11 December 2011

[Former player] Rivaldo: "Pleasure to see this Barça"

The Brazilian said via twitter classic and left through the roof at Barça.
The world of the football and the sport surrendered to the football of Barça through the social nets.
Players culés also sent their own messages from inside the wardrobe.

Rivaldo , the former Barca player how good games at the Santiago Bernabeu signed, was one of the countless athletes who marveled at the display against Real Madrid FC Barcelona. The Brazilian said his followers classic through its account twitter and let the clouds the Barca game, saying "glad to see the lessons they give."

The world of football and sport gave Guardiola's team through social networks and there were many who left their posts on twitter. Nasri (Arsenal) congratulated his former colleague and friend Cesc and Borja Valero (Villarreal) expressed devotion to Iniesta .

Barca players also from inside the locker room at the Santiago Bernabeu, and many of the promises of the subsidiary and the youth who hope one day star in a gesture as of Saturday 'tweet' after the spectacular 1-3.

Here you have some of the pearls that have been read in the last hours twitter

FC Barcelona are already in Japan, ready to play in the World Club Championship

After winning the Clasico, and a more than 12 hour flight, Barça landed in Tokyo this Sunday. The first training session will be on Monday at the Sports City of Yokohama Marinos.

It was 22.20 in Japan, 14.20 Catalan time, when Barça landed at Narita Airport in Tokyo. After winning the Clasico, the team took the flight to Japan to face a new challenge: winning the second World Club Championship in the history of FC Barcelona.

The flight took over 12 hours. The joy of victory in the Bernabeu gave way to some relaxation time. During the journey they tried to adapt their bodies to Japan time, the first of the measures to combat jet lag.

After landing in Tokyo the Barça expedition travelled by bus to Yokohama, where the team hotel is located. The team will be back at work on Monday, with a training session at the Sports City of Yokohama Marinos. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Al-Sadd will be Barça's opponent in the Club World Cup semifinals in Japan

The reigning champions of the Asian Champions League beat Africa's representative 2-1 in the quarterfinals

FC Barcelona knows who they will have to face in the semifinal of the Club World Cup in b. Their rival will be Al-Sadd, who beat Espérance (2-1) in the quarterfinal this Sunday. The champion of the Asian Champions League scored in the 33rd minute through Al Khalafan. At the start of the second half, Koni scored the second. Espérance managed to pull within a goal of Al Sadd after Darragi scored in the 60th minute, but the Tunisian’s reaction came too late and Al Sadd clinched their spot in the semifinal.

Al-Sadd was founded in 1969, it is one of Qatar’s oldest clubs. They haven’t lifted the League title in four years, but they are reigning champions of the Asian Champions League. To qualify for the Club World Cup they had to play in the pre-qualifier phase. They reached the final (with a balance of eight victories, four draws and two defeats) where they beat South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in a penalty shoot-out.

The team from Doha have won 30 titles, 11 of which are Qatari League titles. Al-Sadd’s manager is the Uruguayan, Jorge Fossati, who also trained River Plate of Montevideo, Peñarol and the national sides of Uruguay and Qatar. The squad boasts veterans and younger players. Niang, who was part of Marseille’s title winning team in France, and Keita, also an ex-champion in France with Lyon, are the team’s two standout players. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Alexis Sanchez of Chile tine blaugrana

"Alexis Sanchez marveled at the Bernabeu"

Very successful in its interventions, Alexis Sanchez has had a decisive role in the victory of Barca. The Chilean player has been eventful: the ball has endured, has offered, has combined, has teamed up well with his peers and has once again proved it has the goal between the eyes.

And the great performance of the Chilean 9 has not gone unnoticed by the press in his country:

'La Nación': "Alexis Sanchez marvel at the Bernabeu"

After the headline, the Chilean newspaper notes that "the Chilean striker scored the equalizer part, which was essential for the Barcelona rediscover their best football and Real Madrid was imposed."

'El Mercurio': Sanchez is consolidated in Barcelona after scoring another goal in win over Madrid.

'La Tercera': "Alexis Sanchez was riding with a glazo"

Stresses 'La Tercera', "The Chilean was contained in the 3-1 win over the meringues in the Bernabeu. He has five goals in the league."

'La Cuarta': "Alexis is a graduate of Cra in the Derby Pepe"

It stressed that "the Wonder scored the opening goal for Barca in the 3-1 victory over Real Madrid."

'La Segunda': "Sanchez was consolidated in Barcelona"

It says 'La Segunda' which is consolidated "after scoring another goal to win over Madrid. The Chilean played 83 minutes, left the room applauded and joined both his scoring run."

'Publímetro': "Alexis Sanchez provided the first goal"

Indicates that "the Catalans reached the meringues on top."

'Primicia Deportiva': "Alexis Sanchez Dynamite Clásico"

It adds that "the Chilean blew el Clásico, knocked Real Madrid and confidence returned to FC Barcelona". (via MD)

Alexis and Cesc, two signings that killed at Madrid

They are responding to the trust of Guardiola and in Bernabeu they didn't allow to pass the opportunity.

Three goals. Two of the new. FC Barcelona yesterday found Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas to the men who killed at Madrid. Two signings yesterday was exhibited in Santiago Bernabeu he hoped the exhibition of the same and also of their new additions ... and ended up unable to celebrate neither one nor the other.

Because while Pep Guardiola does trust in men who have joined this season to the discipline of the club, Mourinho is costing your news, some of them sold to great fanfare as if they were to be the silver bullet apuntillaría at Finally, when Barca have their minutes. Still less in a game like yesterday. Of the five signings this season the Portuguese chose to rely solely on his countryman, Fabio Coentrao. He decided to send to the stands to Nuri Sahin, Hamit Althintop and Raphael Varane, while on the bench and had also made him warm up in a couple of times to Joseph Lane ... But not any of them remember those white fans.

In the worst nightmares of the meringues will the 'Boy Wonder what a man who has always argued that, above all, was a Barça from head to foot. Up yesterday where all Barca failed to score dream, home of the great rival, the enemy of good. Cesc, the man with an unpronounceable name in Madrid, opened and celebrated almost in tears, hugged his teammates and friends, those he grew up in La Masia, as Messi and Pique, and the shares now in the locker room hours and play in the field. He is enjoying and it shows.

Alexis starred in what is undoubtedly, to date, his best game with the Blaugrana shirt. The Chilean took advantage of the opportunity, the trust gave the coach in a game so much tension, passion and he had much at stake.

At no point hiding and attacked not only logically expected ¿a ¿but also front up at full speed to help his teammates on defense, cutting balloons and bothering opponents. On the first occasion on which options made it to the goal of Iker Casillas, Alexis did not spare. It was the tying goal, which made him forget that Madrid had gone ahead after 24 seconds error that knew Victor Valdes of the ever-opportunistic profit Benzema. Barca had not decayed, continued playing football and his players were looking for opportunities.

Cesc came on 66 minutes. Dani Alves and focused Arenys came as a shell to top of the head and cause delirium ... own, the peer, the bench and the fans, brave, who were in the upper area of ​​Madrid stadium. Fabregas wanted to play in this boat and is responding with goals ... they are love. It has become authoritative in the second top scorer Barca in the league, with eight goals, surpassed only by the 17 goals from Leo Messi in the competition. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] The maturity of Cristian Tello

After a first season with many physical problems, the exespanyolista is performing at a high level.

The draw against Almeria at the Mini was used to confirm the excellent time of Cristian Tello, author of the third goal of the subsidiary that ultimately only served to add a point. Formed in the cantera Blaugrana, the extreme left Espanyol in the 2009/10 season after just one year on loan at the Damm and made a remarkable campaign. Therefore, returning to the ship ended even though the entity offered whitish part of the first team.

However, international and sub-sub 19 finished 20 not materialize last season, including physical problems and the demand for the category. In total, signed four goals, the same as in the present course leads to the conclusion of the 17 th day and making it the second top scorer of the team, even one of Rafinha. Also, it debuted with the first team in the going copera in front of L'Hospitalet the past November 9.

"It conditions for success in football. You should keep working and improving in some respects, but it overflows have very few players in the world, "said Eusebio at the press conference after the clash against Almeria.

