09 August 2011

Pochettino leaves out Osvaldo for the final of the Copa Catalunya

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, RCD Espanyol striker has been left out of the squad coach Mauricio Pochettino-white for the final of the Copa Catalunya, which will be held at 21:45 hours against Barcelona in the Nou Stadium in Tarragona.

The coach has left out the 'Killer' for technical reasons for the final of the Copa Catalunya, as they do not suffer any physical discomfort. In the same way are also called midfielders Javi Baena Raul Marquez and left-back and Didac Vilà. Forlín dragging a sprained lateral collateral ligament in his right ankle and exercise outside. The news regarding the convening of the semi-final yesterday against Nastic de Tarragona, are team players Hector, midfielder, Albarran, right side, Victor Alvarez , left lateral canal central. Pirulo striker, ruled yesterday, is again present in the list of Pochettino. The intention of the Spanish-Argentine technician is to present a competitive team in the final but also assessed to rest some players. On Friday August 12 Espanyol faces the Sabadell and Monday 15 to Zaragoza. The parrots start the league next Saturday against Granada at 18.00. (via SPORT)

Barça will play four games in eight days

Barca begin the 2011-12 season at a rate of vertigo. Between Super, Gamper League and played four games in just eight days.

August is a month full of commitments for the new club. After Spain played Super 14 and August 17 against arch-rivals Real Madrid of Mourinho again, Pep Guardiola box will start the league championship game against Malaga on Sunday 21 in the Rose Garden.

They start the week that Crazy Barca played a whopping four games in just eight days. After testing the size of the petro-Málaga on Sunday the club will play the Super Cup at the Stade Louis II in Monaco with the brand new champion Porto Champions League final. The game will be Friday August 26 which will force delay league debut at the Camp Nou against Villarreal to Monday August 29 to 21 hours.

To end the week, the champions will take on Naples in the Camp Nou in the traditional Joan Gamper Trophy this year will be at 20:30. Four games in eight days, all against rival organization, the start of a season that promises to be very demanding for the men who directed Pep Guardiola. (via SPORT)

[Selection Under-20] Sergi Roberto: "Here there is not neither regular neither substitutes"

The player of FC Barcelona and the Spanish under-20 Sergi Roberto said Tuesday in the dispute prior to the second round of the World Cup against South Korea,''in the''very red "there is not headlines or alternates "and stressed that everyone is" to add and to help the team. "

"Against Australia, people said playing substitutes and the team showed what football could do. He has said the coach, and indeed, here and there are no headlines or alternates. Some players will have more minutes than others, but we are all to add and to help the team, "said Sergi Roberto told the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

The next meeting will play the Spanish team will be against South Korea in the second round, which does not lead to error and that a defeat would end the adventure in the World Colombia.

"This is a World Cup. We know that this match is very important if you're going to miss home. Is a final for us, as we have to win to be in the quarterfinals," said internationally.

"We have a good group and we have gone from less to more. In the first game may cost us a little lift our game, but in the past we did a very good first half and the team I think will continue to grow," said Catalan, showing the progression that has taken the Spanish team in leading the tournament.

In addition, Sergi Roberto said the South Korean team is "very disciplined and very fast," and said that "certain" that they make things "very difficult".

You talking about the personal level, Reus analyzed his performance in this World Cup. "These parties have twice been the owner and I scored a goal. I feel great, but the important thing is the team and we win in Korea," he said.

Sergi Roberto already had experience at World Cup U-17 tournament in Nigeria in 2009, and also wanted to remember. "We eliminated Nigeria in the semifinals. And the truth is that it is a nuisance than a final step you left out, and having to play for third place," recalled the midfielder, who added that he hopes this time team "to reach the final and win," he said.

Finally, Sergi Roberto spoke about the good mood in the Spanish U-20 and told a story that occurred with Julen Lopetegui. "The coach got into the rondo with the players we have given thirty touches without stealing the ball, did not want to cross the bridge we make to colleagues, and we have blankets. The atmosphere within the team is very good, both within and off the pitch, and it shows in everything, "he said Catalan. (via AS)

Calvet enters for Dalmau in the convocation for the final of the Copa Catalunya

Pol Calvet has entered the call replaces Albert Dalmau.

