Puyol ready for dynamic display
Carles Puyol believes that a strong performance by FC Barcelona against Valencia at the weekend could change the dynamics of Pep Guardiola's team in home matches and bolster their confidence.
After two weeks with no league action, the Blaurgana return to la Primera on Saturday with an
enticing meeting with table-topping Valencia in Camp Nou and Puyol is relishing the challenge.
Barça have already dropped five points at home this term and the Barça skipper hopes a win against
los Che will change that run. "In the treble season we did not start very well either," he
explained. "I have confidence in the team. We have no doubts and we are ready. I hope that we can
rediscover our confidence and change the dynamics. It is always good to record a win."
on Barça's home form so far this term Puyol continued: "It is not normal that we have let five
points go against teams that are theoretically lower than us. Teams have been highly motivated
against us and have shown that anyone can beat anyone. Things are very even." Looking for reasons
for the run, Puyol added: "It is not a physical thing. The World Cup made the season longer, but
the team is doing well and we are in good form."
Leading the way
Valencia head to Camp Nou as league leaders and have only dropped two points this season.
"They are a solid team and it will be difficult," Puyol said. "They saw important players leave,
but they other good ones joined and we will have to be attentive. If they continue playing like
they have been then they could stay up there. They are one of the best teams at the moment."
Village and Xavi
David Villa and Xavi could return for Barça on Saturday and Puyol is pleased: "They are
important players for us and I am pleased that they have recovered. I hope that they can play," he
added. "Villa is one of the best strikers in the world and will score a lot of goals. I do not
understand anyone that doubts Xavi. His statistics show everything. He always wants to play. If he
is not playing it is because he is injured."