He´s eager to play
the game on next Sunday. He wants to prove that Real Madrid are fine and
willing to bite Barcelona, because the League is possible. He doesn´t
give importance to the referee polemics and he wants the players to have
the main role. Roberto Carlos bets on Madrid and on making the fans
During the training we have seen lots of
jokes, does that optimistic mood exist on the changing room?
We are calmer after the victory against Albacete. There´s an important
game but we have always been happy except for a couple of weeks. The
mood in the changing room is really good, there is a lot of trust,
moderate but collective, that we hope it will reflect next Sunday.
What team is more affected for the absences Barcelona -Deco- or Real
Madrid -Samuel and Guti-?
When we talk about the main clubs, it´s not possible to focus on a
single player. Deco is one of the best players in the world. We won´t
have Samuel, that was getting adapted to our style of game and the coach
will have another options, same thing for Barcelona. I don´t think any
team loses, because we are great teams that count on great players.
In the game, Eto'o will be the point of attention for many. Do you know
how to stop him?
He´s a good player. He and Ronaldinho are the most dangerous and he has
always played well against Real Madrid. Once the game starts, you will
see how we stop him. We are going to play football and we will put
pressure on their best players to prevent them from doing their game.
In the outward game, Eto'o scored a goal that hurt you quite badly.
I don´t remember of the first goal in Camp Nou.
Do you believe firmly in the changing room that the League is still
We keep on thinking that if we win next Sunday, the League is possible
because there would have six points of difference and seven games to
play. We wanted to reach with an accessible advantage. After their last
game´s tie, I think there are options. We are playing well and we are
doing a good season. We are going to put pressure on Barça until the end.
What a week with the referees, where Emilio Butragueño and Arrigo Sacchi
have made public statements.
We have only talked about winning the ten games, we have won two and
there are many points left. We are going to think about Barça and we
will see later. They make mistakes as we also do. They have a couple of
seconds to decide, I don´t think they do it on purpose. If we keep on
talking about it, we won´t get anything, nor Betis will recover their
points. We hope this matter will pass unnoticed next Sunday, and that it
will be the players´s performance what make people talk. We all make
mistakes, not only the referees. That can happen, but I don´t think it´s
the time to talk about it, I just want to talk about the game. My job is
to play football.
These last days, and after Pino Zamorano´s performance, people have said
that the advantage that Barcelona have in the League is thanks to the
The referees don’t influence.We have suffered defeats that we shouldn´t
have given them such as Athletic, Deportivo and Getafe, we could have
won them and now we would have been levelled. The points we miss are
those we lost at Santiago Bernabéu.
This week´s mood is quite far from the last classic games´s mood, why?
Within the changing room there is mood of classic game. The 9 point
difference make them calmer, they are the leader. But for Madrid it´s a
really important game, we will have the Bernabéu full and we will show
how motivated we are.
At the end of the game against Albacete, Ronaldo said that he was going
through a bad patch. How do you find him?
Who? me?.as every other day. He doesn´t need to worry because he´s
trying. It would be worse if we wouldn´t try it. I´m happy because he´s
making a big effort, but the ball doesn´t want to get into the net,
people should leave him be.
But a team as Real Madrid without the goals of their forwards it´s in
I know, but we have Iván Helguera, I score from time to time, ... These
are times all players live. He must keep on trying and everything will
change. It´s not normal that Ronaldo, Raúl, Owen, Figo or Zidane don´t
score goals. But these are bad patchs, that´s it.
It seems Ronaldinho is not living his best moment either.
If Barcelona are leader, a big part is thanks to him. Anyway who am I to
talk about the best player in the world. Currently he´s one of the best
players. Today I think he´s the best, I don´t know about tomorrow.