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08.06.2007 14:33

Rijkaard only thinking about the derby

Anna Segura

Dutch coach, Frank Rijkaard has his sights firmly set on this Saturday’s derby game against Espanyol and not on the other games, which will be played at the same time.

Just one day before the Liga could potentially be decided, Frank Rijkaard believes “Regardless of what our closest rivals do, we have to work hard in achieving victory. We have to go out with our heads firmly in the game and ready to make the necessary sacrifices.”

The blaugrana coach recognises that “this Saturday’s game will be important, however, next week’s games will decide everything.” Rijkaard added “whoever goes into next week’s games as leader, will have an advantage.”

Márquez, Back in

Rafa Marquez got the all clear this Friday, which comes as good news to Frank Rijkaard due to Edmilson being out through sanction. However, the coach does not want to put pressure on the Mexican “he’s ready to play, but I’m not sure how many minutes.” Regarding Ezquerro “he’s training well lately, he’s finding his rhythm well as he’s played the last few games.”

Praise for Valverde

08-06-07_WEB_ENTRENADORES_07.jpgFrank Rijkaard has praised Ernesto Valverde in that “he knows how to mentally prepare his teams. He’s a coach who likes attractive football.” Rijkaard believes “this will serve as added motivation for us.”
Rijkaard only thinking about the derby

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Appeal for Ronnie
The blaugrana coach thinks “the club has defended its interests without offending anyone. Everyone has their way of doing things and I think Barça have done this correctly.”

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