Maxwell: “It’s very dangerous to already be thinking about Madrid”
Brazilian Maxwell, who returned to action after being out injured for several weeks, admits that the team is on form at the moment. But he’d rather take each game as it comes, and therefore preferred not to talk about Madrid.
The 5-1 win against Shakhtar Donetsk means FCB are on good course in Europe, but Maxwell feels
“it should be made clear that we haven’t won the tie yet. Nothing is guaranteed, but we
have taken a huge step. The result means we can afford to be calm, but there’s a very
difficult battle waiting for us in the Ukraine”. Maxwell added that “It’s very
dangerous to already be thinking about Madrid. The fans are happy to win 5-1, but we
shouldn’t get involved in those mind games. We have to respect Almeria and Shakhtar”.
Fundamental game with Almeria
Next up for FC Barcelona is struggling Almeria, on Saturday at the Camp Nou. “It is a
fundamental game. Three points we can’t afford to miss. It is important to go to Madrid with
an 8 point lead or more. Almeria have a new manager and I’m sure they’ll be motivated.
We have to play our best.”
Important to get Puyol back
As we go into the final games of the season, Maxwell is looking forward to the return of
Carles Puyol, who has been injured since January. “It would be very important to get him
back. We need him. He’s our captain and his enthusiasm is contagious. It’s good to know
he’ll soon be back working with us. He is a leader on the pitch, He’s fast and
anticipates the opponents’ movements well. But we have enough players to cover for his