15 April 2011

Mourinho, the unfinished business Messi

Leo Messi has a thorn with Jose Mourinho. The Barcelona striker has never managed to score against a team coached by Portuguese.

Chelsea or the first, nor with Inter Milan, after the time-and-Real Madrid. Leo Messi has been unable to find the net in any of the confrontations he has had with Mourinho as a rival.

Messi, however, is on a roll and expects to increase its stock of 48 goals in 46 matches this season.

'10 'Argentina has already scored seven goals to Casillas in nine league games, three of them at the Bernabeu (the double in the famous 2-6 and the goal that opened the scoring in the game last season).

If Messi gets marked on Saturday, became the top scorer in the history Barca at the Bernabeu and, incidentally, would end the curse before the teams led by Jose Mourinho. (via SPORT)

Further motivation for Messi

The Argentine striker has never scored against a team coached by Mourinho, but on Saturday could become the highest Barça scorer ever at the Bernabéu.

Messi is breaking all kinds of records this year. His 48 goals in 46 games are already a club high. It just doesn’t look like this man is ever going to stop when it comes to rewriting the record books, and he has got his goalscoring touch back just in time for the most crucial part of the season.

Messi loves a good clásico. His first ever hat-trick was scored against Madrid. He has beaten Casillas no fewer than 7 times in 9 league meetings. He scored a brace on the night of the famous 6-2 win, and also scored the opener in last season’s meeting. He has scored 3 goals in Madrid, as has Henry, as has Ronaldinho and also as have Zaldúa, Asensi and Rivaldo. But one more goal on Saturday, and he will have scored more goals at Chamartín than any Barcelona player before him.

Messi is feared by Madrid, that much is sure. But curiously enough, their current manager, Jose Mourinho, has yet to feel the Argentinian’s full punch. Not when he was at Chelsea or Inter, nor so far at Madrid, has the Portuguese coach seen Messi score a goal against one of his teams. Not that Messi hasn’t excelled in some of those matches, including two assists for Villa in the league game earlier this season, and an outstanding performance at Stamford Bridge in which he made mincemeat of Del Horno. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Ex-player] Evaristo: “Barça have a huge advantage”

A club legend from five decades ago, who later played for three seasons at Madrid, Evaristo feels Barça are the favourites for the clásicos ahead.

He scored one of the most important Barça goals ever. On November 23, 1960, Evaristo de Macedo (Rio de Janeiro, 1933) put the club into the European Cup quarter finals for the first time ever, and knocked Madrid and Di Stéfano out of the competition for the first time.

He was one of the stars of the FCB team of the era, playing alongside the likes of Kubala, Suárez, Kocsis and Czibor (1957-62). A natural goalscorer, he was on target 176 times in 226 games. But then he left the Camp Nou to play for the eternal enemy (1962-65), before retiring to Brazil. But he has never stopped following the Spanish league and spoke to www.fcbarcelona.cat about the forthcoming matches between his two former clubs.

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Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho, so are its precedents

Five games with three wins Pep Guardiola, one for Mourinho and a draw.
Mourinho joined Barca at the gates of dream final at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola . Two different styles that will meet on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu in the match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid .

The clásico white reach the desire for revenge after the rout of Barca in the first round, in which Real Madrid took a little hand of Camp Nou . This was the first time that Mourinho and Guardiola were faces with Luso as coach of Real Madrid. But the truth is that both already had previously faced when the Portuguese was coach of Inter Milan .

Last season, both Barca and Inter were paired in the same group in the preliminary stage of the Champions League. The first match in San Siro ended scoreless , after which Mourinho said: "We have drawn against the best team in the world." In the return at the Nou Camp, those Guardiola gave a display of good football and ran over Inter with two goals by Gerard Pique and Peter , which allowed them to leave practically sealed their passage to the knockout stage.

Mou ended with the 'dream final'

As fate would have both coaches they met again in the semifinals of the Champions League, where Mourinho snatched the Catalans the dream of contesting the final of the Champions League at the Bernabeu.

In the first leg, Barca was overwhelmed by the whole 'neroazzurro' and left the Giuseppe Meazza defeated by 3-1 , which was the first and only victory Mourinho about Guardiola . Barca did well to pitch and got ahead on the scoreboard with a goal from Peter on 19 minutes. Barca had done the hard and everything seemed on track, but Mourinho did not drop his arms and got to go around the marker. Sneijder got the equalizer, so that later Maicon and Milito scored the goals that gave the victory to of Mourinho .

Barcelona and the team, dreaming of a comeback in the return at the Nou Camp and that players were the first to encourage the fans to be with the team on a date so important. And it was. More than ever, the Camp Nou was player number 12, but to no avail, because the lone goal of Gerard Piqué in 84 minutes was not enough to play the final. Won the Barça but passed the Inter . In this way those Guardiola stood at the gates of dream final at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After five games the balance is three victories for Pep Guardiola , one for Mourinho and a draw. Will have to wait to Saturday to see who is the winner of this new confrontation. (via MD)

Capello: "Cristiano knows English, Messi football"

Italian Fabio Capello, the England coach said: " Christian knows English, Messi football "when has was asked what player two 'would sign' for the English selection. In to relaxed atmosphere, under which has received the Mark Legend of sports daily, Capello revealed has was called last summer before Real Madrid chips José Mourinho and that the last stage in the white Sep, the then president, Ramón Calderón, tried to oust Raúl González. There is "said it was not to player Real for Madrid, but I talked to the players and had great confidence in Raúl.' s always been to very important player, he said." Having returned for a third time was a danger because if you do not succeed is a defeat tremendous disaster, but Real Madrid is Real Madrid. You got inside and you can not say no, "he added.

