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09.08.2007 19:05

Valdés delighted with high demands

David Saura

Just one day from the end of the Asian tour and Víctor Valdés is more than happy with what the players have achieved, saying that high demands were made, and that they have been met in style.

Speaking before the Beijing match, the Barça keeper showed his unconditional support for the idea of coming to Asia, and his opinion has not changed. Eight days later and he said “We have worked hard. The level was very high and excellently high demands were made. We have played some highly competitive games until now.”

Great conditions

The different venues and training pitches “have been very comfortable for working on” he said, and neither has he been too bothered by the weather “It is the normal kind of temperature for this time of year, except today, when it rained a lot.”

Almost at the right level

Speaking about the team in general, he said “we are doing well, but there are still a few days to go before we can say we are on top form. But the team has shown in the games that we are in good physical condition, and that will help us reach full fitness quickly”.

Giovanni impresses

Giovanni dos Santos is turning out to be one of the stars of tour, and Valdes says “he is a striker that gets fully involved in the team’s work. His appearance on the scene has been brilliant. He’s got so much quality and is one of the best players in the one on one in the world today.” He has also been impressed with the way Henry has adapted so quickly to the team, and with the experience and quality that comes with him.
Valdés delighted with high demands
Oier’s debut, as seen by Valdés
Oier Olazábal is Barça’s new third choice goalkeeper. The 17 year old Basque made his début in Beijing and Valdés considers him “a good goalkeeper, but he is young and still has a few things to work on, like anybody. I will be helping him as much as I can.”

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