26 April 2011

The reliability of Montoya and Sergi Roberto


The lateral Martin Montoya and interior Sergi Roberto has shown in his two seasons at Barca B a regular and reliable performance makes them a real alternative to meet the needs of the first team.

The call for Montoya and Sergi Roberto, added to the font and Thiago for a semifinal of the Champions League is the penultimate example of the confidence of Guardiola and his staff in the home-grown players.


Are formed as people in La Masia, grow as players in the Sports City, the Miniestadi polished and so are more than ready to make the jump to the first team at any time.

This logic gives Barca's youth system invaluable. And Guardiola knows that if the injury or sanctions fewer resources first team may use a subsidiary, in addition, this season is well grounded to the second A.


Montoya Martín Torralba is a 20-year right side capable of adapting to the left. Powerful and fast, the defense known for organizing large coverage and act as a major correction when the counter-cutting rivals.

When the attacking team, Montoya is a great resource for their hospitalized and focused, but when defending the pass few extremes as the Viladecans not only a fast and aggressive defense but you great placement.

In the Club since he was Benjamin B, 'Monti' has played many seasons with the 3-4-3, a scheme that forced the sides to multiply on the defensive.

Guardiola made her debut in the field of Mallorca this season, replacing Adriano. Montoya sum and two seasons with Barcelona B.


Sergi Roberto Carnicer is a fielder from an alternative profile to the flying classico of touch 'made in' La Masia. The Reus, 19, is not limited to play and create, but also leads and get to the area highlighted by a loud bang and a notable passing game.

Also suitable in the work of destruction, Roberto is right but has great control with the left. Sergi live the second season with the reserves and you will become accustomed to act in a defensive midfielder. From their arrival to Barça coming from Nàstic of Tarragona, Sergi Roberto has not stopped to grow and of the Cadete B passed the Cadete A, Juvenile B and TO and Barça B. This season, his first team debut in the Copa del Rey against Ceuta. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

"Guardiola rightly criticizes the referee, the unseen"

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho framed Pep Guardiola in what he considers a new group of coaches, who complains of right decisions: "More important than the appointment of the referee and the pressure they have done so not Proença, most importantly, begin a new cycle. Until now we had a very small group of coaches who do not speak of the referees, very small. And then a group critical of the referees has errors, which I am. With Pep statements, we entered a new era, a new group that is only him rightly criticize the referee. I've never seen. It is the third group. Criticises the success of the referee. He was used to Stamford Bridge and now not happy with the success of the referees. "

Thus began his press conference on Real Madrid's Portuguese coach, who then wished luck to the referee Wolfgang Stark and returned to target Guardiola: "I do not want that mistake in our favor, but both teams after the game we're happy. Although Pep is not possible because for him to be happy, the referee must be wrong, "he reiterated. (via AS)

[Ex player] Ronaldo: "This Barça is the best in the last fifteen years"


The former player of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid Ronaldo believes that Pep Guardiola is the best Blaugrana in the last fifteen years.

Ronaldo was part of a big team of FC Barcelona. However, the 'Phenomenon' believes that the group led by Pep Guardiola is the best Barça for the last fifteen years and believes there is "much better" than Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho. "It is nice to see. It has 80 percent of the ball and the opponent does not mark because it does not arrive or because they steal the ball. It is best to withdraw and wait," said the Brazilian 'Sportv'.

Despite the superiority Catalan expected Ronaldo also found in the semifinals of the Champions League, "My feeling is that the first match win Madrid. Barça for me is the best in the last fifteen years. The players are fantastic and can play both with the ball as without it. shall set out in the second game, even a clásico can not predict anything. " (via SPORT)

Zubizarreta: "We will do what we know"


The sporting director of FC Barcelona, ​​Andoni Zubizarreta, looked at the Airport of El Prat the first semifinal of the Champions League that the Blaugrana will play on Wednesday against Real just before take off for Madrid.

"I guess that mark at the Bernabeu is key, but both teams know us as the two previous matches there has been little difference, and the match and the tie may be decided with any details. We always go out to the field with the aim of attack and to score, and tomorrow will be no exception, we will do what we know, "Zubizarreta said, do not expect too many surprises.

