Puyol, at the press conference in Milan / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Carles Puyol has never hidden his admiration for AC Milan. This Wednesday he will have another chance to play against a team that he defines as his “second club.” But the Barça captain added, “my heart belongs to Barça ... I always wish Milan the best except when we play against them.”

A five star match

The day before the match at the San Siro, where Barça could secure top spot in their Champions League group, Carles Puyol said that a game between Barça and Milan “is currently one of the best matches that anyone can see.” Even though a draw would all but ensure top spot in Group H, still having to play against Bate Borisov in the Camp Nou, the player said, “our intention is to win here, and to win at every stadium. That’s what we’ll do. A draw is a good result but we won’t be looking to draw.”

Aware of Milan’s dangers

The Barça centre back knows that the task of stopping the big-name players like Pato, Robinho or Ibrahimovic largely falls to him. When asked about how he intends to stop the ex-Barca player, Puyol said that wasn’t solely his job, that the team needed to work together in order to defend well. Puyol is aware that Ibrahimovic “is very difficult to stop man to man because he’s big and strong. I’ll have to anticipate him and hold my ground.” Puyol also said that playing against Ibrahimovic “doesn’t mean I have extra motivation to play well. Playing against Milan is motivation enough.” Puyol finished by saying, “I’m sure Ibrahimovic is proud of his time at Barcelona.”

Encouragement for Tito Vilanova

Barça captain, Carles Puyol, said that the news about Tito Vilanova “has been hard.” The centre back said, “I want to send him a lot of strength and a lot of encouragement to him and his family.” Puyol hopes that the assistant coach can “soon be with us at full strength.” The Barça captain added, “if we get a good result we will dedicate it to Tito. It’s an extra motivation for us.”