Tello, who participated in the preseason with the first team two summers ago, it shows restrained and at the same time, happy with his performance. "This season I are going better. I have to keep working and see if they respect me a little injury. I am very fast and increasingly tailored to the Second Division, which is a very demanding category, "said Sabadell to SPORT on Saturday after the game.

After the cases of Pedro and Cuenca, they are already in the chamber Gerard Deulofeu and Tello himself... The factory does not stop. (via SPORT)

Bernabéu ended up whistling to Cristiano Ronaldo

Once again, the Portuguese was not anything right against Barca and the fans showed their displeasure.

Cristiano Ronaldo, as is usual in their confrontations with the club, he had a good performance. As the minutes went by, the Portuguese striker was blinding, sin of individualism and Fallon was more normal. And the Bernabeu has begun to tire of that when measuring the set of Guardiola, virtually unnoticed. Yesterday, in some phases of the game, the crowd was unhappy with his performance and a section of the stands came to beep. Somewhat understandable.

There is no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo is not at all comfortable when playing against the azulgranas and yesterday could hear a buzz every time I lost a fumble. The fans madrisidsta, which is the happy promised before the match, expected much more from his star in el clásico. At the moment of truth, as usual, in the decisive moments, especially in the games against Barca, the Portuguese did not appear.

The performance of Cristiano Ronaldo to the club has been much discussed since joining Real Madrid and although he had scored goals for Barca in their last confrontation downplayed the concerns, yesterday the public was unhappy with Real Madrid to the extent that sector whistled every time he touched the ball after the third goal of the azulgranas. "I always feel the same every time you face Barca," was heard from the stands when the party faced its final and most of the Madrid fans of the game was already lost.

Yesterday, the yield of white front again not living up to what the club expected. Lost many balls, shot from far without aim, squandered a great chance when he headed a good center out, when I was all alone and all this despair to an audience who did know. (via SPORT)

[Player Ratings; Liga BBVA; week16] Real Madrid CF - FC Barcelona (1-3)

Víctor Valdés 10, Alves, 10, Piqué 10, Puyol 10, Abidal 10, Busquets 10, Xavi 10, Iniesta 10, Cesc 10, Messi 10, Alexis 10, Keita 10, Villa 10, Pedro 10. (via SPORT)

Cesc Fàbregas: “The first half was difficult, but in the second half we played fantastically”

Cesc scored the goal that put his team at ease, he was euphoric after the win at the Bernabéu.

“We’re going to Japan to win the Club World Cup,” said Víctor Valdés after the victory over Real Madrid.

FC Barcelona beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu in a vibrant game that ended 1-3. The Azulgranas managed to mount a comeback through Alexis, Xavi and Cesc after Benzema’s early goal. Fabregas was euphoric after Barça’s victory and he admitted that “it was a very special day” for him.

The ex-Barça youth player analysed his team’s play: “the first half was difficult because they covered man-to-man really well, but in the second half we played fantastically.” The midfielder was also happy about Guardiola’s courageous tactical plan after Benzema’s early goal: “We played most of the game with only three defenders. It’s an incredible feat to do that at the Bernabéu, even more so if you come out winning, it says a lot about this team.”

Lastly, Cesc said that the team will travel to Japan “with a huge morale boost and with a lot of tranquility.” On the 3-4-3 system, Gerard Piqué said, “they were coming at us, but we had the confidence to be ourselves and to impose our play style. We had planned to play with three at the back, but we had to wait until the 10th minute to do it.” Xavi Hernández, Barça’s vice-captain, was much more direct: “We were much better than Real Madrid. We played an amazing game in every way. This is a turning point and we’re leaving Madrid with high morale.” The midfielder finished by saying: “Our philosophy is to be courageous and you can’t win at the Bernabéu without that.”

Víctor Valdés showed his enthusiasm after the match: “We keep on making history! Another game won at the Bernabéu.” The keeper also wanted to thank the team and the fans, “amazing team and amazing fans that came to the Bernabéu to cheer us on.” Valdés finished, jubilantly saying: “We’re going to Japan to win the Club World Cup.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

Ramos: "This defeat hurts more than any other"

"This is not just the league, and we have much to follow. We have a game and winning are ahead. There is to be negative and life goes on," added Seville.

