Jordi Roura: “We will play like we always have”

Jordi Roura: “We will play like we always have”

Tito Vilanova’s assistant manager, Jordi Roura, speaking at press conference after 1st leg of Copa del Rey semi final game against Real Madrid, admitted that Barça lacked effectiveness at Santiago Bernabeu and said that the 1-1 draw “comes up a bit short”. Despite not winning,  Roura underlined that he was very pleased with the performance of his players: “We played a very good match. Piqué was exceptional. We only failed to increase our lead.”  Real Madrid even when missing key players on defence and no Casillas in goal, presented a great challenge: “I said that they have a great squad and those who played have shown why they are in Madrid” said Roura and added that “we were expecting that kind of pressure from Madrid, in fact we were expecting it to be a bit more intense at the start of the game. They waited for us in our own half because they are a physical and strong team and it’s always difficult to hold onto the ball, especially at the start,” and added that “in general we were the superior side.”

In reference to his conference before the game, Roura underlined: “Before tonight’s match I had said that these matches are decided by very small details. And now the tie will be decided in Barcelona”. Asked about tactics for the upcoming 2nd leg of the Copa del Rey semi final (to be played on Feb 27th), Vilanova’s assistant made it clear that “we will play like we always have in Barcelona. We won’t sit back and wait for Madrid. We’ll go for the win, we’ll play the same way in Barcelona that we did here. It will be a hard-fought match.”

Asked about his comments on recent declarations of Eufemiano Fuentes (Operation Puerto), who claimed that he also worked with footballers, Roura refused to give any opinion, “I’m here to talk about the game”. He was also asked if he had spoken with Tito, he assured that “we talked before the game, and we always try to have contact, to talk and exchange ideas.”

Source: fcbarcelona.cat, mundodeportivo.com Picture credit: Manel Montilla – MD