11 September 2011

Busquets: "We must learn from our mistakes"

Sergio Busquets spoke this Sunday about the draw in Anoeta. "We must learn from our mistakes. We haven’t had chance to talk about it yet, but we will. Now it’s time to think about Milan" he said.


The mistakes in Saturday's game were the main subject in Busquets’ press conference at the Joan Gamper training ground. "As it happened, last year we also began with problems, losing to Hercules, but it’s no good worrying about it. We have to take note of it, correct the mistakes, and think, from today, about the Champions League, and Milan".

Sergio feels that the international call-ups may be a possible reason for the situation they found themselves in, in Anoeta:. "It’s always tricky. You come back from another setting, another team, and different teammates. It’s not easy to get back to what we do well, but we can’t let it happen again."

He continued: "At half we didn’t think at all that the game was won, and it turned out like that…… it’s a fact that, away from home, winning is always tough, and will get increasingly tougher. We haven’t had chance to talk about what happened yesterday, but we will. We can’t do that until after the Champions League match on Tuesday".

According to Busquets, team morale "is not the best today, but we’ll react, and we’ll do that soon, and very well. Milan is another game, another competition, and we’ll go for everything". With regard to Tuesday's game, Sergio said, "With the help and support of our fans we’ll make it a great night in the Champions”.

On Barça’s next opponent, Sergio made reference to the "great players in the Italian team, especially up front. Ibrahimovic, Pato, Robinho, and Cassano are very dangerous and we’ll have to keep an eye on them”. And he ended with the warning: "We also have to watch closely the rest of the team. They are the Champions of the Italian league, and we mustn’t forget that". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Alexis, out for eight weeks

Tests have confirmed this morning that the Chilean player has a tear in the femoral biceps of his right leg. He will be out for approximately eight weeks.


Bad news for Guardiola, as it looks like Alexis Sanchez will be out for the next two months. The player, who was injured in the 30th minute of the match against Real Sociedad, underwent more testing this morning, which diagnosed a rupture of the femoral biceps of his right leg.

He should be out for about eight weeks. If that happens, Alexis will miss a total of 13 matches, between League and Champions League, and won’t be back until the game against Zaragoza, on matchday 13. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

It’s time to think about Milan

Barça trained this morning with their minds on Tuesday’s match against Milan, in the Champions League. 4 B Team players joined the group.


Following the 2-2 draw against Real Sociedad, the team got up early on Sunday to carry out some recovery work, and to start thinking about Milan. The players who started against Real Sociedad did some recovery work. 4 B Team players, Oriol Rosell, Lobato, Gustavo, and Masip, who weren’t called up by Eusebio to face Deportivo this Sunday evening (20.00), joined the session.

The session began with the players forming a circle on pitch number 2 of the training ground, taking the opportunity to congratulate Eric Abidal on the day of his 32nd birthday. The Champions League ball was used in the training session.

Barça will train again on Monday from 19.15 hours, at the Camp Nou. Before training one of the players will appear at a press conference, followed by Pep Guardiola. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Barca celebrate the National Day of Catalonia

Catalan and Barcelona have held together the National Day of Catalonia. Sandro Rosell has led Barca to the party this Sunday has been the traditional wreath at the monument to Rafael Casanova.



As each September 11, FC Barcelona has actively participated in institutional acts of celebration of National Day of Catalonia. The president Sandro Rosell has led the Barcelona delegation this morning has shifted the center of town for the traditional wreath at the monument to Rafael Casanova. The Vice Jordi and Carles Cardoner Vilarrubí and managers Jordi Moix, Manuel Arroyo and Jose Ramon Vidal-Abarca also attended the memorial.

Gerard Pique Xavi Rabaseda, Bob Borrego, Javi Rodriguez and Laszlo Nagy have been responsible for placing the floral shield at the foot of the monument under the watchful eye of technicians Xavi Pascual (Regal FC Barcelona), Marc Carmona, Xavi Pascual (Barcelona Intersport) and Gaby Cairo, the head of External Relations of the first team, Manel Estiarte and Joan Creus, sporting director of FC Barcelona basketball section. Then the president Rosell has delivered a bouquet of roses while dreaming of the first chords of the Catalan national anthem.