The Real Madrid player Sergio Ramos was upset by the defeat of his team against Barcelona at the Bernabeu by one goal to three and said "a clásico is always special and always hurts more than any other game and even more losing at home with all the enthusiasm that went into the game. "

"This is not just the league, and we have much to follow. We have a game and winning are ahead. There is to be negative and life goes on," added Seville.

The player said that "in the first half we had a chance to make it 2-0, but we lacked the fortune of other games. They have taken their chances and won. They played a great game and should be welcomed."

"The league championship continues and continues. The next game is against Sevilla, a team and a crowd that always makes us very difficult," he concluded. (via AS)

[Liga BBVA; Week16] Real Madrid CF 1 - 3 FC Barcelona

Who did give for dead to this Barça? Who could think that this legend team could not give the blow once again in Bernabéu and does to put the League to the red one live? Pep Guardiola's back to reality with another Real Madrid football lecture to his eternal rival. Put as put Jose Mourinho, the Catalans are still ahead. Also in the classification.

Barca was brave, bold, honest. Do not lose the face to match even after being with the score against when was barely out of school. Things could not begin worse for Pep Guardiola as the 25 seconds, Benzema and had scored the 1-0. The fastest goal in the history of the classics. It was an unfortunate move and full of woe. Valdés, confused, gave the wrong foot ball with Abidal, and Di Maria intercepted his bad pass. The Argentine was at the center, shot from the edge and the false reject Busquets came to Benzema. The Frenchman, completely alone with Valdés-and poorly-marked by Piqué, used the gift to beat him at close range.

Never in his wildest dreams could imagine Jose Mourinho a start like that. In a seen and unseen, and his team was winning. But the club did not lose faith. The Catalans showed his greatness arose as if nothing had happened, against an opponent who, he recalled, had 15 consecutive victories. So for any other mortal would have been a recoverable, for Barca was an accident. Within six minutes, Messi was about to tie. The Argentine took a loss of Sergio Ramos in the mean to start a counter, but after standing up to Casillas, Real Madrid goal intention and you guessed it cleared for a corner.

Guardiola's not crumpled to the suffocating pressure of Jose Mourinho. Barca dominated, but every turnover in the half was a pain. The Madrid has the best counter in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Di Maria and Higuain was left on the bench, were a constant threat. The Frenchman forced Valdes to shine with a header at 10 ', and the Luso also in the 19', with a whiplash from outside the area. The '7 'Madrid was second in his boots at 24' when fired over after a defensive forgetfulness Pique and Alves.

Before that, Xavi had put in serious trouble Casillas with a poisoned kick which cleared Iker fists (22 '). Barca had control of the game. I was rewarded for his tenacity on the half hour. Alexis Sanchez, head start instead of Villa, scored the 1-1 to complete a move Messi strake. Leo was all in the middle and, upon reaching three quarters of the field, went to Chile. The 'Boy Wonder' first shot from the half moon, shot and scored with a satin and very tight to the pole (30 ').

The both did justice to what was happening. For more excuses to seek Jose Mourinho and his media chorus, the club once again demonstrated their football is several notches above that of whites. Luso coach should not make excuses and hide behind the referees as always, because if someone can complain about this time the club. Borbalán Fernandez was more than generous with the game hard, and sometimes violent-of the Whites. The swing kicks, perhaps not as exaggerated as usual, began after the half hour, with Pepe and starring Alexis as a victim. Chile's own entries received two very strong in 36 'and 41'. There was no yellow. And who does the saw was, paradoxically, Messi ... For protesting the first one!. Unbelievable.

The tocopillano was immense in his best game as Barça. Puyol and so was his bravery in defense. And Valdes, amending its initial error by stopping a non-Christian in the 50 '. The Madrid-based answer set of hard-Lass entradones Busquets, at 51 ', and then Iniesta 61'. Their arguments were fading. Quite the contrary that the club that, in the hand of a master Iniesta is growing by leaps and bounds.

