Bartra, during press conference. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

He’s one of the youngest players in the squad, and a product of that marvellous generation of 1991. With his first season as a first team member drawing to a close, Marc Bartra spoke to the press today about his ambitions for the future. “I feel very comfortable with my team-mates. I’m getting better, I’m more into my rhythm” said a man who is very much looking forward to the potential challenge of playing in a Champions League semi final.

If they trust in me to play in Munich, I won’t disappoint”, he added, admitting that he views the occasion as a chance to develop as a footballer. “The greater the difficulty, the keener I am to give it a go … I have been preparing all season for my big moment to arrive.”

Beating the best

“To be European champion you have to beat the best teams. To beat Bayern and Madrid, and Borussia too, we’ll have to do that. Since I was a kid I have enjoyed playing in finals and tournaments against Madrid and with the team we have, my team-mates won’t let anyone down”, he said, going on to comment on the side’s Liga form. “We are several points ahead of Madrid, but we know what their team can do and how much potential they have. We all feel part of this championship and the season as a whole. The way the players have been managed has been very good.

I am aware what kind of team I am in and I have never felt demoralised. I have taken things with ambition, thinking that my time will eventually come. I think I’m gradually getting better and that’s very important” concluded Bartra, who admits that “competing and training at the same time with the best makes you a better player”.