Superstition and music
-Are you superstitious?
When I was younger I was. The older you get you more you leave these things behind. If not, I wouldnt wear the number 13. I love this number.
-Do you listen to music before games?
I prefer to read before matches, because it relaxes me. I just finished reading El maestro de las cometas.
-Do you listen to your own music or do you try to disconnect by listening to other types of music?
I listen to all types of music. We play various songs in the dressing room in order to motivate the team.
-At the Camp Nou, when you go out to warm up, your music always plays…
I passed along my CD at the start of the season so they could play it during our warmup session before the match and things went well for us that day. People thought lets keep on using this music, things worked out well, also because they liked it, obviously. The reason we listen to my music during the warmup is because of superstition, though.
In an interview with Bara TV Jos Manuel Pinto said that hes preparing for the Kings Cup Final against Athletic Club. He confirmed that hes in perfect physical condition for the match while noting that the team have overcome obstacles in the past in reference to the announced absences of both Puyol and Alves.
He recognised that it will be a special match seeing that its Pep Guardiolas last match on the Bara bench, but he also said that hed like to dedicate a hypothetical victory to Abidal and his family. Pinto went on to say that he has complete confidence in the Bara youth system and he praised Marcelo Bielsas sensational side.
– Hows your ankle?
I feel great. If everything goes according to plan, Ill be in optimal condition.
-Weve had the recent bad news of both Puyol and Alves injuries. But this team have always been able to overcome these types of difficulties. Why is that?
I believe that these small inconveniences always happen throughout the season and its a shame that we wont be able to play with some of our team-mates due to last-minute injuries. But we must keep on moving and we, whenever there has been an obstacle, have been able to move forward.
-Martn Montoya might get the nod to start against Athletic Club. Is he ready to play in a final?
Every player that comes up through the youth system is highly qualified. They prove it when they come out [onto the pitch] and they dont notice the change [when they move up to the first team] because theyre very well prepared. We have confidence in them.
-Ahead of preparing for the match, does it make a big difference on the game if Puyol, Mascherano or Piqu are playing in the middle?
We prepare for each match in the same way. The only thing that changes are the individual characteristics of the players. But I have confidence in whoever plays, the only thing that changes are the small details.
-Its an important final seeing that it will be Pep Guardiolas last match on the bench. Does this fact add pressure to the team? Does it motivate you?
Its hard to define, we dont like that hes leaving. The last match [with Guardiola] will be sad, we have to win to turn that sadness into joy so we can give him a proper send off. I hope it works out this way, were motivated. Were all awaiting that moment.
-How important has Guardiola been in your career? What have you learned?
With him Ive principally learned how to use my feet and how to read the game. Ill always be thankful for the confidence hes given me. He has complete confidence in me and Ive done my best to return the gesture. Ive done it with my attitude in our training sessions and especially when I play.
-Another final against Athletic Club. Is this team like the one in the 2009 Final?
Every team modifies itself every year. Its obvious that Athletic have improved a lot. They are a very competitive side. They play well and their manager is responsible for this positive change. It will be a very difficult and beautiful final.
-Guardiola says that Athletic Club are the sensation the year. Do you agree?
Ive followed them and I believe that they are one of the standout teams of the year. Atltico Madrid have also had a great season.
-Do you believe youve permanently won over the Culs? Do you believe your public image has hurt you in anyway?
Ive never thought about it. I believe that Ive won the Culs over because when Im out and about they show me their appreciation. The only thing Ive done is give everything I have and try to bring something to the group. When someone comports himself with honesty the people see that and give it value.
-Have you thought the match over in your head? Have you dreamed of the perfect match?
Ive had a flash or two, but Ive quickly forgotten about it. We want this to end well. I hope that I can dedicate the trophy to my grandparents, who recently passed away. Id also like to dedicate the trophy to Abidal and my family.