Next Game

Celta Vigo v Barcelona

Sunday, 05 April 2015, 20:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Camp Nou

Last Game

Barcelona 2 - 1 R Madrid

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 20:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Barcelona chief hails squad

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta insists he is "delighted" with the Primera Division champions' squad.

Last Updated: 03/09/13 at 17:54 Post Comment

Andoni Zubizarreta: Pleased with Barcelona's squad

Andoni Zubizarreta: Pleased with Barcelona's squad

All eyes were on Barca during the summer to see if last term's shock 7-0 Champions League semi-final drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich might spark a spending spree at the Catalan giants.

A host of big-name players were linked with a move to the Nou Camp, but the only new face to arrive before Monday night's transfer deadline was that of Brazil striker Neymar.

At the same time, Barca saw the likes of David Villa, Thiago Alcantara and Eric Abidal leave for pastures new, effectively leaving new coach Gerard Martino with fewer options than his predecessor Tito Vilanova.

However, the lack of transfer activity does not seem to have unduly affected Barca at the start of the new season, with the team winning their opening three league matches and also edging out Atletico Madrid to win the Spanish Supercopa on away goals.

Zubizarreta, despite not being able to land the centre-back he had been looking for this summer, says he is happy with the group available to Martino.

"I'm delighted with the squad that we have. Whoever plays, I will feel extraordinarily satisfied," he said on his club's website.

"We had a complex summer, long and difficult, with complicated situations. But amongst all of that, we have the team that we want.

"The team is competing extraordinarily well. You don't just find cups in the museum. You have to go out and win them. This team has always wanted to get better and we're making an effort to do that."

Barca had been linked with the likes of Thiago Silva, Daniel Agger, David Luiz, Mats Hummels and a number of other top defenders as they sought to add to an area of their squad which does not have the same strength in depth as other positions.

However, no deals were struck and, with captain Carles Puyol still injured, Barca have continued to employ Javier Mascherano at the back alongside Gerard Pique at the start of the new season.

Zubizarreta said: "Throughout Barca's history, centre-backs have always been difficult to sign.

"The recovery of Puyol has been very good and we've thought about the centre-back position. We had a main objective, and we couldn't bring him in. We have (Marc) Bartra and other options.

"We are working on the idea of him (Puyol) returning after the international break. We're reasonably optimistic. Puyol has gone through a difficult patch and that says a lot for him."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

G

ive him 10 crosses and he'll head 8 of them over the bar.

tk421
Where Does Giroud Rank In Premier League?

Footer 365

Chelsea defender John Terry signs new one-year contract

Chelsea defender John Terry has signed a new one-year contract to stay at the club until summer 2016.

Roy Hodgson confirms Harry Kane will make England debut

Harry Kane's "incredible season" will reach a new high with an England debut in the next week, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Roy Hodgson urges English goalkeepers to grab chance to shine

England boss Roy Hodgson has urged goalkeepers across the land to grab their chance to shine to fill his injury gaps.

Mail Box

Cry Me A River, Diego Costa...

There's little sympathy for Diego Costa, while one mailboxer has had enough of football by numbers. There's also an invitation to visit Colombia and an ode to Woan...

England Handicapped By Natural Pessimism

The England team will never achieve anything unless we all lighten up. Also, last season was simply Joe Hart's 'Frog Chorus', and 80 per cent was a conservative estimate of turds in the Liverpool punchbowl...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company