matchdays | 2016-12-02
Puyol: ‘The upcoming Clásico is more important for Barça than for Real Madrid’
The Catalan legend says Barça must be faithful to their playing style to have a winning chance in El Clásico
FC Barcelona timeless captain, Carles Puyol, attended the Auditori 1899 in the club facilities for the presentation of the 360° TV replays system that La Liga and Inter Sports will launch for the first time during the Clásico this Saturday.
The former Blaugrana defender admitted that “this Clásico it’s more important for Barça than for Real Madrid. Barcelona arrives to this match with more urgencies. To trail by nine points in the table wouldn’t be definitive, but they’d have very little margin for mistakes and it’d get the title race complicated.”
Puyol played 29 Clásicos during his career and he claimed they were “all kind of matches”, although his favorite one was the 2-6 at the Bernabéu: “There were a few matchdays left and they were cutting short our lead in the table and if they would had beaten us, the league title would had gotten very complicated because of the momentum they were having. That victory almost sealed the league title for us.”
As in that particular match, the team with the most doubts won the clash, therefore Puyol has remembered that the current playing forms of the squads doesn’t matter much when it comes down to El Clásico: “When Barça were the main favorites, the game was more complicated to us and the other way around”.
Another important factor it’s that Andrés Iniesta may be available for a spot in starting lineup: “We’re talking about one of the best players in the world, someone who is pivotal to Barça’s playing style. It’s not just what Andrés does but how he influences the game around him. I’m very happy he has recovered”.
Puyol foresees a 3-1 scoreboard at the end and he considers the squad “must be faithful to their style and keep the ball. By doing so they, who have very good players, will be less dangerous”. He then continued: “The playing style is still the same: keep the possession, be the protagonists and pressure on the opposite field, but nowadays they have more resources. They use the counterattacks more, for example, because they have more players adapted to that kind of plays so it would be absurd to not take advantage of this.”
Asked about Leo Messi’s pending renewal with Barcelona, Puyol has recognized he doesn’t imagine the Argentinian away from Can Barça: “As a culé and as Leo’s friend, I hope he stays here for many years. I believe he’s in the best place he can be, he’s happy here, he still has a year and a half left on his contract and now we must live in the present and think about the Clásico.”
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WRITTEN BY: Jaime Ibarra
Jaime is a chemical engineer from Venezuela who is passionate about football and Barça. He loves the club’s history and he has been an unconditional fan since Ronaldo “The Phenomenon” amazed the world with the Blaugrana colors.