Marc Bartra pleased with breakthrough season

Bartra pleased with breakthrough season
© Getty Images
Marc Bartra says that he was always confident that he would make the grade with Barcelona.

Barcelona defender Marc Bartra has insisted that he 'always knew' that he would make the grade with the Spanish champions.

The 22-year-old, who came through the club's youth system, has been a regular fixture in Barcelona's first XI in the early part of the season.

"I don't know why I knew. But I have been here all my life and have grown at Barca," he told Sport. "I was born to play this game. So in my head, it was always going to be Barcelona.

"I've never been anywhere else, so this is the only club I know. I knew when I had an opportunity I had to take it, and hopefully that's what I've done. I have always believed in my ability.

"I knew that I had to have patience, but my teammates have told me that I should have confidence in myself. I cannot hide the fact that there has been some hard times, but it is something that has made me stronger as a player and as a person."

Bartra's place could be under threat when Javier Mascherano and Carlos Puyol return to fitness.

Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Celtic during their Champions League group match on October 1, 2013
Read Next:
Xavi praises Neymar, Bartra
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona66002021818
2Atletico MadridAtletico6420124814
3Sevilla641173413
4Valencia6330125712
5Real Betis6402107312
6Real Madrid6321116511
7Leganes631253210
8Real Sociedad6303131309
9Levante62318809
10Getafe62228538
11Athletic Bilbao62227618
12Espanyol622279-28
13Celta Vigo621310827
14Villarreal621369-37
15Las PalmasLas Palmas6204510-56
16EibarEibar6204314-116
17GironaGirona612338-55
18Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo6114715-84
19Malaga6015414-101
20AlavesAlaves6006110-90
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand