Monday April 14 2014
Puyol: Barca a team until the end

Carles Puyol has insisted that whatever else is going on at Barcelona, the players will stick together and support each other and the Coach.

Puyol has held a Press conference to discuss recent events, Mundo Deportivo reports, and in it he called on Barca to regroup following defeats to Atletico Madrid and Granada.

The Atletico reverse saw Barca dumped out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage while losing to Granada meant Barca slipped four points behind Atletico in La Liga.

Next on the agenda for Barca is Wednesday’s Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid, a game Puyol could take part in.

“I’m working to get ready for the Cup final. I want to play in all of these games,” the captain said.

“There’s still two days left and I will give everything to try and play. Tomorrow we’ll see.”

Puyol was asked if he would reconsider leaving the club this summer, particularly with the FIFA-imposed transfer ban hanging over the club.

“If I could help I would stay but I’m fighting and it’s costing me so much,” Puyol replied.

“Another year like this would be very hard and I can’t do it.”

Barca’s defeats have led to heavy criticism of the players and the Coach, Tata Martino, but Puyol said he believes Barca will remain a unit.

“Martino has one year left on his contract. I trust him and he is a very good Coach. I wish him well,” Puyol said after the Argentine’s future was questioned.

“We are with Tata to the death and we are a team until the end. Nobody here has liked the last two results but on Wednesday we can change things.

“Barca is a very strong team. Nobody can doubt that this team wants to keep making history.

“The President is on our side and we appreciate his words. The extracurricular stuff hasn’t bothered us.

“I say to the fans that we will give everything and if we are all together then it will be easier, even though we’re against a great rival.

“We’re aware we have failed at some things. It’s not about who is the worst team but we will fight to the maximum in this final and to the end of the season. We don’t take anything as lost.”

Puyol also added a little more regarding his future, but doesn’t know if he will play on elsewhere or retire.

“Honestly, I haven’t made a decision. I can’t tell you more,” he said.

“Things aren’t going as I wanted. I’m suffering a lot from outside the team because I feel helpless.”

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