03 October 2011

Rosell: "Leadership is incidental"

FC Barcelona president has insisted that the League is a long journey. It has in the awarding of the newspaper 'Marca', where, by decision of the Club, have not attended Valdés and Messi awarded the Zamora Trophy and D.


The president Sandro Rosell has spoken of the leadership of FC Barcelona in La Liga. It has done this Monday afternoon in Madrid in the act of awards that the newspaper 'Marca' delivers the most outstanding players of the 2010/11 season in First and Second Division. Rosell has stated that "leadership is situational and just go," and that "we must go slowly and without haste" as the team has made ​​in recent years. Also assessed the level of competition in which "is not a two-League is a league of 20".

FC Barcelona president said that "football unites rather than divides them" and assessed "step forward" that is doing lately Marca "to normalize relations with Barcelona." "When someone reaches out to us take us," said Rosell. However, Valdés and Messi have not attended the ceremony for the awards, decided by the Club, pending the restoration of relations face the future.

For the third consecutive year and fourth time since playing First-Victor Valdes Zamora took the trophy as goalkeeping record 2010/11 League with 16 goals in 32 games. While Leo Messi has received, for the third straight year, the prize Alfredo Di Stefano as the best player in the league after the vote conducted by the Internet and the final selection of a jury. Pere Gratacos, director of the Sports Affairs has been in charge of collecting the prizes for Valdés and Messi.

During the event has had an emotional remembrance for 'Chus' Pereda, former FC Barcelona player who died last week. The tribute to Pereda has attended some players who were part of the Spanish team that won the European Championship in 1964, including Fusté and Sadurní and Pereda's family and the president of FC Barcelona Sandro Rosell. "Pereda is a football man, cheerful, is a great loss. Not only Barcelona have lost their loss, but especially football. We want to be remembered as much as possible. We hope that we remember all of the great person he is. He gave the pass to Marcelino, anyone forget, "said the president. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola notices Szczesny

FC Barcelona coach, Josep Guardiola, would be interested in the young keeper Wojciech Szczesny and Arsenal as 'caughtoffside', you could try to sign him ahead of next season.


According to information published in the British site, Guardiola would be seeking authority to Victor Valdes in the Barca goal. The Santpedor be impressed by the maturity and talent shown by the 21 years and oversees their actions before a possible bid for next summer.

Guardiola Valdes seeks a successor to long-term, but Wenger is not prepared to let go of Szczesny, under contract with the English until the summer of 2015. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Juvenal: "I wanted to win Barça B"

The captain of Sabadell, Juvenal Edjogo, who scored that allowed his team to win in the Miniestadi (0-1), acknowledged Monday having removed a thorn as he had never managed to defeat Barca subsidiary.

The harlequin not forget your past 'perico', as it was formed in youth football at Espanyol, before starting his professional journey in the Levant, Castellón, Racing Santander,Alavés, Recreativo, Tenerife and Cartagena. "I already had scored a goal against Barcelona B, but had never won in the Mini and it felt like" he confessed.

Juvenal said this win against Barca B does justice to the good football team that has developed its start in this tournament. "We had two weeks playing well, but without a win and we deserved this victory," he said.

He also thanked the support of the fans of Sabadell, which was mostly in the stands last Saturday at the Miniestadi, and gave them much credit: "It is easy to develop our game in this country, where the pressure at the outlet of the ball has made it very difficult job, but we succeeded with the support of our audience." (via SPORT)

Four sessions during international week

As a result of the international games being held this week, Pep Guardiola will have a reduced number of players to work with this week and he has planned just four training sessions.


After the win at El Molinon, the squad will be back in training on Tuesday at 11.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, with the first 15 minutes open to the media. Pep Guardiola will have 14 players missing on international duty, including Eric Abidal, who will travel to join the French squad where doctors will check on his injury.

The squad will be in training from Tuesday till Friday at 11.00 in Sant Joan Despí, after which they will have three days rest before returning next week. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Bartra, 15 to 20 days KO

Marc Bartra was injured in Saturday's game against Sabadell. The central Barça B has suffered a muscle injury a bruised right quadriceps. The expected downtime is two to three weeks.


Eusebio Sacristán lose the next two or three games to one of the players set in their lineups.

