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31.01.2007 17:30

Squad ready to turn tie around

The Barça players are confident that they can right tonight's wrongs and go on to secure qualification for the semi finals of the Copa del Rey. "We haven't given up on the tie yet" said Puyol.

 "There are 90 minutes to go and they have only scored one goal"; "nothing has been lost"; "we have to turn this game around"... Those are the brave sentiments of the kind of squad that never gives up. They know it won't be easy, but they also have every faith in their chances of getting past Real Zaragoza on February 28. And those chances are, they feel, very much still alive.

Here are some of the comments made by the players after the match:

Xavi Hernández:

"We had several clear-cut chances but we didn't put them away, and that was the way the game went."

"We are fitter than ever, the only downer was their goal with just a quarter of an hour left."

"There are 90 minutes left and they have only scored one goal. So we know we can win in Zaragoza, although we also know it won't be at all easy."

"It was a typical 0-0 match."

Albert Jorquera:

"In Zaragoza things will work out fine."

"I'm happy enough. Things went well for me."

"In the second half, we lowered our level, and we need to analyse that."


"At some moments we played well and at others we hardly created any chances. We need to work out what things we aren't doing right and sort them out."

"Nothing is lost. We have to try to do better than we did today, but we know we have a very tough team in Zaragoza to contend with."

"Recently teams all seem to play the same way against us. Holding it tight at the back and playing on the counter. We need to create more occasions of our own".

Andrés Iniesta:

"We have to come back and turn the tie around."

"We had a few chances to score but we lacked the aggression to make the difference. But we played intensely, and that was good."

Carles Puyol:

"We have not given up on the tie. It is complicated but we have to turn things around. We can't go out and speculate, we have to go out there and win it."

"We have to be more aggressive."

"We needed the goal. They are dangerous on the counter. We tried to take more risks but the goal didn't come, and theirs came from a dead ball situation. But they are a very strong side in defence."

Squad ready to turn tie around
Barça top IFFHS list

FC Barcelona are the best football team in the world of the last decade according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). The table combines all domestic and international matches played since January 1, 1991. The IFFHS awards 25 points to the best team each year, 24 to the second best and so forth down to 1 for the twenty fifth for each year.

FC Barcelona top the pile with 270 points, well ahead of Juventus (235), Milan (224), Manchester United and Real Madrid (218).

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