The Blaugrana rather not talk about favorites: "When they play Madrid and Barca this word is unimportant. The tie will start 0-0, and in a Champions League semis never play favorites, or even in which they play Manchester and Schalke."

"Real Madrid and Barcelona have such good players that something will appear, you can always have a single action or strategy ... football has a greater capacity than other sports arranged on new things, but none of the teams have to explain players who are rivals, "he said.

In relation to the appointment of Wolfgang Stark college for the match at the Bernabeu, 'Zubi' said he was not worried: "It's another element, but we will analyze under the microscope again after the game and everyone just seeing what you want both his favor and against. But I do not care what is in our hands. "

Injuries concern themselves sporting director: "I wish we had all good, but the fact is that there are problems at left back. That Puyol is very important from a sporting point of view but also mood, is the captain, but the rest template is ready to compete if necessary. "

Finally, Zubizarreta said he knows no moral thermometers. "The team is good, we know and feel we are well placed in the league, in a unique position with 8 points advantage they give us peace, the King's Cup is over and is liquidated, and the Champions is played from tomorrow this is racing ahead and depends on two games, 180 minutes or maybe a few more, and with that we have to play, "he said. (via SPORT)

Pep’s good record in two-leg ties


Since 2008, Barça have won 17 of the 19 ties played over 2 legs in the Champions League and the Spanish Cup, as well as winning the two Spanish Super Cups they’ve played in.

Pep Guardiola’s effectiveness in 2-leg ties began in the 2008-09 season, his first as Barça 1st Team Manager. In Europe, Barça knocked out Wisla Krakow (qualifying round)), Olympique Lyon, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, the latter two with the 2nd leg at home, and in the Spanish Cup they knocked out Benidorm, Athletico Madrid, Espanyol, and Mallorca. In both competitions Barça won the trophies.

In the following year, season 2009/10, Barça suffered their only two defeats in the Guardiola era, in 2-leg ties. The first was in the Spanish Cup where, after knocking out Cultural Leonesa, they succumbed to Sevilla in the last 16. In the Champions they had beaten Stuttgart and Arsenal before Inter Milan beat them in the semi-final.

In the current season Barça have once again been infallible in 2-game ties. In the Spanish Cup they won them all (Ceuta, Athletic Bilbao, Betis, and Almeria) and in the Champions League they defeated Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk. Madrid is the last hurdle to overcome before the final at Wembley.

The Spanish Super Cup is a title that is played over two legs and Barça have won the last two trophies, for which they qualified as League Champions the season before. Athletic Club Bilbao and Sevilla were their victims. Overall, the team managed by Pep Guardiola have won 19 of the last 21 ties played over 2 legs. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Team flies to Madrid


First team now travels to Madrid, where on Wednesday against Real Madrid played the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League. Is expected to land at Barajas air around one o'clock.

Ten days after traveling to Madrid to play the 32 th day of the season, FC Barcelona to catch a plane back to the airport of Barajas. Now, however, is the Champions League which takes over the clásico league and Copa del Rey and takes the lead. It is open on Wednesday the Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu, and will close on Tuesday at the Nou Camp when it is known which of the two teams is the ticket for the final Wembley.

The 20-man squad for the match in Madrid have come this morning, at 11 am, the stadium to the airport of El Prat, where at 12 o'clock flight has left the issue Barca. An expedition led by FC Barcelona sports vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, which were also the vice president of Institutional Area, Carles Vilarrubí, and managers Toni Freixa, Jordi Moix, Javier Bordas, Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca. He has also traveled the professional football team manager, Andoni Zubizarreta, who has met the media before flying.

The president Sandro Rosell, who is already in Madrid, also will miss the semifinals of Europe's top competition. Just as other members of the Board, which are scheduled to travel Wednesday.

Upon arrival of Pep Guardiola's team will move to the team hotel, where he remained until evening, when the players go to the Bernabeu for training. Earlier, to 18.30 appear before the press Javier Mascherano. At 19 hours the club shall be exercised in the stage of the game. And once the session will turn to Guardiola, who will address the media. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Selection Under-16] Announcement of those selected for training days

Technicians of the Royal Spanish Football Federation have established the list of players who are summoned for a meeting of work will take place at Soccer City of Las Rozas in the next 2 to 4 May. (via RFEF)

A proposal for the national team, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has called for training of the reference to the following players:

ATHLETIC CLUB: Iker Undabarrena Martínez y Aitor Seguin Cid.

CLUB ATLÉTICO DE MADRID SAD: Borja Martínez Sánchez, Iván Calero Ruiz y Alejandro Gómez Martín.

FC BARCELONA: Pol Balleste López, Hector Bellerin Moruno, Alejandro Grimaldo García, Pol García Tena, Jon Miquel Toral Harper, Sergi Samper Montaña y Sandro Ramírez Castillo.

CF CRACKS: Rodrigo Tarin Higon.

RCD ESPANYOL DE BARCELONA SAD: Rubén Duarte Sánchez.

REAL SPORTING DE GIJON SAD: Alejandro Serrano García.

REAL MADRID CF: Javier Muñoz Jiménez, Iván Sáez Jiménez, Marcos J. Legaz Paleo y Sergio J. Rodríguez Domínguez.

RC DEPORTIVO DE LA CORUÑA SAD: David Iglesias Lago.

MÁLAGA CF SAD: Víctor J. Ruiz Ramos y Samuel Castillejos Azuaga.

VALENCIA CF SAD: Salvador Ruiz Rodríguez.

REAL ZARAGOZA SAD: Álvaro Alcaine Lázaro.

[Former player] Ronaldinho has a bone edema


Brazilian striker Ronaldinho has a bone edema in the knee, but doctors ruled out a possible Flamengo and ordered surgical therapy treatments for the injury, the club.

"He has a bone edema, but there is no indication for surgery. The player is in treatment, to physical therapy and we expect this week to see if it will fit to play next Sunday," he told the club website team doctor Jose Luiz Runco.

Ronaldinho hit his knee last week in one of the workouts and missed Sunday's classic against Fluminense, for the semifinal of the Copa Rio, as it is called the Carioca Championship second round, played in the state of Rio Janeiro.

Flamengo, who drew 1-1 in regulation and won in kicks from the penalty spot to Flamengo, are measured in next Sunday's final against Basque da Gama.

The former Barcelona and AC Milan today underwent an MRI on his left knee, which found bone inflammation.

After the test, Ronaldinho was optimistic a speedy recovery.

"I'm better. Little by little I'm getting better," he told reporters the player quickly.

However, Ronaldinho did not travel with the squad to the northeastern state of Ceará, where on Wednesday the Flamengo played a match for the second round of the Brazilian Cup against lowly namesake city skyline.

According to local media, in the plans of coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, the place of Ronaldinho Gaucho will be replaced by Dario Bottinelli, who entered the second half of the classic against Fluminense and played an outstanding performance. (via SPORT)

36 hours in hostile land


Barca change of hotel in Madrid at the Bernabeu will be trained to make contact with the grass before the big match tomorrow.

A Pep Guardiola has been phenomenal since it introduced a major new logistics of Spanish football, traveling to the destination city on the day of the party. But the UEFA requires coaches to give a press conference prior to any Champions League match, so that the club will travel to Madrid today.

Interestingly, in the League game on April 16, the Blaugrana went on the Saturday, eleven hours before the game, along the lines in the league. Barca coach probably would have preferred to travel to Madrid tomorrow, being the closest European travel, but the UEFA regulations are inflexible.

But this time, Guardiola has decided to change a routine: first, the team hotel, will not be the same as ten days ago. AC Monte Real, Barca will stay at the Eurostars Madrid Towers, Paseo de la Castellana, close to Plaza de Castilla. Will the Blaugrana headquarters during his stay in Madrid.

In total, the Catalans will be just over 36 hours in Madrid, because the return flight from Barajas, once the match is scheduled for half past twelve, arriving in El Prat around 1.30 in am.

The team is quoted today in the Camp Nou at 11 am and the flight to Madrid, the BV-8856 charter, is scheduled to leave at noon.

