Barcelona set for title party
Barcelona are planning a party at the Nou Camp on Sunday night,
but will make sure Real Valladolid do not get a chance to spoil
Barca will be formally presented with the Primera Division
trophy after the match, but, even with the silverware secure and
the celebrations planned, forward Pedro has told his team-mates to
keep focused as they bid to reach a landmark 100 points by the end
of the season.
They go into the game on 91 points, with nine more available, so
there is no room for any slip-ups the rest of the way.
“The 100-point mark is a big motivation for us and that is the
objective we have in mind,” Pedro told a press conference.
“We know it will be difficult because the teams we meet still
have things to play for, but we intend to try.
“The league is the most important title in any season because it
reflects your consistency. I’m very pleased about the league title
and the work the team have put in. Personally I would have liked to
have given a bit more to the team, but I’m happy with the chances I
Although the players have given themselves one final objective
for the campaign, much of the talk surrounding the club has already
turned to the future, and specifically whether or not Brazilian
star Neymar will be among the summer acquisitions.
Pedro deflected the speculation about a player who would
threaten his own place in the side.
“It’s normal there is talk of reinforcements,” he said. “Barca
need goals and attacking contributions and that’s why every year
the forward line is changed.
“My intention is to stay here and be a part of this great club.
The decision isn’t down to us, but I hope to get back and feel good
again and bring more to the team next season.
“Neymar is a great player. If he comes here it’ll be great for
the team because it will make us even stronger. It means there
would be more competition up front, but that’s good to keep on
learning. I hope he comes! He’ll fit in well here.”
Valladolid are safely in mid-table, but still have an outside
chance of securing a European berth. They sit 12th, four points shy
of Sevilla in eighth, which will bring a Europa League place
assuming Malaga are unsuccessful in their bid to have their
European ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.