Gerard Piqué is confident that FC Barcelona will bounce back after the loss to Getafe. “I’m convinced that the team will give everything they’ve got to be fighting for the title at the end of the season.” The centre defender called on the Camp Nou faithful to “trust us.” While adding that, "there are many games still yet to be played, a lot of points up for grabs. Madrid is doing things a bit better and we have to turn this situation around. We are Barça and we’ll move forward.”

The players are aware that they have no time to dwell on the defeat against Getafe as FC Barcelona will host Rayo Vallecano on Tuesday at the Camp Nou. Piqué said he doesn’t want to think about the game against Madrid but it’s important, with the Clásico looming, that against Rayo and Levante “the team must win six points.”

Víctor Valdés

“We’re disappointed because it was a defeat that wasn’t expected. The team did a good job but we didn’t take advantage of our chances.”

“We knew we had to win here but it didn’t work out. We have to pick ourselves up because we have a game right around the corner.”

“We have to keep on fighting. The sooner we lift our heads the better. We have to work hard because we have a game in a couple of days. We have to concentrate on winning our matches.”

“It’s a really negative result and we have to pick ourselves up as soon as possible.”

David Villa

“We don’t have to make excuses. We gave it our all and we tried to win but it wasn’t possible.”

“The team played well but we didn’t capitalise on our opportunities. They scored off a fateful corner.”

“We’re far away [from Madrid] but there is still a lot of time. This isn’t over. We have a game against them that we can win. We have to take it step by step.”


“We needed to score early on. When time ticks away it gets a bit more complicated.”

“We must be patient and focus on the next match.”

“It’s a big difference but we still have work to do, we need to see where we made mistakes and where we can improve.”

Cesc, precautionary rest

Cesc Fábregas and Carles Puyol were dropped from the squad against Getafe. Guardiola gave Cesc a precautionary rest because the midfielder is having problems with his left thigh.

The team will return to training on Sunday, at noon, in a closed door session at the Ciutat Esportiva. Dani Alves will attend the pre-training press conference.

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