The Liturgy of the previous press conference, a practice that is gaining more importance in the war of words between the teams and their coaches, will undergo a change: usually, Pep appear before the media with a player or immediately after the player in turn answer the questions. Today, however, will be speaking after the training that the club held at the Bernabeu.

Be the first time that Pep is exercised in Chamartin (the club has won two league games and tied another under the technical direction of Santpedor) in a working session will be especially important to make contact with a lawn in the league match has already generated much controversy.

Barca took the dressing room with resignation the fact of having to play on a grass too high (five millimeters more than usual at the Camp Nou). Dani Alves even joked about it to ensure that the Barcelona players have to take a "shower" to improve the grass at the Bernabeu.

In his penultimate European appearance in the first leg of the quarterfinals against Shakhtar Donetsk, Guardiola also planned to speak to reporters after practice, but decided to change plans last minute and respond to the media just before the session.

Prior to 18.30, a player will serve the media in the press room at the Bernabeu.

After training, the team will return to your hotel for dinner and live by the television match between Schalke 04 and Manchester United, the other semifinal of the Champions, where will the finalist who will face Barcelona or Madrid London, May 28.

Tomorrow, the day of the game, the club has no plans to leave the hotel until midafternoon, when their bus will move, Paseo de la Castellana down at the Bernabeu, a distance of few minutes. There is no trip planned mid-morning, contrary to what happened in Donetsk in the Champions League last shift, and similar trips to Europe and is something the coaching staff usually decides on the night before the game, and in the hotel. In the afternoon, the team had lunch in the hotel and hear the latest tactics Guardiola instructions before leaving the stadium with the starting lineup already decided and known by the players. The technician must perform two releases, and that the club travels to Madrid with 20 players.

Barca will be at the Bernabeu at 19.30, as the UEFA requires equipment already in the field where the match will be played 75 minutes before kick off. (via SPORT)

UEFA listens Pep and a German will arbitrate


The agency announced yesterday that not a beep Stark and Portuguese.

UEFA announced yesterday that the Madrid-Barcelona at the Bernabeu tomorrow will be directed by German Wolfgang Stark. The clubs involved were given an official fax from the agency at 08:00 hours. The website of AS was first reported at 10:54. In the end, not the Portuguese Proença the referee, which removed Guardiola complaints last Saturday: "Mourinho should be very happy to have a Portuguese."

Sources of the Portuguese Federation Proença assured that AS was nominated for directing one of the semi-final matches (unspecified, one-way). They point out that almost certainly will be the Manchester-Schalke (the back). However, in the UEFA maintain secrecy as to whether there was a change of plans after complaints from Guardiola. AS spoke yesterday with Pedro Proença: "I can not comment. I have not ever known anything. Nor do I know if it will direct some of the back." Expulsions Mourinho? That was long ago ...". The fact is that no one knows, but it seems that the complaints of Guardiola took effect as reported by Radio Renascença (Portugal). Last week news broke that Proença chair one of the first leg, a fact that confirmed the director of the Federation (in Lisbon) Vital Dias: "We are proud," he said. Could only lead to Madrid, as Velasco Carballo was (and is) designed for Schalke, Manchester today.

The truth is that UEFA has opted for the German Stark. The bank employee has 42 years international experience, but began to gain prominence after the withdrawal of Markus Merk. Still, his reputation in Germany is uncertain. Kicker surveyed 286 players in the Bundesliga and the majority voted to Stark as the worst referee in the first half of this season (followed by Rafati). The highest rated was Meyer (also international, although they obviate the UEFA).

Stark has conducted 95 international matches with an average of 3.74 and 0.22 yellow red per game. Averaging 0.17 penalties. But beyond the data, there are strange stories of his career, as when in 2001 he went to the J. League to arbitrate for four months. He also coached Sevilla (which was removed) with the Braga and Villarreal at Manchester in 2008-09.