Analyzing el clásicos that will challenge Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League, Capello calls the two "favorites" for the European title and hopes to ranked matches. "They are very difficult games for both. Al Barcelona is missing something in defense without two very important players like Puyol and Abidal and Real Madrid have players that can score goals at any time because they have great quality.

Although the club is playing a new and different football. Press up and retrieves the ball . It's something new in modern football, "he said." If the League is the distance in five points in hopes of winning the title increases. The Cup final is a day where only the result matters. Whoever wins conquest. For me, the most important games of all are the two Champions to get to Wembley, because I think you get is the favorite. "

Capello set at the Barcelona between the three teams he has ever seen. "There are three different times in world football. The first Cruyff Ajax after Sacchi's AC Milan and Barcelona now." The novelty of not touching the ball a lot but because back when they lose the ball and difficult to play them. going to the ball and recover very soon, "he ended up leaving añadió.Y praise the work of José Mourinho at Real Madrid. "It's a coach who knows how to handle the staff very well, put the team on the field with great care. It gives a lot of spirit to the team winning, people who struggle. It's very psychological and very helpful to the players," he said. (via MD)

Zapatero: "No I do 'clubs', but everyone knows where my heart is"

The Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, declined to participate Friday in a club on the outcome of the Madrid-Barca, but that his heart is with the Catalan team.

"I do not want a club from China, you know where my heart well, everyone knows it," he said at the press conference that closed his Asian tour after a journalist invited it to settle.

What he made clear he hopes to see the league match at the Bernabeu.

The clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be continued in the final of the Copa del Rey to be held in Valencia on Wednesday 20 and in the semifinals of the Champions League. (via SPORT)

Alves has him taken the measure to Real Madrid

Dani Alves is the current squad player Barca totaling more victories against Real Madrid in the league. The Brazilian has won 10 of the 16 games he has played against White, the last five with the Barca team.

No other player in the squad of FC Barcelona who scores the most wins against Real Madrid in the league . With 10 wins in 16 clashes , Dani Alves beats illustrious veterans like Xavi Hernández and Carles Puyol , both with 9 wins.

Alves's first win was spent in his second season with Sevilla. Joaquin Caparros's team thrashed Real Madrid 4-1 in a large Brazilian game. He scored 3-0 and was the best of your computer. That goal was the first and the only one who has scored at the white team.

A victory that was followed by four more with Sevilla, of which only one was in the Santiago Bernabeu. It was the December 22, 2004 . Sevilla won 0-1 and Alves was an outstanding performance. It was the beginning of the decline of the "Real Madrid galáctico" and Barca coach Frank Rijkaard would end up winning his first league.

Sevilla's shirt, Alves won five games, tied 1 and conceded five defeats.

The best thing was coming and came with the Barça shirt. Five games, five wins, and Alves as the main character. The Brazilian has started all five games s, one of four players from the current squad who has played every minute with Valdes , Puyol and Abidal .

His performances against the white team were very bright and has always stood out as one of the best players of the clásicos. Yet to score against Real Madrid Barca dress but everyone remembers its center in the Ibrahimovic goal which saw the victory last season at the Camp Nou. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Cristiano Ronaldo: "I can not believe that the Madrid spent three years without winning anything"

Cristiano Ronaldo he is "thrilled" by the four games that his team, Real Madrid, will play against Barca in the coming days: the 'clásico' League Cup final and the semifinals of the Champions.

In an interview published Friday that the Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport ', praises the Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho, and shows the importance, he said, is for the white club do not end another season with empty hands titles: "I'm not worried, no ... I'm excited. It's time that we can win it all or not win anything," says Madrid.

"I can not think that Real Madrid spend two or three years without winning anything. We are talking about the biggest club in the world, or perhaps one of the greatest. Last year we did not win anything, but this year and next year hopefully we can get some goal. We have fantastic players and a great coach, "he adds.

The striker says he was "very good" fitness to meet the commitments to the club and indicated that fatigue coach who complains so much traveling party and condensate in the calendar is the same for all: "That's Life" he says.

"Happy" with Mourinho ... and in the League

Also, Ronaldo says Mourinho, who hopes to win many titles with Real Madrid, it is very important for the team and is "very happy" that the exentrenador Inter Milan now lead the white dress.

After passing through the English championship, the Portuguese claims that the Spanish league, along with the "Premiere League, the" stronger. "

"I'm happy to play in the league, the most competitive and strongest in the world, which I am faced with so many good players," said Ronaldo.

"In Spain the game is more tactical, so players have greater ability to have the ball. But I also really liked England. It is a more physical football. The game is faster than in Spain. I'm sure they're the best national tournaments "he adds.

