07 January 2012

Pochettino: "We don't think you can't win"

Espanyol coach flees from those who are lost before the match started and argues that his team "will not give up his philosophy of play regardless of nuances change."


Mauricio Pochettino, Espanyol coach, highlighted the level of the derby against Barcelona tomorrow in Cornella-El Prat, but insisted that "you can not go to the game thinking it can be won at Barça."

"In recent years there has been much talk about how to stop him, all we have a formula to counter and hurt a team that has won everything in recent years but needs to be demonstrated later in the field, something that has not made any team so far, "said Argentina coach.

Espanyol "not give up his philosophy of play regardless of nuances change" but his coach does not believe in magic bullets: "I've heard plenty of systems against Barça and all have failed ... and all have been successful at some point . We'll go for them since the first minute. "

The coach has not expressed concern for the physical state of the block on Thursday after playing the first leg of the Cup in Cordoba and be around next Wednesday. "We must face things as they come and get the chest. You never know if it gets better or worse than the derby now but there are situations to work," he said.

Finally, Mauricio Pochettino, who has wisely conceded the praises of the difficulty of comparing rival Espanyol with Real Madrid, said the recent election of Pep Guardiola as coach of the world by the IFFHS: "It is clear that the results so indicate ". (via AS)

Guardiola: "Espanyol have much game"

Barca coach Pep Guardiola wanted to highlight the difficulty of tomorrow's match against Espanyol. The Santpedor alerts and comment on the motivation of the team for the derby.


Barca coach Pep Guardiola, has appeared at a news conference to discuss the time of major equipment prior to tomorrow's match against Espanyol. Guardiola is clear that the team led by Mauricio Pochettino "decide pressing up. I know he will not but if we play to imagine looking at this, the Espanyol is a team that has a lot of game."

In addition, FC Barcelona coach has shown no doubts about the kind of party that will be tomorrow in Cornella-El Prat, "The two we will look to the other. This is an area historically complicated, very complicated test, is the component of the derby ". For his part, Santpedor has welcomed the return of Andres Iniesta to the team "will surely Iniesta called. Team decided on the last day. It's a good news that comes back OK."

In addition, Guardiola wanted to note that tomorrow's game is not a party to any Barca and noted that "Since I have always said that this is one of the parties noted in the calendar . " About a possible adaptation of the system to deal with Espanyol, Pep stated "We have not created anything, just play football and attack the ball bearing, and of course, that other team, including Espanyol have players who could play with us. "

Outside the meeting tomorrow, FC Barcelona coach has made ​​clear the ground of the personal distinctions rests receives the group "If I had not won titles had not been chosen the best coach. And I do not win alone." Finally, the presence of the Mexican Rafa Marquez in the first team coach, Guardiola has stated that "It's a great person is always welcome. We provide quality training" . (via SPORT)

Iniesta fit for derby

Great news for the fans ahead of Sunday’s derby as Andrés Iniesta is declared fit for action by Club doctors after Saturday’s training session.

And while his team-mates were put through their paces out on the pitch, David Villa continued his recovery work at the Club’s facilities.


The players returned to training on Saturday morning after enjoying a day's break between Cup and league commitments. Andrés Iniesta, who picked up a leg injury in an earlier Cup game against Hospitalet, completed training without incident and was later handed the medical all clear.

Pep Guardiola was able to prepare for Sunday's Game with the 19 available first team players plus Isaac Cuenca from Barça B. Ibrahim Afellay and David Villa will be out for some time yet.

Today, Villa coincided with his team-mates in training for the first time since his operation.

The team will have a final training session on Sunday.


Rafa Márquez joins the group

The former Barça defender, who trained alongside Eusebio’s Barça B on Thursday, joined up with some of his former team-mates for training on Saturday. The Mexican plays for the New York Red Bulls and is keeping fit at the Club’s installations during the MLS break. . Márquez was a key part of the Barça defence under Frank Rijkaard and also played a role in Guardiola’s first two seasons as manager. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Three former Barça youth players practice their trade at Espanyol

Raúl Baena, Joan Verdú and Sergio García, all ex-Masía players, are three important men for Mauricio Pochettino’s Espanyol, currently sitting eighth in the Liga standings.


Despite the rivalry between Espanyol and Barça, the two team are not adverse to swapping players. In fact, up to three Perico footballers have a Clué background. Raúl Baena, Joan Verdú and Sergio García, all of whom figure in Mauricio Pochettino’s lineups on a regular basis, spent time learning their trade in Can Barça.

Baena is Espanyol’s first man in the midfield. He’s the linchpin behind the line of creative players in the middle of the pitch, his defensive work has added consistency and fluidity to Espanyol’s engine room. He has played 15 games this season –7 as a starter and 8 on the bench– and Pochettino, after taking over the blue and white bench, has consolidated the Andalusian in Espanyol’s middle line. In front of Baena, Joan Verdú acts as the Perico rudder.

Verdú is the architect of Espanyol’s play, he’s charged with designing the team’s attack both from the middle and, at times, as mediapunta. He orders and directs the players around him, and furthermore, he can score. He’s ability with free kicks and his evident skill were characteristics that set him apart during his time with Barça B. He has done well to apply these characteristics wherever he’s played; before settling at Espanyol he was polishing his skills at Deportivo until 2009. Verdú has played all 16 Liga games as a starter. He never misses a match.

Sergio García is, of the three, the player that enjoyed the most playing time in Barça’s first team. He made his debut under Frank Rijkaard on September 2nd, 2003. Now, he’s one of the Perico reference points in attack. So far this season, he’s bagged 5 goals and started 12 out of 14 games.

Bold and keen to show their worth to their ex-team, these men are worth keeping in mind during the first derby of 2012. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Messi: "I could speak Catalan"

The Barça forward Leo Messi, discovered in the magazine Don Balon "of Ecuador (a supplement to the journal 'The Time') that his intergración with Catalonia's total.


"I fully understand Catalan and I could speak, but I would not like me like me," said the Argentine, in this interview that shows the love he has for his Barcelona, ​​Catalonia, and of course, the club. "I do not want to offend anyone destroying a language so beautiful," added Barca.

But do not forget Messi Argentina. Questioned about the possibility of having chosen to play one day in the Spanish selection, instead of the albiceleste the forward of Barça has it clear: "No, I can't imagine". Of course, Leo also recognizes that: "I enjoy in each of the parties of the Spanish team. Almost all the Barça plays in 'La Roja', so every game is like playing Barça. "

Guess what Messi nor is its future outside the court: "At 24 years is hard to think of those things." "I have much love to go ask a future so far" he says. And that is today the only thing that worries Leo is "trying to return the affection in the field" to get out of it. (via SPORT)

Barca won't be strengthened this winter

'La Nación' speculated with an offer for Forlán to replace Villa.


Various media both nationally and internationally, with 'La Nación' to the head, yesterday speculated the possibility that the Barca were meditating hire Diego Forlan to cover the floor of David Villa by the serious injury he suffered in the semifinal Club World Cup.

They noted, even an offer important and imminent. MD has been told and as Pep himself made clear, Barça does not intend to go to the winter market to sign. This winter there will be no deals.

Barca and fumbled a couple of years now hiring Inter striker when then played for Atletico Madrid. (via MD)

Isaac Cuenca and Álvaro Vázquez, the foam of the derby

With 20 years of age on the same day, Espanyol-Barça arrive with little baggage but a lot of spark.


Álvaro Vázquez and Isaac Basin are two of the young talents who contribute to the rise in the Espanyol and Barcelona, ​​respectively. Coincidences of life, both born the same day, the same month and same year: April 27, 1991, but in two different cities: first, in Badalona and the second in Reus.

Yes, the two have had very different paths to follow up to debut with the first team from their respective clubs. The blue and white categories escalated until Mauricio Pochettino gave him the opportunity to debut with the elderly. It was nothing more and nothing less than at the Santiago Bernabeu on September 22, 2010, when he replaced Sergio Garcia. For its part, Cuenca was secured after two comings and goings.

He entered the Barca and child and went to Reus as a cadet, then went to the Damm, to be subsequently respescado Barca as a junior. After last season's loan move to Sabadell, Barcelona recovered for the reserves but he has chosen to Pep have barely played with the team of Eusebio. Since his debut at the Viktoria Pilsen Champions , Guardiola and has not fallen off of him and, after Villa's injury, has already announced he would stay in Cuenca first team all season.

Isaac Cuenca and Álvaro Vázquez , who last November agreed for the first time in the Spanish Under-21 headed by former Barcelona Luis Milla, played his first derby tomorrow in Cornella-El Prat. "It will be a very special match," match. While for Barca will play the first game against Espanyol, Espanyol to be the second. "Last season I played at the Camp Nou and now I wish I could do at home and to my fans," said Vazquez, who jumped into the stadium's turf in the second half replacing the now madridista Callejón, already 2-0 in the bookmark.

Cuenca, the revelation of Barcelona in this stretch of the season, surely he would sign the repeat 1-5 Barca team Espanyol endorsed him last season. "If you scored many goals, fine, but I'll settle for us to get the three points and follow up there," admits de Reus, which premiered as a starter as Barca in Los Cármenes in Granada on October 20 (0-1) and scored his first goal against Mallorca at the Camp Nou (5-0).

Until now, FC Barcelona has four goals this season, three of the 'parrot'. Another thing unites them: the two rush their contracts and their clubs are trying to renew. The case of Cuenca is the most urgent since ending its association with Barcelona on 30 June and has offers important, (via MD)

Guardiola will round the a hundred victories in League if they win Espanyol

Guardiola will round the a hundred victories in League if it wins tomorrow to Espanyol in the derbi of Cornellà.
In these three seasons and pick, their Barça has disputed 130 parties, winning three of each four.


Statistics lie where they fall, without more, but sometimes the place of its roundness can be extremely curious. The Barcelona of Pep could arrive tomorrow to 100 victories in league if he can beat Espanyol at Cornellà.

The morbidity was served anyway, because the rivalry between neighbors is a sign that engages, but the figure certainly puts more pepper to derby. And given that Barca have not bowed the knee ever in the new stadium Espanyol. In his first season, 2009-2010, scraped a draw (0-0) and in the second and last, 2010-2011, aired the game with a hand (1-5) of those that sting a lot.

These 99 wins in just 130 games, 43 of them away from Camp Nou, have been very productive. Given for three consecutive league titles and to establish records and records that have wowed the world. The percentage and is in itself instructive. 76.1% of wins together 16.9% of the 22 ties offer an outstanding 93% success rate. What no club can boast in such a short space of time in this century or the last. These figures have led him to set the national record holder with 99 points in the 2009-2010 season and popping the top of Barca goals in a single season, 105 in 2008-2009.

No club has also paid off their matches undefeated with Barca . Numancia, Mallorca, Osasuna, Hercules, Real Sociedad and Espanyol beat himself once and only Atletico twice managed to defeat the Catalans. Of course, the athletes also took great thrashings. The rest has been always subject to the power FC Barcelona. Among them, Real Madrid . Unforgettable was the 2-6 of May 2, 2009, as the 0-2 of April 10, 2010 and 5-0 in the Nou Camp on November 29 of that year.

These 99 games, of which 64 ended with a clean sheet, gives to many marcadores. That exhibition at Molinón (1-6) that supposed an inflection point in the script of Pep. As those thrashings at Atletico (6-1), Zaragoza (6-1) and Almeria (0-8) which involved matching records from the 50, or the recent 8-0 Osasuna. Account also feedlot goals. In those four seasons has scored 348, which averages 2.67 goals. Still, be applied. Of the 7 games out this year, has won three. (via MD)

[Barça B] Barca already working to renew Riverola

The canterano contract ends on 30 June and the club has already initiated discussions with the intention of renewing the midfielder.


The canterano Martí Riverola, who returned to the entity Blaugrana last summer after disputing the second half of the season on loan at Dutch Vitesse, contract ends on 30 June and the club has already begun talks with the intention to renew the midfielder.

The player, who debuted with the first team in the Champions League against BATE Borisov on 6 December, is increasingly important to Eusebius in the subsidiary and its desire is to continue at Barça. Therefore, both parties seem doomed to understand and does not arise Riverola now listen to other offers. (via SPORT)

Cardoner: "There is no fear to Madrid"

The vice president is firmly committed to a cross against the white team in the quarterfinals of Copa.


The institutional vice-president of FC Barcelona, ​​Jordi Cardoner said yesterday Com Radio that the time in which the barcelonismo was afraid of Real Madrid it "already happened", and for that reason he bet with determination to cross with the equip blanco in quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. "Hopefully, there will always be grand finals against them," said the manager Barca, who also noted that the club does not have to break the institutional relations with the Madrid despite the failures of last season. "I am not in favor of breaking institutional relations is one thing to disagree and another to break relations," he argued.

