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08.12.2008 14:22

Abidal: “We want to finish the Champions League on a high note”

Berta Brau

Abidal thinks the Shakhtar game is important as it’s in the Champions League and the team wants to finish the group stages of the competition on a high note. Abidal also says he felt fine against Valencia.

The last game in the Champions League group stage between Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk is to be played four days before the classic clash with Real Madrid. Although it is a dead rubber, Abidal thinks that the Shakhtar game “is important as it’s in the Champions League and we want to finish the group stages on a high note”.

First Shakhtar then Madrid

08-12-08_WEB_ABIDAL_01.jpgDespite the upcoming clash with Madrid, Abidal’s priorities are clear. “First comes Shakhtar,” he said, “and then we’ll have enough time to get ready for Madrid.”

“I’m almost 100%”

The Barcelona-Valencia match was Eric Abidal’s first after a month’s layoff with injury. He played all ninety minutes and says he felt fine: “I’m okay, I did some stuff before the game and everything went right out on the park. I’m almost 100%”.
Abidal: “We want to finish the Champions League on a high note”

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Five days away from Madrid
Though he’s focussing on Tuesday’s Champions League clash, Abidal admits the team haven’t forgotten the last time they faced Madrid. “Last year was tough,” he said, “but this year will be different as no two games are alike.” He thinks it possible that Schuster wants to take the pressure off his players, “but lots of things can happen in a game and you just have to wait and see”.

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