COMPETITION FOR GOALIE SPOT

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he does not believe for one moment that he is the first choice goalkeeper at the club. Victor Valdes is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he has represented the best team in the world right now – Barcelona – for more than 300 games.

This undisputed record will lead to many into believing that Victor Valdes is the undisputed number one at the club. However, the Spanish international has said that he does not see it that way because there is a lot of competition for his place at the club.

VALDES BACKS VILANOVA

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he will not be surprised if the replacement for Guardiola – Tito Vilanova – proves to be as successful as his predecessor with Barcelona. The club recently appointed the former assistant manager as replacement for Guardiola, who said that he decided to step down from his post as the manager of Barcelona after being burnt out in the last few seasons. Many are expecting a different approach from Barcelona, as Tito Vilanova attempts to build his own team.

VALDES WARY OF PIRLO

Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he is extremely wary of the threat posed by Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo. The former AC Milan midfielder is one of the established names in world football.

He has been responsible for Juventus winning their first league title since 2003, which is surprising given that AC Milan allowed him to leave on a free transfer only last season. It has proven to be one of the worst decisions by a club in recent seasons after Pirlo has demonstrated his ability to influence the game in a huge manner on more than one occasion.

VALDES REMAINS SECOND CHOICE

Despite winning the champions league on three occasions, La Liga on 5 occasions and the Copa Del Rey, it is surprising that Valdes has failed to achieve success on the international stage.

Despite having a better goals conceded record for the last 10 consecutive season compared to Spain’s first choice goalie Iker Casillas, Valdes has never been able to challenge his international counterpart for the no 1 shirt for the national side.

VALDES IS CONFIDENT

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he is extremely confident that his teammates will be able to take their chances that they create at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona suffered their first defeat in the Champions League this season after the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge.

NOT JUST EL CLASICO

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that the El Clasico alone will not be deciding the destination of the title.

Barcelona will be facing the leaders of the Spanish league Real Madrid at the Camp Nou in a match that will be present in between the two Champions League semifinals.

VALDES HAILS LIONEL MESSI

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that superstar Lionel Messi is capable of defining a new era in world football.

Lionel Messi is widely regarded to be the best player in the world right now, while many are also of the opinion that he is comparable with the likes of Diego Maradona and Pele.

VALDES DEDICATES WIN TO ABIDAL

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he is dedicating his team's victory over Sevilla in the recent Spanish league encounter to fellow teammate Eric Abidal.

Eric Abidal has been diagnosed with a major problem in his liver, which may subject him to a liver transplant. This shocking news comes after just a year when Eric Abidal underwent heart surgery in order to correct a problem. Barcelona won the match against Sevilla 2-0 to keep the pressure on the leaders Real Madrid, but Victor Valdes was more focused on ensuring that Eric Abidal came back fit and ready.

VALDES IMPRESSED WITH YOUTH TEAM

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that Barcelona easily have the best youth system in the world right now.

Barcelona have produced a number of world-class players over the years. One of the most recent one who springs to the mind is Lionel Messi, who joined the club in at the age of 14.

VALDES STILL BELIEVES

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that there is every chance that Barcelona could still win the league.

Barcelona has dropped behind from Real Madrid at an alarming pace in recent weeks. After the loss to Osasuna, Real Madrid managed to extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points, thus casting a real doubt on the ability of Barcelona to win the title for the fourth consecutive season.

However, their goalkeeper Victor Valdes is of the opinion that Barcelona are still good enough to win the league, but will have to rely on the results elsewhere.

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