"I always want to score"

The striker also spoke of his scoring, "I always look dial, play well and help the team, giving assists to my teammates. The goals come naturally, thanks to talent, aptitudes, so I do not care . If my team and I play well, everything comes in a more natural, "he says.

Milan's interest

The other major Italian sports daily 'La Gazzetta dello Sport', insisted Friday on Milan's desire to sign Ronaldo for next season, for which, according to the newspaper, the club of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, needs at least 100 million euros. (via SPORT)

Rosell follows the line of equipment and is silent

Laporta does not want anything to divert attention or disrupt the path of Barça.

Although yesterday afternoon, officially known to be today when the FC Barcelona stand the announced suit against Cope by doping allegations that have been dumped on the Barca president culé entity, Sandro Rosell, prefer not make judgments that might disturb or distract attention from what is most important for the team at the moment: the little over two weeks, with four clásicos in between, which will decide the league, the Copa del Rey Finalists will be announced in the Champions League.

As Pep Guardiola has done with his players as individual interviews or other events are concerned, the most representative of Barcelona also prefers to keep quiet so he can not misinterpreted anything you can say he or any of its employees closer. Last night during the presentation of the book by journalist Marti Perarnau, Rosell continued with that line that has been marked and attended as a spectator to the act, trying not to gain any prominence. The clásicos come hoard it all.

The journalist Marti Perarnau presented at the 'Casa del Llibre' a work dedicated to the Masia entitled 'The cami dels Campions'. The event, presented by John Basten, Carles Folger and Ramon Besa, came Sandro Rosell, plus managers and Bartholomew, Vilarrubí, Moix, Mones, Mestre or Arroyo. Were also Estiarte, Puig, Seirul • lo, Love and Zubizarreta. (via MD)

Qatar living his first clásico culé

Fans are convinced that Messi and Pep win four times.

Qatar will witness the morning his first Madrid-Barça since the signing of the contract between FC Barcelona and the Qatar Foundation and as the entire Middle East is truly clásico fever. The Catalans countless area residents are convinced that Leo, a star for those payments, and Guardiola, an idol, will win the four games against Real Cristiano Ronaldo-who also has supporters and Jose Mourinho.

Rachid and Ahmed, both Bedouins, explaining that "we understand more of camels and desert survival, but we know who and what Messi Barca, and we want to defeat the Real."

Khaled runs a shop in abayas (robes) and tissues and also declared 'redneck' Messi and Pep. "We see Leo on TV and dream of us all. You feel like catching a ball and enjoy football and life. Of course he will beat Barca and Real Madrid! Only have to propose and make the 'four in a row. "They're amazing."

Also the school, including CR7 advocates also take up arms, will be watching the matches at the Bernabeu, Camp Nou Mestalla. Afellay expect for their North African origin, have something more than a Minutillo, and that Madrid did not manage to score or second gear.

"They say here that the club will play a friendly. Hopefully soon. We want to know Leo and touch," say the Kid while away their peers 'meringues' photo ...

Jamal is a journalist from one of the leading newspapers in Doha and face the four games between Barcelona and Madrid from professional temper and passion: "For my work I travel extensively throughout the Persian Gulf, I am going to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Saudi Arabia. In all these sites go to Barca and Messi is a legend. All parties will be outstanding, "he says. Mohamed also a seller of shoes, Arif, an employee in a luxury hotel or Halim, eldest son of wealthy local unafamilia and has already been "twice in the Nou Camp," will resonate with the Madrid-Barça Saturday's and the clásicos come. "We are Catalans," they said.

Ball set in white for Guardiola

You have to throw the record of six victories in the clásicos of the League.

Pep Guardiola held on 29 November a 'little hand' double. That wiped out the 5-0 to Real Madrid 's Jose Mourinho to the delight of the Camp Nou also meant Barca's fifth victory of five possible with that of Santpedor on the bench. And go to the Bernabeu without jokes that are worth tomorrow jeopardizing the record of six victories in the history of the clásicos.

To date, only Real Madrid coaching Miguel Munoz was able to defeat Barca in six league games in a row. In the seasons 1962-63, 1963-64 and 1964-65, the final aggregate score was (19-4), both as leading the Catalans 16-2 from 2-0 for 2008-09. If the 60's, Alfredo di Stefano won in the first three meetings a total of four goals and Ferenc Puskas chained two hat tricks "and managed one other party, in the XXI century is Leo Messi who sets the pace. The Argentine has four goals: one at 2-0 and two in the 2-6 of the 2008-09 and one in 0-2 of last season. In addition, the Barça would match two sets of six clásicos league without losing, a milestone that Real Madrid only reached in that winning streak with Miguel Muñoz on the bench. Between 1971-72 and 1973-74, with cherry 0-5, scored three wins and three draws, and between the 1996-97 and 1999-00, bonded four wins and two tables.

Win in Madrid would also be the first club in history that expires in three league visits followed. Athletic (2-3 in 1929-30 and 0-6 in 1930-31) and Mallorca (1-5 in 2002 - 03 and 2-3 in 2003-04) stood at the gates of a hat trick tomorrow aims to Barca.