Cannot After the Reapers, now is the turn of the wreath of the Association Jugadors Barca, which has been led by the president of the Association, Ramon Alfonseda and former players Ferran Olivella and Pere Valentí Mora.

The vice president of Institutional Area, Carles Vilarrubí has called the Feast of "great day for all Barcelona and very emotional day for Catalans "that FC Barcelona could not miss. And, as emphasized by the vice president, on days like this "emotional marriage between Barcelona and Catalonia" reinforces ties.

Midmorning, Carles Vilarrubí, attended on behalf of the Club, the act that the Government of the Government and Parliament held in the Parque de la Ciudadela in the commemoration of National Day. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Thiago: "It won't be a League of only two teams"

Cesc Fabregas also believes like the hispanobrasileño and said he is optimistic that "the team knows up".

Barcelona blew three points against Real Sociedad in a match that was held by the Catalans. In the opening minutes and won 0-2, but in the second half after a chain of forgetfulness, the locals tied the game.

Thiago Alcantara, who plays for Barcelona, ​​said that "it is a league of only two teams." Cesc Fabregas, author of the second goal from Barcelona, ​​said that "the team knows up." Adriano Correia, who plays for Barcelona, ​​she added that "it is hard to draw, but you have to think about the match Tuesday's Champions League." (via SPORT)

The 'pájara' of every year for Barça

As a timely manner in past leagues, forgetfulness and attention failures squandered the advantage of Barca.


Since Pep came to Camp Nou, Barca has always flown to success at a considerable height at a constant speed. Rarely in 188 games, the team has been dropped dramatically, but given the coincidence that these 'pájaras' always appear in every season and some of them after calls for selections. Brownouts that have cost points and games, not titles. Yesterday, a bad ball to the defense sent Villa and the lack of marks in the second squandered the lead FC Barcelona (0-2).

The Anoeta 2-2 of a shock was not isolated. It was a lesson learned and on the same stage last season. On April 30 and then get ahead with a goal from Thiago, the Royal traced (2-1) preventing Barca celebrate in advance the league title and aborted record 31 consecutive games unbeaten. That was the end, the day 34. The principle of the League 2010-2011 also showed us that boat that has struggled to start the engine and put the first gear with precision. The Hercules, the same who now dwells in the Second, took the three points in the Camp Nou (0-2) in Week 2, plunging the eighth. Nor was it the first time it happened. Pep's debut fell in 2008-2009 (1-0) against Numancia in 'birds'. The only time the critics were merciless with the technician. In 2009-2010 there were no regrets no mess.

In the 116 league games Pep care there are other downturns. In the championship 2008-2009 was the stumbling block (4-3) at the Vicente Calderon when on 73 minutes' would win (2-3) or tie (3-3) against Villarreal at the Nou Camp it impossible to hold the alirón. The following season, 2009-2010, the League was over almost immaculate with only one defeat to Atletico. Syncope have been other sports, like that 1-2 against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey two years ago or those two games against Arsenal, a 2-2 and 2-1.

There is no scientific causality, but have a lot to see calls from the selections. At Pep has not fared very well. 15-game post-international matches, eight draws, six wins and one loss. Given that the club leaves 15 players, the level of fatigue from the game, transoceanic travel and the lack of time to recover influence. and a lot. (via MD)

Barca fails again after the 'FIFA Virus'

One of the few shortcomings of the world's best team is the return to the League in September.


Barça returned to face the same obstacle as it is hampering progress in the beginning of the season since the arrival of Pep Guardiola to the bench. The first attack of 'FIFA Virus' in September really hurt the team again, who could not get the three points in the displacement Anoeta to face Real Sociedad.

Guardiola had warned and the players took the field with enough tension to avoid repeating the history of previous years. The team left in whirlwind, meeting seemed to get back on track with goals from Xavi, and Fabregas, but misled in the second half and ended up letting out a victory that was well on track.

