01 May 2011

Iniesta came back with the group


Although it was only for a good part of the session the player Fuentealbilla reunited with the group.

Players who started in Anoeta have carried out this Sunday morning a small workshop to recover the tone, perhaps the highlight of this session was the return of Andres Iniesta with the group, which has been much workout. Remember that was not seen working with the group disappeared from before the visit to the Bernabeu.

Another player who has appeared in the session was Carles Puyol, but worked on the sidelines of his companions as Bojan who did not participate with the group.

The train also participated ten players of Barça B: Sergi Roberto, Thiago, Miño, Oier, Víctor Vázquez, Tello, Saul, Oriol Romeu, Armando and Abraham.

Since the enactment of Pinto one of the gatekeepers of Barça B, or Oier or Pinto will be called with the first team. (via SPORT)


[Iniesta is part of the group action]


A day after the defeat in Anoeta, the FC Barcelona first team has returned to work at the Ciudad Deportiva. The big news of the meeting was Andrés Iniesta, who has begun to work with the group.

As usual, the day after a game, the starters have made ​​lighter work than the rest. This Sunday has also been, in a session that has been marked by the presence of Iniesta , who did not train with the group before the visit to the Bernabeu on Sunday and has been part of working with their peers .

Who has also been exercised, but outside the group and doing field work, was Carles Puyol , one of the players invited to the party in San Sebastian. On the other hand, Bojan also opened a window on the lawn. The Linyola continuing its recovery work.

The session was carried out with ball Champions and the thought put into the decisive event Tuesday at the Camp Nou against Madrid , has had a strong presence of players from Barça B, ten in total: Sergi Roberto , Thiago , Miño , Oier , Víctor Vázquez , Tello , Saul , Oriol Romeu , Armando and Abraham .

Remember that one of the two goalkeepers in the B - Oier or Miño -enter on the list for the Champions League match due to the enactment of Pinto , which may not be concocted for this meeting. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Milito out for a month and Montoya to undergo surgery


Tests carried out this morning have confirmed that Gaby Milito has a tear in his calf muscle and will be out for six weeks, whilst Montoya will be operated on this Monday and will be out for six weeks.

The B team defender who made his first team debut at Anoeta, suffered a broken collarbone and he will have an operation on Monday. He is expected to be out for six weeks.

The injuries to Milito and Montoya leaves Pep Guardiola with a further headache at the back, where Maxwell, Adriano and Abidal are already out and a total of four first team squad defenders are injured. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

De Bleeckere lead the Barcelona-Real Madrid


The Belgian Frank De Bleeckere will be responsible for leading the second leg of the semifinals of the Champions League between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid while the Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca Manchester United, Schalke 04.

Frank De Bleeckere was coleagiado who led the Barcelona-Inter Milan in the semifinal round of the Champions League last year where expelled Motta, why Jose Mourinho was unhappy with the referee. (via Marca.com)

Don't miss this great video which thanks Guardiola's team for all their effort

Don't miss this great video which thanks Guardiola's team for all their effort. (via FCBtwitter)

'Pep Team' adds another home league record


It is the first to score 45 goals away from home in a season. Messi, league top scorer, played last but did not score yesterday.

'Pep Team' is so wonderful that even reaches record when he gets to lose. Anoeta last night was to score against, but a new goal in the backpack. There was a much anyone, although not much. It was a very symbolic goal for being a bit of Thiago, another player with Elf Masia, and as the number 45 at home in the league. 45 goals away from home record in domestic competition. Do not remember anything like it. In Barcelona yesterday and added 89 goals in this league, figures that reflect an offensive team, daring, insatiable.

Messi is the best spokesperson for this Barcelona offensive because nobody is that player in the Barca game. Leo is the most interventionist Barca strikers. Only in the league has scored 31 goals. Yesterday I did not want to miss the meeting, but left empty-handed. Without three points and seeing goal, which in his case is a rarity. For a current player of yesterday had been a remarkable performance, where the reputation that precedes it plays tricks on you, because only resists compared Messi Messi. In Anoeta tried but was not seen door. That itself was fantastic and left flashes involuntary protagonist in the only goal of Barcelona. Poor control of 'La Pulga "became a goal requires assistance. The big winner was the very young Thiago, who yesterday scored again with a gesture very Brazilian, a delicate touch, a wonderful jelly.

With four days to finish the league with 45 goals away from home, Barcelona can keep improving another record at home. (via SPORT)

Sandro Rosell: "The fans should forget the provocation of Madrid"


The Blaugrana president, Sandro Rosell, also agreed set of Donosti: "Your lordship is fascinating," said.

