Cesc: “They have a similar style to our own”
Pedro and Fàbregas agreed that Barça’s opponents on Friday have a great team, and the Catalan thinks they share a similar style of football.
One was the hero of the last European Supercup to be won by Barcelona, Pedro Rodríguez, who scored
the winner in 2009 against Shakhtar Donetsk (1-0). The other is about to appear in his first ever
continental Supercup match, in just his second outing in an official match for his new club, Cesc
Fàbregas, which could bring his second Barça title in as many games! But both players know that
Porto will provide stern opposition and that it will be anything but easy to get their hands on the
Cesc explained that “this is my first trip away with the team and I’m happy to
form part of this great squad. Until now, they have treated me very well. I don’t know if
we’ll win or lose, but with this team we can go all the way”.
Speaking about Porto, Cesc said “I think they have a similar style to our own. They
like to hold onto the ball and don’t to play long balls. They play well and it’ll be
hard. We know they won everything last year and they scored five goals against Villarreal in 45
Fàbregas was also pleased that Arsenal won away to Udinese last night to secure a place in
this evening’s Champions League draw in Monaco.
The press conferences also produced a series of questions relating to the sad incidents at
the end of the Spanish Supercup match. Both Pedro and Cesc said they would rather forget all that
and concentrate instead on Friday’s game with Porto. “Enough has already been said
about the Spanish Supercup”, said Cesc.
It was announced today that Montoya has been picked for the full international Spain squad.
Pedro, unlike Guardiola, did not think it was a surprise. “He has been playing very well in
the youth teams. He’s very good at defending, can cover a lot of ground and plays the ball
well. It’s great, I know him very well, and I’m really happy.”