The difficulties were repeated as happened in the first League game as Barca coach Guardiola. You saw some glimpses of the 'super computer what was being forged, with a spectacular debut of Sergio Busquets, but could not get the equalizer (1-1) with a penalty goal from Leo Messi. The problems were repeated the following season at Getafe. It was the only victory after the first break for international commitments, although with much suffering. Ibrahimovic and Messi were the architects of success, but the whole lot and Mallard pulled clear chances and had a shot to the bottom of albinism. An example Guardiola cooled in the press conference prior to the crash Anoeta, but that was not enough for the club maintain the concentration for 90 minutes.

The feelings were still worse last season. It was the most difficult of all because the computer stand accused still little work in the preseason because of the dispute over the World have to face long trips to Mexico and Argentina did not help at all. Barca paid the price with two goals from Valdez that gave victory to Hercules in the Camp Nou. Starting at home was especially difficult as the team also tied with Mallorca later, so he was forced to play at full speed since then.

These bad experiences did not prevent the disappointment of yesterday afternoon in San Sebastian. Barça was almost three points in the bag, but the effects of 'FIFA Virus' was accused during the second half and the first win of the season in the league outside the Nou Camp will wait. The next opportunity will be Wednesday September 21 in the difficult shift to measure forces Mestalla against Valencia. (via SPORT)

Pelé don't still go to Neymar in Europe

Edson Arantes dos Nascimento, better known worldwide by Pelé, publicly discouraged the current star of Santos, the young Neymar, to make the leap to Europe this season, "Neymar still needed a stronger preparation physically".


He has an ability that very few they have, but a little bit misses other levels. So I do not see yet ready to play in Europe. If a player wants to be `top sliding off Brazil to work your body physically."

In a long interview for the magazine `Alfa ¿, Pelé recalled that before Messi triumph in Europe spent several years working hard to adapt their physical condition suited to the demands of football in the Old Continent:" Messi was short, but trained for five years, has been refined and improved physically. Now Leo is a very strong player. "

In any case, he added that Pelé has an advantage Neymar respect Leo "Messi is confident with just the right while Neymar plays well with his left foot and right hand." (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Deluxe Party in the Mini

The combined barcelonista recovered the trust in Cartagena and hopes to give the size again before a Deportivo that confronts its first displacement.


Barça B seek first win of the season at the Mini Stadium in high spirits after regaining his breath before the Cartagena with the resounding victory by 0-4. The confidence and the recovery of key players are the main guarantee to give your face against Deportivo, the top seed of the category for promotion to the First Division.

The best news for Eusebio Sacristan is the return of the internationals with virtually unable to run during the preseason or the beginning of the campaign. Montoya, Bartra, Sergi Roberto Tello and Planas again be available to Valladolid to stand up to Galicia. Eusebio convened yesterday and will be available every half an hour before the start of shock when decide the 18 players who will be enrolled in the minutes.
The only casualties are those of Ilie injury, and Jonatahan Muniesa Soriano. Meanwhile, the big revelation in Cartagena, the young Grimaldo only 15, returned to the discipline of Oscar Garcia Youth A to be measured at Manlleu.

Fighting between the Catalans and Deportivo subsidiary had been common in the 70's and 80's, but the whole had changed Coruña Mini Camp Nou Stadium for the last 20 years of glory in the First Division. Despite the decline, the fans continued to support the blue and white, this time facing his first shift of the season. The two days of the League Cup in Riazor (a win against Recreativo and a defeat by Hercules), as well as thrashing to Girona in the Copa del Rey (5-1). Barça B seek first win of the season at the Mini Stadium in high spirits after regaining his breath before the Cartagena with the resounding victory by 0-4. The confidence and the recovery of key players are the main guarantee to give your face against Deportivo, the top seed of the category for promotion to the First Division.

The best news for Eusebio Sacristan is the return of the internationals with virtually unable to run during the preseason or the beginning of the campaign. Montoya, Bartra, Sergi Roberto Tello and Planas again be available to Valladolid to stand up to Galicia. Eusebio convened yesterday and will be available every half an hour before the start of shock when decide the 18 players who will be enrolled in the minutes.
The only casualties are those of Ilie injury, and Jonatahan Muniesa Soriano. Meanwhile, the big revelation in Cartagena, the young Grimaldo only 15, returned to the discipline of Oscar Garcia Youth A to be measured at Manlleu.

