24 April 2011

[2-Div - LIGA ADELANTE- 35] FC Barcelona B 0 - 3 Real Betis

Barça B defeat against Betis breaks the streak of nine games unbeaten subsidiary. Two goals before half-time visitors have chosen the leader's victory in a stadium that has been the best entry of the season.

It was announced as a party of Primera Division because they faced the room with the first classified of Segunda and the show has not disappointed to the expectations. More than 11,000 spectators who attended the Mini have certified the taste for football Barça B and Betis, as well as the enormous offensive potential of the Andalusians.

Barça B had started strongly, the pressure intense and ambitious. Just at 2 min, Nolito has called for a penalty that could result in the dismissal of defender opposite. Betis gradually stretched lines. His early warnings have been Rubén Castro (min 19) and Pereira (min 24). The best chance of the subsidiary for the first time Jonathan Soriano would be the top scorer with a cross shot slightly off (min 28).

The game was open. The two teams, with a reputation of having two similar styles, struggling to gain control, always looking to play the ball on the floor. The balance is upset the Betis Juanma. Two plays right edge of the Betis culminate at the foot of Castro and Jorge Molina, Oier not to forgive, just before the break.

After the break, Luis Enrique had changed by Tello Ilie looking for a shake-up. The reaction was suspected Barca a free-kick in the bottom of Soriano (min 54), but soon Iriney would sentence with a powerful shot from outside the box placed. For Betis, very tidy and clearly dominant in this period, there were three essential points to regain the lead and was not surprised by the attempts made by the end of Barça B, thus breaking their unbeaten. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
Barça B: Oier, Bartra, Edu Oriol, Nolito (Saúl, min 74), Vázquez, Jonathan Soriano, Ilie (Tello, min 46), Armando, Sergi Roberto, Abraham y Jonathan dos Santos (Carmona, min 67).

Betis: Casto, Dorado, Roversio, Juanma (Israel, min 54), Pereira (Cañas, min 83), Beñat, Iriney, Jorge Molina, Nacho, Rubén Castro (Ezequiel, min 75) y Miguel.

Goals: 0-1 Rubén Castro (min 40), 0-2 Jorge Molina (min 45), 0-3 Iriney (min 64)

Referee: Pino Zamorano.

Milito and Maxwell, pending recovery

This Sunday morning Milito and Maxwell were subjected to various medical tests. It was confirmed that Milito suffered a pull to his right calf, and Maxwell has a groin strain.

So, the availability of both players, according to the FC Barcelona Medical Services will depend on their recovery from their respective injuries. Both Milito and Maxwell underwent ultrasound and MRI scans this morning, which confirmed the diagnostics from Saturday after the game: a small calf pull in his right leg in the case of Milito and a groin strain in Maxwell’s case.

In addition to Maxwell and Milito, it’s worth remembering that Adriano is still out, with a muscle tear in his right thigh, together with Bojan, with a partial rupture of the outer cruciate ligament of his left knee, and Abidal, who is continuing his recovery process from the tumor that was detected in his liver. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Busquets: "Real Madrid is the worst opponent right now"

The FC Barcelona player said that the multiple injuries suffered Guardiola template shall in no case used as an excuse.

Sergi Busquets has comaprecido this morning that was the first press conference in which the main theme was the clash of the semifinal round of the Champions, who will face Real Madrid and Barcelona on Wednesday . Midfielder 'FC Barcelona' has recognized the potential rival, which they won Wednesday 's final of the Copa del Rey , but recalled that there will be a 90-minute match, but 180.

-How to deal with two games against Real Madrid in the Champions League?

We must change our mentality, the semifinals of the Champions will be very difficult games. They are parties that have no end in ninety minutes, but that last hundred and eighty. There will be careful, work well and take an important step.

-Has become the debate on how short of staff is concerned about the low "?

The more players we are stronger, but there comes a time when we are who we are and have to fight. We have many off, especially on the left side. Maybe it can be recovered even to this day is difficult. Worse is no excuse.

-Guardiola said yesterday that Real Madrid is favorite Do you also think so?