FC Barcelona will play against Espanyol in the final of the Copa de Catalunya in Tarragona (21:45 hours), but as occurred last night in the semifinal game against Girona (2-1) the club moves to a combination of Barca B the juvenile lead Eusebio Sacristan. The only change in the Barca squad for the final entry of Pol Calvet by Albert Dalmau.

This is the full list of squad for the match: Olazábal, Ruben Miño, Balliu, Sergi Gómez, Rosell, Ayala, Carmona, Deulofeu, Dos Santos, Saúl, Rafinha, Cuenca, Pol Calvet, Espinosa, Grimaldo, Armando, Lobato, Gustavo, Dongou y Riverola. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Keirrison: "I belong to Barça and I want to win holding here, not in any other club"

Pending the club will communicate its decision, Brazil is willing to continue to grow from the branch.

promise of the Brazilian soccer for the one that Barça paid 14 million euros in the summer of 2009 was and that he/she has not still had the opportunity to demonstrate its qualities dressed with the T-shirt blaugrana. When he signed, was introduced, but quickly transferred to Benfica, where he had just minutes. Later, the club was included in a new assignment, Fiorentina, with identical results. Now, after several months in the Brazilian Santos, also on loan Keirrison de Souza (December 3, 1988) returns to Barcelona with the intention that it be final. Ask for a job opportunity and promises to prove that the Catalans club was not wrong when signing him. And he wants to start small, making its way into the club without giving up the dream B first team.

What about his return to Barça?

Well, glad to be back here. The reception has been spectacular, I felt very well with both Eusebius and with peers. Barca Sports City is great for work, barely had the opportunity to train here.

What prospects for the club again?

I belong to Barcelona and want to stay here. That's my goal, my intention: to fight to earn a place and prove that I can be in the club, although I have to hear from the club because the final decision rests with the technicians.

What if Barca raises another assignment or a possible move, which could be permanent?

We'll see what the club tells us. Is up to the club, that's clear. But I came from Brazil to Barça. I want to play here, continue to grow here, hope to earn a place in the first team.

It is a jump complicated at this time.

I know it's difficult but not impossible. Everything happens for work and effort. I want to win titles at the club, not on any other team.

The Barca fan has barely see him in action since he joined in summer 2009. How would you describe?

It is difficult to talk about yourself, but if I had to say something talk about the goal. It's my specialty. Always seek the goal, in that sense I am a new What `pure. I've always played in that position, ever mindful of the goal.

The centreforward of the subsidiary during the last season was Jonathan Soriano. He finished top scorer with 32 goals. Is it a good reference for you?

Yes, no doubt. Barca's style does not belong only to the first team, also the B Is very offensive plays, and hopefully that will benefit me. It is a very technical aspects both individually and in groups. In that sense, the club is very complete: this all works very intense, the facilities are perfect and the level of play, very high.

Do you notice many differences between Brazilian and European football? Do acknowledge?

Not too many. Brazilian football is experiencing a great time with very technical players. Perhaps the teams in Europe more competitive and at times the parties have more speed in certain actions or movement of the ball, but that does not have to be a problem.

Do you think it will adapt well to the Second Division?

Why not? It is a demanding tournament, with teams playing very good football, with matches televised. I think it's a good way to return to Barça. I have really wanted to start playing, you have to enjoy stability and continuity.

First of all, for stability.

Yes, because after so many assignments you need continuity. In Benfica did not have much luck, there were many strikers. The Fiorentina striker Gilardino center was, and now the Saints, collectively, all went well, but personally I did not have many minutes. (via SPORT)

Fontàs is added to the group

The Banyoles has been trained on Tuesday morning with five colleagues who they did on Monday afternoon, Messi, Mascherano, Alexis, Keita and Adriano.

Andreu Fontàs has been novelty in training on Tuesday at 9 o'clock in the morning. The defender has participated for the first time since returning from the tour and has done next to Messi, Mascherano, Adriano, Alexis and Keita, the five who were already in field number 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva on Monday afternoon.

