Pinto / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Pep Guardiola confirmed earlier this week that Pinto would be between the sticks for every game that’s left this season to give him game time ahead of the Cup final on May 25th and after he played the full 90 minutes at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night, he spoke to the Barça TV programme 'El Marcador'. He explained: “it’s good to play - that’s what makes a player feel good, being out there. I like to be able to help the team from on the pitch, rather than off it, which is usually my role and is also important”.

100% concentration

Pinto has always maintained the same hard working attitude regardless of whether he was on the bench or playing: “I have continued training as I always do and that has helped me maintain my concentration”.

That concentration and commitment is also there from his teammates, there’ll be no relaxation even if the title is now out of their reach: “this team have a winning attitude. We will still be competitive, even if there is nothing at stake”. Pinto also knows that the game time he’s getting will hold him in good stead for the Cup Final: “we are preparing each game very intensively, with our perspective very much on the Final”.

Healthy rivalry with Valdés

Pinto and Valdés give everything in training and on the pitch and that’s been a vital part in their growth as keepers and Pinto explained that they both work hard to outdo the other: “we have a healthy rivalry, which helps us both”.