Pinto: "I still have butterflies"
José Manuel Pinto has admitted that he enjoys the nerves that come with playing in big games for FC Barcelona after appearing in the Champions League win over Copenhagen on Wednesday.
The Blaugrana keeper stepped into the side to replace Víctor Valdés to appear in the competition
for the first time since joining the Catalan club. Pinto has played in the Champions League before
with Celta, but had been waiting for a chance with Barça. “It is a pleasure to play in the
Champions League, the Copa del Rey or the league,” he said. “I have not lost that
desire and when I play I continue to feel the butterflies which I love.”
Pinto had not played for Barça since the Trofeo Joan Gamper outing and was pleased to be
back. “One always feels better when playing games,” he added. “I am pleased to
have added what I could to the win.”
"What is difficult is not creating chances. In the first half if we had
scored two or three goals we would not have had this.
"The Champions League is very exacting and a matter of details and therefore we can be
"We have the feeling that we had to score another goal. But the aim is not to let our heads
"The thing we must do is close games. We will keep working. Not scoring is not a worry with
the quality of players we have."
"I do not see that Villa worried. What is important is that we maintain this attitude."
"A win in Denmark would leave us in a great position. That would leave us able to play the
last games with more calm."
"It was difficult because they played defensively, stayed together and
we had to work hard to find space."
"Although we had a score we handled the game well."
"We did not take the chances that we created and they lifted their game."
"It was important to win because now we have won back-to-back matches."
"I have not had much luck. I tried but could not score (when hitting the post in
the 88th minute)."
"I am pleased we were determined. They were good on the counter-attack and it was a difficult
game, but we did well."
"It was a game of two halves. In the first period we had more space and in the second they
closed up, but we achieved our aim and that was most important."
"We wanted to win the game as quickly as possible, but when that is not possible you have to
keep going so that do not score."
"In the end the result is most important. I place more importance on
winning because it moves us closer to qualifying."
"Barça were superior. The result could have been higher in our favour."
"We had chances and we need to put them away. One day we will score all our chances and
everyone will be calmer."
"Each day that passes I am getting better. One always needs time to acclimatise to playing in
a different way."
"I feel very comfortable alongside Busquets."
"I am improving. Each game I feel better and without any problems."
"The coach is calm and so are we. We know we had chance to score and should take them, but we
are playing well."
"If you finish off the game everything is easier. If we had scored the
goals in the first half then they would have let their heads drop."
"We have a lot of quality players and they can score goals. But there are times when things
go in and others when they do not. The goals will come."
"Villa is playing well and wants to score. When the tide turns he will score a lot."
"We have taken three vital points. The other result (a draw) helps us. Winning the next game
will be huge."
"We controlled the game well enough. In the end things will work out, it is
question of time."