Valdés, Alves, Puyol and Messi are the only Catalans who have played every minute of those five victories against Real . Xavi, provided the owner, Busquets and Keita also played in five. (via MD)

Xavi, six assists on goal in the last two clásicos in the Bernabeu

'6 'Barca made six assists on goal in the last two clásicos in the field of Madrid, and was instrumental in the victories of 2-6 and 0-2 Barca.

Henry (2), Messi (2), Puyol and Pique took the glory of being the scorer of 2-6 in 2009 and again the Argentine and Pedro signed the 0-2 a year ago. Eight goals in Barca's last two clásicos in the stronghold of the rival and six of which bear the stamp of Xavi Hernández . He made ​​the final pass. It's who handed game, the postman at the Santiago Bernabeu.


2008/09 season. R.Madrid-FCB (2-6)

1-2 (min 20): After the initial goals Higuain and Henry, Xavi lifts his right arm and serves a side missing from the left towards the penalty spot, which rises like a shell Carles Puyol and mark with a header final.

1-3 (min 35): '6 'Barcelona Lass steals a ball in the white building. His touch makes it well positioned to Leo Messi, unforgiving to Casillas.

2-4 (min 58): Moments later, Sergio Ramos to close the gap, Toure gave the ball to Xavi, alone, although Barca field. Send a through ball to Henry, who won back to Ramos and exceeds the output to the desperate of the goalkeeper.

2-5 (min 73): Xavi Messi lies on the edge and this, after turning on itself (in a characteristic gesture) before Cannavaro and Gago, Argentina returns the ball to the near post batiese by Casillas. Pique then close the scoring.

2009/10 season. R.Madrid-FCB (0-2)

0-1 (min 32): Maxwell quickly served a free kick in midfield for Messi, who is associated with Xavi and marks the first night with the right, surrounded by Madrid defender.

0-2 (min 56): From the center line, the de Terrassa invents a pass into space that breaks Arbeloa and allows Pedro to focus on Casillas and to sentence the clásicos. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Pastore, the other 'derby' between Barcelona and Madrid

The rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid also occurred in the area of ​​the signings. Javier Pastore is the subject of dispute between Barca and meringues ...

The Argentine striker has uncovered this season as one of the greatest sensations of the Italian League with Palermo. And the club president, Maurizio Zamparini, says Barca and Madrid pining for his signing.

"Unless you get an interesting offer, Pastore will not go away. Barcelona and Real Madrid want him, but we need to sell our talents. In addition, there is ample room for improvement as a player," said the leader of the club Sicilian.

As noted in Italy, Palermo and would be willing to negotiate on their star if he got a proposal for some 30 million euros. (via SPORT)

Naples won't sell Víctor Ruiz to Barça

Napoli sporting director revealed that despite the interest from Barca, Victor Ruiz will not go in summer.

"Ruiz is doing very well in Naples, but has not played too much, not transferred or assigned will be next season," said Riccardo Bigon, sporting director Itasportpress Neapolitan. "He wants to win a place in the team and a city that is very good. Do not forget we are talking about the second best defender in the championship," he said.

The refusal of the Naples club to a hypothetical transfer of Victor Ruiz comes after leaked Barca's interest in the central young Catalan. Victor Ruiz arrived last winter at the Serie A from Espanyol in exchange for six million euros. (via SPORT)

Rosell squeezes its calendar to the maximum

Yesterday received the representatives of companies working with the campaign against hunger and the ambassador of Indonesia, today, lunch with Artur Mas.

The president Sandro Rosell would like that some days had more than 24 hours. And is that since he is president find free time to their work schedule is very difficult. Yesterday was no exception. The head of the club was in the morning with representatives alimanatción companies involved in the campaign `Send me the fam to hell". In the afternoon, the President received at his office in an institutional meeting, the ambassador of Indonesia in Spain, Adiyatwidi Adiwoso Asmady. Today, Rosell is scheduled to attend a lunch with the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, which will meet some of the largest employers of Catalan society.

Representatives Pastas Gallo, Rice Montsià, Oil Borges, Sorli Discau, Llet Nostra and The Love Comes Foundation were received yesterday and the manager Ramon Rosell Pont, as a token of appreciation for their cooperation in the campaign of food uptake. The total number of kilos of food collected thus far available on the virtual scale is in `enviemlafamalaporra.org".

For its part, the meeting with the ambassador of Indonesia is part of a series of meetings that the highest representatives of FC Barcelona have with institutions in various fields and representatives of various countries. Anecdotally, the ambassador has commented on a curiosity: the away kit of the first team, green, is made entirely by Nike in that country.

Among the commitments of today is a corporate lunch with Artur Mas, in what has been termed "` Trobada business. The President of the Generalitat will bring together about 200 business executives and Catalonia with the aim of finding solutions to the crisis. Rosell addition, they will go to meet Vice President Javier Faus, Ramon Pont, club director and president of Borges, the president of Abertis and former club vice president, Salvador Alemany, the Minister of Espanyol, Emilio Gutierrez or the Director General Corporate Group Zeta, Conrad Carnal.

