21 April 2011

Barça back home

The Barça squad is back in Barcelona after spending the night in Valencia. Sadly without the cup trophy among their luggage, they now have a day off and return to work on Friday morning to prepare for the league game with Osasuna.

The plane landed in Barcelona shortly before 1.00 pm, and the players were transferred directly to the Camp Nou, where despite last night’s defeat there were still some 400 fans on the forecourt to show that they will be supporting this team on its way to even more important objectives.

Pep Guardiola has given his players a day off today. They will be due back for training tomorrow Friday at 11.00 am, behind closed doors in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and immediately after, the FC Barcelona manager will be giving a press conference.

There is no time to dwell on Wednesday night’s disappointment because on Saturday at 20.00 they have a league fixture at home to Osasuna. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Adriano, four weeks KO

Adriano Correia will be about four weeks off. Tests have confirmed this morning that the player has a hamstring injury in the adductor of the right thigh, according to the Club Medical Services.

The defeat of Barcelona at the Mestalla has been accompanied by more bad news: the injury to Adriano Correia, who will be sidelined for four weeks and joins the lower Bojan and Abidal.

Thus, the player loses insurance that remains in the League and, if the deadlines are met, could return on a hypothetical Champions League final on 28 May. Remember that Adriano was replaced injured in minute 118 by Maxwell. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola loses first final as manager

Barça’s defeat at Mestalla was also the first in a final for Josep Guardiola, after accumulating a six out of six record. The following are other items of trivia associated to Wednesday’s cup final.

Guardiola had previously won one Champions League, Copa del Rey, Clubs World Cup and European Supercup final, and two Spanish Supercup finals. Despite the defeat, six out of seven is still some achievement.

It was also the first time Guardiola has lost a game in extra time. In Monaco and Abu Dhabi, Barça came out tops.

Barça had won their last three cup finals and hadn’t lost one for 15 years. The last time they lost was also 1-0 in extra time, that time against Atlético Madrid, who took the title thanks to a Pantic goal in 1995/96.

The game at Mestalla was incredibly tight in almost all senses: total shots (13 for Barça, 11 for Madrid), shots on target (3 for Barça, 5 for Madrid), crosses (16 for Barça, 12 for Madrid) and fouls committed (26 for Madrid, 24 for Barça).

When it came to passes, Barça, as usual were way ahead of their opponents. They made 816 good passes and Madrid made 289. Xavi made the most (135).

Alves gave away the most balls (14) but also recovered the most (10) for Barcelona.

Barça failed to score for the first time in 2011. The last time they ended a game goalless was in the round of sixteen of the Copa del Rey against Athletic Bilbao (0-0). (via FCBarcelona.cat)

United to win Liga and Champions League

Barça go into the final stages with their sights on winning the two most important trophies of the season. They are eight points clear in the league and still have the Champions League semi final to come.

The cup is over, but there is no time for sorrow. Barcelona still have two titles to fight for, and the Liga and Champions League are hardly minor compensation. There is plenty to look forward to in what remains of the season.

Pep Guardiola said as much after the game at Mestalla: “We’ll pick ourselves up, of course we will.” Villa went further, and said “the best part of the season has yet to come” and Xavi pointed out that “La Liga and the Champions League are the most important titles”.

The Barça players now have a day off and return on Thursday to start working on the league fixture on Saturday against Osasuna (20.00).

There are six games to go, and with an eight point lead, a win against Osasuna, who are 14th with 25 points and are just 5 clear of the relegation zone, three points would bring Barcelona incredibly close to mathematically securing the championship.

After the game at the Camp Nou against Osasuna, it’s back to Europe, where FCB will be meeting Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu once again.

The semi final first leg is on Wednesday, April 27. After a trip to Anoeta to face Real Sociedad, the Camp Nou will be the venue the Tuesday after in a crunch game that will decide which of the two giants of La Liga will be going to the grand final, which this year is being held at Wembley on May 28.

But there are four league games to come before the hypothetical final. Two are at home (Espanyol and Deportivo) and the other two are on the road (Levante and Malaga).