As happened in training on Monday afternoon, in addition to the six first team players, two players from Barça B, Martín Montoya and Jordi Masip, have joined the session.

Before you start exercising, all players have a heart monitors. The training started with a warming and stretching, and then continued with a few rounds, which was added Guardiola, who has been active. Masip, meanwhile, remained outside the group working with Juan Carlos Unzue.

Carles Puyol has also trodden on Tuesday turf field number 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva. La Pobla has continued with their recovery process training next to Juanjo Brau. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The league debut at the Camp Nou on Monday

The match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal will be held on Monday August 29 at the Camp Nou to 21 hours.

FC Barcelona will make its debut in La Liga at the Camp Nou in the second round, against Villarreal on August 29 to 21 hours. The match has been postponed to Monday due to the involvement of FC Barcelona in the European Super Cup on 26 August.

Before the club will be played on August 21 against Malaga in the Rose Garden at 20 hours and the next day played the Joan Gamper Trophy against Napoli at 20:30. (via SPORT)

[Hours the first week of the season]
Saturday, August 20
Espanyol-Granada 18.00
Levante-Zaragoza 18.00
Villarreal-Sporting 20.00
Osasuna-Valencia 22.00

Sunday, August 21
Rayo Vallecano-Mallorca 12.00
Racing-Getafe 16.00
18.00 Real Madrid-Athletic Club
Malaga-Barcelona 20.00
22.00 Betis-Sevilla

Monday, August 22
21.00-Real Sociedad Atletico Madrid

[Week 1 Second Division]
Friday, August 19
Villarreal B-Hercules 21.00

Saturday, August 20
Valladolid-Alcoyano 16.00
Huesca-Barcelona B 18.00
Numancia-Guadalajara 18.00
18.00-Córdoba Elche
Celtic-Girona 18.00
20.00 Las Palmas-Alcorcón (hours GMT)
Recreativo-Real Murcia 20.00

Sunday, August 21
Cartagena Deportivo 12.00
Almeria Gimnàstic 12.00
20.00 Xerez-Sabadell.

[Former player] Jeffren: "It culminated him an entire chat that I had with Guardiola"

The Sporting Lisbon forward recognized in the "Cadena Ser" that after a talk with Guardiola decided to leave FC Barcelona.

The former player of FC Barcelona and recent signing from Sporting Lisbon, Jeffren Suarez, spoke this past Monday in the program 'The Stile' from 'Cadena Ser' and took stock passing through Barcelona and your expectations in Portugal.

"They had heard several teams, which gave us more love was in the Sporting of Portugal," said limbo over the decision to sign for the Portuguese team.

On his departure, said he "had crossed my mind several times," but said that was the key reason: "I finished all I had a talk with Guardiola and I was determined to leave for more minutes."

On Guardiola, Jeffren added: "He was honest with me and treated me very well." And while acknowledging that the information does not "feel good", thanked the sincerity of Santpedor.

Was also explained that Guardiola himself explained that his departure the team: "When the game was in Miami, the coach said I was going, did not know for sure and was very impressed with (peers)." "I expected him to say there going," he added.

On his 'landing' in Portugal, Jeffren commented that "has not yet seen the city, but the facilities are very well" and is "grateful" to have people like Diego Capel on the computer. (via SPORT)

Thiago, possible holder instead of Xavi with the Spanish selection

The egarense left the 'Roja' for a lesion in the sóleo of the right leg and he opened the doors from the ownership to the one bigger than Alcántara.

Thiago Alcantara was the attraction yesterday at the Spanish team. All eyes were on him and interview requests are piling up in the table of the press officer of the selection. All the media wanted to have to know your first impressions with the absolute, but only TVE could get a few words. The others have to wait until today, when Thiago offers a press conference in Bari, near where he was born.