Balance. At Madrid he has made ​​six matches, three wins (against Marseille, Rosenborg and Juventus), a tie (in the second round against Lyon in this issue) and two losses (against Lyon and Juventus). Barca blew it five: one win, three draws and one defeat. Last season he led the Barça-Arsenal (4-1) quarterfinal. Messi scored four goals and fell in love with him (see next page). In the 08-09 whistled Barca-Chelsea (first leg of semifinals, 0-0, the return was resolved with the famous goal by Iniesta and the scandalous arbitration Obrevo). Also refereed (this season), the Lyon-Barcelona (1-1) round first leg. And more distant in time, the Celtic-Barça (1-0) of 03-04, in which Motta and Saviola drove by the club and for Celtic Douglas.

The Inter Mourinho also passed him on the knockout round of last season. Inter won 0-1 at Chelsea and the English claimed two penalties, one clear of Drogba Motta. Drogba was then expelled. (via AS)

Iniesta and Xavi will assume the leadership to maintain the style


The two "small" are the key that can open the white team's defense closed.

Now is the moment of truth is in these moments when the club needs the best version of its best players. All lines shall pay one hundred percent at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the style blaugrana born, especially the boots of two of his men, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. Much depends on them that Pep Guardiola set to impose its stamp on Madrid. In both clásicos played so far have done at times: for several sections of the league and in the second half of the final in Valencia. He has failed to exercise dominion continuity seen in the recent clashes between the two. The 'little do you have the key that can open the white team's defense. Iniesta and Xavi should get used to practicing in a crowded midfield, the same that have been faced in the two clásicos that preceding the great event of the Champions League. The two parties have the machinery used to grow and creates Madrid is, without concessions, which are better than Barca. Has reversed the situation and reach the European semifinals with feelings similar to those reached in the past, when the Catalans took the colors in Madrid (2-6) or at the Camp Nou (5-0). Fatigue, at this point, and as Pep Guardiola warns, is no longer any excuse if what you want is a coup of authority and stand in the final at Wembley. The key for Barca showdown emerges victorious twice at her great rival is in the middle. And that, even Mourinho trivote to place, there is nobody better than Xavi and Iniesta. Associated Busquets Messi behind and ahead, have shown what they are trained for the big occasion, which grow when the time comes that you can not fail. In fact, the Cup final could fall on either side and in the league match Barca dominated and only non-existent penalty to Marcelo Alves gave birth to a Real Madrid that he was dead. So much that held the 1-1 like it was a triumph. No sign in the Champions League. (via SPORT)

The Barca fans will not only in Madrid


A total of 2,441 members are responsible for pushing the team towards a successful outcome at the Bernabeu.

FC Barcelona ticket offices yesterday began to distribute tickets for tomorrow's match at the Bernabeu. The lucky members will have until today at 15 h, to collect tickets at the Nou Camp access 14.

In total, the Catalan club has been able to distribute 2,441 tickets for the Bernabeu, it will be a lesser amount available to the Madrid for the second leg at the Nou Camp, as the Catalan stadium has more capacity.

Thus, the Barca fans will not only team in hostile territory, to push the players toward a positive outcome for the round. The club's travel agency has organized several options for fans to choose the means of transport that best suits your needs. The winners with the entry may choose to organize the movement on your own or join one of the four options proposed by the club. The first one is to travel in the plane of the first team one day before the game, that is, today and return just the end of the first leg of the tie.

The second option is to travel to Madrid the same day of the match and return upon completion of the meeting or the next day.

Another alternative is to travel by bus, at a price of 40 euros, traveling on the same day and returning to Barcelona in the early morning. While the last option is the TGV, with a price of 150 euros. (via SPORT)

Puyol and I Militate they enter in the list of 20


The defenses Carles Puyol and Gaby Militate they have entered in the convocation to travel to Madrid, where on Wednesday Barça will dispute the going of the semifinals of Champions.

With Maxwell's drop that has not recovered of the pubalgia, the technical body has summoned the 17 players of the available first team, among them Puyol and I Militate, for the going of the semis of the League of Champions in Bernabéu. They have been added to the list the youths of B Thiago, Montoya and Sergi Roberto.

They stay outside of the convocation injured Abidal, Bojan, Adriano and Maxwell.

The team has trained this Monday in the afternoon to door closed in Camp Nou. The session has started up with a technical chat of about thirty minutes inside the wardrobe. Carles Puyol and Gaby Militate they have worked with the group that was completed by the players of filial Thiago, Rafa Alcántara, Flat, Montoya, Muniesa and Benja. Andrés Iniesta has made specific work to the margin.

