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Roura trusts Barca to maintain focus

Jordi Roura does not believe his Barcelona team are in danger of complacency when they tackle Getafe in La Liga on Sunday.

Barca boast a commanding position at the top of the league table, nine points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

Few observers will be expecting any outcome other than a home win when 12th-placed Getafe arrive at Camp Nou, but Barca assistant coach Roura has insisted his players will be fully focused.

“I really don’t think we will be complacent against Getafe. Getafe and their coach are a very tidy team, with the lines very together, they push you a lot, they are good defensively and they are intense,” Roura said.

“When their coach was with Levante they were already a difficult rival to beat and now it is going to be the same. We cannot be relaxed if we want to get the points and keep our current position.”

With the team used to playing in the evening due to their frequent appearances on primetime television, Roura and his squad have had to make some adjustments in readiness for a midday kick-off on Sunday.

“It’s true that playing at 12 (noon) will change the normal routine we have when preparing for a game,” he said.

“After talking with the medical staff, we are going to concentrate today (Saturday) on having a proper dinner and having a good breakfast. These are the only alterations so far, but apart from that, it is going to be a time modification that effects both teams, so I expect that it really won’t change anything in our performance.”

Sat 9 February, 2013
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