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27.11.2009 17:45

Larsson back for clásico

Marc Guillén

Henrik Larsson hasn’t been back to Barcelona since he left the club, but now retired he is here to see what promises to be a cracking match on Sunday.

The Swede visited his former colleagues at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning and also spoke to Barça TV.

First time back

fcb-werder_bremen_x1x.jpgHe has not been back to Catalonia since he left the club with a freshly won Champions League medal. He said “when I was playing it was hard to find time to come to Barcelona, but now I’ve retired I can do what I like and I have come here to enjoy the city and catch up with the friends I have here, and also see some training”.

2009-11-27_ENTRENO_16.JPGHaving now left Helsingborg, Larsson has made his plans. “Right now, I want to enjoy myself, enjoy life, take things calmly, travel a lot and then we’ll see. I hope to get a coach’s licence in the future”.

Barça “couldn’t be better”

Larsson is here especially for the Barça v Madrid match, but doesn’t know if he’ll get to see Ibrahimovic play. “There are good staff here and I’m sure they’ll be doing all they can for him to be ready for the game” he said.

fcb-r.madrid-larsson.jpgAs for the game, he said “I hope we win the clásico. I think FC Barcelona play the best football in the world at the moment. The way they play, the speed of the ball, the mobility, Barça are great for the fans to watch. You enjoy watching Barça because they play so fast, they thread passes together with Xavi and Iniesta deciding what will be done with the ball. And up front they have Messi, Ibra and Henry, it couldn’t be better.”
Photos: Miguel Ruiz - FCB
Photos: Miguel Ruiz - FCB

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Dream come true for Laureano Ruiz
Former FC Barcelona coach Laureano Ruiz also came to watch training and is equally impressed by Josep Guardiola’s side. “I was coach of the first team for a very short time. When I left I said I didn’t want to stay because it wasn’t the right time. I felt that 70% of the players had to be locals and 30% had to be foreigners that brought in that added quality in areas we couldn’t cover. That has been done thanks to the way Guardiola has trusted the youth players. With any other coach this would not have been possible, because coaches from elsewhere want players from elsewhere that can bring instant results.”

Laureano Ruiz loves the defensive systems used by Guardiola without renouncing their traditionally attacking flair. The man who coached Barça in 1976 had been impressed with all the work done with youth players in recent seasons and has come to Barcelona to attend the presentation of the book titled ‘La força d’un somni’.

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