Liga (Spain)

BARCELONA, Mascherano: "I know how difficult it is to play in this stadium"

02.10.2012 14.14 by TM W  read 1584
Source: Fcbarcelona.com
© foto di Hernandez/Alterphotos/Image Sp

Javier Mascherano knows what it’s like to play at Da Luz Stadium. The Argentinean faced Benfica in the 2009/10 season when he played for Liverpool. “I know how difficult it is to come to this stadium and secure a good result. I have a lot of respect for Benfica because I’ve had a first hand experience of what it’s like to suffer here,” said Mascherano. The Argentinean also warned of the heated atmosphere

Time to focus on Benfica

The player knowns that a lot of attention is being placed on this Sunday’s Clásico, but he warned that the team needs to focus its attention on the Champions League fixture at Da Luz Stadium. “Both matches are important but the match against Benfica is more important because we have to face them sooner. We’ll have enough time to focus on the Clásico,” he said. Mascherano also noted that every match Barça plays is important: “The pressure of playing for a team like this means that you have to win every match. Every week is important, but I don’t think this one is necessarily vital. Not getting a good result doesn’t mean we’re out of any competition.”

“We were the superior side”

When asked about Barça’s recent string of comebacks, Mascherano admitted that he wishes “the results and the way the games played out could have been different. I wish the games could have been more calm, that we could have won by a larger margin. But after analysing the way we played it’s evident that we were superior to Spartak, Granada and even Sevilla.” On Barça’s most recent game, the player highlighted the team’s fighting spirit: “It’s always hard to play away to Sevilla, but we never gave up”

Song’s performance as a center back

Mascherano played alongside Alex Song in the middle of the defence at the Sánchez Pizjuán. On the performance of the Cameroon international, Mascherano said: “He’s done a great job in the short time that he’s been here. I’m sure that as time goes on we’ll get to see much more of his qualities. He comes from a team that’s managed by a demanding manager, where they employ similar concepts to ours.”

Other news Liga (Spain)
Other news

ENGLAND/ CRYSTAL PALACE, Weighing up an offer for Slimani

According to news coming from UK sources, Algerian international striker Islam Slimani (27), possibly leaving Sporting Lisbon on a full basis in January, is more and more of the main name on tabs for Crystal Palace. Eagles might even agree with Portuguese club on paying them the

JUVENTUS, Chiellini: "City will be aggressive. Dybala is developing into a very fine player, technique-wise"

Looking forward to Champions League Matchday 5 home game against Manchester City, which might allow Juventus to qualify for eighth finals, Bianconeri

REAL MADRID, Florentino Perez after Clásico failure: "We believe in Benitez's work, and CR7 has nothing against him"

Attending a long press conference, Real Madrid owner Florentino Perez widely commented upon Rafa Benitez's position stability as Merengues manager

MANCHESTER UNITED, De Gea on Red Devils good moment: "Steady CL route after first defeat. Depay will bring a lot to us against PSV"

On a good route after a difficult start, Manchester United could now get Champiosn League eighth finals pass with one group round turn in advance, now

PSG, Thiago Motta: "Now I know I want to stay. Ibra knows there are a lot of important players here. Our goal? Winning CL"

Interviewed by Maxifoot.fr, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta stated: "My renewal with PSG? I've always been honest with the c

SCHALKE 04, Max Meyer: "Shame we couldn't hold draw against Bayern. Now no confidence issue, we can defeat APOEL and Leverkusen"

Scorer of the temporary equalizing goal in last Bundesliga match againt Bayern Munich, which in the end won 3-1 at Veltins-Arena, Schalke 04 risi
   Editore: TC&C srl web content publisher since 1994 Partita IVA 01488100510