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19.10.2009 18:25

“It will be harder than Mestalla”

Edgar Fornós

FC Barcelona midfielder, Touré Yaya, has warned in his press conference that the game against Rubin Kazan will be “a more difficult game than the one at Mestalla because we don’t know the opposition and that could cause problems.”

FC Barcelona and Rubin Kazan are set to meet for the first time in their history, and Touré Yaya explained that “not knowing the opposition means we have a problem when it comes to Rubin Kazan. I am sure it will be a harder game than we had in Mestalla and we will be well focused because they could be dangerous”.

Two vital games

Barça face Rubin Kazan twice in a row in the Champions League and the Ivorian considers these will be “two very complicated games both home and away. At the Camp Nou we have to win at all costs and then in theory we will have a certain advantage, because it will be really complicated there because of the low temperatures. But I still think we have the squad to get a win at their ground”.

“African Nations Cup should be in summer”

2009-10-19_ENTRENO_02.JPGEver since he arrived from Monaco, Touré Yaya has been fully committed to FC Barcelona. Asked about the African Nations Cup that is coming up in January, Touré once again showed his implication for the cause. “Last year I got into a situation and tried to stay here but it was impossible to convince the president of my country. It is a complicated situation for African players that play for big European clubs because we want to help our teams at such a key moment of the season. The African Nations Cup should be played in the summer, once club competitions have finished, like they do with the European Championship.”
Photos: Miguel Ruiz (FCB)
Photos: Miguel Ruiz (FCB)

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Touré shows support for Messi
Touré Yaya has been short listed as one of the 30 players that could play the African Nations Cup, which France Football awards to the best player in the world. “I am very proud to be in that list. We had a spectacular year at Barça and that’s what got me there. If I had to give the prize, I’d give it to Messi because he had a spectacular season and for me it is an honour to play at his side”.

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