No crisis of confidence at Barcelona, says Jordi Roura
The humiliating 3-1 defeat at the Nou Camp may have come in the Copa del Ray, the least important of the three trophies the Catalans were battling for, but the timing could not have been worse.
Coming on the back of the shock 2-0 Champions League loss at AC Milan the fear is that Barca’s season could be hitting the bumpers at just the wrong time. Nine days ago they had been beaten just twice all season - a figure doubled in the past three games.
But with the crucial visit of AC Milan in the second leg just days away the stand-in coach has called for calm, claiming all’s well at the Nou Camp.
“I’m convinced that we will climb out of this dip in form. I think we need to have absolute confidence in this team,” Roura said. “It’s sad when you’re eliminated. But these players are extremely competitive and they want to win it all. We have to bounce back and find the joy in the game. We have important challenges ahead.”
With the league all but won - making Saturday’s El Clasico fairly meaningless, in as much as a Real v Barca battle can be - the big challenge is the Milan match. At the San Siro last week, AC put men behind the ball and were clinical on the counter-attack.
And with a two-goal cushion Barca will not have it easy trying to get the goals needed to get through to the last-eight.
“We have to forget about [the Real loss] and focus on future objectives.” Roura added. “What we have to try to do is not let our guard down in the Liga and win it as soon as possible.
“We have an important match against Milan coming up and we’ll approach it with high expectations. I think these challenges are important and we’ll fight until the end for both titles.”