It is a great team. Today is the worst opponent you can play in the Champions League because we know, has a great coach, is the great rivalry. Are equal partners, the latter two have been decided by details and I think will remain the same.

-They are three games from another season impeccable. Are they aware of it?

Whatever happens will be a good season, we will fight until the end for all titles and the season has been fantastic.

-"In the semifinal, 180 minutes, consider that Barcelona has more options than at 90?

The options are the same. The matches will be very close, with two different styles. Will be closely contested matches, everyone will want to take her land, with few occasions. We will have to be very focused, knowing it will cost a lot and to be decided by specific actions.

-In previous games Mourinho ordered a midfield with Pepe advance, playing to the limit of regulation. How do you expect in the Champions League?

The approach makes each team coach and will have been the best for Madrid, we worry about our football.

-What conclusions drawn from the first two classics?

That is a very difficult opponent. Obviously you can not play good ninety minutes, try to impose their style and we ours.

-Given the low versatility of players like Mascherano is fundamental saw how central it?

Their adaptation has been good. It's a smart player and can play so many positions. It also has quality to do it, it's fast, he's having a very high level. Is one that is fitter. It's a luxury to have on this template.

-Who gets better? Have you changed the scene?

More or less we like. Everyone will say that it is better the Madrid but like I said, these games are decided on minor details.

-What the team must improve to avoid a repeat of Wednesday?

They have to do things better. We have to improve if we want to win but the level of the team has been good. Madrid also plays and is impossible to master the entire game. We have to play with our philosophy. The second part was very good so we should try to do that. (via AS)

Proença, a Portuguese, who aims to whistle the Madrid-Barça

Everything indicates that the Portuguese Pedro Proença will be responsible for leading the meeting that Madrid and Barca face on Wednesday at the Bernabeu. According to Radio Renascença, this college would have been chosen for a semi-final whistle. But it emerged that the Spaniard Velasco Carballo will be responsible for arbitrating the first leg in which Raul measured Schalke and Manchester United, Proença has many ballots to be the referee of the Clásico europeo.

This designation raises eyebrows in Barcelona. Another Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerença, led the party faced Inter Mourinho for Barcelona last season in the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions in San Siro (3-1). Barca team claimed the third goal for Milito was offside and that there was no penalty whistled on Alves.

Proença also raises concern in Madrid. The college expelled twice Mourinho in the Portuguese league, against Os Belenenses and Académica. (via AS)

Recovery after encarrilar the League

The same players who beat Osasuna have exercised this Sunday morning behind closed doors at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper.

A total of 16 first team players have jumped on the lawn of Sant Joan Despi, including Carles Puyol, who has continued to make specific job. Osasuna holders have made recovery. Absences in the session were the injured Bojan Abidal and Adriano. Nor were Milito and Maxwell because at that time were undergoing medical tests.

The group completed the team players and Thiago Montoya. They entered the list to play against Osasuna. In fact, the midfielder was involved in the ninety minutes.

The training started with a little rain and has taken the ball out of the Champions League. Is the ball with the team on Wednesday face the first leg of the semifinals of Europe's top competition in Madrid. Interestingly, the club in a week has been trained with the official World Cup balls, the league and the Champions League. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Barça B-Betis: First match

Sunday at noon Miniestadi will host a match that could be first. Barca-Betis B is one of the most attractive clashes in Second you can see right now. The best attack against the leader.

In the first round, Barca and Betis drew with two goals in the stadium Benito Villamarin of the Andalusian capital. Oriol Romeu already discharged from hospital, and matched Nolito the Betis match was on track to start the second half with a 2-0 that seemed definitive. The reaction of Luis Enrique gave the tie with two goals.

Nine games unbeaten

The subsidiary has an outstanding track record in recent days. The youth of the subsidiary did not lose a game since the 25 th day in Elche and, thanks to its success, the team is fourth in the standings, was the top scorer (67 goals) and having in its ranks, also the top scorer Call silver division, Jonathan Soriano (24 goals). In victory, and depending on what the Celta de Vigo, the Catalans could finish the day in third place.

