Pinto during today's press conference / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Jose Manuel Pinto was optimistic despite the difference between Barcelona and Real Madrid now being seven points. The team is still alive in three competitions and is not throwing in the towel in any of them. "The message coming from the squad is one of faith and confidence... we have very little margin for error, but we're not giving anything up ... Challenges emerge every day, and that's nice. We are excited about excelling ourselves and achieving every target we have".

Up for the cup

The Barça keeper knows how professional the players are and that the draw at El Madrigal won´t affect them. "The squad has always shown that it can stay strong despite any setbacks. The team is optimistic and looking forward to the cup".

Pinto also spoke about fitness, saying "we aren´t tired. We have good coaches and physios but it is hard for everything to work out perfectly every day ... But the team is fully committed".

Working to be first choice

Although he is an ever-present in the Copa del Rey, Pinto does not consider himself the first choice keeper in the competition. "I treat every training session as if I'm going to play. I have all the patience and ambition in the world ... Valdés is the best goalkeeper in the world ... I am working to improve and win my place from Víctor".

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