After the medical tests that are submitted this Sunday Bartra, the diagnosis has ruled out a serious injury. The centreback of Sant Jaume dels Domenys suffering, yes, a muscle injury because of a bruised right quadriceps will keep him at least a couple of weeks off.

Bartra had been regular in all the games of League forming couple in the defensive axis with Sergi Gómez or Armando. In the field of Alcorcón (day 8) and the Mini against Guadalajara (day 9) Eusebio Sacristan have to find alternatives for the centreback position. Bartra's return could result in the field of Alcoyano (October 23) or visit the camp of Huesca (October 26). (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] It worries the goal lack in Barça B

One has blind faith in the system and in the reaction, and punctual bad luck is sensed.


The feeling that permeates the locker room Barça B is that the team has received a lot of punishment to the merits made. Mistakes have been admitted Barca coach's body has been recognized to be correct, but it is presumed that specific parties as against Hércules (2-1), Recreativo (2-2) and Sabadell (0-1) earned the team more.

There is absolute confidence in the proposed football (I will go to death with it," Eusebio claimed on Saturday) and the club supports the project blindly initiated by Rijkaard. However, the four possible 18 points scored on that led the team to the area descensopreocupan in the subsidiary, which produces many times but not defined as before. The offensive signings, Rodri and Kiko, not just adapt and begin to long for the duo formed by Nolito being out at Benfica and Jonathan Soriano takes months without playing and who still has at least two weeks to reappear but was top scorer of second division last season.

If you look back the issue is not so dramatic: the beginnings of the first two campaigns were equally Luis Enrique irregular and that's fine. The coaching staff makes sure that there is no relaxation, which is all about work and time, that the spirits are intact and blind trust is to reverse the dynamics. Yesterday there was talk at the team's recovery training. The best news is the imminent return paths Muniesa and Ilie after injury. (via MD)

Zubi: "The good of this team is that marks around the world"

Andoni Zubizarreta highlights the performance of the team in the difficulty and it removes iron to the bad gust of injuries that they whip to the team.


Andoni Zubizarreta transcendence yesterday played down a run of injuries being suffered by the team in recent times. For Barca sporting director is not an alarming situation. "We're not concerned about the biceps fermoral, well kept, well treated, there is nothing exceptional. These are things that have the game, "he said.

Zubizarreta took place, also, the so much of Adriano, the first one in League of the Brazilian as player of Barcelona. "It's the good thing about this team, anyone can make the eleven. Today it has played Adriano."

The Brazilian was both one of the news of yesterday's game. Yet another also turns of the screw in the system of Guardiola. This time with a 3-4-3 at times. "Sporting has given us the field and the team has adjusted well in the field. Peter has played in an undefined position and managed to remove references to that rival and have to think about. When most people think, better for us. " On the penalty to Messi that didn't see Clos Gómez, Zubizarreta preferred not to be wet. "I have not seen the criminal Leo. I have not had time to see if it was penalty, "he said. The Dream Team's exmeta also declined to comment on the many words of support from Pep to the old board. "We excel at the game, the other things that are fixed in the best way." (via SPORT)

Iñaki Urdangarin: "Guardiola has built a very special team"


Iñaki Urdangarín living in America for three years but is now closely Barcelona and Guardiola has one of the main culprits of the team's success. For exazulgrana coach is leaving its mark in club history. "There is a spirit around Guardiola is building in this team that goes beyond the tactics and results. The values and the human group that Pep has built make of this Barça a very special team".

For Urdangarín the success of the team azulgrana has made that the image of Barcelona has transfer frontiers, something that has been able to verify in lands estadounidensas. "What surprised me most was the huge perception of a club like Barca in a country where soccer is behind soccer," he said in an interview on `Estació Camp Nou Barça TV does. About his past on the tracks, who longs Urdangarín recognizes "the group and the will to win" and emphasizes the technical work of Xavi Pascual. "I'm happy for him, the titles do not come overnight and Xavi Pascual sure will do very well." (via SPORT)

[Selection] Exodus of fourteen blaugranas

Racing waits in the League while the coaching staff trusts in that the wicked one 'FIFA virus' it passes of long.


The price of quality and success will take another huge bill at the Barca dressing room. This week's sad story is repeated in the diaspora of players to coincide with the days marked for the commitments of the selections. Between qualifying rounds for the World Cup, European Championship, African Cup and friendlies, Guardiola will lose a total of 14 first team players. A lot could still be capitalized if not for the misfortune in the form of injuries Iniesta, Alexis, Afellay and Cesc.