What is sadly certain is that there will be no repeat of the treble of 2008-09, but the league and European Cup double, as in 1992 and 2006, is still on the cards. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Zubi: “Now all five senses are on Osasuna”

The sports director for Professional Sport, Andoni Zubizarreta, has said that after losing the Copa del Rey final, the team simply has to recover and start thinking about the league and Osasuna on Saturday.

Zubizarreta spoke to the media at Valencia airport just before taking the flight back to Barcelona. After congratulating Real Madrid and both sets of fans, he said that before meeting Madrid again in the Champions League, they first have to think about their forthcoming league fixture against Osasuna at the Camp Nou.

“For the moment, we have to recover, reorganise and have our five senses set on Osasuna on Saturday. It’s time to turn the page, today is Thursday and we have to go back to the frontline on Saturday and remain focused on winning the five points. More than ever, it’s a case of taking each game as it comes. We have to understand that the next game is at the Camp Nou against Osasuna, and we all have to support the team through what is not an easy time. First, the league. The rest will come later” he said.

On the game, he said that “Madrid had us in the first half, and we had them in the second.” Zubizarreta was pleased that his team “wanted to win until the last second by staying faithful to our style … We played the way we like, and tried to keep to our personality. That is how we played in the final and we’ll do the same again on Saturday”.

But Zubi had to accept that the defeat “does hurt, those of us who are Barça people are leaving in pain because we didn’t win. A final has so many elements, so many details, so many little things … If a game is normally decided by little things, that’s even more so in extra time. That’s football, a sport that attracts so many people because anything can happen." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The Spanish press celebrates the triumph of Madrid and the "JAQUE AL REY"

All the press covers the pulsating stars in Cup final where they emphasize the victory of Madrid in the knockout tournament 18 years later.

The picture of Iker Casillas, Real Madrid captain, standing on the railing of the Royal Box Mestalla and being held by the King as he raises the Cup trophy, the picture is repeated in the windows of the various news media and sports general information. "Champions!" In large letters, is another common notes almost every day. "The triumph of strength and faith" entitled 'As', which devotes 19 pages to tell the epic Madrid, and a gatefold cover. Marca also enlarges its cover twice and called his chronicle: "Cristiano change history." The Madrid newspaper devotes 23 pages to the event.

In 'Sport', remember that despite losing the Cup still two titles by which to fight and argue that "the challenge is to beat in the Champions League."

'Mundo Deportivo' opens with a picture of Messi and Xabi Alonso and the headline: "Madrid wins the Cup," followed by "In the Champions!". Inside page says that "there will be revenge."


The general press is not reluctant to show his readers to a Real Madrid Casillas lifting champion and Copa del Rey trophy.

"A monumental Cup for Real", entitled 'The Country' his account, while 'ABC' on the cover says that "just won the Madrid", and inside pages: "The Madrid won the Cup in a dying drink."

"The Madrid recovered the throne," says 'Public' who leads his chronicle of the final with "Mou happy at Madrid." 'The Reason' highlights on its front page that "the dethroned Madrid Barca" and inner pages that "the glory and the Cup for Real Madrid."

'The World' refers to an "epic Real Madrid" and the owner states that "a genius changes the destination," while "La Voz de Galicia 'says," gives the Madrid Cristiano Cup for the legend. "

"JAQUE AL REY" is the cover story called 'La Vanguardia' under a photo of a despondent Messi, while interior page states that "the club die standing." 'El Periódico' speaks of "the most painful Cup" and that "revenge is called Champions."

Analysis, anniversaries, birthdays, comments, statements of all kinds and many photographs complete the most important information in the Spanish press today. (via SPORT)

Shakira shout themselves hoarse cheering Barca

The singer rang with the club and lived from the stage of the game Mestalla who played her boyfriend Gerard Piqué. Shakira was most expressive clapping and wailing at every move by Guardiola. I enclose the following video where you can see that the Colombian was at all times pending final.

The Trophy Cup, run over because of Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos was the subject of the conclusion of the Madrid Cup trophy fall out of the bus, which eventually hit.