This way, the absences in the training have been the four injured (Maxwell has made treatment). (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Week with clásico and it visits Anoeta


Next days in key azulgrana they come marked by the third bereavement between Madrid and Barça, in Champions, and for the displacement to the field of the Real Sociedad in League, the weekend.

The team will move this Tuesday in the morning toward Madrid for the dispute of the going of the semifinals of Champions. At the 11 hours it will come out of Camp Nou and at the 12 hours it will fly from the airport of EL Prat to Madrid.

In the afternoon team will have the first contact with Santiago Bernabéu in the previous training to the encounter (19 hours). Before the session a footballer will appear before the means and, after the exercises, she will make it the trainer Pep Guardiola.

On Wednesday, the great party The Madrid-Barça, the third classic in ten days, on Wednesday it will be played starting from the 20.45 hours (TV3 and R@dio Barça). Next, on Thursday and on Friday, the combined azulgrana will renew the trainings in the Ciudad Deportiva to prepare the following commitment that will be in Anoeta.

Those of Guardiola will travel on Saturday to face the Real Sociedad in the afternoon (20 hours), in the 34 day of League. For lack of fifteen points, the leader leads in eight points a second. The week barcelonista will conclude with a training on Sunday in the morning. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Iniesta seeks strength from where there is none


Andrés Iniesta feels the team is able to get a good result from their trip to the Bernabéu on Wednesday, which should move them that much closer to the Champions League final at Wembley.

niesta considers that under Guardiola, Barcelona have done more than enough to show that they have good reason to feel optimistic about continuing their European campaign, and also commented that at the start of the season “we would all have settled for being where we are in the league, being in the Champions League semi finals and playing the Copa del Rey final”.

And he insists that this is not the moment to dwell on the sorrow of what happened in the Copa del Rey final or the latest injury problems. “We have to press on with what we’ve got … we have to find strength where there is none … the players are fine, and we are focused on what we have ahead of us. And what we have ahead of us is something very nice indeed to focus on”.

As for Wednesday’s game plan, Iniesta said “we know how to do things right and know how to counter the good things about Madrid … we have to be solid at the back and have to attack well in order to win the game and score goals.” Naturally, the main objective is to get a good result to boost their chances in the return leg at the Camp Nou.

“It will be tough and difficult”, admitted the midfielder. “But we have a positive attitude and are very excited to know that we have come so close to playing in another final”.

Iniesta scored the winner two years ago against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to put his team in the Champions League final in Rome. But scoring another crucial goal is not his priority right now. “It would be a dream to play at Wembley. I don’t mind if I don’t score, or if I don’t even play, as long as we get to that final”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

100 of 139 goals carry La Masia seal


Messi’s goal against Osasuna was the one hundredth of the season for products of Barcelona’s own youth system.

100 of the 139 official goals converted by FC Barcelona this season have been scored by players that were produced at the club itself. That’s 72%. Of the other 39 goals, 37 have been scored by players brought in from elsewhere, and there have also been two own goals.

The Masia graduate who has scored the most goals is Leo Messi, who has scored half of them, with an incredible total of 50, the Argentinian’s best seasonal record yet. He is followed by Pedro (20), Iniesta (8), Bojan (6), Xavi (5), Piqué (3), Sergio Busquets (1), Puyol (1) and Jeffren (1). There have also been goals scored by players that are actually on the Barça B roster: Thiago (2), Nolito (1), Víctor Vázquez (1) and Fontàs (1- although he has since been promoted to the first team).

As for the first team players that were not produced by the club’s youth system, the top scorer is David Villa. ‘El Guaje’ has scored 22 times, in La Liga (18), the Champions League (3) and the Copa del Rey (4). The other ‘outsiders’ have been Keita (5), Alves (4), Maxwell (1), Milito (1), Abidal (1), Adriano (1), Afellay (1) and Ibrahimovic (1).

In total, 22 different players have scored for Barça in 2010/11. The only outfield player who has not been on target this season is Javier Mascherano. (via FCBarcelona.cat)