25 April 2011

[Ex player] Figo: "This semi-final will go down in history of football"

"These are games that you always remember. They play every year but is remembered by history behind it. There is great rivalry between them, football and social issue.

Portugal's Luis Figo , formerly of Barcelona and Real Madrid , among others, current Ambassador of Inter Milan , before the duel semifinals of the Champions League in Europe to face Real Madrid and Barca said that "history will of football. "

" They reach the semifinals at a high level . In my opinion are the two best teams in the world at this time. For this reason, this Champions League semi-final will go down in history of football, "Figo said in statements UEFA's website.

Figo played for Real Madrid in the semifinals the previous two teams that competed in the European Champions League 2001-02, which marked the passing of Madrid set to conquer the final in Glasgow against Bayer Leverkusen.

"These are games that you always remember. They play every year but are remembered for the story behind them. There is great rivalry between them, football and social issue . That is why there is so much rivalry. But it is important to note that just a football game and people have to do so . The team that is stronger that day will win, "said Figo.

The Portuguese, who, prior to Real Madrid (2000-05) played for Barcelona (1995-2000), does not share the view that previous meetings this season between the teams "take a toll."

It is recalled that the Real Madrid and Barcelona have already faced this season on three occasions: two in league (home thrashing of Barcelona, ​​5-0, and tie at the Santiago Bernabeu, 1-1) and one in the final King's Cup in Spain (Madrid win by 1-0). "You can not think what has happened in previous meetings, you should look to the next," he says.

Figo, who among other trophies won the 2000 Golden Ball and FIFA Footballer of 2001 , also shows an admirer of the Barcelona game practice : "I believe Barcelona played the best football of the moment. It has a very definite philosophy and his players that have some amazing skills, they can play together. "

"Football is always something cyclical. When I was at Real Madrid had a few years when we won it all. And now it seems that is what is making the Barcelona. It is something that depends on the different generations to come. Right now the Barça players have played so great together and know how to adapt to the system. That's why so hard to win them, "he adds.

Of his Portuguese compatriot Jose Mourinho , now coach of Real Madrid and last season led Inter Milan to conquer the Italian league, Italian Cup and European Champions League, said it was a "very successful coach" .

"His teams do things well by the way that makes them play, so that c inmate that his presence will help to Madrid . Mourinho has made ​​a lot of wins playing a certain way so I think that will continue to succeed " , Figo added. (via AS)

Ramos sent a message to Guardiola

Sergio Ramos did not want to assume the role of favorites that are granted in the semifinals of the Champions League Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who hand a message to ensure that "it is critical to a correct decision".

"We do not assume much from the role of favorites because I think it gets us nothing. If something has led to success is simplicity, humility and work. And those are the values ​​that must be present," said Ramos in an interview to the media club. With two days to contest the third clásico, the defense requested a match Andalusian "clean" and "no theater." Took the opportunity to recall the complaint Guardiola by Pedro Rodriguez goal disallowed for offside in the final of Copa del Rey last Wednesday at the Mestalla. "I wish it were a Champions League semifinal match clean, healthy, sporty, there is no drama, we have a referee that neither benefit nor harm anyone. Even the other day criticizing the right decision had been in the final it's the latter, "he said, referring to the words of Guardiola. Ramos assures Real Madrid players will "give everything" and be "the soul" and that his team is "closer than ever." "We're super excited when we go through. It's when you really have to do that real marriage facing the group." He praised the level shown in the scoring league at the Mestalla (3-6) by players who have fewer minutes lately. "They showed that not only are eleven or twelve major players, all make the grade in the field." Reported a change in attitude of the fans at the Bernabeu. "From the meetings of Lyon, Tottenham and Barcelona was a change and saw a crowd much more focused, with much more enthusiasm. Is they really have to get that first goal and that any team that comes to the Bernabeu note that respect. " (via SPORT)

Grondona: "Messi is an example in everything"

Julio Grondona, the president of the AFA praised Lionel Messi.

The president of the AFA, Julio Grondona, returned to take part in the eternal debate about the figure of Leo Messi and comparison with Maradona. The Argentine leader said "not yet reached a Maradona, but it will be the best of all time" and raved about the player born in Rosario: "I never saw until today, a football player with that ability, treatment, Life ... is an example in everything, "he told the Brazilian press as enshrined 'Infobae."

Grondona also spoke about the possible participation of the Spanish team in the Copa America and denied having invited to Spain to replace Japan. (via SPORT)

Barca once again without their central owners in one big party

The problems you are experiencing Barcelona in the heart of his defense is not an isolated case in recent years, in which injury or sanction the owner Barca duo could not be aligned in the decisive championship games.

To the shock of Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League, Barca will have to Gerard Pique as a piece set in the center of defense, which could unite the Argentine Javier Mascherano, who has shown great reliability in recent games.

Carles Puyol, who started the first of the four clásicos of the season finale, was absent in the next two meetings to reinforce its long recovery from injury and, thus, be on Wednesday, although he is not expected with Piqué, but on the side, which will have a lesser requirement that axis.

This shift to the side is because Barcelona is out of left-handed side, by lower Abidal from surgery, injury to Adriano and low secure more than Maxwell, also injured.

Not the first time the Barcelona faced in recent years, a maximum match requirement with the defense table. Last year, also in the semifinals of the Champions League, Barca played around at the Nou Camp without Puyol, culminating in the first leg in Milan in which Barça was sewn to yellow by the Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerença (6 by a 1 Inter).

In fact, yellow was Puyol saw more pressure from the Inter players, who surrounded the referee, that failure in itself, because earlier in other actions of interest to the college players showed no yellow.

In the Camp Nou, without the injured and suspended Abidal Puyol, the Barcelona fielded a defense unpublished Alves, Pique, Toure and Milito, although the Argentine was replaced at half time by Maxwell.

Two seasons ago, and also in the Champions League, Josep Guardiola had to reset the defensive axis with the commitment Barcelona Yaya Toure for the semifinal round of the Champions League in the area of ​​Chelsea.

Carles Puyol punished after watching the first leg at Camp Nou the third yellow, Yaya Touré London teamed up with Gerard Piqué while the bands were covered by the owners (Alves and Abidal).

In the Rome final against Manchester United, the club was available to the two main headlines (Pique and Puyol) but Dani Alves injury (sprained right foot) in the party relegated to the side and Guardiola Puyol to return to bet on tour with Pique in the middle.

In fact, Alves had not played the final through suspension, while Abidal sent off in London, did not play either the Rome final against United, which gave him the option Silvinho veteran to occupy the left wing of a defense box. (via SPORT)

Javier Mascherano has already eliminated Real Madrid in the Champions League

Argentina's Javier Mascherano and knows it is knock Real Madrid in the Champions League. 2008/09, when the '14 'Barca wearing a Liverpool shirt, beat the white team.

In the second round of the Champions League draw 2008/09 course paired Liverpool and Madrid. The first leg was played by 25 March in Madrid and the return on March 10 in Liverpool. The current Barcelona player, Javier Mascherano, participated in the ninety minutes of the two parties.

In the first leg, Benayoun was on hand to score the goal of victory 'red' in minute 82 of the game played. Mascherano was essential to stop the Real Madrid midfield format Gago, Diarra and Marcelo Lass. Interestingly 'The jefecito' shared victory with the current Real Madrid Xabi Alonso and Arbeloa.

Two weeks and Madrid played Liverpool at Anfield return with a clear advantage to the British after the first leg result. Mascherano was a starter again in Rafa Benitez's team and contributed to the rout of the 'reds' for 4-0 (a goal from Fernando Torres, Gerrard scored twice and the last Italian Dossena) to leave Real Madrid again eliminated from the Champions League in the second round.

The Argentine was a warning on each of the two parties, which meant he could not play the first leg of the quarterfinals. It also noted in a release in the first game played in Liverpool where a strong midfielder's shot crashed against the crossbar of the goal defended by Iker Casillas. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Youth] The celebrations do not stop at the quarry

League title Infantil A is the fourth of the season for Barca quarry equipment. In addition to the team's victory Fran Sánchez include the great form of Cadete B of Fran Artiga.


The team of Fran Sánchez champion was proclaimed with a great performance throughout the four periods. Rafa Mir (2), Ayoub (2), Canós, Iván Rodríguez, Sanz and Alexis Meva marked the differences. Sant Cugat went faithful to its style and, although it could not mark, he/she had a proposal very valiant futbolística. The party in the wardrobes was very beautiful, since all the players and technicians celebrated the title together and with great harmony.


The team of Fran Artiga one of the best performances in the season completed. Nàstic only collapsed in the last twenty minutes of the encounter, but before it had planted face. Sergio Buenacasa, with five goals in the second half, was the player more resolutory azulgrana. Enguene, Alex Corredera and Moha also marked.

Mercantil A, 2 - FC BARCELONA B, 2

Infantile B didn't pass of the tie in the party against the Mercantile one, in a disputed encounter but difficult to control for those of Denis Silva and Carlos López. The azulgranas was ahead with Carlos' goal Aleñá, but the locals tied. The dynamics throughout the party was the same one: again, to be ahead Barça, with the second so much of Aleñá, but the Mercantile one equaled the result in the twilights of the encounter. At the end, because, 2-2 in the marker.


I triumph unquestionable of Andrés' boys Carrasco and Sergi Milà that have won in Sant Andreu for 3 at 12. The control, the possession and the total face definition to goal during the first two rooms, they made them to leave to the rest with a result 1 at 7. The scorers of this first part were: Juan Cruz (2), Juan Fernández (2), Guillem Jaime (2) and Juli Berenguer (1). This way, with a 1-7 to favor and a Sant Andreu that lowered the arms, the goals were arriving. Camera (1), Juli Berenger (1) and Oriol Busquests (3) was the authors of the goals azulgranas.


The boys of Xavi Bravo and Rafa Rodríguez has been redone of the defeat of the previous week against Espanyol with an overwhelming victory in the field of Sant Andreu. Jordi Mboula (3) was very well the most decisive player in a party worked by the boys of Alevín B culé.


Scandalous goleada of boys of Jordi Font and Francis Pérez. The boys of Unificació Llefià didn't know as stopping the triangulations and quick plays of the azulgranas. Demba (6), Mamadou (5), Pedro (3), Solina, Medina, Alejandro and Sergio Gómez marked the differences in the field 8 of the Ciudad Deportiva.

FC BARCELONA D, 2 - Vilanova i la Geltrú, 4

Intense Party the one that one lived among Alevín D and Vilanova i Geltrú, the first and the classified second of the chart. Although the two teams had several occasions at the beginning of the party, Barça was not comfortable on the game land to the second room. After the rest, the third room the boys of Àlex Gómez and of Alexis I Paint they were able to tie the encounter. However, the last period, in a córner and in a defensive error, the rival was able to mark the third and quarter goal that gave the victory to Vilanova for 2-4.


Football exhibition in the party among Benjamin A of Barça and Castelldefels (5-0). The front azulgranas shone with spectacular goals. Gerard López of direct lack, Sergi heel Rosanas, Roger head Vegas, Marc Tenas and Guillermo Love were the scorers of the encounter. It is necessary to highlight the performance of the porter of Castelldefels, Pablo López that stopped up to 10 clear occasions of goal.

