On Lionel Messi:
“Messi has said a lot of times that he will retire here. He’s the best player for Barça and Barça is the best club for him. He will retire here.”
On the Champions League:
“We feel positive about the Champions League. The players are training with confidence and eagerness to win the title.”
On Ter Stegen:
“Ter Stegen is a great player and person. He will definitely renew his contract with Barcelona, and I think that he will stay here for many years.”
On Arthur Melo:
“We didn’t pressure Arthur to leave, but we received a great offer Juventus. Pjanić is a great player.”
“I have a great relationship with Xavi and we talk with each other a lot. He will become a Barça manager when he decides the time is right.”
On Francisco Trincão:
“Trincão isn’t on the transfer market.”
Video: Barcelona vs Alavés — Match Preview
Barcelona take on Alavés in Matchday 6 of La Liga Santander, following a wonderful display and victory over Juventus midweek, in the Champions League. But Ronald Koeman’s side have already dropped big points in the league this season, and know that anything other than 3 points against the Basque outfit would be disastrous for our title aspirations.
This should be another good opportunity for Barça to showcase their abilities once more and build on that performance against Juventus, as Alavés are a considerably weaker side to the sort of opposition that the Catalans have had to face so far this campaign.
Having said that, Pablo Machín’s men will try and make life difficult for Barça, similar to what Getafe did, and Alavés will feel confident that with the right sort of game-plan, they can make Koeman’s side slip up in La Liga once more.