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02.09.2007 22:31

“We had a winning mentality”

Anna Segura

After the game with Athletic Club, the Barça players were happy with the positive attitude shown by all and are looking forward to more of the same in the next league match.

We saw a very different FC Barcelona to the one we saw playing out a goalless draw at Santander last week. The attitude looked so much more positive at the Camp Nou on Sunday night.

Gianluca Zambrotta:

“We played a good game with a winning mentality. I think we have to continue like that. Today we had the right mentality to win”.
“You can’t criticise us too much for the first game. Today we have shown just what kind of Barça we want”.
“Last year was my first season and it was a bit difficult, which is normal. This year I hope to do well and help Barça to win”.

Oleguer Presas:

“We had a good first half. In the second half we slowed down a bit. We are still at the start of the season and we have a lot of things to improve but we are on the right track”.
“The team has recovered its aggressiveness and played the ball around their area well. That is our strength and we need to take advantage of it”.
“I have a good feeling about this season. We have made some good new signings and they have improved the quality of the squad we had”.

Víctor Valdés:

“It was a nice game to watch, a great show. We suffered a bit towards the end, but we are generally pretty happy”.
“Athletic fight for every ball. At 2-0 we lost some of out intensity and it was all so much more easy after we scored our third”.
“We understand the criticism and treat it constructively. We went out onto the pitch intent on turning the page.”

Giovani dos Santos:

“I couldn’t have hoped for more on my debut. I imagined a debut like that. And it was strange be come on as substitute for Henry, who has always been one of my heroes”.
“I am very happy. I couldn’t ask for more. It was my dream come true. I hope to stay here for many more years”.

Thierry Henry:

“It was important to show our other face after what happened in Santander. Most of all, we need to make sure the fans are happy”.
“We had a winning mentality”
Tributes before the match
Before the game, rugby league’s Catalans Dragons paraded on the pitch following their historic appearance in the final of the Carnegie Challenge Cup (the first non-English club to ever do so). The Cadet B players also appeared on the pitch having won this summer’s Nike Premier Cup. A minutes silence was observed in memory of the late Antonio Puerta.

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