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Mascherano: 'The team wants to improve and maintain everything we have achieved'

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Mascherano: 'The team wants to improve and maintain everything we have achieved'

The Argentinian spoke ahead of the second-leg Super Cup clash against Sevilla and reaffirmed the squad's ambition to win everything

Javier Mascherano

"I think the team has done good work defensively. At this stage of the season it's normal to still make mistakes."

"We still need to assimilate some concepts and sometimes it's difficult to restart."

"The game the other day gave us confidence. The mentality of the team is always to improve."

"For all Argentinians, Leo's return to the NT is something that gives us peace and joy."

"When you're frustrated, you think about giving everything up but we're sure Leo still has a lot to give the NT."

"There's the normal fatigue after the game in Sevilla, but we want to obtain a good result."

"We're excited about winning another trophy to start the season well and we want to play another good game like in Sevilla."

"Obviously the coach knows the players and the squad the best. So if he says it's the best squad he had..."

"The team has been reinforced with the idea of improving. The club and the board want to maintain everything we did recently."

"Bravo? We don't know anything, I don't know if it's true or not."

"If a teammate decides to leave it's because it's the best decision for him. Claudio has given us a lot these two years."

"I hope Claudio will stay, because he's important for us. But if he decides to leave I'll understand it."

"We're professionals and decisions are always made in regards to what best suits everyone."

"My doubts about staying weren't related to feeling valued by the club or not. I have no complaints about that."

"Sometimes you wonder if you have the level to keep playing here and obviously at the end of last season I asked myself that."

"I wanted to know if I can keep being at the level required at such a demanding club like Barcelona."

"Munir has had a good preseason and we've seen him grow and improve day by day."

"It makes us happy to see how Munir is developing, but I can't say what will happen in the future."

"Claudio is acting perfectly normal. He's a great professional with a lot of experience and a great person."

"As a teammate I can't impose anything on another. Each of us looks for the best for himself."

"The captains talking to the goalkeepers? That's not up to us. It's the coach's decision and also personal decisions."

"It's normal to take time to think and reconsider. At no point did Leo say that he was 100% leaving the NT."

"I guess Leo thought that he still has things to give the NT. Losing and getting back up again is part of sporting life."

"Umtiti? We all have the possibility of playing. He can start playing immediately. "

"Umtiti is a great player, he showed that at the Euro when he started in the QF and earned his place."

"Umtiti's signing makes us stronger and better, make the squad more complete."

"I think that with Leo there's a special thing that happens. Each preseason we think he's more motivated than the previous one."

"Umtiti has good technique and brings the ball out from the back and likes to press high."

"Claudio hasn't told us anything. At least not to me. I don't know anything. He's focused on training and winning the Supercup."

"We're starting the season at a good level."

"We'd obviously like to have more preparation but 80% of the team played in international tournaments and it makes it difficult."

"The Champions League is one of the three objectives we have. We are obligated to fight for everything, the name of the club demands it."

"Last season Sergi Roberto showed his potential by playing in almost every position."

"Hopefully Sergi Roberto won't ever need to fill in at CB. His intelligence is his greatest quality."

"But it's complicated for Leo to be even more motivated, because we know the type of player he is."

"This year Leo will maintain the ambition to win what we did last season and also get further in the Champions League."

"Seeing Leo happy makes us happy because he gives us something different."

"Playing in midfield? I'm ready to play wherever the coach tells me to. This is the key to being at a club like Barça."

"You always want to play and for that you need to be willing to play wherever you're required."

"I don't feel special at all. But I do think that being here for a lot of years makes you feel more important."

"Each of us has a role to fill in the squad. In a club like this the coach will need everyone."

"I think that as professionals we know how to live with the uncertainty of the future better than others."

"People that are experienced professionals focus on playing and trying to perform as best possible all the time."

"The captaincy hasn't changed me because I was chosen due to how I am so it wouldn't make sense to change."

"I wasn't born here so that adds some difficulty to being a captain, but I haven't changed anything about myself."

"I didn't reject offers because I am a captain. That debate was just about what I can still give the team."

"Umtiti? When you train with a teammate you get to know him better, but he's already shown why Barça signed him. He has to pick up some new concepts, which is normal."

"Umtiti has good technique and brings the ball out from the back and likes to press high."

"Claudio hasn't told us anything. At least not to me. I don't know anything. He's focused on training and winning the Supercup."

"We're starting the season at a good level."

"We'd obviously like to have more preparation but 80% of the team played in international tournaments and it makes it difficult."

"The Champions League is one of the three objectives we have. We are obligated to fight for everything, the name of the club demands it. But we're all aware of how complicated winning the Champions League is."

"Last season Sergi Roberto showed his potential by playing in almost every position."

"Hopefully Sergi Roberto won't ever need to fill in at centre-back. His intelligence is his greatest quality."

"Sergi Roberto's capacity to understand the game helps him play in a lot of positions."

"Cesc going to Madrid? We know that he feels identified with Barça because of his past, but everything is possible. Each of us makes decisions in regards to his career. I'm no one to judge him if this happens."

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