Pinto: “It is an important chance for me"
José Manuel Pinto has stated that he is ready to try to take advantage of his chance to play in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla as Víctor Valdés has been called up by Spain for an international friendly.
Before training in Beijing on Friday the goalkeeper explained: "We will not have Víctor with us and
it will be an important opportunity for me," he said. "I now have to prepare and continue to train
hard ahead of the game." League champions Barça are due to meet Copa del Rey winners Sevilla in the
opening game of the two-legged affair in the Sánchez Pizjuán on August 14.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has included Valdés in his squad for
the friendly against Mexico
in the Azteca on August 11, along with six other Barça stars, and that means that Pinto
is in prime position to play for the Blaugrana. "We will be without seven important players, but we
have to accept it and we need to think about how we will play without them," he explained. "We will
still have total belief in ourselves."
During pre-season Pinto has been working closely with the youth team
goalkeepers and he is impressed. "Rubén Miño like Jordi Masip and Oier Olazábal have great
quality," he stated. "In that sense the Barça youth ranks is taken care of and has good keepers."
After seeing previous goalkeeping coach Juan Carlos Unzué leave to take
over at Numancia this summer Pinto has not wanted to compare him to successor Carles Busquets. "It
is like comparing two players," he said. "Each one has their own things and different qualities."
Reflecting on the first goal that he conceded against the K-League Select Xi in midweek the
keeper added: "The bounce surprised me because the pitch was hard, but it is no excuse. The ball
went over my boot and I was not sure enough."
Pinto believes that the new ball that will be used in the league is similar to those being
used in the Champions League. "The Champions League ones move a lot, but the league ones do now as
well compared to last season," he commented.