Speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Rubin, Éric Abidal, insisted that even though classification is already assured, “it’s important that the team keep on winning”.
“They are a difficult team to play against and to beat” according to the French
defender, who continued: “they sit back and soak up the pressure and then hit you on the
“We’ll do everything to win”
Top spot may already be in the bag, but Abidal was adamant that
“the Champions League is special and we always play to win. We are playing well and will do
everything to win this game. We are professionals and football is our job. We are on a good run and
it’s important that we keep winning”.
Abidal was also quizzed about the events surrounding last Saturday’s trip to
Pamplona and he commented: “these things happen. We are just footballers, we waited and
finally went by train and coach –it was no problem”.
Happy for Messi, Xavi and Iniesta
Abidal also took the opportunity to congratulate his three team mates
who have been nominated for the
FIFA Pilota d’Or 2010 :“it’s important for them and a just reward. They are key players for us and
we are very happy because one of the three will win the prize. We’ll be happy for whichever
one of them wins”.
Best manager? Guardiola
Although he has no favourites amongst his three team mates (“if I could
I’d give it to all three of them. They are all great players and should win”), Abidal
was very clear about who should win the
Manager of the Year award: “I’d choose the boss because he’s my coach and the best manager
“I want to stay here”
Finally, Abidal commented on his contract negotiations: “my contract finishes in 2012.
I want to stay here, I feel good and this is the best team in the world”.
Photos: Àlex Caparrós-FCB.
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Berdíev: "first we have to focus on defence"
Rubin Kazan trained at the Nou Camp at 17.30 on Monday night and their coach Kurbán Berdíev claimed
in his press conference before the session: “the boys know that it’s a party for us to
be playing here for the second time at the Nou Camp. We are well prepared. First we need to focus
on defence because we have seen what happens to teams who try to play an open game against