Sergio Ramos is one of the most parodied the sports landscape, but is that the Seville is the pulse beat with his comments and actions. This Wednesday night returned to 'contested to' to appear in all the chains to fall out Cup trophy from the second floor of the bus with whites who were going to Cibeles. The bus driver was not aware of the fact and continued to advance a few meters to completely overwhelm a trophy that had to be 'rescued' by members of the Samur and no longer appear in public again to be battered. This is a new trophy of 15 kilos of weight and fresh out of the gold trophy as the former Sevilla kept it owned. The video is priceless ...

We must also know how to win

On the 'sausages' of Pepe in the celebration.

The manor has both assumed or presumed Real Madrid throughout their history was marred especially with the celebration of Pepe in goal by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Brazilian, who during the two games he has played against Barca has not tired of sharing wood besides spitting in the locker room tunnel at the Bernabeu on Saturday, put the icing on devoting his unsportsmanlike conduct some 'sausages' to the fans Blaugrana when his team scored. The Christian both occurred at the bottom where the fans were located Catalans and holding some of the players Real Madrid was not in line with what should be a sporting event as the final of the Copa del Rey and, of course, more of a club like Real Madrid. Pepe not only made the ugly gesture to the fans, but Sergio Ramos is also faced with the crowd throwing their arms and causing those who were on the other side.

These were precisely the two players during the 120 minutes that lasted the finals are more sensitive to anything that passed through the field. Ramos, without going any further, then spent the game chasing the referee, pointed and pointed out what was right or not. Undiano Mallenco allowed this harassment. Pepe, meanwhile, left more than a recadito of yours and was particularly irascible.

Their attitude contrasts with that of Barca's players and their coach, who showed how to lose only the height of the great teams in history. Pep Guardiola beginning and ending with the fans who traveled to Valencia, Barca failed to recognize the merits of the rival and they felt proud of the way of doing things despite Barca's defeat. Now is the thrilling semi-final of the Champions League which write a new chapter of confrontation between them. (via MD)

[Pepe gave the finger to the fans of Barca]
Good losing Guardiola is commendable. Most of the Madrid players were also friendly to beat Pepe exception and not as good as mindless.

When Christian scored the 0-1 in overtime, the first thing that made his compatriot Pepe, before going to celebrate with the front, was made an ugly gesture to the bleachers where was the bulk of Catalans fans. A 'botifarra' demonstrates the lack of education of a player who may have great footballing qualities, but at every opportunity you have, lost the manners in the field. Who knows if the knockout semi-finals of the Champions League still to play, will have to regret the gesture ... (via SPORT)

Deserted streets and parties postponed

Plaça Catalunya, no holding, but the fans are hoping the Champions League.

A football finale left the streets deserted again, starting with Barcelona. Millions of people watched live the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, el clásico that beats all records, worldwide. Barca fans expected to leave after those same streets to celebrate the end of the meeting another triumph of Barça, but this time it could be and the festivities were postponed.

There was much expectation especially in the center of Barcelona, ​​where everything was about to celebrate the King's Cup in Placa Catalunya, but after the defeat of the Catalan side, people who had planned to go to the heart of the Catalan capital dispersed . The celebrations were inevitably postponed.

But fans of Barcelona are confident that not for long. The team has the league in the pocket and is the Champions League, in which the FC Barcelona expected to hit the big revenge for yesterday's defeat at the Mestalla. The Barca fans that his dream of eliminating the tournament Real Madrid king and win the final at Wembley.

While Barcelona, ​​at the institutional level, there was no celebration planned for the event had won, the Real Madrid instead planned to celebrate last night at Cibeles. (via MD)

Undiano spared the red card Arbeloa, Pepe and Alonso

The side gave a display of violence not seen card, his two companions deserve to see the second yellow.

Although there are many who think that Real Madrid did not win yesterday Undiano Mallenco, there will be many who may think that the referee Navarre threw a few hands to set target to really walk away with the Cup there was no play in areas they are wrong. Ie that no longer point to any penalty that it was neither claimed any that were not, contrary to what happened in the classic league who led Muñiz Fernández. Of course, a detailed analysis of the implementation of the regulation Undiano did not let him in good stead in terms of the use of cards to cut out mistakes, especially the many who made Real Madrid. Without being too strict, three Madrid players could be expelled. In the first part, Pepe stepped on his ankle after she failed Messi missing in action deserves a clear card. Also before the end of the break, the Portuguese swept the area again Busquets remaining unpunished as yellow.

