I came off as a precaution

January 6, 2014 7:33 AM

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Barcelona centre-back, Marc Bartra suffered an injury scare in his side’s 4-0 win over Elche on Sunday afternoon, but despite being forced to leave the pitch with a hamstring injury the Spanish international confirmed that he came out as a precaution and it wasn’t serious.

In his post-match interview with BarcaTV, Bartra spoke about the win, his good run of form and the injury scare.

“The three points we earned today are very important points. It was the first home game of the year. I’m very happy because things are going well. Now I need to just keep working hard in training.

“I’m fine, I just felt a little niggle in my hamstring in the final two minutes. Tata thought I could go on, but he preferred I come off. We underwent tests and I don’t think it’s anything serious.

“I feel like an important part of the squad. I’m playing and made my debut with the national team, everything’s come at once, but I feel like I’ve worked my way into the group and I’m now playing an important role. The coach isn’t worried about putting me in, now I just need to maintain this level of play. I think we may be in top form. I don’t think that at the start of the season we we’re playing the way we wanted to, but now we are a very unpredictable team, we can play in the counter and maintain possession.”

“Tata asks us to have intensity when we have the ball and when we don’t have it, to recover it as soon as possible. The team usually tightens up in the first half but spaces open up in the second half. Above all move the ball around. I feel very comfortable with Pique, as I do with Puyol and Mascherano. It’s very important that the centre-back plays the ball well. I’m used to this style of play, since I was a boy I’ve learned how to play with the ball and build the plays from the back.

“This is what Barcelona has, at times when they aren’t the best in the world, the team doesn’t back down and wins. We aren’t going to lose this desire and character. From the start to the finish we always have the desire to win games.”

Bartra concluded by talking about this weekend’s La Liga match against joint league leaders, Atletico Madrid.

“I have very good memories of the Calderon, I was 18 years old and how well Atleti is playing, it’s a privilege to return, play and help the team.”

Source: insidespanishfootball.com

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