Gavà, 0 - FC Barcelona B, 6

Benjamin B was taken the points of the field from Gavà when being imposed by an overwhelming one 0-6. After a first complicated room, the first goal, of Guille, arrived the second period. Julian, with two goals, Nil, Mika and another reveille of Guille sentenced the party after the rest, when the team had more domain of the ball and, therefore, more occasions than those of Marcel Sans and Isaac Garcia didn't waste.

FC Barcelona C, 2 - Sant Ildefons, 2

Benjamin C took out a tie of the party against Sant Ildefons. Jordi's boys Puig and Albert Puig was ahead in the first two rooms with two reveilles, one of Aitor López and another that Good-looking Albert signed. But the azulgranas was not fine, they didn't reach the precision and the necessary speed to develop the game of Barça. This was patent in the renewal, when Sant Ildefons got the tie. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Luis Enique: "The defeat against Betis has made us grow"

Barça B coach believes that the defeat against Betis have boosted the team. Luis Enrique says that these games against rivals both are part of the learning level of the player.

Every cloud has a silver lining. This is what I think Barça B coach, Luis Enrique Martinez, his team's defeat against Betis (0-3). Barca coach is among those who think they can take positive lessons from defeats like Sunday in the Miniestadi: "The defeat has helped the players grow to an adverse situation against a great team and a mini-stadium at full capacity, yes, green and white. These parties serve to realize that there are many things to improve. I think we've grown against Betis. "

Luis Enrique, who has nothing to criticize his players, has given no clear excuse for defeat against Betis: "The team has come to compete, we tried to carry the weight of the game and create chances. The small details have those who have been out of the game. Errors and single point against a team as senior we have complicated things a lot. But we competed to the end and that's what I always ask my players. In this sense, I am proud their behavior. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The parrot with the referee

Barca wary of nominations for the semis, which rely on an old friend of Madrid: Pierluigi Collina.

The Barça will know on Monday for what referee should deal last week in the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions in the Bernabéu , having suffered Muñiz and Undiano in League and Cup . Europe, in principle, should be different, but the experience of last season with the robbery perpetrated in San Siro by Olegario Benquerença with impunity, the club makes Barca wary lot. In fact, all names being considered for both the outward and return to make your hair stand on end.

The rumor mill has placed this week to Portuguese Pedro Proença on the clásico leg in the Bernabeu, and immediately the alarm has spread, since very recently is the memory of his countryman. Proença himself, however, undertook to explain in Portuguese media yesterday that UEFA had informed him that referee one of the two games back. That is, there is a 50% chance that beeps at the Camp Nou , but will not be the first leg.

The other alternative is English Howard Webb , a real ogre to the club and for the selection. Ábitro is that whistled the World Cup final and allowed the Dutch took it out on the Spanish international, especially De Jong (paradoxes of life) Xabi Alonso . Let's see if all that tore their clothes with that criminal entry Alonso and the permissibility of Webb now apply the same criteria.

Webb, who refereed this year's quarterfinals, expelled Guardiola at Barca-Bayern quarter of 2009 and this season has been praised by Mourinho on the eve of Milan-Madrid (2-2), which is not miss seeing his tolerance for violent play.

Barca, who have already nailed with two nominations in the League and Cup, has every reason to be suspicious. The head of UEFA's appointments is none other than Pierluigi Collina , who is active and distinguished by sweeping boldly to the Madrid (ask in Manchester) and damaging to Barcelona, ​​which began in the Champions League in 2005, just before the Chelsea Mourinho, to ignore a very clear lack of Carvalho (just) Valdes in goal from Terry . This is Collina, a friend and admirer of Madrid in general and Zidane and the galaxy in particular .

And if scary Collina in charge of nominations, the president of the Referees Committee of the UEFA closes the circle of terror, there is Angel Maria Villar. If the club has reason to be concerned, not least Manchester is: playing against Schalke Raul and I have gotten a bad referee: Velasco Carballo . And besides, the Madrid Committee, that is, citizen Raul. To start trembling. (via MD)

Already know the referee will whistle the Madrid-Barça

UEFA has already given to know the appointments by arbitration for the semifinals of Champions and finally there won't be Portuguese referee.

German referee Wolfgang Stark will be responsible for leading the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League on Wednesday to face Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu. (via SPORT)

The Madrid-Barça goals are synonymous

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Barely a week after becoming the faces in the final of the Copa del Rey, Barça and Madrid meet again, this time with a different scenario: one-legged tie in which away goals can be key to reach the final at Wembley.

Mourinho is why the club will try to stay at zero at the Bernabeu, but the white team it will be difficult because so far this season, the club was only three games to zero. In the other 51 games he leads the team this season Barca, Guardiola marked, so it is very unlikely to fail on Wednesday.

Another point to consider is that since 1994, "Barca won that year at the Bernabéu with a goal by Guillermo Amor - not given a result in which fewer than two goals per game. Therefore, the 1.30 per euro bet paid in betclic.com to two or more goals seem very reasonable.

Nor would it be unreasonable to think of a greater number of goals given that Barca and Madrid this season have averaged more than two and a half goals per game (2.57 2.38 Barça and Madrid). That's why the share offering betclic.com of 1.90 euros per euro bet that there will be three or more goals is not a bad option to consider. For the more adventurous, there is an interesting share to 3.50 euros per euro bet that there will be 4 or more goals in the match. (via SPORT)

The wall to the Bernabeu

Despite the heavy losses on defense, Pep Madrid line up behind a line of credit and guarantees full.

Neither Abidal, or Adriano, and Maxwell and doubtful about Milito. This is the picture that has to deal with Pep Guardiola to rebuild their defense in the face Wednesday's game at the Bernabeu for the semifinal round of the Champions League. This way, without euphemisms that hide the reality, it means that Barcelona will face one of the biggest games of the season without left-back, as all three are low: one disease, Abidal, and the other two due to injury, Adriano and Maxwell.