Arbeloa was the meringue that most deserved to be expelled. In a move to Villa, selection colleague, nudged first and a stamp later. Result: no yellow card. In addition, he dug his heels where it hurts to Adriano unpunished.

And Xabi Alonso, the most technical of the average of Madrid, saw a yellow come from behind Messi but later went scot-free after a clear grab for Iniesta. (via MD)

[Selection Under-19] France 1 - 0 Spain

The international U-19 led by Luis Milla faced the French from 17.00 on April 25 Stadium, Penafiel (Portugal). They could not get the win after drawing one against Portugal in the first meeting of the International Tournament in Porto.

On Friday 22 April from 10.30 am, Spain will play the third and final match of the tournament, will face Russia in the municipal stadium Póvoa de Varzim.

[Technical Data]
France: Zacharie Boucher, Dennis Appiah, Massadio Haidara, Malamine Diarra, Lindsay Rose, Ishak Belfodil, Loick Landre, Maxime Poundje, Rémy Mulumba, Darnel Situ, Jimmy Khamgain. Seleccionador: Philippe Bergeroo.

Spain: Daniel Carvajal, Sergi Gómez, Pedro Mba, Juanmi, Sergio Álvarez, Víctor Álvarez, Fernando Pacheco, Ignasi Miquel, Rubén Gutiérrez, Juan Muñiz, Paco Alcácer. Seleccionador: Luis Milla.

Estadio Municipal April 25 - Penafiel (Portugal)

Result: 1-0

Goal: Rose Lindsay

Referee : Alexei Eskov (Rus). Assistant referees: Serafim Nogueira (Por) and Rui Tavares (Por). Fourth official: Hugo Pacheco (Por)

[Selection Under-20] Italy 0 - 1 Spain

Internationals in the U-20 led by Julen Lopetegui have managed to beat the Italian's match starting at 17.00 hours in the town of Mantova. The Spanish both got Cristian Tello in minute 82, after an individual move down the left flank.

Italian Danilo Martelli Stadium witnessed the friendly international match played selections from Italy and Spain starting at 17.00 hours and ended with victory for those of Lopetegui, after winning the FC Barcelona striker Cristian Tello, the only goal of the game, when he subtracted eight minutes to complete the crash. Spain controlled and dominated the game for much of the game but, above all, it did during the first forty-five minutes, and against a strong Italian team with several players of 1990. In the second half, both teams had chances to score and, finally, was the Spanish who ruled the 82-minute clash.

[Technical Data]
Italy: Marco Silvestris, Andrea Grieco (Maximiliano Ugge min.45), Vasco Regini, Raffaele Alfibiade, Andrea de Paola, Nicola Rigoni (Elia Cortesi min.45), Leonardo Gatto (Salvatore Molina min.45), Max Addei, Nicolao Dumitru (Alesandro Florenti min.57), Giuseppe de Luca, Lorenzo Insigne (Gianmarco Zigoni min.74).

Spain: Álex Sánchez (Aitor Fernández min.45), Albert Blázquez (Íñigo Martínez min.57), Antonio Manuel Luna, Marc Bartra, Jordi Amat (Jorge Pulido min.45), José Luis García del Pozo “Recio”, Francisco Femenia “Kiko” (Álvaro Vázquez min.45), Sergi Roberto (Álex Fernández min.67), Rodrigo Moreno (Cristian Tello min.57), Francisco Román “Isco”, Iker Muniain (Ezequiel min.57).

Referees: MASS Davide, Andrea Vivenzio CRISP and Mauro, Filippo MERCHIORI.

[Selection Under-19] Portugal 1 - 1 Spain

Paco Alcácer scored the only goal of the selection directed by Luis Milla, who managed to draw against the hosts in the opening match. After the meeting, Milla was "satisfied and happy about the readiness and performance, and how we have approached the game."