Luis Enrique will be missing for this match against Betis and Thiago Alcántara Martín Montoya. Both have trained this morning with the first team and, therefore, be Saturday in the notice of all Pep Guardiola. The other first team players are all available to the Spaniard coach. By Betis, Sevilla and Momo Salva are low in muscle injury Betis.

Due to the great number of followers of Betis in all Catalonia, and of the parties of Semana Santa, it is expected that this Sunday there is the best entrance in the season in the scenario of Barça B. The Betis fans will be located in the north goal and we must remember that the members of FC Barcelona are admitted free. The Club has advised all members of Barcelona who want to watch the match live, do not arrive at the right time Miniestadi as when the venue is full and can not be accessed.

Betis and are co-leaders in the Second Ray with 66 points each. If Soriano is in front of goal, the man in the form of subsidiary, Jorge Molina and Ruben Castro are the team's offensive concerning Pepe Mel, one of the most difficult joint to put the first team in the knockout King's Cup quarter-final. El Rayo Vallecano and expect the same Galician Celtic Barca victory to overcome in the first case and close in the second set of Seville.

Pique and Shakira, celebrate Sant Jordi in Camp Nou

Gerard Pique has gone to the Nou Camp as a spectator with his girlfriend, Shakira, which have seen the Barca team victory 2-0 over Osasuna.

The couple, very caramelized throughout the match, celebrated with special exuberance of the Catalans goals under the watchful gaze of those present. (via MD)

Seven changes from Valencia

Seven players who started last Wednesday in the final of the Copa del Rey did not repeat yesterday.

The final stretch of the season is proving very challenging for the very tight timetable, particularly for a FC Barcelona which saw seven of its pillars were winning the World Cup and in just one month and under the command of Pep Guardiola.

Therefore, the coach is having to juggle to try to meet all commitments to a team of security and at the same time, apply to players punished for that in this case, get the best possible condition to `two games of the Champions League semis did against Real Madrid.

The crash on Wednesday was marked by a huge intensity, with the addition of the extension. No time to rest, the club was measured last night and Wednesday plays Osasuna visit the Bernabeu for the first assault on the Champions League.
Guardiola introduced yesterday a team full of news and not lined up seven of the 11 starters in the final.

Pinto left his post holder Victor Valdes, Adriano caused by injury and the coach decided to rest five other output: Gerard Pique, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Pedro Rodriguez.

In addition to the injured Adriano alone were not entered in the call were the central Pique and Puyol, who followed the match from the stands of Camp Nou. And this led one of the images of the night, as Piqué was accompanied by her partner, Shakira, who has already attended Wednesday's clash again yesterday Mestalla and with Barca suffer.

So much so that after the work of Leo Messi 2-0 approached international gave a long, loving kiss. As seen, the relationship is booming.

However, the party was open and decided to undo in part Pep his steps and turn in the second half to three of its heavyweights. Iniesta Jeffren relieved at the break, Messi came through Villa in 57 what was supplied to the ailing Xavi Milito in 65 ". There rest, but the total was only for some. (via SPORT)

Villa retrieves the goal before the Champions

The Spaniard 'wet' to respond in the league and face heat engines to the semifinals against Real Madrid.

It was the wanted goal in the night. In fact, if we have to be honest, the goal was longer than expected for weeks, we might even talk about a couple of months. Among other things, because since last February 26 in Mallorca, David Villa was left an orphan of the team goals.

At Guaje nobody has ever been criticized for lack of dedication, sacrifice and effort at all levels the playing field. But the goal against Osasuna last night was a blessing to his companions, a step anxious and, in particular, for himself who was slouched on more than one occasion.

The providential action was swift to 1-0 after 23 minutes. It was at that precise moment when a gorgeous Jeffren was masterfully completed by the typical center forward who comes to the second pole and ends in a final.

More than one goal. Widespread outbreak of joy and montonera around a group that knew better than anyone how much it has cost the Spaniard scored his 18 th goal in league matches. Goodbye to bad luck, goodbye to all the jinxes have or might have and welcome the goal at the gates of the semifinals of the Champions League. Undoubtedly, one of the most appropriate target.

