13 February 2011

Guardiola: “We can draw if that’s how it is”

Pep Guardiola was unhappy to have to settle for a point, but was pleased at the way his players had battled. The game has served to show Barça are not unbeatable and Guardiola was also impressed with the way Sporting had approached it.

Barça have dropped two points at El Molinón, but can still come away with their heads held high. Pep Guardiola described the 1-1 result as follows: “I am not satisfied with a point. If you don’t win it’s not a good result. I’d have been satisfied if things hadn’t gone as they did”. But the manager was happy with the way his team played, especially in the second half: “Just because we’re Barça doesn’t mean we should always win, we can lose or draw if that’s how it is. Insisting, insisting and insisting.”

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[Pictures] Sporting - Barça (1-1)

[La Liga -Liga BBVA - 23] FC Barcelona 1 - 1 Sporting Gijón

FC Barcelona have picked up a valuable point at El Molinón thanks to a beautiful finish from Villa just ten minutes from the end. Barça had trailed for the whole game after Barral’s early opener.
FCB’s amazing run of 16 league wins has come to an end, as has their one hundred per cent away record. Sporting put up a tremendous display while FC Barcelona’s first half performance in particular was somewhat below the standard we have come to expect. As a result it is one, and not three points, that they are bringing back from El Molinón. An early goal from Barral meant that Barça were losing a league game for the first time in four months (the last time was on October 16 at home to Valencia) against a side that did nothing but defend for the second 45 minutes.

That helped Barça get back into their usual rhythm, and with Sporting pinned back in their area it seemed it was only a matter of time before the visitors found the net. The goal finally came through Villa just ten minutes from the end, meaning Barça had managed to save a point to enjoy an overnight lead of 8 points on Real Madrid, who play away to Espanyol on Sunday.

Technical Data:

Sporting: Cuéllar, Sastre (Canella, m.59.), Botía, José Angel, Iván Hernández, André Castro, Diego Castro (Bilic, m.41), Nacho Novo (Carmelo, m.65), De las Cuevas, Nacho Cases y Barral.

FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Milito (Keita, min. 66), Maxwell; Mascherano, Xavi, Iniesta (Bojan, m.79); Afellay (Pedro, m.45), Messi y Villa.

Goals: 1-0, M.16: Barral. 1-1, M.79: Villa.

Referee: Miguel Ángel Pérez Lasa, del comité vasco. Mostró tarjeta amarillas a Cuellar, Jose Angel, Barral, Valdés, Xavi, Mascherano y Afellay y Pinto, en el banquillo azulgrana.

Incidents: Over 28,000 spectators witnessed the match in the Molinón. Observed a minute's silence in memory of Joseph Landeira, father of footballer Mark Landeira subsidiary. At the end of the match trophy Quini Villa, top scorer from Asturias.

[Pictures] Barça B - Cartagena (3-0)

[2-Div - LIGA ADELANTE- 24] FC Barcelona B 3 - 0 FCCartagena

Barça B's imposed Miniestadi Cartagena in a large party of Luis Enrique. Jonathan Soriano and Nolita (2) have signed Barca's three goals and led the victory at home to subsidiary three months later.

The team coached by Luis Enrique has made this Saturday at the Cartagena Miniestadi against the Spaniard asked the technician in the pre-game: winning at home three months later (3-0) and embedded redeem the scoring (5-1) in the first round against Murcia. The fact is that Barça did not win at home since November 2010 and in the last 12 games had been added only 10 of the 36 possible points.

In addition, the subsidiary has not only beaten Barca, also believes making a great game against seventh-ranked Division II. The Juan Ignacio Martinez and his visit to Miniestadi have seen Barca B controlled the match, especially in the first half, and generated many times in attack in a second round over as Soriano (min 19) and Nolito (min 67 and 93) signed the three goals of the triumph of the premises.

Technical Data:

Barça B: Miño, Dalmau (Armando, min 72), Bartra, Fontàs, Dos Santos, Thiago, Rafa (V.Vázquez, min 61), Edu Oriol (Tello, min 69), Nolito, J.Soriano.

FC Cartagena: Casilla, Clavero, M.Sánchez, Chus Herrero (Goiria, min 46), Botelho, Longás, Cala, Toni Moral (Lafuente, min 71), Víctor, Rodri (José Carlos, min 46), Pablo Ruiz.

Goals: 1-0, J.Soriano (min 19); 2-0, Nolito (min 67); 3-0, Nolito (min 93).

Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández.