“I’ll try to do my little bit and who knows if we can’t spring a surprise” says Eibar's Japanese star, who says he has only ever seen the FC Barcelona stadium on TV
On Sunday at 6.15pm CET, Barça host SD Eibar, a side that has got off to fine start this season and where Takashi Inui has been one of the many success stories. The Japanese midfielder, who arrived in the Basque Country from Eintracht Frankfurt, is the most expensive signing in the club’s history. ‘Taka’ as the Eibar fans have come to know him, spoke to www.fcbarcelona.com the day before his first ever trip to the Camp Nou.
Are you excited about visiting the Camp Nou?
I have only ever seen it on TV. Just saying the name is awesome. I can’t wait for the day, to go out on the pitch and play.
I’ve played against Alves before with Japan. He’s probably the best right back in the worldMost Liga teams find it hard to play here and it’s especially tricky for attacking players like yourself.
It’ll be a difficult game, but there’s always a chance. And if there’s only one chance, we’ll try to take it. I’ll be doing everything I can.
Is there any player in particular that you’re looking forward to playing against?
Because of my position, I suppose I’ll be up against Dani Alves. I’ve played against him before with Japan. He’s probably the best right back in the world, an excellent player. But I’ll try to overcome that and do the best I can. I like Neymar Jr a lot too.
Alves and Neymar are your favourite Barça players?
And Messi and Iniesta. I’ve seen a lot of videos of them, especially Iniesta. I base a lot of my game on his moves and I love watching him play.
Messi won’t be in this game and perhaps not Iniesta either. Your team-mate Dani Garcia said in a press conference that you have a better chance of winning if Messi isn’t there. Do you agree?
Of course we can win at the Camp Nou. We are where we are because the players run a lot, nobody is lazy. We help each other and take training very seriously. I’ll try to do my little bit and who knows if we can’t spring a surprise.