16 December 2011

Carles Puyol: "Santos is not only Neymar"

Carles Puyol said that the injury suffered by striker David Villa during the Club World Cup final in Yokohama (Japan) is "a hard blow for him and for the whole team".

"El Guaje" suffered a broken left tibia during the first part of the game against Qatar's Al Sadd in a random play where I intended to control a long ball between two defenders. "Clearly the downside (this game) are injuries, especially that of Villa, a serious injury," Puyol told Reuters after the meeting, in which Barca beat Al Sadd 4-0.

On the final Barca team held next Sunday against Santos Brazil, Barcelona is considered a "big" event, in which "played by two great teams with great players." "Theirs is much talk of Neymar, but we can only fix it, they have more players, we must make a complete game if we win," he said.

In this regard, he stressed that the team from São Paulo is "very strong": "Top players have marked differences, which play very well. We must be vigilant," he added. He also referred to the star of Santos, Neymar, which he considered a "great player" with "an impressive future." In your game, Barca captain highlighted the difficulties to mark because "when he hides the ball is, you never know where you're going out." "It will not work a single player but the entire defense," he said, warning that can not lower our guard with the rest of the Brazilian team.

Javier Mascherano also said after the meeting today, the quality of Santos: "It's a team that has very good players, young but very good, you got here about something." The Argentine, who during the match was "a stomp on the tendon, but nothing major," he said to turn their sorrow for the injury "difficult" Villa. "Now we must support it, trying everything goes well and wish him a speedy recovery," he said. (via SPORT)