\u2019ll be back in time to help the team.

\u201CThe more atmosphere there is, the better\u201D

Jordi Roura also reckons that the atmosphere at the Camp Nou is a key element for his team: \u201Cthe more atmosphere there is in the ground, the better it is for us. It\u2019s down to us to get the crowd going with the way we play and we just want as much atmosphere as possible\u201D.


  • Jordi Roura at Friday's press conference before the Barça - Deportivo game (by FC Barcelona)

  • Jordi Roura at Friday's press conference before the Barça - Deportivo game (by FC Barcelona)