Thiago , TVE, did not hide his happiness at being here with the world champions and accompanied by seven players from Barça , which will be made ​​at home. " I'm very happy, it can not be translated differently , "said the Barca squad in TVE, to make it clear that if the Sub-21 is one of the most animated costumes, "here, I quietly in silence. "

A maxim that is fulfilling to the letter because in the morning he was seen walking in serious and silent after the ceremony at the headquarters of the Federation . And in the evening jumped to training with Mata , Villa , Torres and Piqué . In the session, the attitude of seriousness, concentration, learning all a bit under the watchful eye of a Vicente Del Bosque has made ​​it very clear that he has called for its quality and not because they play with Brazil . In fact, even if it debuts tomorrow, might go with the 'Seleção' and that until his debut in a competitive match, Thiago can still choose. Therefore, the Barca squad will be called for the meeting next September 6 to Liechtenstein , which itself will be official.

What is clear is that Thiago is going to play tomorrow. In principle, be a few minutes, but should not be excluded that it appears in the starting lineup. The reason is the low last minute Xavi , who left yesterday afternoon concentration. Barca midfielder was examined by team doctor, who determined that Xavi was unable to play against Italy because of some discomfort in the soleus of the right leg dragged from the friendly Barca against America . Falling Xavi opened the doors to Thiago , the only player to have Del Bosque on this list with the same characteristics as Xavi .

To all this must be added the excellent form of the squad has been one of the stars of the preseason squad. The ownership would be the ultimate accolade for a player who is enjoying a dream summer with the title at the European Under-21 , renewal with Barca , and his great goals and good play in the tour squad. For now, Thiago is still in silence, working and waiting for the chance to debut in the World Champion. What it is insured that this call Del Bosque will have continuity. (via MD)

Alexis, first round with 'feeling' with Barca

Pep welcomed the only signing that 'debut' in the exercise along with Leo fetish, Mascherano and Adriano.

They were few but distinguished. Alexis Sanchez , the only signing so far has made ​​the Barcelona , starred in his first day yesterday working on his new club in the Ciutat de Sant Joan Despi Esportiva . As partners of sweat had nothing more and nothing less than the world's best player, Lionel Messi , as well as Javier Mascherano , the Argentina captain and Adriano Correia , international with Brazil . They have finished their holiday after playing the Copa America and, except for Adriano, who joined Barca and during the tour of the United States , opened in its new course double session culé, released quite physical work, much 'feeling' and some rondo.

Indeed, Alexis was able to enjoy from the first day of the year's most iconic Barcelona in the last two decades. Better than the Chilean will end environments from the beginning because that recreational exercise is considered the most admired hallmark of this team.

At nine o'clock, with a suitable cloud and a grateful 23 degrees, Alexis was under the command of Guardiola during training behind closed doors. The technician greeted all "first-of the season, but especially Alexis made ​​to feel as comfortable as possible from minute 1, of course. Atento, asked him a few instructions. Alexis had landed just hours earlier after your vacation. In the afternoon we joined the quartet Seydou Keita. Were also Masip and Montoya , the subsidiary, and juveniles Babunski , Ernesto , Jordi Limerick and Miguel Ángel Sainz .

Being the day of the debut, despite the proximity in timing of their competition at the America's Cup and his good form, it was the right time for Lorenzo Buenaventura take command. The FC Barcelona trainer led the first part of the morning session. Then the four players and played ball, but before the effective precarious losejercicios the thing went through the usual pairs and rondo. Alexis will have time to practice.

More players and technical assistants
It was a day so unusual that for once there were more staff members than players, including those who are recovering. With Pep Guardiola at the front, Tito Vilanova, Juan Carlos Unzué Altimira Aureli, trainers, doctors and recoverable observed closely the evolution of early Alexis Sanchez. After being presented on July 25, the Chilean had the opportunity to meet most of the campus. This afternoon, Alexis afternoon training will
and incorporated after the concentration of Chile in France. (via MD)

Leo Messi is crazy to play Supercopa

Messi trained full of enthusiasm and motivation in the first day of preseason with the club.
It was his most direct way to let you know Guardiola is ready to play Supercopa.

Football happy to Leo Messi . So, yesterday, stepped on the grass in the Ciutat Esportiva of Sant Joan Despi in its first day of preseason showed the appetite is back to work. The Argentinian star joined the discipline of FC Barcelona with an idea in mind: to play the Super Cup against Real Madrid . With just six days ahead to achieve a reasonable set-up get back on the flour of another classic high voltage, the world's best player was used with the enthusiasm of a beginner.

No time for beating around the bush: Sunday is great match at the Santiago Bernabeu and yesterday we were on Monday. At nine o'clock Messi was under the command of Pep Guardiola and the coach, Lorenzo Buenaventura, to complete a welcome session at the height of the requirement. Training was a family who starred alongside new signing, Alexis Sanchez, with his compatriot Javier Mascherano , also newly built, and with Brazilian Adriano Correia .

Messi returned to wear the outfits in the evening, from seven, in a post-holiday day which highlighted his willingness to help the team from the beginning, especially before the great rival. It is known that Leo is a man of great words. Everyone knows that the best way to communicate is in short dresses. Yesterday I did and was very seriously. Sweated a great time.

It was a powerful message to let you know your coach that he is there to lend a hand to cope with peers of the complicated leg of the Supercopa awaiting you at Barcelona in the Bernabeu , a stadium that is given over to pearls. In their last four visits to the field of Real Madrid , '10 'has always made ​​goals to score six goals!

In this human capital is difficult to give, but Guardiola will do it without hesitation if you want to pass time that would expose his crack at a competitive requirement these days improper and only a few workouts in your legs. After the last game of the American tour in Dallas , minutes before returning to Barcelona , Guardiola warned he wanted to see "how is Leo" before deciding. And Leo sent his best post yesterday. (via MD)

[Barça B] Keirrison already trains with the branch

With contract up to 2014, it accepts to play in B, but the club is attentive to the market.

After three unsuccessful assignments Benfica , Fiorentina and Santos in just two years, Keirrison joined yesterday morning's practice Barça B willing to play in the reserves this season to enjoy. Eusebio Sacristán accept it for now under his discipline, but he knows the club is watching the market for a transfer if possible. In recent days, spoke of the interest of Newcastle , which would pay four million euros, but the matter has cooled.

Signed in 2009 by 14 million euros as a striker with a great future that had shone in Coritiba (in 2008, aged 19, was the youngest scorer in the Brazilian championship) and Palmeiras in the Barca had no opportunity and the computers that has been given has barely played.

With contract until 2014, the subsidiary and the second division may be the only solution to increase a cache devalued Eusebio lacks a '9 ', perhaps Keirrison , but first you have to watch him work. (via MD)

Puyol is better every day

Advancing at a rapid pace in the recovery from his knee injury and could return to play earlier than expected.

The Barça's captain, Carles Puyol, continues to advance by leaps and bounds in his recovery from injury. The Catalan defender operated in June left knee, which was drawn a free body cartilage is still several days of low and can not start or play the Super League in Spain, but the coaching staff is very optimistic their recovery.
Puyol has worked double session throughout the U.S. tour, both in the field and in the gym to try to shorten the time originally planned.

Days after surgery, the captain went to Ibiza Juanjo Brau accompanied by the recovery to start the rehabilitation sessions, based on physiotherapy. Puyol has just had a holiday to try to be on top as soon as possible aware of the needs of a Barça that has transferred well to Gabi Milito, one of the options Guardiola to the axis of the defense.
Although he lacks match fitness, Puyol accumulates a great deal of physical and muscular work. The trainers say the captain has lost muscle mass, but instead, after almost two and a half months of work.

Barca did not make time to return to competition Puyol, although the first three months of diagnosis provided low for the captain.

Real Madrid-Barça: There is not fifth bad

Guardiola's team on Sunday faces a new challenge: chain five consecutive victories at the Bernabeu unbeaten.