Villa had many options to retrieve the goalscoring lost to Osasuna. It is no coincidence that Richard was the scapegoat of the international. If we put aside the duels between Villa and Sevilla, Barca striker has a preferred rival in the Spanish league: his' friends did Osasuna. The last night in the Nou Camp was goal number 11 that has been able to endorse to the top of Navarre. A grisly record in these times.

The FC Barcelona player has grown tired of repeating in this long journey through the desert was the only important group. Not a single face in the huge bad times that Guardiola has replaced during the second part.

Yesterday was one more. Not a bad gesture or a statement out of place when he has been questioned by some success in the final meters. Villa has behaved in an exemplary and not even have remembered the recital of poles has exploded since the beginning of the season. Perhaps for this reason, the striker has won the affection of a hobby that has always shown its support in the most delicate moments.

Blind faith must be sustained against Real Madrid in the Champions League. The Barcelona needs that David continue plugged, breaking records and making a decisive contribution in team history. (via SPORT)

Guardiola will change the routine in the Champions

Barça expedition vary their usual pattern of work facing the first leg in Madrid commitment.

Barca have already closed most of the team's work schedule in mind the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League. Guardiola, input, and has decided to make minor tweaks to its usual pattern of European behavior away from the Nou Camp. There will be adjustments in the Santiago Bernabeu.

The work program provided to Real Madrid and UEFA collects a routine significantly different to other Champions commitments undertaken to date. For example, the technician has decided that the player is required by the rules of UEFA will address the media alone.

And in an appearance before reporters after the traditional training alone will go a player who has yet to appoint.

Then, at around 19.00 hours, the team plans to work out on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu as is mandatory.

An opportunity not to be missed to gauge whether Mourinho betting on a lawn in normal and competitive conditions or the mower is back to take a couple of holidays in the image and likeness of what happened in the last league engagement. In principle, it is only after the training when Pep yes answer all the demands of the press gathered at the Bernabeu.

It is a practice we do perform other clubs but the club does not normally perform. And Guardiola and crack on duty that means the club normally respond to the press together or consecutively.

On this occasion, Pep has chosen to delay his hearing while waiting to check the status of the field and see the development of the preparatory session. Small changes in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals League. The routine will vary for several hours. (via SPORT)

[Rating] FC Barcelona - CA Osasuna (1-1)


Messi supersedes Puskas a goal as the king of Spain

Leo Messi on Saturday became the first player in Spanish football history to reach 50 goals in a season.
Messi, author of Barça's second goal against Osasuna, and more than a legend of world football such as Ferenc Puskas , who, with Real Madrid in the 1959-60 season, reached by adding 49 goals in all competitions.

The sum 10 of the Barça and 31 league goals, with five matches still to play. Also scored seven in the Copa del Rey-the same as Cristiano Ronaldo and is also the top scorer in the Champions League with nine goals in the absence, at least to the semifinals. Messi account complete with the three goals he scored against Sevilla in the Super Cup in Spain. (via Marca.com)

Sant Jordi in Camp Nou

The stadium was held on 23 April, the day of roses and books with different actions. Barca president of roses delivered to members and fans who have come to the stadium.

Around 19.00 h in the afternoon, the president of Barcelona, ​​Sandro Rosell and vice president of social, Jordi Cardona have roses delivered to members of FC Barcelona. It was in the esplanade of Tribune and has been a total of 20,000 roses that on Saturday the club has distributed in the Camp Nou.

After the last league match at the stadium against Almeria, the Club will participate in the initiative 'lletres them to Camp', this Saturday the president of the club has received in the presidential box to some authors of books related to the club. This is the case of the journalist, Marti Perarnau with 'The Way of Champions "or the same Regal Barça coach' Thinking about the team," Xavi Pascual.

In avantmatx, Rosell greeted the motorbike riders 2, and Aleix Pol Espargaro and the sailor of the Barcelona World Race, Anna Corbella not want to miss this Barça-Osasuna.

