01 February 2011

Guardiola: "Two years ago we drew 12 points and had to win 2-6 to become champions"

Pep Guardiola is not champions yet, despite the seven-point lead over Real Madrid. Barcelona coach gave the example of two seasons ago had 12 points clear and Madrid to be cut in four. "Two years ago we were 12 points behind Madrid and we had to go to the Bernabeu to win 2-6 to become champions. That says it all."
The Blaugrana coach also praised Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, who knows no surrender. "A technician as prestigious as Mourinho in January continues to gain anything.'re Going to be until the end, I know I and my players." (via Marca)

All staff to Almeria


All first team players, including injured, will be on Wednesday at the Mediterranean Games stadium for live directly around the semi-finals against Almeria and the possible passage to the final of the Copa del Rey.

Barca have made the final training session on Tuesday morning at the Sports City in a closed session. Guardiola has had 17 first team players as the injured Puyol , Jeffren and Iniesta continue their recovery. Just Andres Iniesta is the latest Barca has been injured on Saturday when Alicante , suffered a sprained left shoulder. Both limbo, like Puyol and Iniesta are also Mediterranean Games in the stadium following the Barca game.

Given the absence of three injured the briefing the players have completed Barça B, Nolito and Thiago . Both also will travel with the team Wednesday to Almeria .

The expedition will travel Barcelona this Wednesday at Almeria . The players will leave at 9.30 am the Camp Nou del Prat Airport where they will catch a plane that moves to the Andalusian city. Barcelona is expected to land at 11.55 am and once there, players will focus on the team hotel until about an hour before the game when you go to the stadium. Recall that the match will begin at 8 pm. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Xavi: "Cesc will play at the club because it is their wish"


Barcelona Midfielder Xavi Hernandez believes that Cesc Fabregas will eventually play in the Catalan club in the future because "that is their wish" and believes that in life "the dream is over anything."

" His ultimate dream is to return to Barca , but then is that the Arsenal and Barca agree. It is raised here, has the DNA Barca, but not up to us and almost to himself, "said the Barcelona.

Speaking in the program 'One to one' (Eurosport) adopted by EFE, Xavi has said that eventually the dreams fulfilled. "His greatest desire is to return to the club. very easily be adapted because he grew up here, "he insisted.

Xavi, who turns 30 in October, believes Fabregas (23 years) may be his successor at the club, but says he could even play together.

"It depends on when you come and depends on my age. I feel very good and if Cesc is, we can play well together as we do in the selection. I always say the same thing: my game is based on partnerships and I have the most players with my profile and my qualities around me, "he stated.

About the confrontation knockout round of Champions League against Arsenal, Xavi has said he likes measured "against these teams who play football very similar to ours" and recalled that last year the tie was very colorful.

Asked if Real Madrid is the alternative to Barca, Xavi has said that it is a great team. "It's different to Barcelona, might not have a game as combinational , but are straightforward and have great players, "he insisted.

Xavi Hernández has indicated that the club is also a football club, "a school of life" because "not only teach you how to play football," but also "to behave in life", and "a values such as education and respect. " (via AS)

Thiago and Nolito with the group

Both players enter the call.Guardiola takes the whole group.Barcelona have trained this morning to prepare the match against Almeria tomorrow.

The first team of Barcelona has trained this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper two subsidiary components Nolito and Thiago Alcantara . The discomfort of Iniesta and income of the party in the Camp Nou (5-0) could be used to give input to these younger players in the starting lineup, as happened in the match against Betis where they rested some key players.

In fact, the Manchego is part of the group trained with the also injured Carles Puyol and Jeffren , who have received medical treatment. Although they can not play, Guardiola has called everything moves to travel to Almeria. With the first team to block the call are included Thiago and Nolito. (via MD)

Zubizarreta calls while to solve the renewal Alves


Andoni Zubizarreta again show its enormous skill in dealing with all issues and ditches without giving rise to a single person or controversial.

This is the case of the renewal process of Dani Alves, who has not moved one bit since the last summit a couple of weeks. Club and player were deployed to take a period of reflection that seems to have expired and that does not even have been telephone calls to ease some positions.

Alves continues the renewal of stalled, although Barca sports director is convinced that it is only a matter of time. "Everything depends on the pace of things. In this case, it takes a longer time to reach an agreement. But the important thing is that Dani wants to go and we want to continue. " Zubizarreta did not deviate from this line. "What I worry is to see that Alves is sad and do not enjoy, but this is not the case," he said.

Barca executive was absolutely convinced that the negotiations will be successful and denied that the club is looking for potential replacements in the football market. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Muniesa signed through 2013 and expect a response Nolito


Rochina progress means a setback in the club's future plans as it was one of the largest front projection, but other core parts are attached.

Next to renew will be Marc Muniesa. The contract of Lloret de Mar and is about leaving only initialed. A procedure to be carried out in the coming days and allow the defender to continue until 2013 in Barcelona entity.

Seems much more complicated Nolito continuity. The club continues to hope that the player responds to the proposal to extend his contract, but all indications are that the front end Andalusian playing next season at Benfica, which has offered to be part of a very ambitious project. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Rochina, transferred to Blackburn Rovers


Barca striker Ruben Rochina B has been transferred to Blackburn Rovers for 450,000 euros. Rochina played in the club's youth ranks since 2004.
Rubén Rochina play in the Premier League. The Valencia striker, 19, is the second player of Barça B track in this market that winter, after the transfer of Vitesse Riverola the Dutch.

English Adventure

Blackburn Rovers have agreed with Barcelona for the transfer of 450,000 euros Rochina. Barca has a preferential right of first refusal on a future transfer along the entire contract that will bind to Rochina to Blackburn.

Luis Enrique said on Saturday that the club had proposed Rochina renewal for two more years, but the player had opted for the proposed North West of England club.

Rochina this season had played 13 games in Second A. In 357 minutes 'Rochi' had signed two goals. In the previous two seasons had collated their matches with the reserves with more continuous action in the Juvenil A.

Striker arrived at FC Barcelona in the fall of 2004, from Valencia. Rochina began with Infantil A who ran Sergio Lobera, then served in the Cadete B of Fran Sanchez, Cadete A of Garcia Pimienta and Juvenil B of Rodolf Borrell. With Juvenl A has worked under the direction of Alex Garcia and Garcia's new Cayenne. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola still afraid to Madrid


Before starting the training session yesterday, Pep Guardiola summoned his players to throw the following message: "No celebrations early, Real Madrid will win many games. We will look to win every game and focus on our own. If we lose a game, be back again. The road is very long and if we win something, we can not falter. If we lose, it is only our fault. "

It was the first step Guardiola plan to isolate his players from the optimism that has stood in the environment Barcelona after the Real Madrid on Sunday in Pamplona fell allowing the vessel to escape to seven points ahead of the classification. For many, the League is already doomed. Pep does not think so.

At Barcelona, Pep message is dogma, and therefore, the Catalans repeat like a mantra the guidelines of his coach, who never takes anything for cattle in advance and held in awe by Madrid. "Madrid is Madrid, is one of his favorite phrases, and yesterday he was again recalled to yours.

But while the press in Barcelona celebrated the seven-point lead without giving the League won in Madrid, it seemed like throwing in the towel. Thing that really surprised at Barcelona. See how from Madrid arriving messages that are inappropriate rendition of a team that is characterized by never give a game to lose, Barca has more alert if possible.

Surveys. In this sense, surveys of websites of major sports newspapers were very clear. In Madrid, 85 percent of Internet users to give Barça the league. In Catalonia, this figure is less than 60 percent.

In fact, this apparent resignation of Madrid in the League referred to Guardiola more concerned that the euphoria take over your wardrobe. Guardiola and Vilanova therefore consider that the numbers so brutal that it has signed with Barcelona this season due to direct competition with Madrid. If a boat has been nearly perfect, because I had to fight every week with a terrible Madrid. Therefore, the question is now, for the resignation of Madrid is made clear in the League for the Cup and the Champions League to continue motivating the team as if Mourinho were hot on their heels.

