Abidal: I Am Not At My Best Yet

Barcelona left-back Éric Abidal has freely admitted on the eve of his team’s clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League that he is far from his in form and fitness.

The French defender has not had the easiest of times settling into the Blaugrana colours ever since his move from Lyon last year. But despite having played a full season already, he appears to be struggling still to reach his best.

The 29 year old admitted as much on the eve of Barça’s Champions League clash with Ukrainian outfit, Shakhtar Donetsk.

“Last year, I said that the fitness training here was different to what I had experienced in France, but all that has changed this season,” he told reporters at the pre-match interviews.

“Yet, I am sure that I am not at my best level at present. I don’t know why that is but I’m working very hard in training and I hope to be 100% for tomorrow’s (Wednesday) game,” confided Abidal.

The Blaugrana are slowly finding their feet on the domestic front after a winless opening two rounds, although they have had much better luck in Europe’s top tier tournament.

“The Champions League is a totally different competition. We won our first game and that was important because it’s difficult to earn points here.

“I don’t know about all the Shakhtar players but I know they have been playing in this competition for several years.

“They have experienced player and it will be a difficult game,” the leftback concluded when asked to analyse his opponents.

 KS Leong