The center-back will have a main role in the first Liga matches
Marc Bartra has accepted the challenge and has shown he is prepared to replace Piqué in the defense. The four-match sanction of the usual starter opened a door that Bartra do not want to waste. "I am ready and I will train hard. The low of Piqué gives me a greater role, and I'll try to contribute as much as I can," said the young defender in the press conference this morning.
Here you have his best statements:
"The low of Piqué gives me a greater role, and I'll try to contribute as much as I can. I'm more mature and I feel prepared to carry on."
Stay in Barcelona
"I decided to stay. I though that the best for me was to stay and succeed in Barcelona."
Pedro and Xavi's departure
"Xavi is unrepeatable and Pedro gave everything. I have really learnt a lot from them. I will miss them."
Defeat in the Super Cup vs Bilbao
"We will improve. The defeat will use to learn and become a better team."
"We have to do a reset and start La Liga. We know what we will find in Bilbao, so we have to forget the past and focus on the present."
"Without Pedro, some players will have more minutes and can use that. But if the club considers there's the need to sign, Nolito is a great player and would be a good option."
Ter Stegen or Bravo?
"I could not choose. I feel comfortable with both. The coach will have to decide."
La Masia or external signings?
"The stats show that, when we have players from La Masia mixed with external signings, things go well. We are a great amount of players trained here and with the signings we are unstoppable."