The institutional message from the club also is marked by the doctrine Guardiola. Utmost caution. Nobody wants to hear about a new treble although the comparisons between this season and the first Pep are more than evident. "That's nonsense, discard it again. If it took many years to do something, we will not now win two triples in three years," Guardiola said when asked about it.

However, on the horizon the club continues to work to get to the month of April to May, with options in all competitions, aware that Madrid is also the main rival in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. For the apparel culé, the best way to have options in this regard is by not lowering the piston in the league.

In addition, the team knows it is not safe from unforeseen events such as injury or forgetfulness. In this sense, we take the example of Madrid, accusing the lower striker Gonzalo Higuain and Guardiola relates to explain to his people that "in Pamplona, we can go any day to us." Barca, just in case, do not trust. (via AS)

[Former-player] Giovani Dos Santos, reinforcement Star Racing


Giovanni Dos Santos, former and current Barcelona striker Tottenham London, will be transferred to Racing Santander until the end of the season, said Monday the Premier League club said in a statement.

The Mexico international, 21, who arrived at White Hart Lane in June 2008 from the entity Barca has played since only twenty games with the shirt of the Spurs and scored once.

At that time he has played on loan with Ipswich Town English and Turkish Galatasaray.

The rest of the winter market entrants

The former Blaugrana Toni Calvo, to Parma

Catalan and former Barcelona player Toni Calvo Spanish B, 23, was loaned to Parma until the end of season Aris Salonika Greek.

Rochina, Blackburn

The youth Barca confirmed Rubén Rochina COM speaking to Radio to be at Blackburn Rovers. Need to know the conditions of transfer of the player of Barça B.

Deportivo is reinforced Javito

In addition to the arrival of the transferred José Sand and Xisco, the Deportivo has joined the former Barcelona Javito, so far at Aris Thessaloniki. The striker, however, returns to Greece when the season ends to play for Olympiakos. (via SPORT)

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La Masía, star of the new spot of Estrella Damm


Highlight the good things we have at home is the goal of the new spot of Estrella Damm. With Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Masia players have found the ideal example to illustrate the soul of the brand sponsor of the Club.
La Masia del FC Barcelona is a clear example that with a good crop can get the best products in the world. Estrella Damm shares and supports this philosophy. The spot 'What we' pays tribute to the farmhouse and a model that Conrad most of the players who currently assembling the best team in the world, FC Barcelona.

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[Barça B] Rovers wrap up Rochina

Blackburn have completed the capture of Barcelona academy graduate Rubén Rochina for an undisclosed fee.The 19-year-old has penned a contract at Ewood Park that is set to run until the summer of 2015.

Rovers boss Steve Kean said"Ruben is a genuine addition to our senior squad, a young player with great ability who can play in a number of attacking positions." "He joins our elite development group, alongside the likes of Phil Jones and Junior Hoilett, and will compete for a place in the team from the word go.

"The fact that we are able to sign young players from the likes of Barcelona is further evidence of the owners' intention to push the club forward.

"They told me they were keen to add to our youth development group and this is a significant and exciting signing for us." (via SkySports)

[Barça B] Barça tie belt Rochina


The output of the subsidiary player seemed ready-made Blackburn Rovers but the club wants a return clause that makes the operation. Yet it seems to be held.

In the last hours has complicated the exit seemed assured of Rubén Rochina ( Barça B) to Blackburn Rovers . The English club and the young player of the quarry had a pre-contract but the club has added a clause that provides for an option to buy in the summer of 2012 seems to have cooled the parties.

Still, the youngster has acknowledged in statements to COM Radio, which is "decided" to leave the boat and that the transaction with the Blackburn is "about to close." Striker justifies the decision for reasons of " economic "and" sports "as the Barca does not include the option to upload with the first team in the short term.

The Blackburn still waiting for the operation to a successful conclusion and in case you think Mauro fornication , the Newell 's Old Boys, Argentina is also followed by Monaco , according to Sky Sports. (via MD)