Could coincide with Ferran Soriano

Among those attending the meeting with Artur Mas is the president of Spanair and former Barca vice-president, Ferran Soriano. From the Barca presidential elections, which came as Soriano's right hand Marc Ingla, former vice president and Rosell have not had many opportunities to see, so today there could be a curious image. Anyway, the meeting will take place in a framework to banking and the future of the economy as the main protagonists Catalunya.

[Barca part in the meeting with 180 business Catalan Mas]

The President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas has met with 180 employers Catalans to exchange views on the state of the economy. The club has been represented by its chairman, vice-president Sandro Rosell and Javier Faus.

The meeting took place on Friday at the ESADE business school first thing in the morning. The club has been one of the 180 organizations represented at this meeting the President of the Generalitat with the leading companies in the country. The Government reported that the purpose of the meeting was "to exchange views on the current state and future of the Catalan economy."

Have accompanied Artur Mas, Andreu Mas-directors Collell (Economics), Francesc Xavier Mena (Business and Labor) and the secretary general of the Presidency, Francesc Homs. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

More requests than tickets for the first leg of the Champions

Barca will revert to draw at home to the flood of requests from members.

In full vortex of clásicos, the liking blaugrana has responded as always in the big occasions again. Barca opened yesterday the application deadline of 2441 reserved tickets to their membership in the face of the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions on April 27 at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid and requests already exceed the available inputs.

Therefore, the club will have to resort again to draw lots to determine the identity of the winner. In addition to these 2,441 locations, the club also has 610 for the rocks and 539 for various commitments of the club and its sponsors. The deadline will remain open until Sunday at seven in the evening.

For its part, Real Madrid put on sale yesterday for the same party ticket. The white club stays open until the deadline today at 19.00 and only be able to access the locations of the entity subscribers Madrid, who also have a 50% discount on the initial price. In the absence of 10 days, the battle for Champions League final is now open. (via SPORT)

Mascherano will play centreback in the Cup final

Without Puyol and Abidal, confirms the choice of 'jefecito' as co-Piqué in the axis of the rear.

The pilot of Javier Mascherano put out on the rear axle in Donetsk on Tuesday went like a charm and, therefore, Argentina has all the numbers in that district again next Wednesday at the Mestalla in the final King's Cup against Real Madrid.

The long absence of Carles Puyol and Abidal Eric latest Pep Guardiola had been forced to change their plans and to date he had chosen to delay Sergio Busquets. However, the Badia Valley is the main plunger Barca game and sometimes lacked speed at the crossing despite its ability to be always well placed. That is, that lost fluency in midfield and not end up solving the problems behind.

In contrast, Mascherano against Shakhtar showed that they are able to meet solvency huge embedded in the heart of the defense as a squire of Gerard Pique, thus allowing Busquets function in their usual position of pivot.

In fact, the experiment was so positive that the technical blaugrana has already decided to align as central to 'Masche in Mestalla. Also, it will arrive rested, since it will be low for sanction tomorrow in Bernabéu. (via SPORT)

The numbers show a very superior Barça to Madrid

The statistics leave the Catalans well above the target, but is in the field where Barca talk.

The first of four classicos ahead will be the league. And in the competition of FC Barcelona regularly shows some numbers above Real Madrid. At points, goals for and against, goal assists, possession, played in the penalty area or goals scored by players who appear in the starting lineup. For its part, the table in Santiago Bernabéu Camp Nou exceeds that of other disciplines in the game, if the balance between penalties for and against, shots or assists without scoring.

However, the main difference statistics presented in this third visit of Pep Guardiola White Coliseum is the difference between the two teams. If the first season (2008-2009) the club came to Madrid with a 4-point lead in the second (2009-2010) did level on 77 points with the set target. Now will come with eight points.

The immediate interpretation is that, whatever happens, the team will continue to Barcelona at the top of the table. You can do seeing his rival by 11 points (if he wins) to 8 (if tied) or 5 (if lost). And subtract 6 hours (18 points) for the league down the curtain.

The team's Camp Nou, then, Madrid has always left the table ahead merengue. In 2008-2009 did 7 above, in 2009-2010 to 3 and the current, 2010-2011, will too.

And analyzed from the other side, we can say that the third draft Guardiola surpasses the first two, although it seems impossible. At this point in time, in 2008-2009 the team had 80 points and in 2009-2010, 78. Now 84. It is also superior in the number of victories (27 by 25 the previous two years) and defensive security. There were 19 and 24 goals conceded in the previous 31 days and now has only received 16.

But where the difference is more abysmal is far from the Camp Nou. The team, in 15 league games he has played so far away from home has won 13 and drawn 2. In the 2008-2009 academic year came with 12 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses and the next (2009-2010) with 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat. And the game number 16 as a visitor, to coincide with the Madrid-Barca, Pep has not ever lost, tied for first season (2-2 at the Mestalla) and won the second (0-2 in Santiago Bernabéu).

Barca also beats Real Madrid on goal assists (takes 10 more), in corners for (takes 15 more) and played in the penalty area (total 8 more). Similarly, collective moves are more frequent in the FC Barcelona (+13) and the games he has run without conceding a goal (+5).
The goal difference is also important (+19) and wins in another's field (+3), too. In many other chapters of the Barcelona game dominates the whole solvency, and the number of turnovers (215 less than the Real Madrid).