A Pep will have no alternative but to resort to training as a family. Nor is it something that will take you by surprise. In fact, the Barca coach recurring solution has been adopted as the preparatory sessions shared between the first team and the reserves. By the way, Eusebio Sacristan also affect the chapter selections for a few days. Montoya, Bartra and plans are called to defend the colors of the under-21.

After fulfilling the obligation imposed by the FIFA calendar, the routine will return to league with a view at Racing Santander. A commitment that should mark the return of Andres Iniesta and hopefully this time rescind the devastating effects of 'the selections virus'. (via SPORT)

[The Player Ratings] Sporting Gijón - FC Barcelona (0-1)

VÍCTOR VALDÉS 6, ALVES 8, MASCHERANO 8, ABIDAL 7, SERGIO BUSQUETS 8, XAVI 7, ADRIANO 8, THIAGO 8, PEDRO 6, MESSI 7, VILLA 6; MAXWELL 6, PIQUÉ 6, KEITA 7. (via SPORT)

Adriano: “we come away with three very important points”

Barça’s goal scorer against Sporting admitted: “this is a difficult team and they always make things tough for anybody who comes here -we know we have always have to fight to the end”.



It was Adriano’s first league goal with Barça and it was a vital one, but the Brazilian insisted that his scoring wasn’t the most important thing: “the vital thing was the win. At home, this team always makes things difficult and you have to fight to the end. We suffered a little, but it was worth it -we came away with three very important points”.

Adriano also regretted the injury to Abidal, but insisted that the flurry of injuries was down to bad luck: “I don’t know why they’ve happened -we play a lot of games and we’ve had a lot of bad luck”. However the main sensation for Adriano was one of satisfaction: “we are coming away from here very happy with the result”.

Below are some of the other players’ post match comments:

Pedro Rodríguez

“It was difficult to adapt to my new position. I always try and help the team”.

“I’m happy to play –it all helps me learn”

“Our opponents find it hard to adapt to our systems”.


Víctor Valdés

“The team is really good. We controlled the ball well”.

“We have to adapt very quickly when we play with three at the back – there has to be a lot of communication”.

(Concerning the three games the team have gone without conceding a goal) “it’s a defensive merit of the whole team, from the striker on down”.

“It’s very good to win before a break. We now have to think about when we come back”.


Javier Mascherano

“We won an important game. We only managed a draw here last year and it’s always tough against Sporting”.

“We don’t have a lot of time to try out the various tactics, but the team do have some things we do automatically and we train to employ a variety of systems within one game”.

(About the knock he picked up before the break) “I got a bit dizzy, but I am fine now”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola, insists “there’s still a long way to go”

The boss was clearly happy with his team’s hard won win at the always difficult Sporting Gijon ground, though he insisted that although the win gave his team top spot in the table “there’s still a long way to go”.



Guardiola revealed that the squad were “very satisfied” with the result against Sporting and stressed the importance of taking the points from such tough games- “you really have to fight for these points”, whilst not letting the team’s top spot take on too much weight- “there’s still a long way to go”.

Guardiola praised Sporting, who always seem to make things tough for Barça: “we were up against a very good Sporting side, who put a lot of men behind the ball, sticking together and leaving very little space. It’s always hard to win here, Sporting have some very proud and young players and really fight. What’s more, we came into the game after a long trip and this is a very difficult ground to win at. Even so, they had very few chances to score”.

The boss also referred to Sporting manager Manuel Preciado: “you just have to see how his team behaves. I believe you always have to look at the players and I can see their enthusiasm which is always a sign that they are with the manager. This team is alive and Manolo knows better than anybody how to manage these situations. It doesn’t matter where he is, you can always recognise his teams. Any big team coming here will have to fight really hard”.

Guardiola was also quizzed about the possible penalty committed by De las Cuevas on Messi and although he admitted he didn’t have a clear view of the incident, he insisted: “everybody should know that if Leo is on the ground, it’s never because he’s dived. He never cheats and he never dives”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Abidal out for between 7 and 10 days

Eric Abidal suffered a hamstring strain during the game against Sporting and will be out for between seven and ten days .