So the big question that arises is the FC Barcelona who occupy the left wing to such a plague of misfortunes. Then the solution is make sure those more than a sigh of relief: Carles Puyol. The captain, after appearing for nine days in the Primera Liga match at the Bernabeu, come back ready to play this important game and reinvent itself again to make the team more competitive.

In fact, there will be a new position for the defense, which moved down the left wing sometimes with Serra Ferrer-precisely at a party at the Bernabeu, and much more continuity with Rexach, besides playing in its infancy with the Spanish team at left back.

The only question is whether the great captain gets a hundred percent this appointment or with any residual discomfort after nearly three months have been stopped, return to Real Madrid a few days making a memorable game, but unfortunately reinjury , although much less important after suffering a slight hamstring contracture of his left leg.
In any case, it appears that Puyol will cap the event on Wednesday after having been recovered in recent days.

He will be joined on the defensive line Dani Alves, Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano. The first will occupy the right wing, but could advance a bit position to bring together more players in midfield in order to have numerical superiority in midfield. The presence of the Argentine Mascherano allow that license, as its speed and perfect positioning to cover any gap guarantees the right wing.

For his part, Pique could raise the ball with greater ease to have someone like Puyol wrapped around his shoulders on the left. The captain is also much better in the passing game that Adriano, so surely the goal of the Cup would not have marked Cristiano Ronaldo or at least would not have nodded in frank way.

There is no doubt that this line of defense to be ranked at the Bernabeu on Wednesday is a real guarantee in both defense and attack. It has two players with experience, fast, courage and great sense of tactics as Mascherano and Puyol, and one of the best center in the world, Pique, and certainly with the best right back in the world, Alves.

Abidal just before the disease had been able to improve this defense, especially speaking in the offensive sense, as the French have in your game a lot more travel than Puyol. But no more.

Guardiola knows this and so is quiet. Entrenched in the victimhood that forced him from Madrid, who are celebrating almost reaching the final at Wembley, chest out for its outstanding staff and their great coach who has led them to win the trophy for the Copa del Rey, Today the panacea of ​​Real Madrid.

But Wednesday will be another story and there will be another game to play. With an unprecedented defense with a defensive midfielder-turned-center, with a central band relocated to the left and played a game in the last three months, with another plant that is coming out more in celebrity magazines in the sports and a right side that sometimes looks more like an end, leaving behind real highways.

Still, a quartet of luxury, exciting, sure will thrill the fans and you can do a lot of bravado silence you hear these days from Madrid. (via SPORT)

That will likely present eleven Barca against Real Madrid

Guardiola will face the crucial stretch fingers crossed for no more injuries.

The team reached the final of the season very fair plan. The fact of having a young self template attached to the lower amount of injury that has plagued the team FC Barcelona, ​​Pep Guardiola makes have to face the most decisive phase of the campaign crossing their fingers that no more injured the computer.

Still, for the first leg of the Champions League semifinals at the Bernabeu, the technician may have the backbone of his squad. Appeal beyond the goalkeeper Victor Valdes and totally unprecedented defense, the coach will develop a midfield consisting of Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Xavi Hernandez, a line that it hopes will curb envestida meringues and find the best choice to find space White's defensive web. For its part, the line of attack trident will Barça most feared in Europe, with Peter, Leo Messi and David Villa, who expects to maintain its accuracy.

The only question is whether Guardiola prefers to overtake and put Keita Iniesta in midfield. In this case, Peter would stay on the bench. What is clear is that the Santpedor may prepare a gala eleven standing up to Real Madrid's stadium and opt for a result that allows the return address with confidence. However, the technician will have few alternatives on the bench, that could revolutionize the game in case the marker is put Barca adverse interests. (via SPORT)

The Madrid repeat: a cut and paste

Mourinho will return to an eleven defensive line and bet on attack speed of Cristiano Ronaldo and Di Maria. Doubt whether to play or not to '9 '.

Cut and paste. That is the philosophy that will keep Jose Mourinho in the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League against Barcelona next Wednesday at the Bernabeu . Luso coach is faithful to its policy resultadista and conscious that only on the basis of repeated offenses that break the rhythm of the Barca game and the speed of Di Maria and the punch of Cristiano Ronaldo Barca can win.

Falling Carvalho through suspension and the good work of Pepe as the third pivot on what they like to Mourinho, destroy, requires the input of Raul Albiol in the heart of the defense, which will Sergio Ramos , leaving the sides to Arbeloa and Marcelo. This will be the defensive drawing Real Madrid in the third row and first clásico of the semifinals of the Champions League.

Another casualty in the line of 'trivote', that of the injured Khedira, also requires a little remodeling, but the change will be named by name. Lass cover the absence of German. And before the belts are for Cristiano Ronaldo and Di Maria, and Ozil, a priori, be as false '9 ' . With Mourinho again play without a '9 'born now that we have three in the template: Benzema, Higuain and Adebayor.

The attack is where Mourinho has more questions. And it does not cross Ozil at their best in recent matches and has left only glimpses of his class, missing out on the grass in most of the minutes. Was a substitute in the first clásico and the first player substituted in the final of the Copa del Rey . If you finally decide to dispense with German startup, Benzema is, today, who holds more numbers to access the title at the Bernabeu on Wednesday against Barca.

But coach deck luso a third alternative, take the good image offered by Kaka in Mestalla and give input to the Brazilian Cristiano Ronaldo putting false '9 '. The latter eventually training to sharpen the eleventh Madrid for the first European assault against Barca.

