TVC E. Athletic suffered a surprise opening weekend loss to Sporting Gijon and Laporte expects the going to be tough against Barcelona, despite Neymar being absent once again as he prepares for Brazil's World Cup qualifiers early next month.
Laporte says "I'm very happy, I've said a lot of times and I'm still here.
"I think the fans are very happy with my decision and I'm happy with them all too."
"Barca is a tough opponent to beat, they have achieved many trophies and have finished first many times''.
"They are a rival to be reckoned with, but we must try to win that game like any other.
"This team has very good players still [without Neymar]. All their players have a very high level.
"We have to fight for every moment of the match to try to get something in this game."
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TVC E. Nigeria's international, Chisom Chikatara scored on his first start for Moroccan outfit, Wydad Casablanca, as they battled to a 1-1 draw against Zesco United in a CAF Champions League fixture on Wednesday at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola.
Owino Odhiambo put the hosts in front in the 17th minute, while Chikatara equalised for his side in the 56th minute with a stunning strike from about 20 yards out.
The African Nations Championship hero in Rwanda was however taken off injured not long after his goal.With their place in the semi-finals already secured following a 2-1 win in their last fixture against Ivorien side ASEC Mimosas, Wydad coach John Toshack opted to rest some of his regular stars and Chikatara who recently joined the Casablanca- based outfit from Nigeria Professional Football League side Abia Warriors was one of the players that benefited from the change in personnel.
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TVC E. A faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, identified as The Re-branded Indigenous People of Biafra, TRIOPOB, has broken out of the main group following accusations of inflexible against