Fighting between the Catalans and Deportivo subsidiary had been common in the 70's and 80's, but the whole had changed Coruña Mini Camp Nou Stadium for the last 20 years of glory in the First Division. Despite the decline, the fans continued to support the blue and white, this time facing his first shift of the season. The two days of the League Cup in Riazor (a win against Recreativo and a defeat by Hercules), as well as thrashing to Girona in the Copa del Rey (5-1). (via SPORT)

Allegri: "Barcelona has to play a lot better ..."

Disappointed by the draw against Lazio, Milan coach expects more from his disciples on Tuesday.


Massimiliano Allegri was not satisfied after his team's debut in Serie A. The draw at home to Lazio left him mixed feelings that could be summarized as bad on defense or in attack. But in the face of Tuesday's match against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou understands that his men must improve, and much, if they are to take something positive from the Coliseum Barcelona.

"We have to play better and with greater concentration against Barcelona. Our only goal is to keep working and improving because the first game does not determine anything about it, "the coach said, adding that" we must keep in mind that Barcelona is currently the strongest team in the world, very difficult to confront and defeat " .

Start with a positive group stage is the challenge that has arisen Allegri. Hence to state that "it is important to start with a result that allows us to meet the following commitments to a certain tranquility." And the coach believes that, despite the fact that Barca and Milan are the favorites, "we must not disparage or the Bate Borisov Viktoria, two teams that can make life difficult for any opponent."

Allegri said the good party which carried out Antonio Cassano, author of the equalizer. "I think Cassano has realized how important it is for this Milan. It is part of a team where there are great players and is now in good shape and should play well. You will be made available to the team, like everyone, for the collective good, "said the coach.


The executive vice president of Milan, Adriano Galliani, also questioned by the party on Tuesday, said his team would not speculate with the initial draw. "We will play against the best team in the world but certainly not go to mount barricades. It is in our DNA. Go to Barcelona to play against, "he said. Galliani Lombard led the expedition, which arrived in Barcelona tomorrow. (via SPORT)

Subtract transcendency to the crash of Tuesday

Lombard club's players understand that Barca-Milan is important but not decisive.


The draw against Lazio two has left the Milan misplaced. Reigning champions scudetto `Did you expect to start with a win and reach the European debut with a victory to put a little pressure to FC Barcelona. Players who runs Massimiliano Allegri, however, rely on the good feelings back at the Camp Nou, but do not hide the difficulty will the match against the pupils of Pep Guardiola, champions of the Champions League.

The midfielder and captain Massimo Ambrosini, said: "Tuesday's game will be exciting, like all the league ahead of us, but we can not speak of a party of last resort," he said. In his view, iron must be removed to meet the Nou Camp because "it is the first of six."

His teammate, left-Luca Antonini said about "We've seen many teams struggling to know Barcelona and we, above, we have very dangerous players." He added that "we are Milan and, at least, we hope to take home a draw if we can not win."

Robinho, and Seedorf Zambrotta, high, Gattuso, safe, sanctioned

Good news for Massimiliano Allegri's team despite the draw on Friday against Lazio (2-2). Robinho, and Seedorf Zambrotta, who did not play against the team of Rome drag mild muscle soreness, returned yesterday on the orders of Milan coach in the face of Tuesday's match at Camp Nou against Barcelona.
Moreover, Gattuso, who on Friday left the field after a clash with Nesta and was taken to hospital where he underwent a CAT scan, is out of danger. The rocky Italian midfielder, however, is suspended (4 games) and will not play until the 5th round of the playoffs, precisely against the club in Milan. Allegri also will be without Philippe Mexes, sanctioned with a match. (via SPORT)

[Player ratings; Liga BBVA; Week03] Real Sciedad - FC Barcelona (2-2)

VALDÉS 6, ALVES 6, FONTÀS 5, BUSQUETS 5, ADRIANO 5, KEITA 6, XAVI 6, THIAGO 5, PEDRO 6, CESC 6, ALEXIS 5, VILLA 5, MESSI 5, INIESTA 5. (via SPORT)

Hleb: "Before Barça I will go to BATE"

The azulgrana still eulogized to the team Belarus, to which you go able to give some surprise in Champions.