The finalist of the 59 th edition of the Open Sabadell, David Ferrer, who played the final Sunday against Rafa Nadal, and singer Shakira has also seen the game from the stadium Palco.

Ferrer is a big fan of Barca and has leveraged that was in Barcelona, ​​do not miss a game of theirs. "Since I'm in Barcelona, ​​I love football and Barca have invited me on stage and I'm very grateful," said Marker Barça player to TV. The player also explained that the match against Madrid, the club is for him the favorite in the semifinals of the Champions League. "We have more options because we have better team."

As in all league games, the partners 'Llotja Open', also have experienced the commitment from this privileged area. On Saturday, among the winners, Francesc Catot, member 854, handball manager responsible under the presidency of Josep Lluís Núñez. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Valdés reaches 400

Keeper Víctor Valdés made his 400th first team appearance on Saturday and showed that he is enjoying one of the best moments of form of his entire career.

Only Zubizarreta has played more games between the sticks for the Club and it was fitting that in the game against Osasuna, Valdes should mark his 400th game by wearing the captain’s armband and keeping a clean sheet for the 9th time this season. In all, Valdes has conceded just 317 goals in those 400 games (an average of 0,80 goals a game).

Valdés has reached the 400 mark in his ninth season with the first team and this year he is showing his best ever figures, with just 22 goals conceded in 38 games - an average of 0,58 goals a game compared with last season’s record breaking 0,67 - and is once again on course for the Zamora trophy.

Of the current squad, only Xavi and Puyol have made more appearances than Valdes, with Andres Iniesta immediately behind the keeper in terms of games played. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Villa, satisfied for the goal and the triumph

David Villa has scored the first of two goals of Barca, opening the can of a match with few scoring chances by both teams.

The Spaniard has left the pitch to win and throughout the first part of the front has been very active. After the first few minutes of trying, Villa has ended his goal drought, scoring the first goal of the Catalan side on 23 minutes. While the second part, and with the departure of Messi, Barca got off the game with a goal from Argentine, the party has been "very complicated", as Villa has ensured once the duel. That is why the Spaniard believes that it is an "important victory and we are very happy."

Tired from the Cup match

David Villa has been very valuable to victory against Osasuna, especially for its work for three days in the Cup final against Real Madrid. And is that according to the Spaniard, "the team has accused the other day fatigue and therefore the three points in this game was necessary." On his goal, Villa has stated that "the most important is that the team and win mark, forgetting what happened on Wednesday."

Below we reproduce the statements of other players of FC Barcelona.


"More is less, it is important to do our job."

"I'm happy for the team's performance and especially the outcome. Osasuna is making good games for the new coach. "

"The important thing is to help the team in position to be, the coach decided to make this change in position, I have always said that I came here to win. To do things the best way possible. "

"Now we must think on Wednesday. Start the possibility to reach Wembley. Hopefully we can do a good job and bring a good result for Barcelona. "

"I know that the League has been won but we have taken an important step, whenever there are fewer parties and the difference is the same."

"We have every hope of the world. We are a team that all season we did a good job. We will attempt to pass the final, which is the desire of all. "


"It was a tough game and we're glad for the three points."

"We knew it was going to tighten up Osasuna, but we knew that we were going to complicate both the match. At the end of the first part has gone a little game, but in the end it went well. "

"We focused a hundred percent every minute of every game. Mentally we further strengthened the party. We are still eight points. "

"We assume we'll go with the same approach with which we went to the League match last weekend."


"We have made a very awkward game and we have made it very difficult game."

"We had no sequence of play. The great work of the adversary has made us tough game, but we had luck in front of goal. "

"We're pretty good, faced with the greatest illusion Wednesday's game."

"I think there will be a very nice game, very difficult but you have to enjoy games because they are unique. We do not look at what the Madrid, prepare our work. "

"The effort is being very large, we have to have what we have, people who are ill to recover soon." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: "We have great belief in ourselves"

Pep Guardiola admitted that Barça didn’t play well against Osasuna, and accepted Real Madrid’s role as favorites in the Champions League, although his players will go into the game "with enthusiasm".

