Zabaleta: "We are facing the best team in Europe"

The Argentine predicts an open match at City of Manchester stadium

Zabaleta: "We are facing the best team in Europe"
Zabaleta: "We are facing the best team in Europe"

The Argentine predicts an open match at City of Manchester stadium

Pablo Zabaleta
Pablo Zabaleta

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Pablo Zabaleta has known Barcelona for a long time. He played in Espanyol some years ago. This Tuesday he will face Barça again. Interviewed at the newspapers Sport and Mundo Deportivo, he analyzed the clash:

Match v​s Barça

  • "We are two teams that want the ball, the possession and that seek for goal chances."
  • "We will both be fast when attacking. It's going to be an open match."

Barça's state of mind

  • "After Christmas they had some doubts... and then problems between players and the coach came. But football is a matter of moments. Nothing else."
  • "This defeat at home against Málaga doesn't mean they are bad. A match doesn't change anything. We are still thinking we are facing the best team in Europe."
  • "They have amazing players amb maybe the best forward in the world."

City's state of mind

  • "It's been a perfect weekend. We wanted to show we could control the game. These five goals give us confidence."
  • "Without Touré we had a bad January. We didn't play well, we couldn't score... Yaya is a very important player."

Barça's forward

  • "We must do a great effort in terms of defense and don't allow them freedom to find goal chances."
  • "Suárez is one of the best in the world. It's his first year in Barça and like everybody, he needs adaptation. Goal against Levante [bicycle kick] shows his level."

Last season's memories

  • "We weren't ok. Many important footballers couldn't play and it affected us."
  • "It was a correct match until Demichelis was sent off. We seek for the goal but we couldn't. Alves' goal in the last minute killed us."