Thus, in 52 ', it was 1-2. Xavi shot from outside the area after a poor defensive rejection. The ball bounced off the leg of Marcelo and after hitting the post, came crying to the network.

Madrid could not believe it is not. League having almost in my pocket, going to be as always at the mercy of the world's best. And still had to suffer. Because the ship was subjected to a real torment in the last half hour. Alexis (61 ') and Messi, lack (64'), stroked the third. Christian also had his choice, heading past the post a center of Xabi Alonso.

The 1-3 was a matter of time, and came in 65 '. Alves ended a counter with a millimeter from the lateral center of the area. And Cesc, coming like a colossus, nodded in front of goal.

The Madrid, a victim of impotence, still appealing to hardness. Ramos, 69 ', blew into the air in an entry Messi brutal. He was warned, and even protested. And then dropped Coentrao plantillazo of Iniesta with a straight red. Fernandez Borbalán ignored it.

It mattered little. Barca already had three points in the bag and, if not scored more goals, it was because the gods allied with Madrid. The bathroom in the final was epoch-making. This in Madrid can not face to face with the club. And there league. Of course there are league!. (via SPORT)

[Technical Data]
Real Madrid: Iker Casillas; Coentrao, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Lass (Khedira, min.63), Özil (Kaká, min.58); Di María (Higuaín, min.68), Cristiano and Benzema.

FC Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta (Pedro, min.89); Alexis (Villa, min.84), Cesc Fábregas (Keita, min. 78) and Messi.

1-0. Min.1. Victor Valdes failure in a single pass with the foot in your area and Benzema opened the scoring after 25 seconds. 1-1. Min 30. Alexis, strong shot, the ball crosses and ties Iker pass from Leo Messi.1-2. Min 54. Marcelo's volley deflected Xavi and an own goal. 1-3. Min 66. Cesc, head, pass from Alves from the right.

Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (Andalusian Committee). Show cartulina yellow at Xabi Alonso (26'), Lass (61'), Pepe (62'), Sergio Ramos (69'), Real Madrid and Alexis (27'), Messi (36'), Pique (48'), FC Barcelona.

Incidents: 83,500 spectators filled the stadium Santiago Bernabeu. Tito Vilanova, Pep Guardiola's assistant, returned to the team after improving from a serious illness.

Rosell: "Our players have given a bath"

"We must be proud of this team, this coach and the work they have done in this field. Always a pleasure to be president of this club, but today more," he added.

Sandro Rosell, president of Barcelona, ​​said he was "very proud" of the work of their players and coach Pep Guardiola after the victory against Real Madrid (1-3), and stated that he gave "a bath" to all Real Madrid.

"It's not politically correct, but I think our players have given a bath and we must be proud of this team, this coach and the work they have done in this field. Always a pleasure to be president of this club, but today more "he told LaSexta.

Rosell as "an accident" goal conceded by his team after 23 seconds of the beginning of the meeting. "If you score a goal right from the start at any stage is difficult, but when they started to take control of our midfield play has been clear," he said.

"Right now, the winner must respect and the loser feel like talking. But I just want to congratulate all Barça the world," he added.

Barcelona's leader said that now the set of Pep Guardiola will go to Japan to contest the Club World Cup "to try to win it." "As always, not only in football, handball, because the team has also a very important step here in Madrid to win the league (after beating Atletico Madrid)." (via AS)

Casillas: "With the 1-2 we've come down"

Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain played down to losing to Barcelona and said "there are many more games. Now we must focus on the Cup and the game of Seville."

The captain of Real Madrid, Iker Casillas , white spoke after the defeat in el Clásico and Barcelona beat said "there must be an obsession." "We played a game is not rushed and if ordered, but the play that marks the game is 1-2. We have come down , "he said.

The Spanish international would downplay the game against Barcelona and said that "there are thirty or more games in addition to the boat," but admitted that "there are faces of sadness."

Asked about the loose match Cristiano Ronaldo, Casillas would deflect criticism of Portuguese and focuses on the whole white template. "We all have to be at 120%, not just Christian . We have to look at a player, we are a team , are 3 points that we played a lot. We are a group and we all have to be at the critical point, "he said.