Threatened by the cards

And another major concern for Jose Mourinho is the threat of sanctions hanging over four of his key men in the team: Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo . The card you see on Wednesday will be lost, by accumulation, the return of the Camp Nou. Carvalho will miss the match through suspension Bernabéu.Cut and paste. That is the philosophy that will keep Jose Mourinho in the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League against Barcelona next Wednesday at the Bernabeu . Luso coach is faithful to its policy resultadista and conscious that only on the basis of repeated offenses that break the rhythm of the Barca game and the speed of Di Maria and the punch of Cristiano Ronaldo Barca can win.

Falling Carvalho through suspension and the good work of Pepe as the third pivot on what they like to Mourinho, destroy, requires the input of Raul Albiol in the heart of the defense, which will Sergio Ramos , leaving the sides to Arbeloa and Marcelo. This will be the defensive drawing Real Madrid in the third row and first clásico of the semifinals of the Champions League.

Another casualty in the line of 'trivote', that of the injured Khedira, also requires a little remodeling, but the change will be named by name. Lass cover the absence of German. And before the belts are for Cristiano Ronaldo and Di Maria, and Ozil, a priori, be as false '9 ' . With Mourinho again play without a '9 'born now that we have three in the template: Benzema, Higuain and Adebayor.

The attack is where Mourinho has more questions. And it does not cross Ozil at their best in recent matches and has left only glimpses of his class, missing out on the grass in most of the minutes. Was a substitute in the first clásico and the first player substituted in the final of the Copa del Rey . If you finally decide to dispense with German startup, Benzema is, today, who holds more numbers to access the title at the Bernabeu on Wednesday against Barca.

But coach deck luso a third alternative, take the good image offered by Kaka in Mestalla and give input to the Brazilian Cristiano Ronaldo putting false '9 '. The latter eventually training to sharpen the eleventh Madrid for the first European assault against Barca.

And another major concern for Jose Mourinho is the threat of sanctions hanging over four of his key men in the team: Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo . The card you see on Wednesday will be lost, by accumulation, the return of the Camp Nou. Carvalho will miss the match through suspension Bernabéu. (via MD)

Madrid-Barça: The 11's Bernabéu

Are what they are, but the club will go to Madrid with all its cracks and with all the desire. In a template with 15 champions of Europe, nor the low undermine the faith of the Barca dressing room.

The Barça will play for the second time in 10 days in the Bernabeu convinced of its possibilities. The setback meant losing the Cup final, also against Real Madrid , has not diverted to the Barca team his way. To Osasuna , Barca went further to link their third consecutive league title on Wednesday face the first assault on the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with the aim of coming to the Wembley final . Casualties not prevent Pep Guardiola is present in the stadium with his eleven ideal merengue with one novelty: Javier Mascherano .

A side that has eight world champions and nine champions of Europe in a template with 15, sharing the honor. Mascherano, the Argentina captain, is one of the players with more spark Guardiola template and that, at this point in the season can not be neglected. Today there is no doubting culé convenience to align the 'jefecito' even even if the casualties had not been made ​​clear the limited number of staff, something that even the Barça coach is beginning to accept public . As Guardiola has repeatedly said, "are who we are" . But, indeed, looking around the side that will play for the third time against Real Madrid in two weeks, the club will go with at least one full strength and, above all, with all its cracks.

Mascherano has responded perfectly to the reinvention tactic that Guardiola proposed following the sick leave of Eric Abidal . Argentine speed was well fitted to the hierarchy of Gerard Piqué.

Luckily for Barca, it is likely that the captain Carles Puyol returns to be available to Guardiola . After nearly three months of injury, Puyol returned as a starter in the league at the Bernabeu and precisely, with him on the field, Barca won 0-1. Real Madrid then drew a penalty, a gift from Muñiz Fernández , and Puyol was not in the Cup final last Wednesday as a precaution. Yesterday, Puyol was trained at their own pace with the intention of returning to the Champions League. Guardiola was cautious with it and not revealed on Saturday after the win against Osasuna if I could count on their captain, but all indications are that Puyol will be there. And it is normal to left-back made ​​no more room to move Mascherano. With Abidal and Adriano Correia played low and Maxwell, Guardiola is running out of the side that started the season . Do not panic: Puyol is there to make a new service to the club and play anywhere. With him back, they all live more peaceful.

The Real Madrid-Barcelona on Wednesday comes conditioned by the plot twist that Guardiola gave on Saturday. "As they say, Real Madrid is the favorite," said the coach. Do not be fooled. Just look at the eleven who can take Guardiola at the Bernabeu to interpret that message as an internal incentive for your wardrobe. It can not be otherwise in a team that starts at Victor Valdes and ends with Leo Messi.

Barça technicians are particularly careful with Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique. With the captain is not surprising after it has been almost three months out with injury and since then has only played the first hour of clásico League at the Bernabeu. With Piqué, mime is easily explained: the central has played almost everything so far this season, forced by circumstances. His dance partners have been falling gradually, first and then Abidal Puyol. Guardiola wants to have their defenses reference point for the key moment of the year. (via MD)

Mascherano, "convenient central"

'The jefecito' believes that pays for defense "with the help of the team" and "despite having to think all over".

FC Barcelona thought over a "better return to Liverpool when Javier Mascherano took his first steps as a Barca player. Now it is indisputable, not only as deputy Busquets but also central in Barcelona punished by misfortune on defense. "I try to play my best to go home with a clear conscience," says the self 'Masche', whose transition from the Premier to Barcelona has been a model for quick and thorough, in the antipodes, for example, of a Henry.

