Samuel Eto’o, who made his long-awaited comeback from a lengthy injury layoff during Barcelona’s 2-1 win against Deportivo, says he felt no ill-effects on his return to the fray.
“I felt very good,” he said. “I was calm, and aware that it is important to take it step by step and not make the same mistakes as last season.
“All I need now is to find the spark, but that does not worry me. It will come if I continue to work. Of course, the sooner the better.”
The striker is hopeful that coach Frank Rijkaard gives him some playing time in Wednesday’s Champions League game against Stuttgart.
“We have already qualifying for the last sixteen of the Champions League, so I hope that Frank gives me some minutes against Stuttgart to get back into form,” he added.
There has also been much said about the viability of the Ronaldinho-Messi-Eto’o-Henry partnership.
“The impotant this is not the tridente or the ‘four fantasticos’, but being able to win and get close to the top,” he insisted.
He did offer backing to under-fire Ronaldinho, though: “Every time I see him, he is looking better and working harder.”