03 January 2011

Pedro: “I’d give myself seven or right”

Pedro Rodríguez said the game with Levante “got a bit tricky, but we managed to pull through … we were in control, but couldn’t get goals, and then when Stuani scored, it got tricky again, we were going for long crosses and suffering, but we got there in the end … The team played well, but Levante were able to defend”.  (via FC Barcelona.cat)

[la Segunda -Liga Adelante -18] LAS PALMAS, 2 - BARÇA B, 2

UD Las Palmas: Barbosa (Pinder, min. 61), Samuel, David García, Jorge (Chicken min. 72), Pedro Vega, Aythami, Javi Guerrero, Armiche, Jonathan Viera, Vicente Gómez and Daniel Lane (Ruymán, min. 64).

FC Barcelona B: Masip, Montoya, Font, Romeu, Tello (Edu Oriol, min. 6), J. Soriano, Saul (Rochina, min. 73), Armando, S. Robert, Abraham and Jonathan Dos Santos (Nolito, min. 61).

Referee: Ceballos Silva (C. Extremadura). Aided Durán Sánchez Fernández and Romero. He showed yellow card to the premises Vicente Gómez, David Garcia, Daniel Lane and Jonathan Viera. Visitors were admonished by Fontes, Masip, Romeo and Abraham.

Goals: 1-0, min. 25: Javi Guerrero, after assistance from George, 1-1, min. 71: Jonathan Soriano, 1-2, min. 76: Oriol, Vaseline, 2-2, min. 87: Samuel, head.

Incidents: Some 19,232 spectators attended the Estadio de Gran Canaria in the meeting for the eighteenth round of the Spanish second division, Liga Adelante.

Xavi: "Being in the club is a pleasure"

Xavi Hernandez said "To feel loved at home is priceless. I've been criticized, but I wanted to win here." 

Xavi not expect the tribute they did at the end of the meeting: "I had said nothing, but I am very grateful to everyone."

Pep Guardiola: "I was worried this game"

Pep Guardiola said "We wanted to win for him (Xavi). It is operated by Crusaders, is 30 and has played 549 games. I spent many years here, I played 300 and it seemed plenty. Theirs is a beast. If your hamstrings hold up, I think it can reach the 700. "

Despite winning by the minimum (2-1), smiling Guardiola has gone to the press room, he had already warned on Thursday that beat Levante in the first game of the year would not be easy. Catalan coach acknowledged he was "happy", not only by three points, but the game has made the team, although attack against a team that builds up so many men behind is never easy. "I was very concerned about this game and I'm pleased with how we've faced," said the coach of Barça, who explained that "50 years and will continue to cost when a team put the bus back."

Guardiola has praised Sergio Busquets as party central - "I knew I could do well, because it is very attentive, disciplined and has very good ball out - and also Thiago as a lever in the second half. He has also defended Bojan. "It's a helluva player who is 20 years and a lot of room for improvement. The club has renewed for three or four years and this is proof that we trust him. It has the ability and talent to fight with Peter or David (Villa) for a spot in the starting line, "he explained.

The only but Guardiola has been for the state of the Camp Nou turf. "Do not grab it. We will try to find a solution, but we can cope", has lamented.

[La Liga -Liga BBVA - 17] FC Barcelona 2 - Levante 1

Jornada 17 (Sun 02 Jan 18:00) FC Barcelona 2 - 1 Levante UD

FC Barcelona: Victor Valdes, Alves, Busquets, Abidal, Maxwell (Milito, min.76), Xavi, Mascherano (Thiago, min.49), Iniesta, Pedro, Villa and Bojan (Keita, min.65).

Levante: Reina, Cerra, Nano, Robusté, Del Horno; Juanlu (Xisco Muñoz, min.72), Pallardó, Xisco Nadal (Valdo, min.70), Larrea, Xavi Torres and Rafa Jorda (Stuani, min.70) .

Goals: 1-0, min.47: Pedro. 2-0, min.58: Pedro. 2-1, min.79: Stuani.

Referee: Perez Lasa, Basque committee. He showed yellow card to Nano (min.45), Bojan (min.45), Xavi (min.88), Busquets (min.88) and Stuani (min.91).

Subs: game for the seventeenth day of the league match at the Nou Camp before 71,681 fans.

movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_iWuE015jI