Roura: I’m convinced that we will climb out of this dip in form"

Jordi Roura, en el partit d'aquesta nit contra el Madrid / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The manager says that “we have to forget about this match and focus on future objectives,” he adds that “we have very important challenges ahead and we’ll fight until the end”

“In general Madrid were much more effective than us,” says Roura

Thankful to the fans

Roura also wanted to thank the Camp Nou faithful for cheering the team on throughout the whole match: “I want to highlight the fans’ reaction and thank them. They were exemplary. We know how difficult it is to play against Madrid, and the people know it too.”

Jordi Roura knows his players will give their all to win the remaining two competitions available to Barça this season, the league and the Champions League. “I have nothing to reproach the players about tonight. I’m convinced that we will climb out of this dip in form. I think we need to have absolute confidence in this team.” He added that his men need to move forward after tonight’s elimination in the Cup and focus on this Saturday’s Clásico: “It’s sad when you’re eliminated. But these players are extremely competitive and they want to win it all. We have to bounce back and find the joy in the game.”

“We have important challenges ahead”

Roura reminded the journalists in the press room that Barça are still in contention for both the league and the Champions League: “We have to forget about this match and focus on future objectives.” He added that “what we have to try to do is not let our guard down in the Liga and win it as soon as possible. We have an important match against Milan coming up and we’ll approach it with high expectations. I think these challenges are important and we’ll fight until the end for both titles.”

“Madrid were more effective”

On tonight’s match against Madrid, Roura recognised that “we knew what type of match we were going to play. I think they were extremely effective and we didn’t control their counters, which is their strength.” He added that “it’s true that in isolated plays they were very effective, it’s something that we simply weren’t in both the return and away games. In general they were much more effective than us.”

When asked about the return leg in the Champions League against Milan, the manager said that it will be a different match. “Madrid play differently. I think Milan will be more conservative.” He added: “It’s very probable that against Milan we’ll make various tactical changes. When we lose it’s normal to see what changes can be made.”

Cesc: "We have to learn from this and move forward"

Cesc and Messi during the match. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Cesc Fàbregas says “the two most important titles are coming up and we have to move forward”

The Barça midfielder goes on to say that “this won’t affect us ahead of the match against Milan”

The team will train on Wednesday afternoon. Andrés Iniesta will hold a press conference after the session.

It’s time to pick up the pieces, recover, rectify and bounce back after this evening’s blow against Real Madrid. This is exactly what Cesc Fàbregas said after the match, who refused to give any excuses for this evening’s defeat. “We have to give more, we have to pick ourselves up, move forward and win on Saturday.”

He went on to say that this in Wednesday’s game, Madrid “hurt us on the counter and that’s their specialty; the 0-2 crippled us.

“We have to learn from this … the two most important titles are coming up and we have to move forward,” he declared. He added that tonight’s match against Madrid “has nothing to do with the one against Milan, they are two different competitions. I believe in this team.”

Cesc was honest about how he was feeling after the match: “We’re a bit down but starting tomorrow we have to start working hard because we represent a very important institution.” Lastly, he thanked the fans for supporting the team throughout the whole match: “I’m very thankful to the fans, they never stopped cheering us on.”

Here are the statements made by other FC Barcelona players after the match:

Jordi Alba:

“We’re upset, we wanted to make it to the final but the penalty and the 0-2 really hurt us. We fought but it wasn’t meant to be, this defeat will make us stronger ahead of the Champions League.”

“We started off well, we created chances but on one typical Madrid counter they won a penalty, and that hurt us.”

“We’ve lost two crucial matches but we still have the return leg against Milan and I’m sure we will do better. If we score early, we’ll have a great chance to make it through to the next round.”

“The team showed that it can win any tie.”

“I want to thank the fans for their support.”

Sergio Busquets:

“I think we were playing relatively well and the result is a bit excessive, the way they scored the first two goals really hurt us.”

“We’re not doing well at the moment, we’re going to fight for the Champions League, which will be difficult but not impossible, and for the Liga.”

“Time cures all wrongs, in four days we have another league match and we have to try to win this important title.”

Dani Alves:

“We didn’t compete well, we traded blows and that’s not our style, we need to learn from this.”

“There’s no room for error if you don’t compete well at this level. They are fast up front and they closed themselves off well at the back.”

“The people know that we tried and they acknowledged our effort, but sadly at this level you can’t give away chances.”

Rosell confirma el seu viatge a Nova York per visitar Tito Vilanova: "La seva salut és prioritària"

Sandro Rosell / FOTO: ARXIU FCB
El president visitarà aquest dimecres el tècnic, que està sent tractat a terres nord-americanes

“La seva salut és prioritària, més important que el partit d’avui o els títols de demà”, declara

De l’eliminació amb el Madrid, assegura que “cal passar pàgina” i “pensar en els propers compromisos”

Sandro Rosell ha confirmat que viatjarà aquest dimecres a Nova York per visitar el tècnic del primer equip, Tito Vilanova, qui està sent tractat de la seva malaltia. “La seva salut és el més important. És prioritària, més important que el partit d’avui o els títols de demà”, ha declarat el president. I ha afegit: “El trobem a faltar com a persona i com a professional”. Rosell també ha volgut deixar clar que, mentre Vilanova es trobi a Nova York, “Roura seguirà dirigint l’equip perquè confiem moltíssim en ell”.

Felicita el Madrid

El president blaugrana també ha valorat l’eliminació patida aquest dimarts contra el Madrid a la Copa del Rei: “Ha estat una derrota que no esperàvem. Cal felicitar el Madrid i hem de passar pàgina ràpid i pensar en dissabte i en els propers compromisos, que són més importants que la Copa”. Rosell també ha lamentat les ocasions perdonades en el partit d’anada: “Va ser una llàstima que Pedro no marqués el 0-2 allà, però aquestes coses passen. És futbol”.

Tot el crèdit del món

Per a Rosell, és el moment de tirar de memòria i recordar tot el que ha fet l’equip en els últims anys. “Aquest equip es mereix moltíssim crèdit. Duu quatre anys i mig molt bons i en el futbol és impossible guanyar-ho tot. Sé que és difícil, però hem de tenir memòria”, ha afirmat. També ha tingut paraules d’elogi per a l’afició, que mai ha deixat d’animar els seus: “La nostra afició ha madurat moltíssim en els últims anys i sap que no sempre podem guanyar”.

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