The boat reached the semifinal round of the Champions League after losing in San Sebastian and even with the fresh memory of what happened in Madrid. Sandro Rosell, president of Barca, he would not miss the opportunity to call for calm ahead of the visit of targets in the Camp Nou.

"I appeal to our fans and partners, whether they like this board or not, to give an example of civility, to encourage our team and not the provocation that we have, that none, forget and win indifference, "said President Blaugrana, acknowledging that" I like the atmosphere that was created by the other party, but I will not talk about this issue. " Anyway, denied he had any intention of breaking with the Real Madrid: "After the first leg we have not had the opportunity to speak with anyone at Real Madrid, but we need not stop making the official lunch. One thing is quite another institution and the things that has made the institution or the people. "

Rosell also explained that the area occupied by the white technician, Jose Mourinho, not depending on the boat: "We will do send the UEFA and security officers," he said. Evidently, Rosell wanted to congratulate the Royal Society and did so with these words: "I congratulate them for what they did on the field but also off it because its chairman, its board and its fans have a fascinating manor" .

During the campaign, said that "there is a good result, but we have to keep fighting for the league, which is the most important competition we played because it shows consistency. I'm not disappointed. "

Nor forgot Montoya's injury: "It's the worst news today for the illusion that I had to play and how well he was doing. Has been unlucky, but I'm sure the Real player has not done so expressly. " (via SPORT)

Fontàs : "There are four points and no one gives"


The insole left something disappointed to allow to escape the occasion from sentencing the title liguero.

The staff, beyond what he had done for Real Madrid, San Sebastian left disappointed at losing the second game of the season.

Dani Alves had to go to replace Montoya and lived in the flesh the comeback of the Royal Society: "It's never good to lose, especially now that we had the match under control. We lost a wonderful opportunity to kill off the league, "said the Brazilian. The goalkeeper Pinto lived defeat from the goal: "The logic is that we have to fight to the end of the league and we have to do is focus on ourselves. A draw would have been as fair, but they have put a lot of intensity and have grown, "he said of the title, before considering" a great match on Tuesday. Come to rest and gather strength. "

Andreu Fontàs also talked about the fact of having "missed the chance to almost put an end almost and could not be." Banyoles defender does not believe that was the fault of the "relaxation, they have come up with a hair more intensity in the second half and we were tight." Fontàs just think that "we still need four points and by the end nobody is going to give anything away." About injuries on defense, said that "it seems that we gafados, we have very bad luck, I hope he can recover soon."

Jeffrén Smith returned to the starting lineup of the League for the second consecutive day, after doing well against Osasuna at home: "After my time not playing I found it, I'm enjoying it, I take the minutes and I give thanks to Mr.". On the conference said that "we had bad luck, the draw would have been fairer, but we leave with our heads held high and without the feeling of having the mother in the head, just think about ourselves," closed the canary. (via SPORT)

[Rating] Real Sociedad - FC Barcelona (2-1)

GLOBAL VALUATION 6; PINTO 5, MONTOYA unqualified, PIQUE 7, MILITO 5, FONTAS 7(MOM), XAVI 6, KEITA 6, THIAGO 6, AFELLAY 5, MESSI 6, JEFFREN 7, DANI ALVES 5, MASCHERANO 5, BUSQUETS unqualified. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Luis Enrique: "We had little reward"


Barça B coach believes that the defeat to Valladolid (2-1) has been a small prize to the efforts made by the team, adding that this is the way for further growth.

Luis Enrique is proud of the work and delivery of his players and believes "we have had little reward to a very fit Valladolid." The good play has led Barca coach is satisfied with the work of the team: "I have seen my team well, with lots of ambition and eager to play football in a field in which they are accustomed to seeing game category .

Barça B coach regrets that in the last minutes of the game escaped the draw: "Too bad that in the last minute we may have missed the individual candidates by a distraction, but that's football, a game of mistakes."
At the insistence of the Barca team in the opponents' goal and obtained clear chances in the match, Luis Enrique believes it has stood up to rival the Barca game itself. "We fought with our guns."

Thiago: "We have not gotten their due attention"


Thiago Alcantara, Barca scored the only goal in Anoeta, believes that in the second half the team has laid out, "which has enabled the Society to turn the result and take the three points tonight.

Despite having the satisfaction of having set a new goal for Barça, Thiago Alcantara finally knows its target has not been useless since the important thing was the three points. The Barcelona player recognizes that "the goal was a story because it was important to win."

