"We’re in debt to the fans and to ourselves"
Brazilian defender Maxwell told a press conference on Monday that the players feel they are in debt to the fans after last season’s European semi-final exit against Inter Milan.
He also discussed the objectives for the coming season and assured reporters that Swedish striker
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is looking forward to better things this season. He stressed that Adriano is a
In debt to the fans
Maxwell emphasized that the players are aspiring to win every title on
offer and are determined to make up for the Champions League exit against Inter Milan. Echoing the
words of manager Pep Guardiola at the celebrations for the league title, he told reporters:
“We fell at the final step and we had the feeling that we were in debt to the fans and to
ourselves”. In 2011, the Champions League final will be held at Wembley, a place which holds
very special memories for Barça fans.
He also spoke about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with whom he shared the changing rooms of Ajax and
Inter Milan before they both came to Barça: “He’s very motivated although it’s
been a difficult year for him. He’s done some good things which people haven’t noticed
but in the squad we know, and he’s training really well”.
Happy at Barça
2009/10 was Maxwell’s first season at the Camp Nou. He played 36 matches and improved
on his first seasons with Ajax and Inter. He revealed today: “It was very positive because I
accumulated a lot of matches, especially after Abidal’s injury. The league title, and the
other three, made me very happy and motivated me to carry on the same way. I’m here to do my
bit like everyone. I have to try and do more, the best I can, and stay fit and focussed”.
Adriano and the squad
Far from seeing him as a threat for a place in the starting line-up,
Maxwell is helping his fellow countryman Adriano settled down at the Club and in the city:
“It’s great we’ve signed him. He makes the team more complete and in training I
try and be with him to help him integrate. I want to help him and his family settle in here”.
With the incorporation of Adriano and Villa, Maxwell believes the squad is very competitive.
However, he stressed: “That’s a matter for the manager and the directors. The players
have to concentrate on giving 100% but for the moment the squad is very good and very