The twenty-ninth annual tournament involving the selections Portuguese, French, Russian and Spanish Under-19 has started on Tuesday. The Spanish Under-19 directed by Luis Milla got a tie game at the stadium Rio Ave FC Vila do Conde starting at 17.00 hours. Luis Gustavo ahead of Portugal on 20 minutes but Paco Alcácer got the equalizer for the Spanish in 68 minutes.

After the meeting, Luis Milla described the match: "There have been two very distinct parts: the first has been to Portugal and the second ours." Considered the outcome as "fair" but was "very satisfied", "I'm happy with how they have addressed the party, and the readiness and performance shown by the players."

Milla has a clear goal for this tournament: "Tomorrow we will try to give minutes to the internationals who have not played, because our aim is to define the group."

In the other match, Russia and France were tied at zero.

Tomorrow evening, Spain will face France, starting at 17.00 hours.

[Tehnical Data]
Portugal:Joao Amorim, Josué, André Dias, Taira, Fábio Nunes, Rúben Pinto, Filipe Barros, Luis Ribeiro, Ricardo Esgaio, Paulo Oliveira y Luis Gustavo. Coach: Hélio Sousa.

Spain: Edgar Badia, Enric Saborit, Marc Muniesa, Sergi Gómez, Pedro Mba, Álvaro Morata, Luis Romero, Pablo Sarabia, Jonás Ramalho, Rafael Alcántara y Rubén Pardo. Coach: Luis Milla.

Stadium: Rio Ave FC. Vila do Conde. (Portugal)

Results : 1 -1

Goals : Luis Gustavo (min.20) and Paco Alcácer (min.68)

Referee: Ruddy Buquet (Fra). Assistant Referees: José Ramalho (Por) and Rui Tavares (Port). Fourth official: Eskov Alexei (Rus).

Iniesta to play in Champions League semi final at Bernabéu

UEFA has announced that it will not be suspending the midfielder.

FC Barcelona sent its allegations to the governing body of European football appealing against the proposal to ban the player for an additional match as a result of the yellow card shown in the quarter final of the Champions League against Shakhtar.

Iniesta will therefore be able to play in the Champions League semi final against Real Madrid at Bernabéu. UEFA has announced that it will not be suspending the midfielder. FC Barcelona sent its allegations to the governing body of European football appealing against the proposal to ban the player for an additional match as a result of the yellow card shown in the quarter final of the Champions League against Shakhtar on April 6. UEFA have also announced that he will not face any financial penalty. That means the player will be available for selection by Pep Guardiola in the first leg of the Champions League semi final tie with Madrid. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Xavi: "We are the two best games yet"

After the match, Xavi Hernandez wanted to send a message of optimism to Barcelona.

"This is sport and we must move forward. The computer can not come down because we have been faithful to our style and we are the two best games of the season yet," said Xavi, who acknowledged that "hard to digest defeat because is a final against Real Madrid, but the team will have to "raise its head."

Regarding the match itself, Terrassa midfielder believes that the club was the only team who played football and, in fact, "in the second half hour the club was very good" before a Madrid that "it was easier dating on the counter. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Piqué: "I am convinced that we will rise"

Gerard Piqué was saddened by the defeat in the Cup final, but hopeful in the face of grief waiting to Barca this season finale.

"It's always hard to lose, but I am convinced that we will rise. Congratulate the Madrid. A worthy adversary," wrote the central Barca in your profile 'Twitter' shortly after finishing the game.

Barca maintains its options in the league, which is leading with 8 points ahead of Real Madrid, and in the Champions League competition they will face the white team in the semifinals. (via SPORT)

Adriano fibers in the adductor injury

Adriano Correia, who replaced Maxwell 118 per minute, has left the field with a strained adductor muscle in his right thigh. This Thursday will make more tests on the side.

In another vein, Pinto and Maxwell have exceeded the antidoping control after the game. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Alves: "The nicest thing about football is that it gives you new opportunities"

Alves recalled after the defeat that "football is." "We were not able to seize opportunities and they did. They have scored one more goal than us. I think we have to go back with my head high. We will have new opportunities," he said.