Finally, Casillas wanted to send a message to the white crowd: "We must encourage them, to ourselves, we must congratulate the team that has won in the Bernabeu and think about the next meeting, the Cup and Sevilla , which will not be easy. " He also confessed: "We had a long winning streak and has been truncated in a way sad." (via AS)

Messi could be sent off for two yellow card

The Argentine was a yellow card for protesting Pepe input and could be expelled in a failure of Xabi Alonso (minute 44). Fernández Borbalán did not teach him the second yellow.

El Clásico at the Santiago Bernabeu could change the stroke of half: Fernández Borbalán could expel Leo Messi for double yellow after an entrance of the Argentinean to Xabi Alonso that cut an exit of Real Madrid.

In the minute 43, Messi was about recovering a ball and go hardness to the midfielder donostiarra. Hardly ten minutes before he had seen the yellow first card to protest in a reiterated way an action of Pepe. After the play with Xabi Alonso, the players from Real Madrid protested in an angry manner and even José Mourinho went to the public to request with angry expressions that expressed its uneasiness.

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Mourinho: "If we win in Sevilla we are leaders"

Mourinho himself appeared after the defeat to Barcelona: "If we win in Seville have the same points as our greatest rival. I think that defeat is a result of what football is a game. Luck plays a part. With the 1-0 we have the 2-0, which under normal circumstances do, because Christian puts it inside. "

"It's a balanced first half, the second time the goal is pure luck and nothing more. It is not talent or failure," he told a news conference.

"I thought Messi expulsion, but until I see him I will not say anything if I'm wrong," he said. (Marca.com)

Mourinho congratulates Vilanova before the end of the game

The coach madridista came closer to the area technical azulgrana to narrow the hand of the second coach of Barcelona, recently operated of the gland parótida.

Before the end of the game, Jose Mourinho went to the Barca bench to congratulate their components for the win (1-3) at the Santiago Bernabeu.

While Cristiano Ronaldo was preparing to launch the ultimate failure of the meeting, and with time served, in minute 93, the Real coach visitor invaded the technical area to shake hands with Tito Vilanova .

The Barça coach, recent surgery of the parotid gland, traveled to Madrid to be present in the Classic . Jose Mourinho himself, who had an incident with Villanova in the second leg of the Super Cup last August, wanted a few days ago that the Barca bench might be in the Bernabéu in the day. (via AS)

Alonso: "Their second goal really hurt us"

The Tolosa was cautious about the loss and showed composure regarding the future of the League: "We must move forward, we remain in a privileged position."

Real Madrid midfielder, Xabi Alonso, spoke after the game about his team's defeat against Barcelona. For the Tolosa, Barça victory was cemented in the second half of the match.

"We started well the second half and his second goal really hurt us," said Alonso, who went on to say what killed ruled that the party was "the third goal. Then we had a tie, but it was a shame not to take 1 -0 longer. "

With respect to the momentary loss of leadership, the Spanish international was calm: "We know there is a lot of league, today we are not at all happy with the result, but we're there. There are still many points and we will continue with the winning mentality"

"It could have been better, but we must move forward, we remain in a privileged position," concluded Xabi Alonso, who was confident for the future of the League. (via AS)

Xavi: "We were very superior to Real Madrid"

"This victory is for us a turning point and we're very moral here. Our philosophy is to be brave and do not win here otherwise," said el culé.

FC Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez was satisfied after the victory won by his team against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium by one goal to three and Barça serves to register the league leaders with a game more.

"We were very superior to Madrid, despite the error we made in the first minute. Our philosophy is to be brave and do not win here otherwise," said el culé.

The midfielder said that Barcelona was "a great match on all lines and have been far superior to Madrid. The issue was not to lose our philosophy. Victor has been very brave because he played every ball after his error. We deserve the victory" .

"This victory is for us a turning point and we're very moral here. I am very happy with the win. The important thing is to win titles, but I am also satisfied on a personal level," he added.

The Spanish international concluded by saying that "now we will try to win another title (Mundialito). It was hard to get there. We must not relax." (via AS)

Guardiola: “I admire the fortitude of these players”

FC Barcelona’s manager highlighted the courage shown by his players to successfully mount a comeback after Real Madrid’s early goal.

