Faryd Mondragón visited the Ciudad Deportiva

Faryd Mondragón resting against a post at the Ciudad Deportiva / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

[[DES_1]]The Colombian former goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón has said that the clásico is the game that “the whole world wants to see”, adding that “they are the two most in form sides at the moment”.
With regards to the team’s current form, Mondragón is convinced that “Barça are a serious side who have gained that defensive solidity that they have lacked recently”.

Furthermore, he praised the form of the club’s goalkeepers and he stated that Luis Enrique “does not need to worry about Claudio as he is an excellent goalkeeper with many qualities”. He went on to highlight the fact that “his performances have not surprised anyone as he did well with Real Sociedad and in the World Cup, and now he has a phenomenal start to the season”.
He also mentioned Marc-Andre Ter Stegen: “I saw him play against Ajax and I liked him with the ball at his feet”, something that Mondragón feels “has developed in an extraordinary way” and he believes strongly that “this is thanks to Barça”.

Playing for the blaugranes back in 1999 there were figures such as current coach Luis Enrique. The Colombian looked back on his experience playing against Barça both for Zaragoza and Galatasaray with whom he claimed a 2-2 draw in Camp Nou in one of his two visits as the Turkish club’s goalkeeper.

Playing at Camp Nou was an honour, it is a footballing temple

He recalled his side playing for a place in the quarter finals of the Champions’ League in Turkey. Luis Enrique scored the only goal of the game which gave Barça the victory. Finally, he added that “it was always difficult coming up against a side who played such good football, with so much quality, it was very tough”. However, he added that “it was always an honour to play at Camp Nou”, which he described as a “footballing temple”.

The Colombian, who in July became the oldest player to play in the World Cup at 43 years of age, faced Barça at the end of the 1990’s as Real Zaragoza’s and later Galatasaray’s goalkeeper. After more than 20 years as a footballer he is now in the process of making a documentary about his life and his sporting career.

24 year sporting career

The Colombian, who in July became the oldest player to play in the World Cup at 43 years of age, faced Barça at the end of the 1990’s as Real Zaragoza’s and later Galatasaray’s goalkeeper. After more than 20 years as a footballer he is now in the process of making a documentary about his life and his sporting career.