Is this last message, precisely, that has highlighted the side Dani Alves after finishing the game. "The nicest thing about football is that it gives you new opportunities" in clear reference to the Champions League semifinal to face Madrid and Barça in the next two weeks.

Villa: "We have to digest as possible"

David Villa also assessed the defeat: "We had hoped to win the Cup We must digest it and think as one month is very nice. Now we are very annoyed, but much remains."

The striker believes the team, after a bad first half, improved in the resumed: "In the first part has cost us so much play. It left us play our game. In the second half and in overtime have been better and We had chances, but have set them in a backlash. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Mourinho: "Some people think football is good to have a great possession of the ball"

Jose Mourinho, coach of Real Madrid, said after his team's victory in the final of the Copa del Rey, I knew I could win at Barcelona and that he did.

"We knew we could win and we won. It is a joy for a long time since last drink," said Portuguese TVE.

"The team has worked hard and well, although it might be different if we had scored in the first half, and also if they had marked in the second, or when their goalkeeper made a stop to di Maria," he added.

Mourinho said that "the character and mental and physical strength of the players" was decisive in overtime.

"It's a great win, especially if it is also against an opponent like Barcelona," he said.

About their successes as a coach, Mourinho said: "I am very proud by winning the tops of my country and most important countries of European football."

"I just do my job the best, but are the players that make the field. The fans and players deserve it," he said.

Later, at a press conference, Mourinho said that the party was "very even without turning it since Madrid was better in the first half and they were on the second" and stressed that the club was frustrated with the extension "no as successful as you are used to have. "

Luso coach threw a stone like this: "Some people think football is good to have a great possession but there are many other things." He noted that the title gives you happiness, but "no more or less peacefully." "Winning a Cup title that Madrid had not won in a while I consider beautiful. It has to do with what I'm trying to do, I'm trying to change some things in the structure of the club, in the minds of people. If we had lost today I would have been equally quiet, "he said.

Finally, 'Mou' stated that "win against a great team is more valuable." (via SPORT)

Sergio Ramos: "Mourinho is the captain of the ship and go to death with him"

Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid defender said just after the final of the Copa del Rey in which his team won at Barcelona, ​​said Jose Mouruinho, Real coach, "is the captain of the ship" and players "are on death with him ".

"I want to thank the love of the hobby, which has been fundamental and essential to a title has been achieved through hard work and we all deserve," Ramos told TVE.

Referring to Mourinho, Ramos said he is the captain of the ship and go to death with him. What has impressed us is phenomenal. "

Casillas: "We've shown we can beat anyone"

Iker Casillas, goalkeeper of Real Madrid and the Spanish team, dedicated the win (0-1) over Barcelona in the extension of the final of the Copa del Rey in the Mestalla stadium to fans, while emphasizing the ability the target set to "beat anyone."

"It's going for them, the fans. For two years we have had a hard time, but with effort we've shown we can beat anyone. We owe it to people who have come to Valencia, and which has remained in Madrid "Casillas told TVE.

Goalkeeper reinforced the joy of the moment: "Let's enjoy and be happy people, but our minds and change. Come to think of the Sabbath-League clash against Valencia on the same stage. We know the league very complicated, but Madrid never falters. Now, also for the Champions League. "

Xabi Alonso: "Very excited, going all the fans"

Xabi Alonso Real Madrid midfielder said at the end of the King's Cup winning team against FC Barcelona, ​​"we are all very happy, we dedicate this victory to all our fans."

"We are very tired, but the joy it surpasses everything. This is the first Cup of the season and now we go to Cibeles to celebrate, our people deserve it," said Xabi in Tve. (via SPORT)

Guardiola promises Barça will recover

After congratulating Real Madrid on their wins, the Barça manager has said “life isn’t always about winning” and expressed his conviction that his team will bounce back from this in La Liga and the Champions League.

Josep Guardiola has promised that Barcelona will recover from their cup disappointment and will show that in their remaining La Liga and Champions League matches. “It is always nicer to win than to lose. Life isn’t always about winning. We’ll get over this, of course we will. These players have shown that many times”.