Guardiola is convinced that Barça’s win over Madrid will not sink the morale of Mourinho’s men, and that “Madrid continues to be our strongest opponent”.

After the 1-3 victory over Real Madrid, Guardiola said he was “more than delighted” with his team’s performance at the Bernabéu tonight. “We controlled the game and our opponent’s counterattacks, we created more than enough chances to score,” Guardiola said. But if the manager is especially proud of something it’s the “courage and fortitude” his players exhibited on the pitch tonight, especially when Barça found itself down after Benzema’s early goal.

“I admire the players’ fortitude. They have a lot of experience, both physically and mentally, and they knew how to move the game forward ... The players like to play and attack,” Guardiola proudly said. Along the same lines, the manager highlighted that this was the “perfect image” of how a team must react “after Real Madrid’s goal. Valdés kept on playing the ball [post-Madrid's goal].” He added, “this is the image of this team’s fortitude. I’d rather lose the ball playing from behind and maintain the playing style of building up play from the back, and we were able to do it,” before saying that, “winning here is meritorious, because it’s very difficult.”

Guardiola is convinced that, despite tonight’s loss, Mourinho’s team “will still be the strongest opponent” in the Liga. “This loss won’t sink Madrid’s morale. They are professionals and very good players,” he added. Barça’s manager insisted that “there is still a lot of Liga still yet to be played.”

“The competition wouldn’t be over if we had lost tonight. It’s part of this house’s philosophy. We haven’t forgotten that Madrid will be leaders if they win in Seville. What’s the interest in being champions in November or December? We must focus on our game and we’ll see how everything goes in the end,” concluded Guardiola. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B]

"In the final minutes we should have the control to kill the game", Eusebio declares. According to the coach azulgrana, the party of the BATE Borisov cannot serve as excuse.

Barca Eusebio Sacristan started on the right foot's match on Friday against Almería. In the first part, the Catalans were won thanks to a goal from Jonathan Soriano . For this reason, Eusebio said they had a "good first half, we very well in the game. Although we had many occasions the defensive quality control and gave us the opportunity to reach the opposite goal and create more chances" .

In the second part, Almeria batteries and was able to turn the scoreboard with two goals from Fernando Soriano . Eusebio acknowledged that "in the second half, Almeria began to push. At this stage, we both control in the first half. To them it was time to go back, but we reacted very well. The team came up and tube the reward. " This reward was the goal Riverola Martí and Cristian Tello , which put the Catalans ahead. However, the joy lasted only until the last minute of the game when Aaron Niguez scored the equalizer. Eusebio said he "got away two points that left a bad taste, but we have to stay with the positive. We have to work until the last second and you have to win the game wanting to win."

The coach of Barça B has no concern over this tie, and stated that "we are growing and maturing. We know the difficulties of race and equality there. We have great potential and if we continue to grow stronger." Eusebio said that his players always try to convey calm because his game is based on having control of the ball. For this reason, "when there are moments of nervousness does not make us any good and so we must have patience. We must continue this way, regardless of outcome."

Eusebio recognized the participation of a large number of players in the Champions League match against BATE Borisov on Tuesday past has influenced the game against Almería. He said that "there are circumstances that we have in this team, but are positive because it means that we are contributing to the first team players. We are all very happy with this participation."

However, Eusebio stressed that there was an excuse, because against Almeria has involved the players who were more rested. "We prepared the game thinking that conditioning," said Eusebio. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Xavi: "To win at the Bernabeu would be a turning point"

The midfielder from Terrassa believes "it's always nice to win at the Bernabeu and it is now the league," El Barca, who play his 13th clásico in the league in the area of Madrid, go to Madrid "better" than in recent years.

If a player of the Barça dressing room knows what it is to play a clásico is Xavi Hernandez. In Terrassa, who on Saturday could play his 13 th league match in the Bernabeu, he would like the party was "open and one to one, which saw the potential of both teams." Although Madrid go three points below those of Mourinho with a game against them, Xavi has said that "no means no face to match." "Los clásicos have nothing to do with the classification, and how they got both. Anything can happen."