Obviously, the picture of Jose Mourinho, who occupy the second position of the table, also lead several aspects, such as goals scored at home (+4), the shots on goal (+90) or steals away (+151).
Another statistic in which the Real Madrid Barca is more than the penalties in favor. A classico in the history of the League ... At this point in championship white team have whistled for 10 penalties (and two against) and FC Barcelona only 3 (and three against). The balance in favor of Madrid is huge: +8. Sevilla have just whistled over maximum penalties for: 12.

But all this should reflect the numerical superiority on the pitch FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu. Otherwise, Nor will go to the stadium of Real Madrid dominated almost everything.
And is that if the roll out of Camp Nou Barcelona continues to operate as usual, the league will be sentenced. The Madrid would definitely go cups even just have four days to get up and recover from the blow suffered.
The countdown has begun. The litany of classicos is just around the corner and, as the saying goes, who gives first given twice ... (via SPORT)

Villa has nine games without scoring for Barcelona

"I do not get upset, the goals again," said the Spaniard.

It takes nine games without getting that that better he/she knows how to make, but not even that it has removed him/her the smile to David Villa, third maximum scorer of the championship (and first national) with 17 points. The last time I received the embrace of his companions was on 26 February in Mallorca. Since then, she accompanies a drought that for many it could be dramatic, but the Spaniard "knows what this is," said an authoritative voice in your environment.

Convinced of his possibilities and looking gals with discretion granted in the locker room, the patient looks forward to return for inspiration. "I do not get upset. I feel supported by the team and I know that everything is put in place. The goals again, but more importantly, the team keeps winning," he said after fajarse against Shakhtar and open the path of Messi goal with a sublime uncheck that allowed the Argentine to find the right path and victorious.

"Now it is costing mark, but reads as few movements. He is trying to pave the way for peers and do something that is new to him: to defend with great intensity", said a crew member, which would explain the fatigue that sometimes seems.

Villa accumulates in all four competitions so far played for Barcelona (Liga, Champions League, Cup and Super Cup) 21 goals and looks forward to tomorrow's clash: "I came to moments like those that lie ahead."

But with a broad curriculum, the attacker already knows what's thrashing at the Bernabeu and take all three points. Last season, defending the arms of Valencia, Emery's team won 2-3, with a pair of goals from Guaje, at 07-08, the same result and same particular background.

Villa are keen to make and he knows that Barcelona is waiting anxiously. Want to be leading to the goal now is good. (via AS)

[Barça B] Joan Barbara: "The Recreation has improved a lot"

On Friday Barca B play against Recreativo in order to add the ninth game without defeat. The ballot will not be easy, as Joan Barbarà acknowledged, noting the reaction of the Andalusians in the second round.

The guys from Luis Enrique Huelva arrive this Friday as third in the table after winning this seat last weekend against Granada . Barca B play at the Nuevo Colombino (21.00, Goltara and Canal + league) without injured Oriol Romeu , and players who this week have been summoned to the first team - Oier, Thiago, and Jonathan dos Santos . These four absences must be added also that of Marc Bartra , which is not in the list of Luis Enrique.

The Barcelona team is faced with a Recreativo Huelva which currently holds the fifteenth place. Joan Barbarà, second from Luis Enrique, said the Andalusian team has "greatly improved". "began hesitantly, with many days in the relegation zone and gradually come out of this situation," he said. Recall that in the first round in the match played in the Mini, the result was a tie . Now, according to Barbara, the picture is different. "In the second round are doing well. They are the second fewest goals in the team category and that means we are supportive of the effort and have a good job defensively," says Barbara.

Barbara also took the opportunity to talk about the good form the team . "We are pleased and satisfied with how the kids are competing," says assistant Luis Enrique. He also noted that the objective of the subsidiary is "go game by game, try to dominate, to our philosophy and deserved to win the games. This is our idea."

With Andreu Fontàs the first team until the end of the season, Barça B this week has seen some of their players have had to reinforce all Guardiola. For Barbara this fact is not a drawback: "We adapt to these situations because we are the subsidiary and in this particular moment Thiago is the first team and this is our job. We compete equally, and we are happy that a guy like Thiago take up leadership. "

LIST: Armando, Muniesta, Carles Planas, Abraham, Sergi Gómez, Ilie, Carmona, Tello, Víctor Vázquez, Sergi Roberto, Jonathan Soriano, Nolito, Benja, Edu Oriol y Saúl. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Pique is more vital than ever in the club

Gerard Piqué has always been a major player in Guardiola's team, but this course has become indispensable since the injury of Puyol. Pique is on track to surpass all the personal records of minutes played in a season.

Guess the eleven starters before the game is almost impossible with Guardiola. So far, the only safe bet was the goalkeeper and is now beginning to be Gerard Piqué.

Pique and Puyol had established itself as the central couple Barca. The captain's injury has caused the "3" Barca have not lost a minute of the last 11 league games. In fact, the last 26 games Pique Barca has missed just two and forced by sanction: the 3-1 at Arsenal and 2-1 at Levante. The last game that saw the Catalan central game from the bench was four months ago, on 12 December in the 5-0 against Real Sociedad.

