Andres Iniesta has claimed that Barcelona are out to win everything this year, after their disappointment of last season.
In an interview with Fifa, Iniesta expressed his side’s desire to win every competition that they are involved in this season, in order to make up for their distinct lack of trophies last term.
2014 barren spell
2014 was not a good year for the little Spaniard both domestically and internationally, as Barcelona lost the La Liga title on the last day of the season to Atletico Madrid and Spain failed to make it out of their group in the World Cup in Brazil.
“We [Barcelona] had had a very difficult year in many respects, so to lose the league title at home in the final game was a big, big disappointment" - Iniesta
“The same applies to the World Cup. For a country like Spain, with the players we had, we expected to have a very good tournament and go a lot further than the first round.
“However, when you don’t do things well at tournaments like these, you pay a heavy price. And that’s what happened to us.”
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The disappointment felt by Iniesta has driven him on this year to achieve as much as he possibly can. He added:
“When you don’t achieve something, you need to be even more motivated the following year for whatever is coming next.
“Let’s be clear, though. This doesn’t happen because you’ve not tried hard enough – I mean, we all want to win – but sometimes you come up short and it just can’t be called a ‘positive’ year.”
At the moment it looks as though Iniesta and his Barca teammates are motivated, as they sit one point behind the leaders in La Liga, Real Madrid, they are in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey and they are in the last 16 of the Champions League. They are in a good position, with a high chance of winning some silverware this year.
The 30-year-old Spanish international said: “We are out to win everything we can and have a lot to look forward to. We’ve got a great team and the disappointment of last year has to be a motivation for us.”
After another change of manager, the third since the departure of Pep Guardiola, Barcelona came under a lot of scrutiny when they weren’t winning every game, every week; the situation seemed heightened.
Iniesta said of this: “We know we’re at a club where a lot is asked of you, where everything is magnified tenfold. There are so many opinions and a lot of things can come from that.
“When things aren’t going exactly to plan, then we have to deal with those kind of situations. The only way we can change that and make the public more settled is by playing well and winning.”
There for the taking
With the talent running throughout their squad, Barcelona are still favourites for the majority of matches they play. They have one of the most potent attacks in European football and boast the best goal difference in Europe with +54 after 23 games.
Everything looks to be there for the taking for the Catalans and Iniesta is hoping they can bring some success back to the Camp Nou.
He said: “I wish for everything possible in the sporting sense – and not just for the sake of having it. It’s because I believe we can win things and have the team to do precisely that.”
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