Abidal talking to Barça TV / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Three days after the death of Tito Vilanova, who worked with him at the Club between 2008 and 2013, Éric Abidal joined his ex-teammates in training and speaking to Barça TV explained: “I had to be here, this is an important day. We loved him a lot, him and his family”.For me it was more important than ever to be her close to his family and the Barça family as a whole A clearly moved Abidal went on: “FC Barcelona is a big family. We have shared many things over many years and if we lose one of our own then it’s normal that it affects a lot of people. I really had to be here”

Asked to remember a special moment he’d shared with Tito, Abidal explained: “I remember that not long ago, he sent me a photo of when we had won a title and the two of us posed holding up the cup. Both of us had to face a tough fight and we shared many things. We spoke a lot. For me it was more important than ever to be her close to his family and the Barça family as a whole”.You could tell that mentally the players were clearly affected, but they got a result. Abidal also  praised the team for going out and winning on Sunday: “you could tell that mentally they weren’t really up for it and they were clearly affected, but they got a result and took the three points”.

Éric Abidal joined AS Mònaco last summer. Monaco are currently seventh in the French League and don’t play again until May 7.