Arda Turan impressed by Barcelona teammates' work ethic
Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan says he knows that he must "park his ego" and play for the good of the team -- just as all the club's stars, including Ballon d'Or holder Lionel Messi, regularly do.
Arda Turan's playmaking in midfield was vital as Atletico Madrid won the 2013 Copa del Rey and 2014 La Liga titles, and his displays led to a move to Barca last summer for an initial fee of €37 million.
However, since making his Barca debut in January (after the club's transfer ban was lifted) he has generally played an all-round midfield role which involves a lot of running and working to help his teammates -- especially the attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
The Turkey international told Mundo Deportivo that his job in the team is different now at Barca and he is happy to play a supporting role to his colleagues.
"Here I have a different mission than I had at Atletico," he said. "Here I must defend and attack, and serve the three up front. I must change, because here everyone is a star. I also like to do nutmegs and play one-twos, but there are others here who do it better than me, so you must pass the ball to them, because with them football is easy.
"I have no ego problem, I do the work [coach] Luis Enrique asks of me. I am one piece of this team and I am happy to be here. It is important sometimes to help in defence, to play aggressively, that is also important."
Arda Turan has also been impressed at the selfless attitude shown by serial winners such as Messi, Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.
"Despite all the trophies they have won, I see my teammates training with the same motivation as if they had won nothing - Andres, Busi, Ivan [Rakitic], Dani [Alves]... they have won it all, but they are still very motivated," he said.
"For them it is more important to be successful than to earn money. Although they are great players, they park their egos for the good of the team. I saw the example of Leo against Sevilla, running 50 metres back to defend. It was incredible. I think that if Leo and Ney run, well I better run even more!"
The midfielder has not always looked entirely comfortable within the Barca system, and was withdrawn early in Saturday's 2-1 La Liga win over Sevilla, but admitted he was still learning a completely different way of playing football to that at any other club in the world.
"First, you must see Barca as a school, the whole world plays one game, and Barca plays another," he said. "Every day I am learning our style of play, improving, sharing things, I am enjoying it and we will keep going like this.
"I must accept this style and manage to fit myself in as one more piece of this team. It suits my style, but I must know what my position is. Instead of playing the ball a lot, I must know where I must receive the ball, and where I must play it to. I have a good example in Andres and I am learning from him."