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Valdés: “Guardiola set me on the road to victory”

The Barça goalkeeper has said that it was his manager who taught him a number of things on a tactical level. Valdés also denied that there are any problems between Villa and Messi, and feels the comments were intended to destabilise the team.


04 November 2011 07:35 PM


Anna Segura

Barcelona (FCB).- Barça\u2019s goalkeeper, Víctor Valdés, spoke at this Friday press conference with the same composure that he shows when defending the FC Barcelona\u2019s goal. This week he broke Miguel Reina\u2019s record for the longest run without conceding a goal for FC Barcelona. However, Valdés has never been one for individual milestones or awards, and said that if there is any reason why he has reached such a peak of excellence, then that reason is Barça\u2019s manager, Pep Guardiola.

Respect for the manager

Valdés spoke in defence of Josep Guardiola following the stories in the press that Ibrahimovic has heavily criticised his former manager in his biography. \u201CThey taught me that the coach should always be respected in a team and that he is the person to obey. And I did that all the way through to becoming a professional \u2026 I\u2019ll be his pupil as long as he is next to me. He set me on the road to victory and I hope to stay with him until I retire.\u201D

Learning each day

Valdés says that before Guardiola came to Barça \u201CI was not a goalkeeper that could see things tactically. I have improved tactically, and with my footwork, and I want to keep winning things every day. I am still learning new things in training. And it is only him who has done that for me\u201D, he said.

Valdés added that \u201Che should stay here all his life. He has shown that he is the main secret behind this team\u201D.

Strong against falsities

Valdés, being one of the four team captains, also spoke about the rumours in the press that Messi and Villa don\u2019t get on. \u201CIt\u2019s totally false. You just have to look at the way they behave on and off the pitch\u201D he said. \u201CThey are always saying these things to try to destabilise us whenever things are going well. We are the first who have to be strong when we know that these things are completely false.\u201D

Now for Athletic Club of Bilbao

Valdés is more concerned about the forthcoming trip to San Mamés\u2019 stadium in Bilbao, for the Spanish League\u2019s game agains Athletic Club of Bilbao. \u201CIt is important to win that game. We know how intense Athletic are under Bielsa, they create pressure, they play without inhibitions\u201D. He expects an intense encounter against a team he says \u201Care always really nice and lively\u201D.

Team above awards

Victor Valdés is no big fans of awards, even now that there are eight players of FC Barcelona on the shortlist for the Balon D\u2019Or. \u201CThese things have never been important to me. It is more important to play for Barça every Sunday and to try to win cups. If that happens, then I\u2019d be quite happy not to be on any lists \u2026 I have always felt the love of my fans, and that\u2019s what really matters. And I have always tried to return that love by doing things well\u201D.


  • Víctor Valdés at today's press conference (by FC Barcelona)

  • Víctor Valdés at today's press conference (by FC Barcelona)