Jordi Roura has asserted that Barcelona are fully focused on their weekend trip to Granada and not the following midweek’s clash with Milan.
Barca will face the Italians in the first leg of the Champions League Last 16 next week, but as Roura was keen to point out today, they first face a League match away to relegation-threatened Granada.
“The key match is on Saturday, we are fully focused on Granada, because the League is a basic target for us,” commented the assistant Coach at today’s pre-match Press conference.
“If we get a positive result then it would be an important step forward. We are focused entirely on Granada.
“We are in comfortable position in the League but that should be no excuse for any kind of relaxation.
“Will I rest players with Milan in mind? We have said many times that we have a lot of options as far as putting a team together is concerned.
“We’re not playing Milan until Wednesday, which gives us plenty of time to recover.
“We’re into the nice part of the season when in a few days there are lots of things at stake. In terms of fitness and morale this is a good moment for us.
“Playing every three days? There are two ways to look at it. Playing Wednesday and Saturday we can say that the team is doing well because they are competing, but a week off also can come in handy.
“The thing to make clear is that the game with Granada is today our most important.”
Granada head into this weekend off the back of consecutive wins under new Coach Lucas Alcaraz over Real Madrid and Deportivo.
“They have managed to turn things around. They’re moving up. And we know all about Lucas Alcaraz’s teams, they’re always very solid, difficult, strong.
“They’re doing well now and will want to impose their style.”