There was a time to visit the Santiago Bernabeu was synonymous with trembling legs and heart rhythm disturbance between the parish Blaugrana. When traveling to Chamartin, the club his way to sacrifice almost certain. Times were different. Now, the symptoms recur among the fans, but for very different reasons. What was once taken for granted (in Madrid draw was good news and win and save the season) is now a thing of the past. Never before had the club the opportunity to visit five consecutive times the area of ​​Madrid what remain unbeaten in five. The first leg of the Super Cup, next Sunday is an invitation to hold a run in the stadium's historic rival.

The story begins on May 2, 2009, when the exhibition football Barca stunned the football fans. The 2-6 marked the real cycle change because just a year ago, Frank Rijkaard Barca suffered their worst humiliation in the Real Madrid stadium, including a 4-1 with corridor that was the last straw for the group of Ronaldinho, Deco and company. At 2-6 was followed by 0-2 two seasons ago with goals from Messi and Pedro in another great night of Pep. Alves Guardiola opted for a more extreme than side with Milito and central pique, and his team responded perfectly. Barca won 0-2 and secured in practice, the second was' League Pep ¿.

Guardiola had to wait last year to make history. He became the first Barcelona coach to win three times in the Bernabeu thanks to victory in the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League, the 0-2 has been best remembered for the expulsion of Pepe and complaints Mourinho that the great goals from Leo Messi.

Days earlier, had visited the club for a game Chamartín could swing the league. The clash ended 1-1 despite the Blaugrana went ahead in the score from the penalty spot. (via SPORT)

Cesc leaves more and more near Barça

The negotiation remains and the player resists the enormous pressure due to illusion whose dress Blaugrana.

It is the third consecutive summer that his dream can become a reality, but was never so close as now. Cesc Fabregas pursues the illusion of returning to the ship since he came to the bench Pep Guardiola the Barca first team and asked for his signing. In 2009, Arsenal's refusal was unequivocal, in 2010 the change of leaders and the economic situation of the club halted its incorporation and now in 2011, the most anticipated arrival at Barcelona is about to become a reality.

The negotiation is proving extremely complex. Barca scored a low starting point and Arsenal are set at the market price of other players of a similar category, such as Fernando Torres, to demand a high transfer. The only way to get the Gunners' recoiled ¿was in collaboration with the player. Cesc took to stand up and have to deal with his coach over the past eight years, Arsène Wenger. The player stood, refusing at first to train with his teammates and participate in the Asian tour. The technician claimed he was injured and, despite having the medical officer in the last game against Benfica, also declined to travel.

Cesc has to understand Wenger will not play anymore with the shirt of Arsenal, and at this point, has given its approval to the chief financial operations of the club, Ivan Gazidis, to negotiate the exit. The gate, therefore, was open, so the vice president, Josep Maria Bartomeu and director of football, Raul Sanllehí, made a quick trip directly from the United States, where the ship was on tour to London to bring positions.

The summit between leaders Barca and Gazidis not go as expected. The band Arsenal closed in demanding more than 40 million euros, an amount that the club does not come with the three concepts you want to apply: the fixed (non-negotiable 29 million), the salary that the player would be deducted from Barca (which could be up to five million) and variants (five or six million). The latter constraint was the one who refused to accept the British. Arsenal want a more fixed and did not like the incentives posed by the club.

The summit was successful and in a first moment of disappointment was evident. However, with the passing hours, tranquility and the feeling that the signing will be soon a reality has grown back. Barca took up contacts by telephone yesterday after the waiting period is open during the weekend. The Blaugrana club has softened its position on the variables, which will now be much more accessible. The intention is that Arsenal have the feeling that only comes to a deferred payment of a sum of around six million euros.

Talks will continue in the coming days, but in the last hours has become the optimism around the player. Cesc does not lose faith even to help Barca in one of the two games of the Super Cup of Spain. The midfielder is training with the group since last Thursday to keep the tone and not neglect physical exercise with the ball. Fabregas is in good condition and should materialize his signing before Saturday, would be available to Pep Guardiola to join the squad. The club is keeping the dorsal `4 How to process the form at any moment and participate in the dual match against Real Madrid.

