Oriol Rosell and Marc Bartra

Oriol Rosell and Marc Bartra / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Marc Bartra is becoming a usual fixture in Tata Martino’s starting teams this season. “Things are working out,” said the center back, “but I know that I have to continue working in order to take advantage of the opportunities the manager gives me.” He added: “I’m starting to feel important, more a part of the team. Tata isn’t afraid to send me into a game. It’s better for the team to have a lot of players playing at a high level.”

Bartra, who was interviewed on Barça TV’s El Marcador by Oriol Rosell, went on to highlight the team’s eagerness to win: “It was important to have a strong start to the year. We’ve managed to navigate this time without Valdés and Messi. We haven’t lost our eagerness to win and that’s good for everyone.”

Intensity and titles

“Intensity is the key, when we have the ball and when we have to win possession back,” said Bartra. “Our rivals usually hold out in the first half, but in the second they usually give us more space.” The defender explained that he left the pitch before full time against Elche as a precaution, and that he’s available for selection should Martino need him for next weekend’s match against Atlético Madrid: “I have good memories from the Vicente Calderón. It would be a privilege to play again, to do what I can to help the team.”

Lastly, when asked about his wishes for 2014, Bartra said, “in addition to staying healthy, I’d like to win titles. We have to be ambitious, thinking always about the group. What’s good for the team is good for the individual.”