06 January 2011

[Copa del Rey] Betis, Barça's rival in the Cup after beating Getafe

FC Barcelona will face Real Betis in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. The first leg will be played next week at the Camp Nou, and return within two in Seville. The Andalusian club won by 1-3 at Getafe and thus traced from the first leg 1-2.

Xavi: "For me, to defend the Barça shirt is everything"

Midfielder Xavi Hernandez , who on Wednesday in San Mames became the most capped player has defended the shirt of Barcelona (550), has sworn eternal love to the elastic Barca.

"For me, to defend the Barça shirt is everything and I can not imagine defending another, because it is the club of my life " , has said Xavi, who said he was "very happy and proud" to have passed and Michael as the Barca played more competitive matches of the club's history.

Terrassa has the feeling that "privileged" for being "student of this school" , that of Barcelona, with whom he identifies as his game, has said he still has "here to stay."

For many years

"For me to play football all my life, but I know that can not be," said Xavi, who pointed out that has a contract until 2014 and which intends to follow "many years" Barca dress.

The aquileana tendinitis that has suffered in recent months, it seems he has left behind - "practically no longer suffer in games" , unveiled in San Mames, and took a standing ovation from the fans of Athletic when he was substituted.

Grateful to the fans of San Mames

"There have always treated me very well. It is not the first time I took a standing ovation from 'La Catedral' and it gave me goosebumps. I am very grateful to the people of San Mames for it, "he pointed out.

On the Cup match, Xavi has stressed that it was not easy "played the pass to the quarterfinals in San Mames", but although the team did some excellent football "learned to be patient and grow the game" to qualify "in a field complicated, with too tight a hobby and a field in pretty bad shape. "

Abidal highlights

In this sense, the Barca midfielder has highlighted the performance of defender Eric Abidal, author of both visitors and as Xavi is "an epic level" of both central and lateral. "His so-the first mark as Barca, also demonstrates the confidence that you have now," he added.

On the possibility that this is final against Real Madrid, which is on the other side of the table, the Catalan player has said he is "a very nice scenario, but right now the focus is on the last eight , "it would be disrespectful to speak of a Barça-Madrid final."

The Terrassa, nominated for the Ballon d'Or with his fellow A ndres Iniesta and Messi will attend next Monday at the FIFA gala held in Zurich (Switzerland).

Now ... Is the Ballon d'Or?

Do not hide it "very excited" to win the Ballon d'Or, "because it is the best reward that can give an individual level, but will not lose sleep:" Just to be there, along with Andrew and Leo, makes me very happy. "

Their coach, Pep Guardiola, recently said Xavi Hernandez was the better player in his day as he was. The de Terrassa said today that praise.

"That is to motivate me. We are proud to say that, because for me Pep has always been my role model . It is an excellent person a special coach, "he concluded.

Nasri flirts with Barça

Cesc Fabregas is not the only Arsenal player whose name is linked with FC Barcelona. In recent days have begun to ring with the force of a colleague: Samir Nasri ...

Nasri could be of interest to Barca

The French midfielder, 23, out of contract with the London club in June 2012 and is in the middle of negotiations to renew.

Nasri has 13 goals and has become a basic part of the attack on the Gunners this season. His coach, Arsène Wenger, will not hear or talk about his possible departure ... but despite this, rumors about the supposed interest from other teams for him, including the Barça have already been fired.

His agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, uses this to push the Gunners, and will not close any doors. Neither of the Camp Nou.

"We are in talks to extend his contract. Then we'll see what direction Samir wants to give his career" was the cryptic response from the agent on Thursday about his future ...

According to 'The Telegraph', Arsenal will do everything possible to convince him and give him a contract of 75,000 pounds a week, or whatever it is, almost 4.5 million euros a year-to follow the next four seasons. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: "We wanted tossing Abidal, but the ceiling was very low"

Eric Abidal was very effusively welcomed by his teammates in the locker room in San Mames. Pep Guardiola revealed that he made even the 'corridor' after finishing the game, and if not blanket was "because the ceiling was very low."

The Barcelona coach praised the Frenchman for "he has been spectacular, immense. Txiki (Begiristain) matched completely to sign him. He plays well in the center, on the left ... in a state is dramatically and it's a special guy" he said.

Guardiola also congratulated Pinto and Keita "for his big game," noting the "incredible" environment that was experienced at the Athletic Stadium.

"She could not wait for it to end the party"

"It was an honor to San Mames living at its best. The Athletic fans must be very proud of his players and they from their hobby. We knew it was not going to matter the outcome of the round and which would give for the meeting because we do not see when the game is finished, "he said.

Guardiola gave him "great merit" to the classification for the quarter after a round "igualadísima" has been resolved by the double value of the away goals rule.

"I know that if we had been eliminated would have been the news, but the truth is that the news is to come here and spend the tie.'s Why I'm so happy," said the Barcelona coach. (via SPORT)

Abidal was struck by an object on the face

San Mames became a real pressure cooker and tempers flared in an excessive way with the launch of several objects (coins apparently) one of which hit the face of France's Eric Abidal. The images clearly reflect this action has nothing to do with the show of strength and commitment to both teams being deployed from the beginning of the game.
Fortunately for the Barca defense was able to continue the game but was obviously saddened by the heavy impact. (via Marca)

[Copa del Rey 1/8final Leg2] Athletic Club 1 - 1 FC Barcelona

Copa del Rey 1/8 final (wed 05 Jan 22:00) Athletic Club 1 - 1 FC Barcelona

1 - Athletic Club: Iraizoz, Iraola, Ustaritz, Leisure, Koikili; Susaeta (David López, m.46), Gurpegui, Javi Martínez, Gabilondo (Muniain, m.79); Toquero (De Marcos, m.67) and Llorente .

1 - FC Barcelona: Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Abidal, Adriano (Iniesta, m.61), Busquets, Xavi (Puyol, m.77), Keita, Messi, Villa (Afelllay, m.90) and Peter.

Goals: 0-1, m.74: Abidal. 1-1, m.85: Llorente.

Referee: Muniz Fernandez (Asturias College). He showed yellow card to the local Gurpegui, Toquero, Ustaritz, and visitors Busquets, Pinto.

Subs: Full in San Mames. Some 40,000 spectators. A crowd accompanied the Athletic as they exit the team hotel and some of it accompanied him on the trip to the field. Leg of second round of the Copa del Rey.

Match Report: FCBarcelona.cat