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Carles Puyol on his way to the press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Carles Puyo during the press conference / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

During today’s press conference, FC Barcelona captain, Carles Puyol, talked about Barça’s current situation in the Liga after the one-all draw at Cornellà-El Prat, a result that leaves the Catalans five points adrift of Real Madrid. “Five points is an important distance, but there’s still a long way go.” Puyol is aware that his team’s margin of error is getting smaller and that Barça is forced “to falter as little as possible.” But Puyol knows his team and he’s convinced that “we will not give up on the Liga and we’ll fight until the end.” For Puyol, even though Madrid’s lead is significant, it’s not insurmountable.

In regards to Sunday’s game, Puyol did not want to talk about the referee’s performance. “What we must do is concentrate on our work. We cannot control the referees.”

Closing out the Copa del Rey tie, required

Puyol explained that the game against Espanyol left a sour taste in the players’ mouths, the sooner the ball beings rolling on the pitch the sooner the team will be able to prove the one-all draw was only fluke. The captain sees Thursday’s Cup tie against Osasuna as an opportunity to move forward. The Azulgranas will travel to Pamplona with the 4-0 from the away leg, but Puyol is wary of being too confident. “We have an advantage in the tie but we also know that it’s not over until the final whistle. We’re going there with a lot of respect, it will be a difficult match in a complicated stadium.”

Messi’s Ballon d’Or

Carles Puyol also talked about Leo Messi’s third Ballon d’Or win. The Barça captain believes that the Argentinian “can break all of the records” if he wins the accolade again, noting that “he has the ambition” to do it. The defender is sure that if Messi didn’t play football that “Xavi would have a couple Ballon d’Or awards.” Puyol went on to say that the team is like a family, “it’s one of our strengths, it’s why the team has achieved these results.” The good atmosphere in the dressing room was evident in Pep Guardiola and Messi’s award speeches, the captain believes that they were “very nice gestures.”

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