Puyol: “I’m only half way through !”
Carles Puyol played his 500th game for the club on Saturday against Villarreal and showed that at 32 he is still well on top of his game. Speaking to Barça TV he joked after the game: “I’m still only half way through my career”.
Barcelona (FCB).- Speaking to the club TV programme \u201CEl Marcador\u201D. Puyol reckoned he\u2019d reached the 500 mark at a sweet moment in his career, a career which he\u2019s not given any thought to bringing to an end just yet: \u201CI\u2019m just concentrating on right now \u2013not on how many games more I\u2019ll play, nor how much longer I\u2019m going to keep on playing. I\u2019m just trying to improve every day and enjoy this game. I\u2019m very proud to be able to play in this team\u201D.
Secret of success
Carles Puyol also revealed what he thought was the secret to his longevity: \u201Ckeeping up the excitement, coaches who have confidence in you, not having too many bad injuries and above all, playing in a team like ours\u201D.
Excusive 500 club
It\u2019s no easy thing to reach 500 games for Barça and Puyol has joined a pretty exclusive club, but he reckons there are plenty of players in the team who could make that number of appearances: \u201Cthere are a lot of players who I think will get there \u2013Valdes is close, Iniesta is bound to get there and then younger players like Leo, Sergio or Gerard Piqué will do it too\u201D.
\u201CWe knew it would be tough\u201D
Commenting on the win over Villarreal, Puyol insisted: \u201Cwe knew it would be a tough game. They are a good team and they play good football. The fact that they were high up the table just gave them more confidence in themselves and we knew it would be hard to beat them. The last few years we\u2019ve always had difficult games against them, they are a team who bring the ball out intelligently when they have the ball and it\u2019s complicated to get the better of them\u201D.
Hardest thing is to stay at the top
Barça are once again the team to beat, but after two years ruling La Liga the teams below them are getting stronger all the time and Puyol admitted that winning more titles: \u201Cis going to be difficult and the other teams won\u2019t be making it easy for us. That just has to motivate us more and if we can pull it off again, then that makes it an even more impressive success\u201D.