A change of role
Ronaldinho has refused to rule out the possibility that he could change position: "If the coach wants that, then I have no problem. Until now at Bar?a I have played more on the wing, but if the coach wants me to play more in the centre then that will be fine. I have played there for other teams."
Ronaldinho put in a fine display as he scored twice in FC Barcelona's final game of their Stateside trip and was quick to declare the tour a great success.
The Brazilian superstar netted four times and played the most minutes during the Blaugrana visit to Mexico and the United States and became an icon for the media and the fans. After the disappointment of exiting the World Cup early with Brazil, Ronaldinho was back to his best towards the end of the tour and is now ready to face Espanyol in the Super Cup this week. "The tour was important on all levels," he said. "We have had time to a little of everything and most importantly to work."
Pleased with the rhythm
The former PSG forward claimed that he did not realise he was the top scorer in pre-season but was pleased to do so. "That is great, I am happy, but more importantly then goals is the rhythm we found with each game," Ronaldinho explained. "The truth is that with every game we have played I have felt better. On Thursday we have the first official game of season and playing a lot in pre-season has helped a lot."
"The team is growing stronger and although we may not be 100 per cent against Espanyol, but we will be close." he said when asked about Bar?a's forthcoming two-legged meeting with cross-town rivals Espanyol.
Another great sight in the final match of the tour against New York Red Bulls was the form of Leo Messi. The Argentinian was named as man-of-the-match and showed a great understanding with Ronaldinho. The Brazilian was also impressed: "We do understand each other very well. We found that out a while ago, but each time we play together things improve even more. It is fantastic that he is back in action."
Thuram and Zambrotta
Lilian Thuram said after the game that he was impressed by the technical ability within the squad and Ronaldinho believes that these type of surprises are always a good thing and said that he and other Bar?a players were "surprised by the strength that Thuram and (Gianluca) Zambrotta. They are two players with great experience and you can easily see that. We have not known them long and that is why we are still learning about each other. They may be surprised with us, but we are also surprised by their strength. All this is good for the team."