Roura: Celta an important step

Jordi Roura has commented on the importance with which Barcelona are approaching Saturday’s trip to Celta Vigo.

Ahead of the following midweek’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain and with a number of injuries to deal with, a weakened Blaugrana is expected to play at Balaidos on Saturday evening.

Even so, assistant Coach Roura has made clear that the attitude of those that play will be correct.

“I want to reaffirm the importance of the match for us. It’s another step,” Roura told reporters today.

“The League is important. Those who play will do so with maximum intensity because the three points mean a lot.

“For Celta’s situation, the game may seem more or less comfortable for us, but these teams are in a difficult situation and are playing for life or death.

“Their field historically holds water well. I do not know how much it has rained. The problem is if the ball does not run and that makes it difficult for any team to play on.

“We will have to adapt.”

Barca are without a number of players through injury, with Jordi Alba, Xavi Hernandez, Pedro Rodriguez, Carles Puyol and Adriano all out.

“Every year this happens. As we have done before, we will play with others available to us in the squad.

“Whatever team that we play will offer guarantees.

“Celta also have injuries. Xavi played for Spain in the week because he had medical clearance to play and it is always a risk.

“Our concern is to speed up recovery, to shorten the absence.”

Roura also confirmed that Tito Vilanova would hold training on Friday evening, but would not be travelling with the squad to Balaidos.

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