Since his arrival, Gerard Pique was able to break into the first team but this season is more involved than ever. The first season he played 2,208 minutes, 110 fewer than it already played this course (2318). Last season played 2478, a figure that is 160 minutes overcome when there are still 7 days to play. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Probably the best goalkeeper in the world

After starring in his umpteenth show stopping Donetsk, Barca goalkeeper is as crucial as it is Messi back in front.

Low Carles Puyol and Éric Abidal, Bojan Krkic now, cards and small injuries have forced the team to rebuild lines that remains in the team and suffer more than necessary for both attack and defend. The result is that, as occurred first in Vila-Real, then against Shakhtar in the Nou Camp, also in the Camp Nou against Almeria at home and finally in Donetsk Donbass Arena, rivals have more to goal and kicking tested the impressive moment of Victor Valdes. Nobody doubted that against Villarreal won the match in three interventions that still has nightmares Giuseppe Rossi, the yellow front and not shown even a pair of magic hands of Valdes.

The Victor against Shakhtar stage fright was more even than anything else, because the front of the Ukrainian team, as happened in the first leg, mainline never knew where or how. We had food morality. When Tuesday Shakhtar had the first clear chance and stopped Valdes with a stunning security, but insisted the rival's poise and marksmanship necessary to bring down a giant like Barca and a goalkeeper, VV, without doubt, through the sweetest moment of the season and perhaps his career. Never, according to leading analysts, had been so near that level Casillas, so crucial in his team. Today, the club depends on goals from Leo Messi to win the title, nobody can dispute that, but also the strength of Valdés's goal in the key moments of the season when opponents were able to seize this chance of a Barça decomposed by declines in defense. The goalkeeping duel that will air this Saturday at the Bernabeu can also project certain feelings and who knows if for the first time, not to give the Real Madrid Iker Casillas undisputed exclusive label.

Eldebate, almost taboo for years, you begin to accept with some ease. The world press is amazed by the level and regularity of Valdés. Even authoritative voices in the Real Madrid agree that Valdes is a plus for any team. For example, the former goalkeeper Paco Buyo. "Much is said about Messi, Xavi, Iniesta ... But the life insurance Barcelona is Victor, a doorman exceptional," Cope told Esports. Buyo believes, however, that Casillas is "still a step above even if you ask the same Barca will tell you otherwise"

With 14 goals conceded in 27 games and a coefficient of 0.51, Víctor Valdés is on track for its fourth Zamora, after the league made in 2004-05, 2008-09 and 2009-10. Valdes is about equal to Juan Acuna and Santi Cañizares in a historical ranking Ramallets Antoni led by five-time goalkeeping record

After the 0-1 in Donetsk, the online edition of L'Equipe and asked rhetorically if Victor Valdes is no longer "the best goalkeeper in the world." The specialized press worldwide has been included at the end Barca goalkeeper universal elite, year after being forgotten by his exclusion from the selection. Yesterday, La Gazzetta dello Sport had no hesitation in electing him as 'the best' of a game in which Leo Messi signed the record of 48 goals. (via MD)

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The 'Barcelona model' has 15 years of success ahead

As if it were the recipe for Coca Cola, a unique model that many try to imitate, Barcelona has developed a philosophy of play that has "guaranteed success in the next ten or fifteen years," said Thursday the author a book that pinpoints the secrets of La Masia.

Titled "The road of champions. De La Masia the Nou Camp", the renowned journalist Marti Perarnau meddle in the intricacies of Barca talent factory, which in recent years has provided the unforgettable first-team players, including including the three candidates for the Ballon d'Or last, Messi, Xavi and Iniesta.

"Everything came out of curiosity to know how it was possible to leave such good players that come after them some even better. But I found that there is no formula that can be expressed in four or five symbols, but requires a whole book explain a model that will have sustainability over the next ten or fifteen years without interruption, "he pointed Perarnau news conference.

Five chapters in which the journalist identified the main players in the implementation of a model based on the quarry which has resulted in the current golden age of the club.

Thus, technical names the Cantabrian Perarnau Laureano Ruiz as the "grandfather" who planted the seed in the seventies and began to bet on a game idea that after two decades was implanted dramatically in all categories of the club, by the Johan Cruyff, the "father."

And finally, after another twenty years, was the current coach, Pep Guardiola, the "heir" who "has taken this idea and has sublimated," says Perarnau.

"One of the things that Guardiola has done is to rediscover the culture Barça effort. Now all run like crazy," said the author. "Barca played backwards around the world. The defenses in place to defend, attack and build the game, while the attackers are the first to defend like crazy."

And is that Perarnau view, developing a game idea from the categories below based on the bet for a good game has resulted in a word, "language Barça."

"Language is a complex, laborious, as every language is important to learn and assimilate small, but if you do when you're older is much more difficult. That would explain many known cases," says Perarnau, referring to big signings that have not failed to conform to the style of Barça.

The book also highlights the "indescribable force of La Masia as an institution of the club," not only infrastructure, but as a source of training and education in values ​​"and the task" spectacularly hidden "network of observers from the club .