Pep Guardiola has warned in recent press conferences that now the games are tough especially if you are against teams that are struggling not to drop to second. "We leave with a bad feeling. It has not been. We played against an opponent who is playing the decline," said Thiago. And in this the player has accepted the team in the second game, "has laid out. Do not go out with due care."


Fontàs:

"We knew it would be a tough game and eventually led them three points."

"These are complicated game in which rival the decline and perhaps play in the second half, we missed this point we've had in the first."

"I had never played left back. It was a new position for me. And I felt very comfortable."

"On Tuesday we have a very important game and we should face it with the highest expectations because Madrid will come to pick up."


Pinto:

"On the penalty. Do not know if it was penalty because I have not appreciated very well. It is true that I've been about to arrest him but ultimately could not be."

"Now it's get ready for Tuesday."

"A draw would have been as fair. But in football sometimes is not fair."

"They've put a lot of intensity and the goal has given them more moral." (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola: "In the second part we have not taken control of the ball"


Josep Guardiola acknowledges that his team's defeat on Saturday has been Anoeta has been due in large part to the fact of not having control of the ball throughout the second half.

The Barça has left the field defeated Real Sociedad despite being ahead in the scoring through a goal by Thiago on 29 minutes. But the Basque side has been able to trace the resumption with goals from Xabi Prieto and Ifrane. The Barcelona coach, after congratulating his opponent for the victory, pointed out that in the second half, Barca has lacked "a plus of control."

"In the second part we have lacked a control plus. We have not taken control of the ball. We need to take control, and we have not been resumed. Furthermore, we defended well in certain situations," has been added to Sanpedor in the same vein, just before pointing out that it does not consider that his men have committed to go ahead on the scoreboard.

Despite the setback, Barça is now just four points behind league title . "There are four points to be champions and we are going to find anywhere. The points we are missing to us we have to win us, that we have already spoken," said Guardiola with conviction.

Apart from the defeat, the party has had two bad news such as injuries Montoya and Milito . Guardiola deeply regretted both lesions, and has stressed that "we just" in this final stretch of the season. However, Barca coach is very clear that "we are who we are and we have the subsidiary", and recalled that "it is a feat to get where we did and now plays catch finish."

Already talking about the second leg semifinal of the Champions League next Tuesday at the Camp Nou against Real Madrid , Guardiola has appealed to fans to help the team more than ever: "We face a semifinal of Champions where everything is done. I have a feeling it will be a tough tie in every way, football and mood, and we need everyone's support, that people give us a hand. We must be strong in the field. " (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Milito suffers calf injury

Gaby Milito also suffered an injury, suffering a strain in his left calf muscle just as he scored a disallowed goal towards the end of the game. He will be given further tests when the squad are back in Barcelona on Sunday. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[La Liga -Liga BBVA - 34] Real Sociedad 2 - 1 FC Barcelona


FC Barcelona suffered their second defeat of the season in Donosti tonight, going down 2-1 to Real Sociedad, who came back from a first half goal by Thiago with two goals in the second half. The results tonight mean Barça need 4 more points to take title.

Seven and a half months –and 32 games- after their last defeat, Barça lost just their second game of the campaign in Anoeta this evening, as Real Sociedad beat them 2-1 and kept them from equalling their own record run of 32 unbeaten games held since the 1979/80 season.

Barça began well, with Thiago opening the scoring just before the half hour, but faded after the break, as they lost possession and control when Ifrán and Xabi Prieto turned the result around. After Madrid’s 2-3 defeat against Zaragoza, Barça now need 4 points to take the title.

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[Technical Data]

Real Sociedad: Bravo; Carlos Martínez, Demidov, Mikel González, Estrada; Rivas (Ifrán, min. 69), Markel Bergara (Elustondo, min. 89); Xabi Prieto, Aranburu, Griezmann y Tamudo (Zurutuza, min. 69).

FC Barcelona: Pinto; Montoya (Alves, min. 13), Piqué (Mascherano, min. 62), Milito (Sergio Busquets, min. 76), Fontàs; Xavi, Thiago, Keita; Jeffren, Messi y Afellay.

Goals: 0-1, min. 28. Assisted by Xavi and Messi plays Thiago, only in the area, raise the ball over Bravo. 1-1, min. 71. Demidov makes a dead ball in the area to beat advantage Ifrán Pinto. 2-1, min. 82. Xabi Prieto converted a penalty committed by Mascherano on Zurutuza.

Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (Cantabria). Showed yellow card to Tamudo and Estrada, on the part of the Real Sociedad already Mascherano, on the part of Barça.

Incidents: Good entry in Anoeta. 30,485 spectators in evening drizzle.

Madrid leaves La Liga

Zaragoza took advantage of the weaknesses of Madrid to achieve a victory that may be worth the stay. Casillas failed, Carvalho was sent off and claimed a penalty on Kaka.

Real Madrid start thinking and away from home is not anywhere. He has been away from the stadium where he offered his best face on their last two outings with the League. In the Bernabeu it costs more and more recognized and is moving in a dangerous uncertainty which does not do any good. This time it was a purely football, inability to generate game. Took the lead, dominated and had the ball, which he saw as the foreign element in other days. It became the center of his movements, but with little luck.

Like so many other afternoons, Madrid woke up when he saw all was lost, when the shy Zaragoza had taken a two-goal lead, excessive reward for their merits. Then reassembled the figure the Madrid-based pride, that recipe eternal, and the entry of three regular starters, Marcelo, Di Maria and Özil . Fed the miracle comeback, because he could not be anything but a miracle that Real won this time, but the Zaragoza only needed something as old as the backlash to send to the canvas with a stunning Madrid, which for most the meeting there was no where to catch. Went to rest without throwing into the net, a fact that reflects the thickness that was his game.

The excuse of the referee will be present, with the penalty of Lanzaro to Kaka not marked by Ayza Gámez when the result was still 1-2. An excuse would only serve to justify their own misery, when what we should do is try to find solutions to problems. Fighting against windmills is a losing battle.

Amidst all this confusion appeared Zaragoza for a booty that can be worth as much as a stay. He survived with a timid approach, with three central protecting Doblas , held in their field waiting to find an unexpected backlash or face the currency fell in action strategy. The Madrid did the rest. This time failed to Casillas , who provided the first goal of Lafita after kicking the air, and badly wrong Carvalho , committing a penalty on Lafita incomprehensible. In these errors Zaragoza Madrid found the way to a triumph in itself might never have been able to find.

Madrid took to the field without regard football, Xabi Alonso , and without the media regarding, Cristiano Ronaldo , and alignment with the abundance of unusual, so it should not be an excuse for anything. A week ago, the second unit swept to Valencia in a spectacular match.

No one can say that Madrid will not try or do not put interest, nothing further. Accustomed to beat so many times waiting, this time he lost when he went to look for his rival. Pepe , who repeated as a midfielder, channels , Barn and Kaka gave the team no slack than previously thought and Benzema and Higuain went to break unpublished. Almost like his defense, in which Nacho repeated on the left side. It appeared twice Zaragoza area of Casillas and a goalkeeper deflected the shot Uche very beginning and the second failure happened and Iker said. Lafita had no choice to make.

Real had another go in the second half, showed that ambition is asked at the Bernabeu. Soon they go out there Marcelo and Di María for Channels and Nacho , knowing Mourinho that with what was on the lawn was not enough team to overcome. But that uphill was further increased with the awkwardness of Carvalho and that penalty on Lafita . The Portuguese arrived late, poorly measured and knocked the zaragocista. Gabi became the launch. Carvalho completed his poor little late to the end, when he saw his second yellow. He will not play the next day against Sevilla, which is not Di Maria, who turns penalty card accumulation.

The entry in the absence of half an hour of Özil by Barn completed to improve the face of Madrid, which soon excited about the goal of Ramos, who scored with a header, only the penalty spot, to seize a shipment from the corner of German.

Then came the penalty is not specified in Lanzaro to Kaka and a shot of Benzema the bar, two decisive actions that marked the definitive course of a game that decided Lafita , to beat Casillas after a perfect counterattack. The subsequent goal from Benzema did nothing to complete the miracle I was waiting for Madrid, which after this defeat and no miracles will serve to prevent the Barcelona win the league. (via AS)

Montoya out between 4 and 6 weeks


Martín Montoya suffered a dislocated left shoulder and a fractured collarbone as a result of his fall following a clash with Raul Tamudo after 10 minutes in tonight’s game. He will be out for between 4 and 6 weeks.

Martín Montoya’s debut ended with a really unlucky injury, as he was carried off after just 10 minutes, following a tackle from behind by Raul Tamudo which saw him fall awkwardly.

Montoya was quickly replaced by Dani Alves and Club doctors examined him at the ground, concluding he had a dislocated left shoulder and a fractured collarbone and will now be out for between 4 and 6 weeks. (via FCBarcelona.cat)