Xavi is aware that no matter what the Bernabeu on Saturday in the League would not be determined. However, he knows that a win in the white house would be important. "It's always nice to win at the Bernabeu and is more like the League. It would be a turning point for us." And having in mind that "going to win at the Bernabeu football is a pleasure."

One of the things you want once Xavi is el clásico finish only talk about football and not of controversy as has happened in recent games against whites. Barca, who believes that the last three or four years "is a clásico that get more in shape," a party committed to "very physical" but that if "our philosophy is imposed in the field have much to gain."

Whether defense will play three or four, Xavi has acknowledged: "With three defenders have played in Milan and we have done very well. It is a system that when you create superior ball and when you do not have more room behind. Everything happens to have the ball. " Therefore, the midfielder is not misguided this option at the Bernabeu. "It is feasible with the players we have today."

Xavi was able to enjoy the very good performance on Tuesday against BATE was plagued Barça team players from the box at the Camp Nou. The midfielder has noted: "They enjoyed them and us. It's wonderful campus and we bet the coach and not be afraid of them." This allows, according to Xavi, who "is a guarantee of good health that has Barça today." He added that "Barça has a future and there are many people ready to compete in the first team."

For the third consecutive year Xavi Hernandez is one of three finalists to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2011 . Terrassa The player is "very pleased and happy to be nominated. It is a great pride." And does not take away the dream ended his career without ever having taken the award despite being nominated in more than one occasion. "For me it is an honor to be here. This is because in my mind, and that I had not thought of as a child. Then my goal was to make a living in football, playing at Barça and be international," said.

Tito's return has been "pleasantly surprised"

Xavi Hernández has explained how they received the news of the return of Tito Vilanova in practice . '6 'Of Barcelona, ​​who has acknowledged that it still hoped to return the technician said, "It was a pleasant surprise, surprise the best possible for the costumes." He added that his recovery "is a spectacular extra motivation," not only el clásico face, but face to life. In this sense, Xavi said that Tito Vilanova has had a talk with them that "has given us much encouragement, we explained that we valued their experience and where we are," said one of the team captains. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Iniesta: "In football everything is not worth even a clásico"

Andres Iniesta reveals in an interview with El Pais how he withstands the classic tonight against Real Madrid.

Andres Iniesta, Barcelona midfielder, will be probably one of the key players face a clásico tonight at the Bernabeu. A party for which the Fuentealbilla "all is not worth"

"Life is bigger than a football game, make no mistake," said the Barca player in an interview with the newspaper 'The country, what , explaining how faces tonight's game against Madrid and how he deals with life . "Ia the Bernabeu is always nice. Everyone wants to play that game, "says Andrew. "No fear. Just want to be right, that the coach puts you, "he adds.

On the Madrid to be found tonight at the Bernabeu, Iniesta says, "is a great team" and provides for a party "hotly contested". "There never know what can happen when you play with Real Madrid," he recalls.

In the same interview, the Barca midfielder also refers to the hostile environment that was experienced last season with the fighting in League, Cup and Champions between the teams: "They were overly tight, too much noise outside the field of juice." And is that Iniesta: "not everything is either in life or in football." (via SPORT)

Sandro Rosell: "Guardiola is the best coach in the world"

In an appearance very restrained, Sandro Rosell only let go to praise at home Pep 'Mou'. The presidents endeavored to emphasize what unites them.

Directives Barca and Madrid have buried the hatchet Saturday. In an appearance before the usual dinner boards, the presidents of both teams wanted to move pages to the controversial incidents that were experienced between the two teams in the latest fighting.

"If you look at statistics and classification Real Madrid are favorites but we have the best coach in the world, Pep Guardiola, and we feel are the best players too," said the leader of Barça, you marked the real victory the day the return of Tito Vilanova the team. "We've already won morally because today we recovered Tito" he said.

As to what would be a defeat of his team at the Bernabeu, Rosell wanted to make clear that "the winner will get three points but will not be decisive because many league."

Finally, Barca president did not hesitate to turn the page on the incidents in recent clashes. "What is a healthy rivalry is great for football." "Florentino is a great president and a great person," he added.

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