Barcelona midfielder, Andres Iniesta, has admitted that large parts of the club’s season depend on whether they can beat Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old believes Real’s game won’t change despite Cristiano Ronaldo being absent and insisted his side have ‘200 percent confidence in every player’.
“We know that much of our season depends on this game. Every title is a percentage of the season,” he said.
“Madrid's general idea won't change without Ronaldo. We know their strong points, we understand their potential. But at the end of the day, what really matters is that we perform well.”
“We have 200% confidence in every player. When we win, it’s thanks to everyone, and when we lose, everybody is to blame.”
Iniesta believes true Barcelona fans understand that no side can win all their games and will keep on supporting the Blaugrana even in these difficult times.
“But true Barça fans love this club whether it wins or loses,” he continued.
“We can’t always win. Things don’t always work out right and you curse when things go wrong, but you have to get back up again. You can never stop trying until the end …
“And you need to go to sleep with a clear conscience, knowing that you did all you can do.”
The Spain international also rubbished the recent criticism of Barcelona super star, Lionel Messi, who failed to score in their recent two defeats.
“We have set ourselves a very high standard. This team has achieved things that no team has achieved before,” Inieast added.
“Nobody doubts Messi, who he is or what he represents. He always tries to respond, to make a difference, and he’s been doing that for a long time.
“He has set himself such high standards that now, if he doesn’t score, people say he’s played badly.”
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