Maxwell not worried about Madrid date
Maxwell spoke to the media after this morning’s training session and the big issue for the press was the date of the Barça-Madrid game.
Maxwell reckons the squad aren’t too bothered when the game is played, claiming: “the
most important thing is that we are all okay, well prepared and we put in a good
The Brazilian explained that the players hadn’t really talked about the decision to
play the game on Monday November 29th – “it’s a strange day to play, not usual,
but we haven’t talked about it much, but I guess we have to understand the political reasons
Concentrating on next two games
large part of the press conference was concerned with the reactions to the date the game has been
scheduled for, but Maxwell insisted on the importance of the games against Villarreal and Almeria:
“nobody, neither Barça nor Madrid, will come into the game better than the other team, but
the important thing isn’t how we come into the game, but how we come out of it. Right now we
have to keep on focussing on getting all the points we can and come into the match full of
Switching attention to Saturday’s game, Maxwell explained: “Villarreal have some
players who are really in form right now. They have a strong attack and they play the ball about
really well. They have a style of play that is very competitive for us. It’ll be a difficult
game and we’ll have to go into it at our best to get a good result”.
Lack of centre halves
Milito injured and Piqué suspended, Guardiola finds himself with just one recognised centre half in
the squad for Saturday’s game and he’ll have to choose between using Abidal or a B team
player there against Villarreal. But what about Maxwell himself? “I’d love to be out
there and helping the team, but I’m sure that the B team lads would do a better job than
me!”, he confessed.
Role of the youngsters
Continuing his theme, Maxwell praised the B team players who figured on Wednesday night:
“I’m very confident about the group we have. The youngsters from the B team are
contributing in a decisive manner. The boss knows very well when to give them a run out and he like
to give them opportunities and that we help as much as possible”.