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24.11.2009 23:57

Abidal: “This was the best job of the year so far”


After his recovery from the flu, the French defender put in an excellent performance against Inter and was clearly well pleased when he spoke to the press after the game.

For Abidal: “we played really well and won – the players who came in can really help , we have a very talented bunch of players”.

Eric Abidal was undoubtedly one of the surprises of the game against Inter as he made a great recovery from his flu and the muscle injury that appeared to have ruled him out of contention, to put in perhaps his best performance of the season so far.

As far as Abidal is concerned, his recovery is down to: “eating chicken breast and rice with olive oil – I've got a body that recovers very quickly “, he quipped to Barca TV after the game.

Looking forward to the Madrid game, Abidal commented: “we'll have to play well to win the game – I'm sure it'll be a great game”.


2009-11-24_PARTIDO_35.JPG“I'm very happy with the game and my goal”

“Like the rest of the team I was very focussed on the game”

“We knew it was an important game - we worked hard and got the win”.

“I want to say well done to my teammates -they made it possible to score”.

“I'm having plenty of luck in front of goal right now”.


“We felt superior to Inter - we dominated and created plenty of chances”.

“I think ut was a great game”.

“The team got over the absences and showed that we have a great squad”.

“The win gets us back into a positive mood, that'll set us up for the Madrid game, maybe that's especially important for the fans and the media”.

“It's important to get ahead against Italian teams”

“Now we have to meet Madrid and show that we can win and win well”.


“This was an important win for this week – we'll take a lot of morale and confidence from it”.

“We played some pretty spectacular football”

“I think the important thing was that we put on pressure from the start. We were very focussed in defence and they really couldn't do anything on the break”

“The way we play is always the same – we can change the players, but the system is always the same”.


2009-11-24_PARTIDO_27.JPG“We're happy to have got closer to qualifying”

“Inter played well – they let us play at the start and we were superior to them. In the second half we showed we knew how to stop them scoring”.

“The fans were great – it was like playing with a twelfth man”.

“Now we have to go to Kiev – it'll be cold, but we have to get a good result to get through”.


2009-11-24_PARTIDO_09.JPG“I think Barca never fail on the big ocassions”.

“Every day we are showing that the team is the thing, rather than individuals . We know that Ibra and Messi are exceptional, but we have other players who can step in”.

“It seems that the flu is doing Abidal good – it was important that he recovered”.
Abidal: “This was the best job of the year so far”
Alves limping
The Brazilian full back was limping as he came out after the game after picking up a foot injury which will be looked at today to ascertain the full extent of the damage.

The squad will be back in training on Thursday at 11.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

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