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12.09.2007 13:50

Sylvinho looking to the future

Vanessa Forns

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Sylvinho said that it was time for the players and fans to put the disappointments of last season behind them and focus on the challenges of the 2007-08 season.

The Brazilian wingback wants to concentrate on the season just started: “It’s time to look forward. If we do things right, we can achieve important things. The truth is we finished last season disappointed because things didn’t turn out the way we wanted. We suffered a lot and the final outcome hurt us all. Personally, however, I prefer to think of the future”.

The match against Osasuna

12-09-07_WEB_11.jpg“We have to look ahead and try and learn from our mistakes because we’ve got a lot of important matches and important competitions to come”. He described next Sunday’s away league clash with Osasuna as the most important game for Barça at the moment: “We’ve got a very difficult match in Pamplona and we’ll have to give 100%. We all know that Osasuna make it tough on their home ground. We have two or three days to prepare this match and we hope we’ll have all our players available to try and take the three points”.

The players of Barça B

Despite the defeat against Nàstic in the final of the Catalonia Cup, Sylvinho has taken something positive from the match: “The best things I saw were the dedication and professionalism of every player from the senior squad and the attitude of the youngsters, which was incredible. These are people who are pushing very hard and are working very seriously”.
Sylvinho looking to the future

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International matches
Sylvinho was asked many questions about the recent statements made by Club president Joan Laporta criticising the exodus of players on international duty. He told reporters: “This is more a political matter than a personal one. There is a series of regulations and we players very rarely have the final word or the right to choose”.

However, he insisted: “A player wants to serve his national team and his club with the same dedication”. Finally, he admitted that he couldn’t see a solution to the problem for the moment: “I don’t believe it will be sorted out in the short term”.

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