This comprehensive talent acquisition, detailed Perarnau, is evidence that Barcelona has followed in the footsteps of more than 10,000 young players in the last year, of which only fifty will have an opportunity. "More than the physical, tactical intelligence is valued, they are able to learn the language Barça."

In any case, the journalist has opined that "it's complicated" Barca move that method to other clubs: "Many come to learn, you see, but do not understand. Masia The concept is so peculiar, unique, singular and linked to the idea the club is difficult to export. "

At the end of the book, the author provides a list of fifty players from the subsidiary to the cadets, which under his view may be the stars of the future Barcelona. Of these, Perarnau has ventured out to his three favorites: "Gerard Deulofeu, Sergi Samper and Cameroon Kaptoum Wilfred."

"But there is a funnel on the highway, nobody wants to withdraw Xavi or Iniesta, and below is becoming a funnel. So in the coming years may increase transfers and repurchase agreements as it is an untenable situation," he sentenced. (via SPORT)

Over 400 million people will see the Madrid-Barça

There are accredited and more than 40 national and international media for the second 'Clásico'c of the season.

The potential worldwide audience of league match on Saturday 16th April between Real Madrid and Barcelona over 400 million viewers worldwide, said in a statement Thursday Mediapro.

In addition Mediapro explained that its signal will produce international meeting point for many countries in High Definition.

For the game have been cleared more than 40 national and international media and are provided for some 22 positions as a commentator in the stadium Santiago Bernabeu, according to the note of Mediapro.

The signal will be released in 3D, thanks to agreements, Canal + France, JCF Israel, Sky Italia, Canal + Poland, SKY England BETV Canal + Sweden and Belgium. The meeting will also be seen in 3D in cinemas in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The device to perform 3D signal employ over 40 professionals. The international signal will be distributed among others, England, France, Italy, Germany, Persian Gulf countries, USA, South America, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Japan and much of northern sub-Saharan Africa as Mediapro.

In addition, twelve cinemas in Spain will be entitled to continue the match. (via SPORT)

Barca seeks compensation from six million to the COPE

Despite attempts including his own Real Madrid to stop it, the demand for FC Barcelona against COPE is now about to be presented.

FC Barcelona will present tomorrow in court suing the Cadena COPE, which was accused of doping practice the Catalan club. The club had already explained at the time, through his spokesman, Toni Freixa, who had the intention to present such demands, and even reported that it had commissioned a study to find out what amount could be in demand. Following this study it was decided that the claim is for 6 million euros

Remember that was the journalist Juan Antonio Alcalá a source who revealed that Real Madrid had confirmed their intention to seek more stringent doping controls because they distrusted the fitness of the players of Barcelona. Real Madrid has always denied and Alcala was left alone with his word, which must now defend in court.

Now, in a public statement, the club said that "the FC Barcelona believes that this information has damaged the image, prestige and reputation of the club and are a clear violation of a constitutionally protected right, that this lawsuit seeks to restore." That's why "according to the technical criteria of evaluation used to quantify this damage, the amount claimed as compensation is 6,190,090 euros" (via SPORT)

[Ex-player] Julio Salinas: "It is unthinkable that the club lose League

Former Barcelona striker Julio Salinas and Jose Emilio Amavisca former Real Madrid Senama agreed that Pep Guardiola has more choices to two games in the Champions "

Both players agreed on a poker game in Madrid and discussed what might happen in the four games they will play their former teams in less than a month.

Amavisca and Salinas have no doubt that the surprise factor no place between two teams that know perfectly well and commented that "the two sets have good cards and we'll see how each one plays. Guardiola like Mourinho are both great strategists ".

As for the chances of both teams in the league, Salinas was adamant in ensuring that a miracle is improbable.
"Miracles can be, but Barcelona have lost only one match all season, and although I do not lose on Saturday then lost three more. It seems unthinkable that they might lose the league," said exdelantero Bilbao.

However, Amavisca not believe the league is doomed, which is why Saturday's game is important: "The cards are on the table and the Madrid and Barca are known too, so it will be difficult to catch. They will play four and all parties will have an influence. The league is important and if he wins the Madrid Barca could feel the pinch. You have to play it all. I do not rule out anything and Real Madrid is a team that never throws anything away, "he said.

The more options exdelantero attributed Madrid Real Madrid in the Cup, as "a game anything can happen", while in the Champions "will be more difficult." However, Amavisca said that "now is the time to win at Barcelona."

Salinas Amavisca coincided with that "the Madrid comes at a good time," but stressed that the Barcelona has its usual potential and stressed the importance of the tournament.

"Barça is as usual and most important is the Champions Cup but so be it. A European title has more impact and is the priority. Barça can be cut European Cup for Real Madrid," said Salinas, who would have liked to play with Messi in his time.

Salinas did not think the Madrid out to play face to face Barcelona. "It will not do. Will try to strike when you can, but take away the ball is impossible," he said.

The exblaugrana said he does not see Barca favorite in the Cup final and the league match, but yes for the Champions League because they are two games. " "One can win any, and more between these two teams."

Salinas, author of the second goal for Barca in the final last copera both teams played 21 years ago, recalled that it is "reflected in Madrid", because at that time was the white club "who had won several titles in a row and we were in difficult situation. " (via SPORT)