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08.11.2008 23:59

Laporta: “I dedicate the win to Severiano Ballesteros”


“He is a great Barça fan and he is going through a difficult time. In the name of the club I would like to dedicate this win to him and wish him as speedy a recovery as possible”.

Those were the president’s words of support for Severiano Ballesteros, one of Barça’s most illustrious fans, and who is suffering from a brain tumour.

Team captain Carles Puyol expressed similar sentiments. In the name of the team he said “we all hope he gets well as soon as possible and hope he will soon be able to come to the ground and watch us”.

The players were obviously also delighted with the convincing win against Valladolid, and the following is a selection of their comments.

Samuel Eto'o

“I don’t think I have ever scored four goals in the same match before”.

“We are working very well. You get the feeling that it’s easy for us, but it is all the result of working well and hard, and when you work like that you create chances and with the players we have we’ll score goals”.

“I don’t think I was the man of the match. I did my job, which is to push the ball in. The team played fantastically, and against a brave team, who came here to play”.

“I kept the ball and my team-mates will sign it on Monday”.

“I am really happy for the fans. We all hope they can continue nights of football like this”.

Xavi Hernández

“Everything is working well and we are very satisfied with the good run of form and this positive dynamic”.

“What we have to do is keep working to get the fans implied in our game. If we keep playing attacking football, scoring goals and creating good plays, the fans will come. That is what we need to do to get the fans to enjoy themselves as much as we do on the pitch”.

Seydou Keita

“It was a very good game for us. The team’s playing well, and our minds are now on the next game”.

“I felt fine. I have worked hard with the medical services and I am back to full fitness.”

“It is much easier to get back into the team when there is such a good dynamic in the way we play and score goals”.

Dani Alves

“Although it was very even at first, when we made it 2-0 the game broke down a bit”.

“Samuel is in another class. He is always there, he’s very clever and we thank him for his commitment and dedication on the pitch”.

“I am so happy to form part of this fantastic squad. Everybody is very committed and that is something to be thankful for. It is a pleasure to play with them whatever the results”.

Martín Cáceres

“The team is showing that we are playing at a high level and we are all very happy”.

“You are always glad to get time on the pitch and to be able to help the team.”

“I’m relaxed. Of course you always want to play more, but I’ll be working to get more chances and to take part in the great way this team is playing.”
Laporta: “I dedicate the win to Severiano Ballesteros”
Training on Monday
Pep Guardiola’s side has a day off on Sunday and will return to training on Monday with a session scheduled for 17.30.

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