Iniesta: "I hope we can have a great season"
Andrés Iniesta is enjoying the last few days of a well-deserved holiday in his hometown of Fuentealbilla and the other Spain international players return for pre-season training at Barça on August 9.
Having been a member of the Spanish team that won the World Cup in South Africa last month the
Blaugrana midfielder will be back at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper next Monday, but only after
he has ensured that he has had a complete rest during his vacation. The loclas
Stamford Bridge and Soccer City
The locals in Fuentealbilla have honoured their most famous son since he
returned from the World Cup as messages have continued to pour in to the family home. As an idol of
the town Iniesta has also seen his name written everywhere he has been with everyeon wanting to
congratulate him in some form. As the player that scored the winning goal in the final against the
Netherlands the playmaker wrote his name in the history books just a yaer after netting an historic
effort for Barça against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League semi final. "I
experienced incredbile happiness when scoring both of those goals," he told Barça TV. "I felt that
I had reached the top and it was the best feeling. From a sentimental point of view they are equal
because I felt such joy when scoring both."
On his return to his hometown Iniesta explained: "It has been great, very special. Above all
seeing how people have welcomed me and the esteem I am given. I feel very proud that so many people
have wanted to show me affection."
Iniesta maybe on holiday but he is keeping in touch with events at Camp Nou by watching Barça
VT. "I saw the game against Valerenga and I will also watch both the games from the Asia tour as
well," he explained. "
When he returns to training Iniesta will find internatonal team-mate
David Villa alongside him and he explained how the newcomer will be welcomed. "When he signed we
talked about the club, the city, the training," he said. "I am sure that we will be ready for
another season as demanding as the last one. I have played alongside him for la Selección and I
know that he has a lot of quality. We link up well and I am sure it will be good. I do not think he
will have any problem adapting."
Cesc Fàbregas has also been the subject of speculation and Iniesta would welcome the Catalan
midfielder back to Barça. "We all want him to come because he is a player that would help to
improve us, he is complete," he commented. "Despite that, he belongs to Arsenal and everyone
A large number of youngsters have been promoted from the B and C teams for pre-season and
Iniesta believes that is good for the club. "It is important that these kids are confident when
they go up to the first team so that they can show their talent," he stated. "They appear to be
doing well and the coaches know all about them. The youth system continues to be a very useful
resource when we need it."
Iniesta has won everything apart from the Olympic Games and the Europa League, but
he has not intention of relaxing. "Winning trophies is the stimulant, a motivation. Nobody should
worry because even if we do not win anything it will have nothing to do with what we have already
won before," he exlpained. "Last season was difficult and I do not like to think about it too
much." During teh celebrations for the league title last term Iniesta was given a special cheer by
the fans and he was touched. "I was because I wanted to thank everyone for the fondness they have
shown me and in each game I try to improve so we can celebrate winning more trophies."