Guardiola went on to admit that his payers “are logically sad because we didn’t win … but that’s all part of the game.” As far as the Barcelona manager is concerned, they now have to “analyse this defeat, and look at what we did well and what we didn’t do so well, and press on. There will be time to think, and we need to digest this properly. We have to lift ourselves up, because the season is nearly over”.

FC Barcelona are still in the hunt for the league title, in which they are eighty points ahead of their immediate rival, Madrid, who they also meet in the Champions League next week. “Now we have to finish of the league and try to get through the semi finals of the Champions League. We have to be prepared mentally” he said.

Guardiola also had words of praise for both sets of fans and the cup champions “Madrid had a great first half, and we had a good second half, and also did well in extra time. Either side could have won it, and it ended up being them”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Florentino: "The King said, 'the third time lucky'"

The president of Real Madrid has shown excited by achieving the only title missing from their windows: "Failure to follow the title and move on to the final of the Champions."

Florentino Perez has managed to swell their record tonight as president of Real Madrid with very special title for him, as the Copa del Rey was the only trophy that was not in their windows. "I am delighted, partly because it was the only cup that had not." In this sense, the Real Madrid president has stated that he has already achieved "the Champions League, Super Cup, Intercontinental ... I only lacked the Copa del Rey, and the third time lucky."

Florentino now wishes only to continue fueling the overall winners of the target: "Failure to follow the successes and we get to the Champions League final and win, that would be a good season." The head of Real Madrid admitted that the King said after the match that "third time lucky."

"I feel an immense joy, we had a big job and needed a degree to compensate, the Copa del Rey against Barcelona gives great happiness." On a sporting level, Florentino has said that "in the first half we played very well and could have gotten at least two goals, and the second almost put it in the 44th minute a goal." (via AS)

Rosell feels Barça can still feel proud

President Sandro Rosell has congratulated the cup champions and has highlighted the image of the players, the coach and especially the Barça fans.

After losing the cup final, Sandro Rosell’s message was clear: “We’re not going away with our hands empty. We can take away plenty of pride, having played some great football … I am happy because of what the players have done and especially for the fans, who set a great example.” But he also found time to congratulate the “champions for winning the title”.

Rosell described the final as “exciting, very nice, with one half for each team … They scored a goal, we could just as easily have done so, and it was us who had to lose … But you can also learn from defeats and such pride will help to make Barça even bigger”.

After analysing the game, the Barça president said he felt optimistic about the future. “We can win or lose. It doesn’t matter. Now we have to think about the next game and then the Champions League … We have to finish off the league and then press on.” He finished by wishing the players all the best and saying that he is convinced “Barça is a very great institution and we’ll get over this”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Copa del Rey final] FC Barcelona 0 - 1 Real Madrid CF

A Cristiano Ronaldo goal in the first half of extra time decided the Copa del Rey final. Barça had plenty of chances, but Real Madrid finished up 1-0 winners.
It wasn’t to be. FC Barcelona, the ‘king of cups’ failed to add an another title to the list after going down 1-0 on Wednesday night at Mestalla. Real Madrid beat FC Barcelona thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo goal in the 102nd minute to win his side the trophy for the 18th time. The Catalans improved as the game went on, which ended 0-0 after 90 minutes. But in the additional half hour, with some tire legs out there, more fortune in front of goal eventually tipped the balance in favour of the all-whites.

MORE: www.fcbarcelona.cat

[Technical Data]
FC Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano (Maxwell, min. 118): Sergio Busquets (Keita, min. 107), Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi y Villa (Afellay, min. 105).

Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Carvalho (Garay, min. 118), Marcelo; Pepe, Xabi Alonso, Khedira (Granero, min. 103); Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo y Özil (Adebayor, min. 69).

Goal: 0-1, min. 103. Di María center and top of Cristiano Ronaldo, appealed to Pinto.

Referee: Undiano Mallenco (Navarre). Showed yellow cards to Pedro, Messi and Adriano, by Blaugrana, and Pepe, Xabi Alonso, Adebayor and Di Maria (2, min. 120), the Real Madrid.

Incidents: Full absolute Mestalla.