"Back, more responsibility"

Plus 'jefazo' that 'boss', after the Barça-Osauna he affirmed to feel "comfortable of central." "It's new to me, even with the help of my friends I giving up. There are many differences from the midfield position, then you know that some people cover their backs. Atrás not. There is more responsibility, because it is my natural position and that makes you not so naturally jobs but having to think any more. "

"The key to reach all the balls? Do not know, try to stay focused and in position and assume the responsibility, knowing that I'm in a great club."

Not only Pep, for whom it is "a jewel" as central, these partners also have heaped praise him. For Víctor Valdés , "is always everywhere, no matter where you put. is extraordinary, and helps out behind the ball." And if for him is lucky to be with us "for Dani Alves is a privilege, it makes perfect play where you play with dedication and professionalism."

According to Thiago Alcantara , "is doing an incredible season" and Sergio Busquets sees "very intelligent, which facilitated their adaptation. is of extraordinary quality and level of play is high". (via MD)

Piqué: "End of cycle? Cycles league mark them"

The footballer says after withdrawal is no coach, but who would like to be president of Barcelona. On the high voltage being experienced in the past clásicos, says: "I love that people insult us, we throw things ... the adrenaline rush me."

Gerard Piqué, central Barcelona, ​​has been sincere in the pages of El Pais in an interview in which he talked about almost all the news of the Catalan club, with special attention to the semifinals of the Champions League that they face at Madrid from Wednesday. Piqué says, inter alia, that the cycle of this boat is not over, and does not want to coach when he retires, but Barca president.

"Losing the Cup final is hard, but it is part of the game, let's face it," she says though she says that Barcelona has won the right to lose. "If that loss is a change of cycle? No way! Basically, what that mark the cycles are the leagues. "clásicos on the storm, the center says that they are not tired of dealing with the meringues, as they are" making history because it is something that does not always happen. "

Barça ensures that "no rivalry between the teams despite the tension that is evident in each of the fighting, and challenged by the incidents at the end of the league match at the Bernabeu (he was accused of insulting the king) , responds: "It's a lie. I know what I said and those who were there know what I said." On another relatively recent incident with Ramos at the Nou Camp on the 5-0, says it is "forgotten", and admits that "it was a hot time and can understand their reaction."

It recognizes that she loves playing in the Bernabeu, "a magnificent stadium. I like people to go against, I'm motivated. There are people who hate us to death. It is to laugh But it's a party!. I love that people insult us, we throw things ... the adrenaline Me. " Something in common with Cristiano Ronaldo, on the one that says "is very good. Standing is not so dangerous, but if you hooked on speed is unstoppable."

Deck on the possibilities for their future, says not to be sitting on a bench. "What I want is to be a day Barca president ... In that aspect I do see."

Moving on, Piqué has no problem answering questions of personal caráter, and talks about his relationship with Shakira, specifically how she lives that people insult him. "It is not pleasant. For her, basically. Sometimes they insult me, and if the insult is clever, it's funny to me."

As for the selection, the player does not support that cast doubt on their commitment to Red. "That question I would make if it were not Catalan, right? It is very sad. Took him from the 16 in the national team, I leave the hills in South Africa, literally, and yet I read nonsense insult to the Spanish. In this issue not want to talk more because I warm it. " (via AS)

Mourinho will remain on the defensive

Nor has trample thought behind Valencia with a different system. Mou continue with your script and repeat tactics to try to eliminate Barca.

Mourinho is not afraid to pulse and not change one iota of playing as Barca. Neither criticism of its racanería of part of the target environment, or the display of some players at the Mestalla, will change your gaming system. Mou believes he has found the key to Barca hurt and will play on the defensive. With trivote in midfield and no clear offensive reference. The changes will be minimal and required with respect to the last Cup final.

Ensure that Mourinho himself was surprised by the creditworthiness of the team against Valencia. And players like Kaka, Barn or Higuain gave a recital despite knowing that they are they will not have minutes in the semifinal of Champions. Many of these players wanted to prove they have sufficient quality to face Barca, but Mourinho does not care. His great triumph was the Copa del Rey and drowned the Barcelona system, especially in the first half.

Madrid missed training yesterday, but the staff all have clear who will play against Barça. In fact, the players who were at the Mestalla bench received the relevant explanations of Mourinho. Be recovered from the effort to be in full field in the Champions League. Portuguese cared little to gain or lose to Valencia, as it believes that the League is lost and has very clear who are the alternates and the headlines.

Thus, the Madrid will face the first leg of the Champions League semifinals with a single obsession, that of not conceding to have all options on the return leg. Mourinho's philosophy is clear because it is aware that everything will be decided at the Camp Nou. If your computer hiciese waters in the opener, opened the season ended. Somewhat in the attacking may be key to equal the last few games.

Mourinho will play the oversight, but has already decided and only make changes required. Thus, Albiol back to central defense in place of the suspended Carvalho and his partner in the center of defense will be Sergio Ramos. Arbeloa and Marcelo are fixed on the sides. For the midfield, Mou does not think separating from his trivote where Pepe is fundamental. At his side will be Xabi Alonso and Lass Diarra, more muscle to prevent attacks Barca. And above, the Luso will go for three players with fast and Di Maria Ozil hook and Cristiano Ronaldo of false striker. There will be no concessions because they know less than Barca, despite the last two direct confrontations.

Decisions for the four clásicos Mourinho to the club are well thought out and tested for quite some time. So much so that Pepe had been practicing in the midfield position for about a month. Mou took training in camera to make moves with the Portuguese plant in their selection, had already played in that position. Mourinho loves to have a player of this physical display in the midfield and Pepe was the ideal candidate.