At the moment given by Barça to Wolfsburgo German and former player of the BATE Borisov (1998-2000) , Alexander Hleb believes that the Belarusian team "is so strong that it is able to achieve more complicated goals even under maximum pressure. If there is not first or second in their Champions League group would not be a disappointment, but certainly display an attractive and exciting football against Barcelona and against Milan. "

Always told the newspaper "Pressball 'Minsk Cesc's friend adds:" Of course I'll go with the bat when he faces Barcelona "in the second and sixth days of the playoffs.

Hleb also says that "no wonder Kezman has signed for BATE. Sure other great players end up doing it myself and maybe call the president Anatoli Kapski in the future to go."

Knee surgery, so far awaits Hleb debut in the Bundesliga. For every game you play, the club, with whom he has a contract until 2012 - paid 100,000 euros, until December, when the Wolfsburg decide whether it stays until June, could take up to a 'kilo. (via MD)

Guardiola: “It was a good lesson for the future”

After his team had drawn at Real Sociedad, the Barça manager considered that despite the obvious disappointment, it had been a good lesson for the future.


Barça drew a game they looked to have won when it was 2-0. Two isolated actions by Real Sociedad in the 59th and 61st minutes salvaged a draw for the Basques at Anoeta. Josep Guardiola opined that “sport is very hard … the teams are good and well prepared.” Results like this, he reckons, go to show just what an immense achievement all Barça’s recent successes have been. But he did admit that “we are going to have to do things better.”

He then said that “in football you always need a high level of concentration, especially in the First Division … we played a good first half but after the goals we found it hard. That was a very good lesson for us for the future”.

Guardiola also commented that if Montanier’s side had managed to get a point out of the game, it was not because Barça had thrown it away but “because they did things well. Of course, we got things wrong, but they deserve the credit … we were playing a good team who have every right to score goals. In fact, we were only saying at half-time that the game was anything but over”.

“If we draw or lose there is a reason. Football is very competitive, very demanding. We have to take things as they come, knowing that it’s all very hard. We have to make a huge effort.” Asked about this unusual choice of starting eleven, Guardiola said “we all have to make it to the end of the year, and all the players have made an effort”.

The Barça manager ended with words of sorrow regarding Alexis Sánchez, who picked up an ischiotibial injury in his right leg, and who pending further tests on Sunday looks likely to be out of action for between six and eight weeks. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Xavi: “Two isolated errors cost us dearly”

The midfielder admitted that his team had made silly mistakes in the second half of the game with Real Sociedad that cost them two points. He felt they had the game under their control until the two shock Real goals stunned them.



It looked like Barça were cruising after establishing a two-goal lead in the first half at Anoeta. Xavi said “we made two daft mistakes in defence and they cost us dearly. Two isolated errors. From there on, their confidence grew and they were more aggressive. We weren’t expecting it, we had the game under control until then and were looking to finish off the job.” Pedro spoke on similar lines. “We had got the game on good track in the first half but then we let in two goals and things got complicated. We should have scored more after making it 2-0, and we had chances to do it”.

The following are other comments made by FC Barcelona players:

Víctor Valdés

“They got two goals to tie the game. Was it to our discredit or their credit? A bit of both, That’s part of the game.”

“It shows nothing is easy. You have to concentrate for 90 minutes because it’s no good to dominate the whole first half but not the second.”

“We had it all under control in the first half, playing well from the back, and holding onto possession.”

“It has been a rather odd day. I’m happy to have beaten Zubizarreta’s number of matches, but I’d prefer to have won.”

“Now we have to think about the Champions League.”

Dani Alves

“It’s hard to explain, but two mistakes by us cost us the match. It was a good wake up call. We have to be more careful.”

“Football has been tough to us today, because they equalised with the only two chances they had.”

“We’re not panicking, but we know that to repeat our successes we have to repeat what we did before, and that’s not easy.”

