BARCELONA – Joan Laporta was absent again on Wednesday night from a debate between the candidates for the presidency of Barcelona, in which both Víctor Font and Toni Freixa openly criticized him for what they understood as “lack of respect for the partner of the Barça “, but recovered all the media attention this Thursday in a press appearance in which, taking advantage of the presentation of his project for the club’s sections, he did not deny his interest and willingness to sign Erling Haaland and revealed that he had had a talk with Gerard Piqué after Tuesday’s debacle against PSG.
The one who was president of the club between 2003 and 2010 and which part, according to the polls, as the main favorite in the elections to be held on March 7, was very careful not to pronounce so much the name of the Norwegian forward of Borussia Dortmund, that on Wednesday he scored two goals in his team’s victory in Seville, like that of the Catalan central defender, but when both were put on stage, he made it implicitly clear that he was referring to them.
Laporta repeated that “I maintain the will to convince Leo Messi to continue at Barça. Within our possibilities and competing against clubs that are state and can pay him much more, I will try to convince him to continue and help us build the Barça of present and future “and it was from there that Haaland appeared on stage.
‘If the squad needs an upgrade, do you have cards ready to reinforce it? Can you think of a player like Haaland? ‘ She was asked. And the former president, avoiding expressly referring to the Norwegian verbally, yes agreed and assured that he was prepared to, if necessary, face a signing of these characteristics.
“Yes. I have all the cards ready to face any situation and if we have to improve the football team I have the cards ready to play them,” he stated, without wanting to delve further into the subject and quoting journalists for next week, when he will give to know in another appearance his sports project in terms of the first team.
He also put on record the relationship he maintains with some players in the squad by revealing that after Tuesday’s defeat he spoke “with a player … And I saw him very affected, downcast and pissed off.” He did not want to give his name, but it was evident that he was referring to Gerard Piqué, whose image, precisely, he used in a video of the presentation of the project for the sections.
“I spoke with a player after the game. He was sunk, pissed off, but he was precisely the one who set an example by wanting to play out of an injury. As he is, he was sunk” he clarified.
“We cannot leave them alone and we will be by their side and help them regain the winning mentality” he proclaimed, acknowledging that after the loss to PSG “I was also angry, with a huge disappointment, thinking only of going to sleep and leaving As the hours pass … But the message is very clear: we must be with our players. “
“We have to transfer all our support to the team at this time and not yet enter apocalyptic scenarios. I do not like to advance events: in the Cup against Sevilla there is a second leg and in the League Atlético yesterday left two points .. . We have to support the team “, resolved Laporta, who in the case of the Champions revealed himself against the collapse.
“We will go to Paris very calmly. Barça is a team that knows how to win but that knows how to be in defeat while maintaining dignity” he began by pointing out … To later draw a point of rebellion: “We should also begin to see an atmosphere comeback. If we already did it once with PSG, it can be done again, even more difficult and this time away from home. Let’s not forget that Barça is a club with epic moments in its history that led us to glory ” .