With three points in the bag Pep Guardiola admitted that the Osasuna match was pretty "poor", but "it was important to win it.. ..we were aware of the game’s importance, and we took a very, very, very big step towards the League title" he added. Guardiola suggested that: "We know Madrid won’t lose any more games, because winning a trophy has liberated, and we have to get back to winning things”.

Although he pointed out that it wasn’t Barça’s best game, Guardiola praised the attitude of his players, including some who hadn’t played a lot lately: "The lads played with a lot of drive. When you don’t play often, at times it’s difficult to get into the game, but what can’t happen is that you don’t put in the effort, and that didn’t happen". He explained that he had expected "a tough game" and that "after a 120 minute Final, with only 3 days to recover, and with the semis of the Champions around the corner, the initial plan was to not start with some players who had been playing a lot lately”.

Pep Guardiola is now thinking about the Champions League game on Wednesday. "We won’t be going to Madrid in the best physical shape, but we’ll go there with a lot of enthusiasm. We accept that Madrid may be favourites, they deserve it with their last few weeks performances, but we’ll try to change that" he said. In addition, Guardiola stressed that his players will go to Madrid "with the utmost pride....we have great belief in ourselves".

Guardiola gave an idea of how Barça might play in Madrid. “We’ll do our best to come away with a good result". According to him, "in the Bernabéu we have to be really focussed, and try to create chances to win the match because if we don’t they’ll overwhelm us". It’s a challenge that Barça accept, according to Guardiola as they "feel more comfortable going out to win rather than to defend”.

Finally, Pep Guardiola commented on the rumor that there might be a Portuguese referee in the first leg of the semifinals. "If the referee is Portuguese, I’m sure that the Madrid manager will be pretty happy, just like he was in the first leg of last year’s Semi-Final" he concluded. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Maxwell and Milito to have tests on Sunday

Maxwell and Milito will both undergo tests on Sunday to establish the extent of the injuries they picked up during Saturday’s game at the Nou Camp.

The Argentine defender was forced off on 65 minutes with muscle problems in his right leg and will be examined by club doctors on Sunday morning to establish the seriousness of the injury.

Maxwell, who was called in to cover for the injured Adriano, also finished the game with problems after picking up a groin strain and Guardiola will not know the full extent of his injury until tests on Sunday, but should he be out for any length of time, the boss will be faced with having to improvise a left back with Adriano and Abidal both out too.

The two join Adriano, Bojan and Abidal on the treatment table ahead of a vital two weeks of games in which Guardiola would ideally like to be able to call on his complete squad. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[La Liga -Liga BBVA - 33] FC Barcelona 2 - 0 CA Osasuna

Barça took another step towards the league title tonight with a 2-0 win over Osasuna thanks to a goal in each half from Villa and Messi which leaves them 8 points ahead at the top of the table with just 15 left to play for.
Guardiola rested Piqué, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro and Messi ahead of the upcoming European commitments and Villa and Messi – who came on in the second half- scored the goals that brought three more points in the fight to retain their La Liga title and leaves the side eight points ahead of Real Madrid who earlier won 3-6 at Valencia, with just five games to go.

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[Technical Data]
FC Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Mascherano, Milito (Xavi, min. 66), Maxwell; Sergio Busquets, Thiago, Keita; Jeffrén (Iniesta, min. 46), Villa (Messi, min. 58) y Afellay.

Osasuna: Ricardo; Nelson (Timor, 79'), Lolo, Miguel Flaño, Monreal; Damià (Pandiani, min. 79), Nekounam, Vadocz, Cejudo (Calleja, min. 87); Camuñas y Kike Sola.

Referee: Delgado Ferreiro (Basque). He showed yellow card to Dani Alves and Keita, by Barca and Nekounam and Timor, by Osasuna.

Goals: 1-0, min. 24. Jeffrén center from the left and Villa to win the game to beat Ricardo Monreal. 2-0, min. 87. Alves great pass from Messi, who kills the game.

Incidents: 73,285 spectators at the Camp Nou. Partdo for the thirty-third day of the season.