So much so, that Mou is angry and a lot with the template for direct leaks that are on their rosters in the previous against Barca. The Portuguese has been shown that after the talks tactics with his players, the media have immediate access to them. His obsession with control reaches the point that the coach himself has spoken to the captains to control this issue. I've been playing Mourinho dismissal for having a weapon against Guardiola, but his players have left. The eleven who posed for the final twenty minutes later leaked the technical talk that put the nerves to Mou.

The preparation of the meeting is not secret this week. Training behind closed doors for their players banned statements and participation required by UEFA in the press before and after each impact. Mou and told his players that he would be responsible for heat or cool the atmosphere at all times and it seems that tomorrow is planning a barrage against Barca. Was humble in the previous Cup final because he thought he was going to lose and now feels strong and go for broke. Mou is clear that it has saved half a season with victory in the Cup

His obsessions remain the same and go through at all costs stop offensive play of the club. And for that, considered essential to stop Xavi and Iniesta. The strength of Pepe and Xabi Alonso placement made it possible in the first part of the Cup final, although the team is physically collapsed in the second half. It would not be surprising that there are changes in that area at the beginning of the second part of the next meeting. Coach detected a strong downturn and does not want to happen again.

To do this, Mourinho also hopes the support of a Bernabeu digest not just the game being made by Madrid in recent meetings. Barca expect a small team and surrender to resultadista and that does not quite square, but the cup final has given an important cushion to Mou to act that way. A defeat in the Champions League and the League sentenced, could change the mood a lot. The Portuguese will die with his ideas. (via SPORT)

Messi, the executioner at the Bernabeu

Leo Messi is the scourge of Real Madrid in their coliseum. Argentina will go to the big occasion and shines. And it's Wednesday.

The last three visits of FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu have resulted in two wins and one draw. And in the three games has become Leo Messi goals: four. The Argentine is now, Real Madrid's worst nightmare.

The crack of the ship came to a good start in the White Coliseum. He started the famous 0-3 of November 19, 2005, the day that Frank Rijkaard's team gave a football lesson as they recognized the Madrid crowd, who finished applauding the Catalan and especially Ronaldinho, author of two spectacular goals.

He did not have the same success in the next two visits to the field of Real Madrid, Barca fell in both (2-0 and 4-1). However, from there, Messi went on to have a special role in White feud.

Thus, in his fourth match played at the Santiago Bernabeu, the `Flea did you get two goals which helped the team to sign a historic result: 2-6. Messi scored the third in the account of Pep Guardiola (first half) and fifth (second).

The win left Real Madrid Barca to seven points (85 to 78) and putting course for the League, which would be awarded the following weekend, after the Madrid fall at Villarreal.

Messi's fifth visit was also memorable. Madrid and Barca also reached el clásico points of the day 31 (77 points). The party was like a final. And the club, with goals from Messi (first part) and Pedro (second), struck authority. Although the Madrid fought the title until the end, the League was again for Barca, which was won on the last day.

And the last game of Messi in the White House 'was it the 16th of April, which ended with a tie. The Argentine returned to find the net, this time to convert a penalty committed by Albiol on Villa, who grabbed her neck and broke down in the area.
Despite not achieving victory in the previous two occasions, the tie helped Barca to keep the 8-point lead with which he faced the last clásico league. Another 'victory "in the field of Real Madrid.

In total, Messi has played ten league games against Team White, who has won six, drawn two and lost two others. He has also made 8 goals, four in the Santiago Bernabeu and four in the Camp Nou.

In fact, Real Madrid is one of the victims' preferred "the Barcelona player, who also has scored 8 goals in Liga Almeria, Zaragoza and Racing Santander. Anyway, the teams that have suffered the scourge of Messi have been Atletico Madrid (11 goals) and Sevilla (10).

Smell Rosario striker will again be crucial in the Champions League, but with the `resurrection did albiceleste international David Villa has taken a little pressure with which he faced the battle of league and Copa del Rey final .

Messi, which accumulates in the Champions League and 34 goals (20 in the Camp Nou and 14 away from him, one of them scored in the final against Manchester United in 2009), EU seek new achievements that will enable dramatically increased 50 mark goals that currently leads this season.

It is also the top scorer in the Champions League with 9 goals. Follow Mario Gomez (Bayern) and Samuel Eto "o (Inter) with 8 and Anelka (Chelsea) with 7. All of them were already in the competition. To 6 are the Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema.

Leo, as the whole team knows that few games remaining for the season down the curtain: five and two Champions League, which could be three if they qualify for the final. Seven or eight games that are precisely those who want to be playing all the most important and which are distributed titles.

And Messi is one of those players who are growing in these citations, as demonstrated in recent years. Is and wants to be a protagonist, as always. If was not for him, jump today at the Bernabeu turf ... (via SPORT)

Cruyff: "If Real Madrid believe it, the better for Barca"

The difference between a computer and another is marked by "the eight points [...] not after 120 minutes of a single party for more Cup final to go," said the Dutchman in his weekly column.

Johan Cruyff, in his weekly column in 'El Periódico de Catalunya' Real Madrid recognizes that it is better first of the two clásicos of the Champions League semifinals, but believes that it can backfire and create overconfidence. "If I believe, best for the club," says the 'Skinny', "Barca was and is better than Madrid. If not, the champions almost Mourinho would not Guardiola. While the club meets thing, everything you do on Madrid in the league will be in vain. "

For Cruyff what happened in Valencia does not mark the real situation of both clubs. The difference between a computer and another is marked by "the eight points [...] not after 120 minutes of a single party for more Cup final it was. Barça took 45 minutes to realize that the need for rival such as hunger, press a lot. "

Following the Cup final, former FC Barcelona coach says he "won the most needy, but the most satisfied (I do not think so) could take note of what and what not." Also remember to change the competition format and emergencies. "For Madrid is no longer something I have to win at all costs. For Barca is not the win at Madrid with his cap. All costs and slaps you are willing to ginger up the hustler."

