Alan Ruschel will play his first competitive game since the plane crash which killed 71 people including 19 Chapecoense players.
Chapecoense plane crash survivor Alan Ruschel putting in the hard graft on his way to recovery. pic.twitter.com/Tk4i1FRg37— Soccer Vines (@ItsSoccerVines) August 1, 2017
Forward, Wellington Paulista spoke ahead of his side’s pre-season friendly against Barcelona.
“For us, this is a very important game not only because we have Alan (Luciano Ruschel) with us but also because we will play against Barcelona. This is something beyond words. But as I said yesterday when we arrived, we are also here to enjoy the game. We want to celebrate with them.”
Alan Ruschel (Chapecoense) “I’m looking forward to playing against Messi. It’s a dream to play at Camp Nou against the best in the world.” pic.twitter.com/YhjXwZY5V4— Leo Messi 🔟 (@WeAreMessi) August 7, 2017
Although emotions will undoubtedly be running high, rather than relief that they don’t have to face a recently departed Neymar, players are more disappointed at not getting to challenge him on the pitch.
“It is true that we would have liked to play against Neymar. We are Brazilians and we love him. But he knows what is best for him. I hope he will achieve the same success over there (at PSG) as he did when he played here.”
The Brazilian club currently sits in 14th place in Brazil’s Serie A on 22 points, coming into the Barcelona match after a 1-1 draw with Bahia on Wednesday.