The French international defender picked up the injury on 54 minutes of tonight’s game and after coming off, club doctors diagnosed a strain in his left thigh.

Abidal will be out for between seven and ten days, during which the league is on hold for international games. Abidal had been called up for France’s games against Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Liga BBVA; Week07] Sporting Gijón 0 - 1 FC Barcelona

An early goal from Adriano gave Guardiola’s men the three points in Gijon which take them to the top of the table for the first time this season. On the negative side, Abidal was forced off with an injury.


As they were in their last two visits to El Molinon, Barça were really made to work hard by Sporting and they ran out winners thanks to a single first half goal from Adriano –though they could easily have increased their lead in a dominant first 45 minutes. After the break the game was more evenly balanced, with Barça controlling the home team’s efforts, despite losing Abidal to injury and, in truth, Valdes was rarely under threat.

The win puts Barça at the top of La Liga going into the international break, with 14 points alongside Llevant, but with a better goal difference.

Guardiola began the game with another tactical innovation, sending out a 3-3-4 line up, with Pedro playing as a false number nine, Messi a little behind him and Villa and Adriano out wide. The system helped Barça dominate and after a Xavi shot had bounced off the woodwork, Adriano was quick to pounce and his shot deflected off Canella past Sporting keeper Juan Pablo to give Barça a deserved early lead.

One up, Barça now began to completely take charge and Thiago and Villa combined on the left to nearly double the lead before Messi had a penalty shout turned down by the ref. The second looked to be a matter of when not if, as Sporting defended en masse and could only muster a couple of counter attacks before the break.

Abidal injury and return to back four

The hosts upped their game in the second half though., and played with a greater intensity and more presence in attack, upsetting Barça’s rhythm, which was further disturbed by Abidal’s injury, forcing Guardiola to bring on Maxwell and Piqué for the Frenchman and Pedro, whilst reverting to a traditional back four. After a first 25 minutes or so under immense local pressure, Barça began to take control again and take the sting out of any Sporting threat by employing their trademark domination of possession and not allowing the hosts a sniff of a chance. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
Real Sporting de Gijón: Juan Pablo, Lora, Botía, Iván Hernández, Canella, Rivera, Cases (Bilic, min. 79), Trejo (Ayoze, min. 75), André Castro, De las Cuevas and Barral.

FC Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Mascherano, Abidal (Maxwell, min. 55); Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Thiago, Adriano (Keita, min. 79); Pedro (Piqué, min. 56), Messi and Villa.

Goal : 0-1, min. 12. Adriano shot that touches a defender and Juan Pablo mislead.

Referee: Clos Gómez (aragonés). He showed yellow cards to Cases and Andre Castro, Sporting, Barca and Pedro and Sergio Busquets.

Incidents : 23,000 spectators at the Molinón. Party for the seventh round of the Liga.

[Youth] Mataró 0 - 1 FCB Juvenil A

Oscar García's team was imposed Mataró by a fitting 0-1 in a bereavement where the azulgranas has shattered three balls in the posts. Mataró has not put it easy but the Juvenil A it has never lost the control.


Cristian's goal in the final minute of the first half gave the victory to the Juvenil A against killing in a very elaborate game in which Barça have won by more goals difference if it were not for the clubs as the team Óscar García has crashed three balls in the timber.

Barca has always had control of the game while killing some have tried always well controlled rush in defense. Despite the great effort made Thursday's game against Olympique Marseille for the NextGen Series, the azulgranas hna reacted well and they have known how one worked to be taken and important victory. The Juvenil A leader stays unbeaten in Group 3 of the Division of Honor with 15 points, two ahead of Espanyol is the second. The next weekend will host the Juvenil A CIDE Mallorca. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Technical Data]
Mataró: Comte (Chueca min 45), Guille (Quim min 61), Alexis, Lluch, Nisa, Josuà, Raúl (Xavi Torrent min 45), Adanyó (Scott min 65), Jandro, Yustos, Kevin (Arnau min 45).

FC Barcelona : Miquel, Carlos Julio (Grimaldo min 72, Ryan, Edu, Ayala, Patri, Ernesto (Àlex Moreno, min 68), Samper, Dongou, Quintillà (David Babunski, min 63), Cristian (Miguel Àngel min 84).

Goal: 0-1 Cristian min.45.