Coach Frank Rijkaard has called on his Barcelona squad to demonstrate they are united after a turbulent few days caused by midfielder Edmilson’s criticism of his team mates.
“We need to react on the pitch. It is the moment to face up and demonstrate they are committed and that we want to have a good season,” Rijkaard told a news conference.
When asked if he was going to discipline Edmilson, the Dutchman responded: “The measure is that the team functions. You always have to think about what is best for the team.”
Brazilian Edmilson questioned the commitment of some of his colleagues in a television interview during the week. The squad met on Thursday to discuss the matter, and Edmilson apologised to the group.
“I’m not saying what Edmilson said was wrong, just that it wasn’t the appropriate way to do it. It is better to talk about it in the dressing room,” Rijkaard added.
“They have decided not to speak in public again on these matters. I have spoken with captain Carles Puyol to get the reaction of the group and we had another meeting this morning with everyone present. I hope that is the end of it.”