Barcelona's Puyol calls for unity ahead of Real Madrid tie

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 15 Apr 2014

Puyol says that Barcelona will be giving everything against Real Madrid, works hard to be available for the Wednesday's Clasico

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Barcelona's captain Carles Puyol attends a news conference at Joan Gamper traning camp, near Barcelona April 14, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol believes that commitment, optimism and unity will be key factors in his team's clash against arch-rivals Real Madrid in Wednesday's Copa del Rey final.

"We have a final ahead of us – one of the best possible games- I want to assure the fans that we will be giving everything in the game and if we are all united then it will be easier. The only way forward is to stay united," the veteran player was quoted as saying by the club's official website late on Monday.

Barcelona suffered a dip in form lately, having been eliminated from the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid before slumping to a 1-0 loss to Granada in Spanish La Liga.

Winning the Cup title will be a great boost for the Catalan giants, whose league hopes are in jeopardy as they lie third in the table with 78 points, one behind second-placed Real Madrid and four behind leaders Atletico.

"We know that we have done some things wrong, but I want to say loud and clear that we will keep fighting till the end and there’s still plenty that can happen over the next five league games," the 36-year-old player explained.

"There have been times when we haven’t been consistent, but right now we have to look forwards, we have a big final coming up and a chance to give the fans something to really cheer about- I’m sure that a win in Valencia will give us a boost that will help us turn things round."

Puyol is doubtful for the match alongside teammates Marc Bartra and Gerard Piqué, but he vows to do his best to be available for Wednesday's showdown.

“I’m working hard to get fit, as are Marc and Gerard. We’ve got two more days and we are doing all we can. We’ll see what our chances of making the game are Tuesday,” the former Spain star concluded.

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