Marc Carmona eyeing success in Europe/ PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

FC Barcelona Alusport travel to Ljubljana on Tuesday, where they will be transferred by coach to Lasko, venue from October 10 to 13 for the Elite Round of the UEFA Futsal Cup, the last set of games before the final stages. They will play three games in four days against Split (Croatia), Araz (Azerbaijan) and Litija (Slovenia), and only the top team will qualify for the Final Four. Before heading to the Slovenian capital, Marc Carmona, Jordi Torras and Fernandão spoke to the media.

Marc Carmona has said that qualifying for the Final Four is for Barça Alusport “one of the main objectives of the season” and feels that his players are ready and excited about the challenge. The Barça futsal team knows how important home advantage can be, but added that it is not 100% determinant, and that he is sure that his players have enough experience to cope with the situation. “In the last three games we have seen the same Barça as in the last two years, so we’re happy” he said.

Analysis of opponents

Speaking about the three sides with which Barça Alusport share a group, the manager said “we have lots of information on Araz because we played them last year. It’s the same coach, and although some players have changed, the idea is the same. We have less info on Split, but the players form the basis of the Croatia team, who came fourth in the European Championship. We know the least about Litija, but we’ll have the chance to see them before we play them.”

Torras: “Every point and every goal is valuable here”

Jordi Torras also admits that it won’t be easy to get back into the Final Four, and remembers that “last season we almost missed out … and this time we’re playing away, and who knows what we might find.” But he has been analysing their opponents, and believes “we’ll need to be 100% mentally strong in every game … every point and every goal is valuable here”.

After their last minute disappointment in the Copa Catalunya and losing in the semi finals of the Spanish Supercup to El Pozo, Barça Alusport look to have got back on track in their last three outings. Torras is especially glad that Wilde is fit again, and claims that “the team is better now than it was at the start of the season … The last few results say it all”.

Fond memories for Fernandão

Fernandão was the first ever Barça Alusport goalscorer in this competition, when the team was in Riga last season, the goal coming against Leotar Trebinje. He spoke about that special moment, but added that “this competition is special in itself.” As far as he is concerned, as long as FCB can impose their own style on the play, the Final Four is a very real possibility.