“Luckily, we have a very entertaining game on Tuesday.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Liga BBVA; Week03] Real Sociedad 2 - 2 FC Barcelona


Barça have drawn at Real Sociedad in a game that seemed under control after Xavi and Cesc had scored early goals. However, the Catalans lost control of things in the second half, and allowed the home to score twice in a minute.
Once again Barça have struggled in a match played immediately after an international break. The starting line-up raised a few eyebrows, with Busquets and Fontàs as the centre backs and Leo Messi among the players on the bench. Pep Guardiola also switched back to a traditional 4-3-3. Everything was going to plan when, in the 9th and 11th minutes, Barça had already put the ball in Bravo’s net twice. But despite dominating the possession, there were no further goals and Real Sociedad salvaged a point with two back-to-back goals shortly after the restart.

Barça looked a little unsteady early on, but soon found the way to beat Phillipe Montanier’s strategy – getting behind the Real defensive line, which was taking risks by pushing so far forward. That is how both of the visitors’ goals were scored, the first when Cesc provided a delightful pass to Alexis who then found Xavi, who tapped the ball home. The game had barely resumed before Cesc was in action again, this time supplying Pedro, whose shot was parried away by the keeper, and the former Arsenal man was there to convert the rebound.

The defending champions could afford to relax now that they had secured a two-goal cushion, and concentrated instead on holding onto possession, frustrating Real as they patiently waited the chance to add to their tally. The game was totally in Barça’s control, who played serious but effective football, and the only sour note of an excellent first half display was the loss of Alexis Sánchez to injury on the half hour. His place was taken by Villa.

Few predicted anything other than more of the same in the second half. Agirretxe did provide a warning when a 57th minute effort narrowly skimmed wide of the post, but worse was to come moments later when the same player pulled a goal back for the Basque side with a tremendous header. Just two minutes later Agirretxe was at it again, this time intercepting a careless back-pass by Villa and chipping the ball over Valdés. Busquets turned the ball onto the crossbar, but Griezman pounced on the rebound to score the equaliser. Guardiola immediately responded by sending on Messi and Iniesta and opting for a 3-4-3 system for the rest of the game.

Barça now found themselves desperately needing a third goal, and upped the ante with a far more aggressive and ambitious approach. Villa, Pedro and Messi all had chances, but the home side had grown enormously in confidence, and buoyed by a vociferous Anoeta managed to hang on to come out of this game with an unexpected point. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[Technical Data]
Real Sociedad: Bravo; Estrada, Demidov, Iñigo Martínez, De la Bella; Illarramendi, Griezmann, Xabi Prieto (Cadamuro, min. 68), Zurutuza, Mariga (Aranburu, min. 79); Agirretxe (Vela, min. 79).

FC Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Alves, Busquets, Adriano, Fontás (Iniesta, min. 81); Keita, Xavi, Thiago (Messi, min. 62), Alexis (Villa, min. 30), Pedro and Cesc Fabregas.

Goals: 0-1, min. 10: Xavi. 0-2, min. 11: Cesc. 1-2, min. 59: Agirretxe. 2-2, min. 60: Griezmann.

Referee: Mateu Lahoz (Valencia). Warnings to Zurutuza (m.67), Cadamuro (m.81) ya Messi (m.92).

Incidents: 30,000 spectators in the stadium Anoeta. 293,000 euros of revenue. Alexis retired injured in the 30th minute and had to be removed from the pitch for la Cruz Roja.

Alexis: torn ischiotibial muscle in right leg

Alexis Sánchez will be subjected to further tests on Sunday to determine the exact extent of an ischiotibial injury.


Alexis Sánchez suffered the injury on the half our of the game with Real Sociedad after his sprint was cut down by a Zurutuza tackle. The Chilean stayed on the ground and called to be replaced. After being carried off in a stretcher, his place was taken by David Villa. The doctors’ verdict is a torn ischiotibial muscle in right leg, although tests on Sunday will provide complete details of the damage.

Those tests will also give a more exact idea of how long Alexis Sánchez will be out after being named in the first team for the second time in as many games in the current Liga season. He scored in the season opener at home to Villarreal (5-0). (via FCBarcelona.cat)