Laporta praise for Rijkaard

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Joan Laporta has praised Frank Rijkaard and his players after Barcelona's tremendous start to the season.

The Blaugrana president was in buoyant mood after the Catalan giants equalled their best ten-game opening to a campaign with a 2-1 victory against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

"Rijkaard is a very brave coach, as he showed against Milan," Laporta explained. "He is always looking to the future.

"For example, when Gabri picked up his injury, we offered to dip into the transfer market, but Frank would not hear of it.

"Instead, he said that he already had Damia, who was playing in the B team in a different position. Rijkaard moved him up and it has been a credit to both of them."

Laporta then waxed lyrical about the key members of the Barca team, as he picked out the stars that have enabled the team to chalk up eight wins and two draws from their opening ten games.

"As a person, Samuel Eto'o is magnificent, and as a player - he is effective and spectacular," he said.

"Then there is Xavi. He is playing at an extraordinary level and is the heart and soul of the side while there is absolutely nothing more to say about Ronaldinho.

"I am delighted to have him here because he is a magical player."

There was also a warning to supporters, who are already predicting that Barcelona will win the league this season.

"I have great confidence in this team, which can make history," he added. "But we must be prudent and keep our feet on the ground.

"We have not achieved anything yet, but we have shown that we are capable of doing very well."