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10.08.2008 12:44

“I’m proud to be able to play in the Champion’s League”

Sandra Sarmiento

Martín Cáceres could make his debut in the top European competition this coming Wednesday against Wisla Krakow. The Uruguayan hopes the team can go into the game “in top form”.

Martín Cáceres is one of the five signings made by Barça this season and is the only one not to have had the chance to play in the Champion’s League. If Pep Guardiola includes him in the starting eleven he would make his debut in the top European competition. “I’m feeling great,” said Cáceres. “I feel proud and happy to be able to take part in the Champion’s League, whether I get play or not”. He added: “since day one the manager has instilled in us that Wednesday’s game is like a final. The pre-season work was good and we hope to go into the game in top form”.

Adapting to the style of play

100808entrenament_x2x.jpgIn the five pre-season games, Cáceres has played two from the start and closed the scoring against Chivas de Guadalajara with his first goal as a Barça player. The Uruguayan spoke about the main changes he has noticed between Barça and his previous team, Recreativo. “It’s difficult to adapt. Recreativo is totally different from Barça. Here they play a more attacking game. In fact it’s a total change. Also with the press, the travelling, the dressing rooms. There are lots of differences”.

His natural position

WEB_11.jpg“I feel more comfortable as a centre half as it is the position I have always played. But if I have to play right back I won’t have any problems”. During the pre-season he mainly played in the middle with Piqué, Márquez or Puyol, but we also saw him playing right back, substituting Alves. The South American footballer also spoke of Samuel Eto’o: “He’s another team-mate. He’s had a great pre-season and shows how involved he is every day”.
“I’m proud to be able to play in the Champion’s League”

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