Cesc is working hard and motivated by the trust Pep Guardiola has consistently shown. Contact with Santpedor is constant. Pep helps keep spirits high with basically talks football. It is the best way to evade the player of the negotiations and keep excited talking about what their role within the team and tactical needs. Cesc will continue in the struggle to enjoy the desired happy ending.

Enrolled in the Champions League preview
Arsenal Cesc Fabregas enrolled in the list of available players for the Champions League after the Arsenal facing 16 and August 23 against Udinese in the first leg at the Emirates. It was an expected step as the player is still part of the template 'gunner', although you can play with the club in Europe if they do not participate in the qualifying. (via SPORT)

Neymar: "There is not anything with Barça and Madrid"

The star of Brazilian Santos said he is negotiating his move to Spanish football.

"There is nothing about Real Madrid or Barcelona. I'm focused on the Santos and the Brazilian team. I do not know anything about this information," said the Brazilian media played that accompanied the team to Germany.

Moreover, said Neymar not yet overcome the trauma of defeat on penalties against Paraguay that knocked Brazil in the Copa America quarter-final: "It still hurts, of course. One does not forget a phase like that, but you have to think ahead. " However, he denied that the removal was due to poor performance in the tournament, which failed to repeat his brilliant performances in Santos: "Everyone is trying to make the selection just as they do for their clubs. No one does anything different." (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Eusebio: “We will show the same pride against Espanyol that we showed tonight”

Eusebio Sacristán was satisfied with the performance his players put in against Girona on Monday night, highlighting the “pride” they showed which helped them through despite the obvious lack of fitness due to very little preparation time.

Despite coming into the game without much chance to train with his quickly put together squad, Eusebio saw his team put in an impressive game to beat Girona in the Catalan Cup semis and qualify for the final against Espanyol. According to Eusebio, the way the team came back from a goal down was due to: “the way the players had internalised and made automatic the skills they learn at the Club –that’s what makes this place so special. These players already know how things work and the dynamic of the Club”.

Final against Espanyol

Barça’s next objective is the final against Espanyol and Eusebio knows that it won’t be an easy game: “Espanyol are a strong team, but we will try and show the same pride we showed tonight. The excitement and motivation of the young players has been key to reaching the final”.

Eusebio went on to stress how important the game was for his young charges: “it’s an impressive game for the young players. Winning this match is a great motivation for them to win this title and what’s more against a team like Espanyol. We put in a big effort, but the excitement that the players feel gives us a big chance”.

Martí Riverola

“The tiredness is building up, but we are happy with the win and getting through to the final”.

“Tonight was the first time we had ever played together. It was not easy and we found it hard to begin with, but we got it together”.

“Playing for Barça and being able to play for the Catalan Cup is a pleasure”.

“It’s a derby game and we know what that is. We just hope to get through”.

Jonathan dos Santos:

“My normal position is in midfield, but I will play wherever I am needed”.

“Our attitude was key to turning the game around”.

“We can beat Espanyol”.

“I began to feel some tiredness in my legs in the second half, but I’m happy”.

“It’ll be the first time I have faced Espanyol, but the team is at a good level and we have just put in a good game”.

“We have to go up against Espanyol toe to toe”.

Cristian Lobato:

“Barça are incredible, They have such quality here”

“We came here to win, but also to keep learning”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B; Copa Catalunya semifinal] Girona 1 - 2 FC Barcelona

Two goals by Lobato and Marti Riverola Eusebio put Barca in the final of the Copa Catalunya. Espanyol, with its eleven gala will be the opponent on Tuesday.

They were either Xavi or Messi and Alves, Iniesta or the brand or Barca signing Alexis Sanchez. Not a first team player on the field and even on the bench Pep Guardiola, but still, the club was presented at the Nou Stadium in Tarragona to play the semifinals of the Copa Catalunya before Girona to the left a good image and not discredited much less competition as some might assume the call to see Barca.

Eusebio ushered in a solid team-booked to lopsided Deulofeu, Cuenca and Rafinha on the bench, but was actually filmed bit strange due to being the preseason subsidiary because of the calls of the selections below and needs the first team. Still, with Riverola, Carmona, Jonathan dos Santos Lobato and the club began controlling the opening minutes of game against a hidden Girona not far behind.

