Spanish Football News
La Liga Review popped down the road, to the Camp Nou, to hear what Gabi Milito had to say at the daily press conference that follows FC Barcelona's training sessions. Thankfully it was a more positive affair than Henry's lamentations the day before as the Argentine defender got to talk football for a change. Milito talked up Barcelona's chances of winning the La Liga title and told us why he feels the last Spanish club remaining in the Champions League is more than capable of winning it…
Barça might be lagging eight points behind Real Madrid in the Spanish league, following two consecutive La Liga defeats, but Gabi Milito is confident that his side are more than capable of winning every game between now and the end of the Spanish football season. Win them all, and Barcelona will win the Liga title says Milito.
The Argentine said "We will have a more opportunities to catch Madrid. If we play at our best then it is highly unlikely we will lose another game."
In spite of outward appearances, Gabi reckons that the dressing room are up for the fight and as unified as ever, in spite of the two consecutive La Liga defeats at Villarreal and Atletico Madrid.
The player said "We hope to end the bad run of form against Almeria. We lost the last two games and I admit that we did not play all that well. But we are still a good team and I believe that we will go on to win all of our remaining league matches."
Milito added " Of course it hurts us to see the deficit increase between us and Madrid in the League, after all that effort that we put in to cut it to two points. However, we cannot throw in the towel and it is necessary to confront each football match as if it were our last."
With the Spanish football papers lining up a replacement for next season, Frank Rijkaard must be feeling the heat. However, Milito came out in support of his coach and insisted that he is unaffected by all the talk of crisis going on around him. The Argentine defender said " Frank is focused on the football, on his work; and he has the same aim as the rest of us: to finish the La Liga season with titles."
Milito also claimed that Barcelona could go on and win the Champions League as well and stated that, if anything, what was happening in the Spanish league acted as a motivator for European success. The defender said that the team are not concerned about who they might be drawn with in Friday's Champions League quarter final draw.
"All the teams are very strong, all of them have their own dangers, and I do not have a preference. One cannot know which is better or worse until you play them" he added.
Of course, the Henry situation was bound to surface, and the player was more than willing to offer his support to his team mate following the Frenchman's admission that he is suffering from personal problems.
Henry admitted yesterday that he was struggling to adapt to life in Barcelona because he is missing his two-year-old daughter Tea. Henry was divorced shortly after his transfer to La Liga, and said: "I'm not happy. A father that only sees his daughter five times in the last eight months cannot be."
Milito Speaking this afternoon said: "It's a very personal subject. Henry has all the support of the team, as everybody has suffered from difficult family situations at one point or another and this can affect performances in your work. Footballers are not oblivious to this."