Claudio Bravo heads to Thursday's press conference. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB


There will be special attention paid to this Sunday’s game. After a week of international matches, FC Barcelona return to league action to face Celta Vigo in Balaídos. Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo spoke about the matchup at a press conference on Thursday.

"We know that every game we play in the league can affect the standings and this Sunday we have a difficult opponent," said Bravo. He said every team are tough but that special attention must be paid to Celta, a team that beat Barça 1–0 at Camp Nou in the first half of the season. “The fact that they won at Camp Nou makes us look at it from another point of view," said Bravo. "We have to be vigilant against Celta, but above all we must rely on our own play.”

Bravo knows Celta coach 'Toto' Berizzo from Berizzo’s days on the staff of the Chilean national team led by Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa. Bravo said Berizzo is "very dedicated and methodical" and thinks that he “likes to control the ball. When they don’t have possession, they’re aggressive in getting it back."

Claudio Bravo also commented on other aspects of Sunday’s matchup:

What does it mean to play for Barça?

"I’m quite relaxed, like the first day. I came to help the team and play at a high level. I work hard every day to do that."

"I never think about what’s difficult. I just think about having fun because playing for this Club is amazing, although I know the goalkeeper has a tremendous responsibility. You have to stay calm and convey that to the public and your teammates."


"These things should be left on the field because we’re adults. I have spoken with both of them and it has to stay on the field."

"Neymar is a very dangerous and determined player. As a teammate, it’s a pleasure when he plays."

The return of Messi

"He looked good to me. He ran a little and worked out on the side because of the trip. The team’s fine and eager for Sunday's game."

"We always hope everyone is healthy. It’s more about the group rather than individuals."

Zamora Trophy

"I’m taking it in stride. I hope to play the best I can until the last minute of the last game. Whether I win it or not, I don’t care because I want to win La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Cup. These are the team’s goals."

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Message of support for Chile

Several Chilean journalists present at the press conference asked Bravo about the current situation facing the country. Chile was hit by historically heavy rainfall on Tuesday which led to severe flooding in what is one of the driest nations on the planet. The floods have affected tens of thousands of people, with dozens either killed or missing. Bravo wanted to send a message of support to his fellow Chileans: "It's sad because the country is going through a difficult situation. A hug to everyone who is struggling, on behalf of me, my teammates and the coaching staff. The country must rise again."

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