Those of Raúl Agné came out valiant the 17 minutes they could already inaugurate the marker with an it finishes off of Richi that Rubén deviated Miño in a great intervention. It was the beginning of minutes from Girona domain, which lasted José Dorca and two long shots and served as a prelude to the first goal. A move between lines of Girona ended with the ball at his feet Gaizka Saizar that enabled correct position Gustavo Miño beat with a powerful kick.

The goal was an incentive for Barca B, which grew after the goal and did not take long to even the score by Cristian Lobato, who received a ball in the area, broke a defender putting the ball in his left and scored with a long stick before shooting that could do nothing Santamaría.

Barca, better and more upright after the break

With the entry of Rafinha and Deulofeu, Barça won dynamically in the second half and despite the Girona was a good chance by Benjamin, who saved a huge Sergi Gomez in goal, the weight of game taken away by the Eusebio .

Deulofeu had a good chance in 53 'but the man of the match would Riverola Martí, who took one of his great qualities, coming from second line to take in front of goal, shot a powerful center of Carmona. It was 2-1 and the start of a few minutes where both teams took to a goal that would cause the tie or the sentence.

Juanlu tried in 64', but again saved the goal Sergi Gómez Rubén Miño sold. Barca twice replied with Dalmau,-powerful shot that deflected for a corner-Santamaría, and Carmona, who tried it after a good move Deulofeu. The squad once again proved their bravery and skill in one on one, something that appealed greatly Barca in the final of the encounter, both to surprise the contrary, to seek relief in the triangular Rafinha, and Cuenca Riverola entered into the second half.

In the final minutes of the Girona was launched for the draw, but there appeared Rubén Miño, he was sure the whole game and saved the 2-2 in two good chances and Dani Ion Velez Nieto.

In the end, victory of a 'baby Barça' left a good impression and will have face to face Espanyol, with their best men in the final on Tuesday. A good game to solve the first game of the season and the only one who has not won the club since the arrival of Pep Guardiola's first team bench. (via SPORT)

[Technical Data]
2 - Barcelona: Miño; Dalmau, Gómez, Rosell (Armando, min.46), Balliu; Gustavo (Deulofeu, min.46), Dos Santos, Riverola, Carmona (Espinosa, min.78); Lobato (Cuenca, min.62) y Saúl (Rafinha, min.46).

1 - Girona: Santamaría, Luso, Richi (Migue, min 46), Rigo, José, Marcos, Dorca, Juanlu (Moha, min 68), Jandro (Garmendia, min.68); Gaizka (Dani Nieto, min 61) y Benja (Ion Vélez, min 61).

Goals: 0-1: m.31: Saizar. 1-1: m.41: Cristian Lobato. 2-1: m.57: Riverola.

Referee: Estrada Fernández. No warnings.

Incidents: Party for the last four of the twenty-second edition of the Copa Catalunya, played at the Nou Stadium Tarragona before some 6,000 spectators. They observed a minute of silence in memory of former player Dani Jarque of Espanyol on the second anniversary of his death, and the former vice president of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF) Jesus Forge, recently deceased.

Keita joins evening training

Seydou Keita exercised alongside Messi, Mascherano, Alexis Sánchez and Adriano at the Ciutat Esportiva this evening – the second session of the day.

The squad players who are not involved in international games and who were on the US Tour are not due back until Tuesday evening, but just as Maxwell and Puyol trained this morning, so Seydou Keita joined in this evening’s session alongside Messi, Mascherano, Adriano and Alexis Sánchez.

Second session of the day

The four South Americans, who were involved in the Copa America were all in training this morning - Alexis Sanchez’s first session at the Club- and they were back again this evening as they all work towards regaining full fitness after their break.

Alongside Keita, Messi, Mascherano, Adriano and Alexis, B team players Masip and Montoya and Youth team players Babunski, Cornejo, Quintilla and Sainz took part in the session, which once again took part under the watchful eyes of Pep Guardiola. (via FCBarcelona.cat)