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🗨️ "We are excited and we are confident"

Brazilian stopper Rafael looks ahead to a vital top six tussle with Barnsley on Good Friday...

1 April 2021

38 games played...and Rafael has been ever present throughout. The Brazilian stopper has not missed a minute of our league campaign so far...but he didn't want a rest - personally Rafa can't wait for the final eight!

"I think this period without games has been important for us, as it has for all clubs," he smiled. 

"It has given us a chance to work on what we need to improve. We had too many games in a row, so it was important to rest a little bit, and to work on our game.

"We have worked on things tactically and physically and, at the same time, we have been able to spend some time with our families. I have been able to spend some time with my kids and play with them, and that is important too.

"But personally, I prefer to play. I like it when we have two or three games a week - but I know the other guys have to run more than me so it might be different for them!"

A trip to Barnsley on Good Friday is massive. And Rafael is excited to be part of a team fighting for places at the top of the table!

"Now we have eight games to push at an important stage of the season. And we are excited.

"This moment is important. Barnsley are in a very good spot - they are in fifth and we are sixth.

"They have good players, they are a good team, the way they have been playing is a little bit different to how they were playing at the start of the season.

"They have been playing very well. We know that and we know it will not be easy. But there are no easy games in the Championship, we are used to that. So we will go there looking for three points.

"We have studied them - our staff is amazing, they give us all the information that we need. Now we need to put it on the pitch and show our quality.

"We have played 38 games and we have been in the top six throughout. We have worked a lot for a top six spot. And we will keep working."

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