The FC Barcelona director of football, Andoni Zubizarreta, spoke to the media just before boarding the flight to Lisbon, saying that “winning steaks are built game by game. The results have been very good up until now but on Tuesday we are starting from scratch once again. Previous results are a good reference, but we are always starting from zero … In a short tournament like the Champions League, and especially in the group stages, good results early on can avoid suffering nearer to the end”.
Asked if the thought of the clásico on Sunday might distract the players from the more immediate fixture, Zubizarreta made it clear that “these are two different competitions. Right now, we have to focus on the Champions League. Then on Wednesday we can think about the league again. Anyhow, it’s still only October and there are a lot of points still to play for.”
Andoni Zubizarreta also believes there is an explanation for why Tito Vilanova’s side is coming from behind to win so many matches. “This team has an enormous will to win. They end up winning because they want to”. As for the injury problems, he feels they are just an unfortunate part of the game. “Puyol, Iniesta and Adriano are three great players, and now we’ve also lost Thiago. But these things happen in football. We’ll try to get them fit as quickly as possible and when they come back, they’ll be coming back with their full potential”.
"We have to focus on the Champions League. Then on Wednesday we can think about the league again"
“This team has an enormous will to win. They end up winning because they want to”