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13.06.2007 14:04

Valdés: "While there is a chance, there is hope"

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Víctor Valdés believes that despite the disappointment of conceding the last minute goal against Espanyol last weekend, Barça should remain hopeful of winning the title while there is still some hope.

The FC Barcelona goalkeeper recognised that "there is still one game left and we have seen titles won on the final day". However, he admitted that it would be tough: "From a realistic point of view, it should be remembered that Madrid are playing at home."

Confidence in Mallorca

13-06-07_WEB_01.jpgThe team that stands between Real Madrid and the championship are Real Mallorca and Valdés stated that he has every faith that the Balearic outfit "will go out to win and can score in the Santiago Bernabéu". The Barça custodian was also keen to stress that "everything depends on us winning too, because it will be difficult in Tarragona. Then we will have to wait."

"Whoever wins it will deserve it"

13-06-07_WEB_12.jpgWhoever wins the title will do so with fewer points than champions of recent seasons with any of three teams only able to record 76 points at most. Valdés explained that whoever wins the league it will be "because they deserve it" and added that "the season has been very inconsistent and things have not gone as we would have liked".

Sporting chance

When asked about payments to win games from third parties, Valdés said that has faith in the passion of desire of all professional players to want to win without needing any financial incentives. "I am confident that it is all purely sporting," he explained.
Valdés: “While there is a chance, there is hope“

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Games over prizes
Víctor Valdés understands why Getafe coach Bernd Schuster has allowed goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri to miss the final game of the campaign, meaning that he will win the Zamora Trophy as the best keeper of the season. "When I was competing for the trophy a couple of years ago, the coach decided that I would not play in the last four games and Albert Jorquera took over," Valdés said. Sitting in second place in the race for the Zamora Trophy, but with no realistic chance of winning it, Valdés added that he "wanted to play in every game rather than win individual honours".

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