Tomorrow is the final... i can't wait and i'm afraid at the same time!Deco as the only one CL winner in Barca gives his interview on the official site
As the only member of the Barça squad to have won the European Cup before he understands the emotions around the club, but is determined to avoid speculation that Barça will sweep to victory. "We cannot tell people not to be excited after so many years without reaching the final," he said. "But for the players it is different. It is a difficult match and we are not getting carried away. To say that we are better or superior will not help."
"Nobody has asked me much about the final against Monaco," Deco said, reflecting on his success with Porto in 2004. "Perhaps it is better to speak to the coach, who has won three European Cups." Frank Rijkaard is aiming to become the fifth person to have won the trophy as both a players and a coach and to do this, Deco believes "the team must play normally and remain calm. We have to be totally focussed and not commit any errors". After beating Real Madrid and Juventus en route to the final, Deco believes Arsenal deserve respect. "They reached the final on merit," he said. "I like the team in general. They have a very strong midfield and dangerous counter-attack." Despite the fact that the Gunners have kept ten consecutive clean sheets in the competition ahead of the final, Deco is not concerned. "The fact they have let in very few goals does not say much to me," he continued. "Chelsea were also on a long run without losing at Stamford Bridge and we won there."
The lesson from Stamford Bridge
This season the Barça team has shown great maturity and learned from earlier mistakes. The defeat against Chelsea last term was seen as a lesson and this year the Blaugrana has been able to play and win at difficult places like Stamford Bridge and the San Siro. "Last season we rushed forward to quickly," Deco explained. "We are al excited and if we can carry on playing like we have been then we have the chance to make our dream come true."
Iniesta in, Giuly out
Andrés Iniesta is set to play in his first Champions League final on Wednesday and Deco believes that the midfielder has earned his place in Spain's World Cup squad. "He deserves everything that is happening to him to at Barça," the former Porto player explained. "He has a lot to offer and is having a great season." On the flip side, Deco feels for Ludovic Giuly, who has been omitted from the French World Cup squad: "For me it is completely unfair," he continued. "He has helped us a lot this season and we are all sad for him because he is a good friend. I hope that he can win the final for us."
Stronger with Messi
Lionel Messi has not been give the green light to play by the Barça doctors, but will travel to Paris. "I do not know if he can play," Deco stated. "It is a difficult situation. Personally I think that we are stronger with him and the opposition fears him."