Catalan sports paper Sport claims that Barcelona president Joan Laporta also talked about the upcoming elections during his visit to the player's dressing-room last Thursday. Laporta is quoted as warning the players for the possible impact of the elections on the squad:
"The new year will be very complicated for the club, among other things because there will be an election campaign. That will make the daily life of the club a lot more difficult since the presidential candidates will not take into account the team but will only have an eye for their own interests.
This will lead to rumours about transfers or the position of the coach while the club is still competing for the trophies. That's why you will have to isolate yourselves from everything that will come from outside and to only think about the game and the group. As you have done until now but, if possible, you will have to do it even more this year."
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