Sergio Busquets faced the media to look ahead to tomorrow's Champions League Last 16 decider against Chelsea. The midfielder also spoke about other talking points at Barça such as the palpable tension in the stands which is affecting André Gomes.
How is the team shaping up for this return leg? “We all can't wait for the day of the game to arrive. It's going to be tough, demanding - it's going to involve a lot of hard work - but that's the Champions League. We'll be taking on the defending Premier League champions, a side who have a very defined style. We'll have to do the same as we did in the first leg - keep possession of the ball, create chances - although that won0t be easy because Chelsea defend well. It's going to be a struggle, but we have no option other than to go for the win. A 0-0 would be enough but we can't take any chances. We'll be going all out to win the game”.
The fans have get behind all of us, says Busi
André Gomes said he "feels ashamed" about being at Barça: “We knew something about it, everyone knew even though it's something very personal. His team mates have always tried to help him, we've tried giving him advice; but at the end of the day, the one who going though all of this is him - he's the one who takes it home with him. We've done everything possible to help him. As for the fans, we all need to be more positive with André, and not experience this tension - the groans that we hear sometimes at Camp Nou. We need to all be united as one. At this stage of the season, these things aren't good for anyone. I'm sure that things will change because here, the club and the fans always pull together as one. And I'm sure that's what will happen”.
Barcelona facing wait on Iniesta
Iniesta: “We all know what Andrés brings to the team, out on the pitch and as our captain. You give him the ball and he always knows what to do; everything he bring us is always positive. We've still got today's session and we hope he's in perfect shape. He will have the final say as to whether he feels able to play”.
Do you think it would be easier for Neymar to return to Barça than join Madrid? “I don't know, that's a question you'd need to ask him. Right now he is a player at a different club, he's not here and so it's not a subject I can talk about. It would be just talk for talk's sake. Only he knows. We have a very important game tomorrow and we can't be sidetracked by other issues”.
Willian: “We'll need to keep an eye on all of them - Hazard, Morata, Pedro… all of Chelsea's attacking players have a similar profile and we have to take extra care with them”.
🔊 Ernesto Valverde: "Willian is scoring freely. He's a player we have to take into account because he has that ability to shoot. He is probably in his best form of the season" #BarçaChelsea pic.twitter.com/t5MSvaG6hO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 13 March 2018