Marc Bartra has downplayed not getting an appearance against Granada at the weekend, insisting that he remains determined to break into the team.
Speculation in the build-up to the Catalans’ weekend match with the Andalucians had many believeing that Bartra was in line for a starting berth in the centre of defence, in light of injuries to Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique.
However, Tito Vilanova opted to play midfielder Alex Song alongside Javier Mascherano, for a decision that Bartra insists he is not deterred by.
“I am relaxed, I know where I am, in one of the best teams in the world and that nothing is easy,” he told reporters today.
“What I have to do is react, train harder and I know then that the minutes will arrive.
“Song is a great player who fits in well as a centre-back, at Arsenal he showed this, he can take the ball out from the back and it helps us a lot.”
Barca won the weekend game 2-0, to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.
“We are on 15 points from a possible 15, it is spectacular and with Madrid dropping points too. We have to stay on course.”