Samuel Eto'o returns to the Barcelona squad for the Champions League clash in Glasgow, but warns "I am not the saviour!"...
Samuel Eto'o is included in the Barcelona squad that travelled to Glasgow this morning for the first leg of their Champions League tie against Celtic on Wednesday night.
Eto'o’s thigh injury, picked up while playing for Cameroon at the African Nations Cup, meant that the influential striker missed Barca's 2-1 win at Real Zaragoza on Saturday. His inclusion means that Frank Rijkaard will be able to choose from an impressive forward line of Eto'o, Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry for the first time since August.
The return of Samuel Eto’o, to a side that has only scored more than a single goal on two occasions in the last eight games, is a welcome one. The player, however, was keen to play down expectations yesterday and told the Camp Nou press pack “I am not the Saviour”.
The forward stressed the importance of Barcelona working as a unit, as they did when at their very best two seasons ago, adding “I score goals when my team mates help me. I play as a centre forward and that is my job, but I depend upon them”.
The return of Eto’o is timely. Barcelona have closed the gap on league leaders Real Madrid to five points and the addition of the hugely influential Eto’o to the squad gives the Catalans momentum in the race for the title.
The focus, over the next 48 hours, is fixed squarely on the Champions League; a competition that Barcelona feels it can win. Eto’o warned of the importance of keeping a clean sheet on what will be a tough visit to Glasgow, but displayed his competitive streak and latent hunger that Barça have been missing of late. He said “we must win whatever happens! I’m not saying we can play badly, but that we must win. I’m talking about winning whatever happens – playing well or badly”.
Eto’o’s inclusion means that there is no place for Bojan Krkic. Gianluca Zambrotta and Edmilson are also left out of the squad, while Oleguer Presas, Santi Ezquerro and goalkeeper Albert Jorquera are all still missing through injury.
Barcelona Squad: Valdes, Pinto; Puyol, Thuram, Marquez, Milito, Abidal, Sylvinho; Toure, Xavi, Iniesta, Deco, Gudjohnsen, Ronaldinho, Messi, Henry, Eto'o, Giovani