Saturday, 25 July 2009

Henrique's blog: part 4

Barcelona central defender Henrique Adriano Buss (22) reflects on his experiences during his debut.


"Yesterday I was finally able to debut with the Barça shirt. I admit that at first I was a little nervous, but then little by little I began to calm and focus on the game. There were quite a few of the youngsters from the youth teams playing in the second half. I’d seen how good they were in training and they have a lot of quality and are very skillful.

I suffered a couple of heavy tackles that left their mark on my legs but that’s the way it is in football. Before the game, the boss gave us a few words about tactics and how we should play that were very useful. The most important was controlling possession and bringing the ball out from the back.

In Brasil they also work hard at bringing through youngsters - At Coritiba (the club I started at) and also at Palmeiras. Adriano (Sevilla), Rafinha (Schalke) and Alex (Fenerbahce) all started in the Coritiba youth set up, as well as Keirrison (as I explained the other day). In fact, I grew up in a system which was very similar to the one that works with the Barca youth teams and I hope that will help me to adapt more quickly.

We’ve been given the afternoon off to relax after training this morning, which was more about warming down after yesterday’s game than anything else. I think I’ll stay at the hotel and relax ahead of tomorrow’s game. I hope I won’t be so nervous ahead of the game against Al-Ahly – I know that the nerves will disappear as I keep playing more games.

I’ll be back in touch tomorrow!"

-Henrique



Read the full and original article here

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nervousness is no excuse! He need to improve massively if he is to have any future at our club at all! He was shockingly poor and it is unacceptable.

fcbee said...

Give the guy some time. He just had been training for three days and had to play with a bunch of youth players.

I guess you're immediately perfect in everything you do...

Keenan said...

give me a break, i'd like to see you make your debut for barca in wembley

give the kid some time, he'll prove hes worth it just like pique. last season pique wasn't so solid and always passed it back to valdes everytime he got the ball but not he is full of confidence like when he took the ball off of robben vs madrid and the last-ditch tackles vs man utd. pique is also great at passing. so i expect henrique to get better as he adapts, we should keep him.

Marc4barca said...

i don't think there is such thing as a Brazilian who can't past. i believe he will be a great defender just a few more matches and he'll be fine no need to get worked up over a friendly.

tero said...

Agree Marc4Barca...I saw him play in Leverkusen and his technique is great.Every player who gets to wear Barca shirt has surely some butterflies in their stomach first

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