The Dutchman looks the pessimism that reigns in the Barca fans, and concludes that there is no reason to feel inferior because "no one is out of favor is weak in 10 days. The tie at the Bernabeu gave you the league. And Cup escaped from the minimum of the minimum. Oh, okay, the club will not be displayed. If this is the measuring stick for the club, here is a problem. "

Cruyff as coach Real Madrid not only made the change Pepe in midfield, but the entire defense stepped "playing with seven defenders." To combat "the club has to influence what he's done a thousand times, forgetting to get into war of words and Tanganyika. Post to worry about who do not beep, if the grass will be high but it has depth."

Finally, the Dutch made a reflection on what would have happened if he had given the goal of Peter. "There would be no tiresome debate on whether the template of Barca is short (well, all plugged in) or very short (terrible, and Madrid are just the opposite)." (via AS)

Guardiola changes: he already speaks of the referees

Tired of enduring the pressure and institutional orphan of a speaker to help you press the issues that your team is interested, Guardiola and pulls a plan B. Not only speaks of what most passionate, soccer, but in his repertoire began to appear the referees.

Not only ordered to attack Guardiola his players in the field of play, but he himself has put on the breastplate, has taken the shield and sword and has started to send Smite with one goal: pressuring and attacking referees Madrid. Possibly orphan support, Pep is tired of the lack of a corporate speaker that comes to the rescue in this plot (Laporta was exceeded, but could play such games) and Saturday broke the protocol had placed on the altar of Barcelona and the general public.

Three days after the Cup final, upbraided the trophy went to Madrid for "the excellent vision of an assistant (Fermín Martínez) by two centimeters that had annulled a goal from Peter, without thinking (analyze photos to your right ) the time that such decisions had benefited minimum distance to Barcelona. But not only there for the referees, there for Mourinho and his tactics: "we exercise at the Bernabeu to adapt to the tall grass," and then finish the job: "They are the favorites. We have everything against. Very few fans We bet on favorites and is given by the team that we get eight points. "

Disgusted. When Guardiola uses irony is oracular. So, when I discussed the possibility that the referee Pedro Proenca was commissioned to lead the party on Wednesday, his answer was blunt and direct: "Mourinho should be very happy."

Pep and not only respond to what most passionate, soccer, but changed the speech and talk about the referees. (via AS)

Valdés: "I am very proud of my 400 games"

Víctor Valdés played his 400th game in a Barça shirt against Osasuna. In an interview with the Barça TV program, ‘El Marcador’, Valdés spoke about this record, and Barça, in the build up to the Champions League semi-final.

Víctor Valdés is not one of those players who are constantly obsessed with personal records, but few can boast of having played 400 games at the highest level, as the Barça goalkeeper has. Reaching this figure in the game against Osasuna, Valdés became the second goalkeeper in the history of Barcelona to have played most games, surpassed only by Zubizarreta.

In an interview in ‘El Marcador’ on Barça TV, Valdes couldn’t avoid speaking about the number of games: "It's an honour for me. I don’t pay much attention to these things, but it’s a pretty good figure, and I would like to thank all those who have been there for me. Without them I wouldn’t be enjoying this moment".

Valdes is only eleven games away from overtaking Zubizarreta and becoming the most capped goalkeeper for Barcelona. "It's an honour. First, because Zubizarreta has been an example for me since I got into the first team. As the seasons have gone by, he’s been very influential in my game, and my way of thinking. I've always said that what he did was fantastic. He was the first to win a European Cup and the first in many things. I’m lucky to have him by my side every day and if I can beat his record, so much the better".

The win against Osasuna has lifted the morale of the team, following the disappointment of their defeat in the Spanish Cup Final, and they’ll face up to the challenge of the semifinal of the Champions League with optimism. With the League Title almost decided, Valdes believes the team will go all out against Real Madrid: "We are a team with players who are winners and we want to repeat the triumphs with Barça. So, we just have to keep going, and go all out against Real Madrid".

Valdes hopes that Barça will be able to play their true game in Madrid, something which they’ve found difficult to do in the last 2 games, in the League and the Cup Final: "We know what can happen against Real Madrid. We must take what comes, and it may depend a lot on the referee whether we can play our game or not. But we’re not obsessed about these things. We have to do our thing and play the game that suits us. The key will be ball possession, and we have to pass, and pass, until we get a chance on goal". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Busquets: "The tie is 50-50"

Sergio Busquets sees the Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid very open. "It is 50-50 between the sides" he said.

The third clásico of four is coming up. "We know it’ll be yet another different story. It’ll be a tough game, just like the first two, and won’t only last 90 minutes. There’s the return leg" Sergio Busquets said at lunch-time on Sunday, at a press conference. Busquets sees the tie as a very close call, "it’s 50-50 and we don’t have a better chance just because it’s over two legs. It’ll be just as tough".

Barça right now will be missing 5 first team players (Abidal, Adriano, Bojan, Milito and Maxwell), almost a quarter of the first team squad, which doesn’t help when facing up to such a decisive game as Wednesday’s. Busquets, however, doesn’t want excuses: "The more players we play against, the stronger we are. We’ll have other variations and the manager, other options. Now, there are no excuses". In this regard, he said that right now "tiredness doesn’t matter".

Busquets pointed out that: "Madrid is the worst possible opponent we could play right now. We know each other well and we’ve had some really evenly matched games with them”. Given all this, he believes Barça have the formula to beat Madrid: The 2nd half of the game in Valencia is the reference to follow. "We have to play our football and stick to our philosophy. We must play like we did in the 2nd half in Valencia, where we deserved more.....we must improve if we want to win", he concluded. (via FCBarcelona.cat)