Real Betis vs Barcelona

Adriano has mused on how he believes Barcelona are ‘close to excellence’ but that they have a few aspects of play still to improve upon.

Debate has surrounded the Catalans’ start to the season, not for their unbeaten form, but for their style of play and increased possession and chances seemingly afforded to their opponent.

The Brazilian full-back though, has insisted that the Blaugrana are close to their best, as they prepare to face Real Betis this weekend.

“We want to play much better than we have been. But we also want to keep adding wins,” considered Adriano at a publicity event this week.

“We believe there is a little to go to achieve excellence, to feel much more comfortable.

“We need to improve our possession of the ball. There are moments when we lose possession.

“We should also avoid counter-attacks and be more successful with our final ball.

“We can achieve excellence and hopefully very soon.”

The Brazilian is enjoying an extended run in the first team at left-back, in Jordi Alba’s absence through injury.

“I approach competition normally. It’s a shame to have two injuries back to back, like Jordi has had.

“We’re always encouraging him. I know what it’s like, because it’s happened to me and I talk to Jordi a lot.”