Thursday, January 7, 2010

Xavi and Puyol on the elections

Barcelona players Xavi Hernández and Carles Puyol talked about next year's elections for president of FC Barcelona during interviews with respectively Catalan newspaper Avui and Catalan sports paper El 9 Esportiu.

The outcome of the elections doesn't seem very clear. I think we have to make abstraction of everything. They pay us to play football and to win. We know that the papers will talk about the elections, but we will try to make them talk more about football.

Have people been unjust to Laporta? I think so. He has treated us very well, like all directors, including those who left. Laporta has always been very close to us. He's a true Barcelona guy, he's crazy, he seems just an ordinary fan. He has received criticism because that's the way we treat leaders in Catalonia, but for me he deserves ten points.

I'm not worried about the upcoming elections possibly affecting the stability of the team. I'm sure nothing of all that will enter the dressing room. We'll be focused on our job and it will also depend on us to make sure the whole entourage of the club is calm. If things go well, I'm sure the elections will not be that important and that people will talk more about football.

Read more:
Guardiola not worried about elections
Iniesta and Xavi on the elections
Puyol: "Players will stay out of the elections"