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20.01.2008 23:59

Sylvinho: “We don’t want to keep looking at Madrid”

Sylvinho summed up the feeling in the Barça squad regarding Real Madrid’s win in the Vicente Calderón by assuring reporters that the main thing is to focus on Barça’s next match.

At 9 pm, Real Madrid temporarily enjoyed a 10-point lead over Barça thanks to their away win against Atlético Madrid. However, the Barça players kept their nerve – and their concentration – to take the three points against Racing.

Sylvinho insisted that the players are not watching what’s happening in Madrid and that they remain focussed on their own matches: “We don’t want to keep looking at Madrid. We want to focus on our own game because we don’t have the margin to slip up”.


“I think the most important thing is to win and stay alive in the three competitions”.

“We’re in a situation where the result is more important. We must be patient. We’ll soon start playing well”.

“Madrid could have dropped some points today but the most important thing was for us to win”.

“Villarreal are difficult on their own ground. We’ll try and get a good result in the first leg”.


“Three more points. We tried to score a second goal but it wasn’t to be”.

“Racing deserve to be where they are in the table. They like to play the ball around and they’re difficult to break down”.

“I want to play. Obviously, the further up field I play, the more comfortable I feel. But if I’m in the chosen eleven, I’m happy”.

“We can’t be saying where Madrid will slip up. We’re in this situation because we dropped points. Now we have to win our matches and wait for them to lose”.

“I hope that the experience of the league match we played in Villarreal will help us in the Cup”.


“The result was the best thing in the match. Racing played well on the counterattack and made it difficult for us to create because they defended very well”.

“Madrid are doing well but we have to focus on winning our matches”.

“It’s good that we’re gradually recovering our injured players”.


“We found it hard to break down the Racing defence but we finally got three important points”.

“It was a good match for the coaches. It was a very tactical match. They set out to control the game tactically and it was hard for us to create chances”.

“Henry needs time to recover fully but now you can see that he’s very strong and he’s contributing a lot”.

“Messi is a player that makes a difference. The team feels it when he’s got the ball. He brings quality and makes the team play better”.

“Villarreal are difficult opponents. It’ll be an evenly balanced tie but we have the slight advantage of playing the second leg at home”.

“Pinto works very hard. He brings a lot to the team: as a professional and as a person. I wish him luck at Barça”.
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FC Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, admitted that he was “very satisfied” with Sunday’s win against Racing Santander: “It’s vital to keep on picking up points and not fall further behind Madrid”. He congratulated the players and expressed his delight at the return from injury of Lionel Messi:”Leo is a player that decides matches and getting him back from injury is a reason for all Barça fans to be happy”.

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