Cardoner also admitted that the club still needs to improve relations with Espanyol, despite the step Rosell Policy. "I love the fans of Espanyol was well received in our field and ours in theirs," said Barca vice-president. (via SPORT)

Jordi Cardoner: "I want to Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Cup"

On the derby against Espanyol, "I would love their liking to be very received in our field and ours in theirs."


The social vice president of FC Barcelona , Jordi Cardoner , has assured the program COM MasEsports Ràdio you want to have a new classic in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey : "I want to Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey" .

The Barça manager believes that "the time has passed in which the partner and supporter of Barça was afraid, I love to have big end" with the white team.

On relations with the club merengue, Cardoner said that "I have no time to break institutional relations with Madrid, relationships should not be broken is one thing to disagree and another to break relations."

Barca is measured at Espanyol on Sunday at Cornella and Barca vice president believes that relations with the club Espanyol are "better than for some time but we must improve."

"I love the fans of Espanyol was well received in our field and ours in theirs, we have to sit, talk and work for the relationship between the two clubs are even better," said Cardoner. (via MD)

VIlla: "Objective, to arrive as soon as possible"

El 'Guaje' was caught as he left his recovery session and explained how the first phase is facing the same.


Barca Asturian striker, David Villa, Telecinco said he was leaving to recovery, and explained how it is.

"I only rested one evening since I went through surgery," said el "Guaje", implying that it is working hard to shorten the maximum periods of recovery, expected in about six months.

In this made it very clear his intentions for the European Championships and Champions League final hypothetical: "The goal is not only reach those dates, but as soon as possible."

Villa, with very positive mood since injuring said being a "Christmas different, but there is. The mind can not decay."

"We have to work every day to come soon," declared the player of FC Barcelona. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Sevilla negotiated the transfer to Juventus in Cáceres

Sevilla sporting director Ramón Rodríguez "Monchi", admitted that talks with the Italian Juventus exazulgrana the transfer of Martin Caceres but has stated that the offer of the Italian "far" from the Andalusian club asks.


"Unless another proposal comes much higher than the offer that has come, Cáceres will be here," he stated at a press conference Monchi who, however, acknowledged that "before the season ends in January but not necessarily "Sevilla have to sell to adjust the balance."

Martín Cáceres, who already played for Juventus in the 2009-10 season on loan, dispute his second season at Sevilla, where he is under contract until June 2015 and a unilateral termination clause of 20 million euros. (via SPORT)

Mendilibar settles the polemic: I am notangry with Barça"

José Luis Mendilibar tinged this Friday the declarations that made after losing 4-0 against Barça in the Cup. The coach osasunista left clear that is not angry with the club azulgrana.


GMendilibar gave had settled the polemic originated soon after its supposed uneasiness by the fact that Barça announced the change of turf of Camp Nou and Leo Messi's drop for flu before the game.

The coach refused pinko feel cheated by the club, despite his statements after the meeting could lead one to think about it: "I had no kind of anger. I have to ask to anyone. I said what happened, and nothing more without any sense of bad blood or anything, "he said.

Mendilibar, however, another who was disgusted by the media frenzy caused following their words: "I like to occasionally give you a little bit of flattery and so do the program," he snapped to reporters.

Basque coach also spoke for the first time about a possible continuity in the team next season: "I'm fine and Osasuna in Pamplona.'ll Have to see how Osasuna me, you (the press) and the fans. There is no problem. I'm not a guy who is waiting for other teams or more money. If I'm comfortable, I like to stay, "he said. (via SPORT)

Forlan link again with Barca

At time of transfer there is a rumor that always returns: the supposed interest of Barcelona for striker Diego Forlan.


To four weeks of the closing of the winter market, the rumors on the possible arrival of Diego Forlán to FC Barcelona is intensified. In the past two years, the Uruguayan striker has been linked with the Catalan club on several occasions. This 2012 could not be different ... And is that from South America to ensure that your transfer Pep Guardiola would be about to close.

Forlan, former Atletico Madrid, now plays for Inter Milan but has all the minutes you wish. This, together with the low long-term of David Villa, have led to the striker is back in orbit supposed to FC Barcelona. And although from the entity Blaugrana have been quick to seek to ensure that no replacement for the Spaniard, not a few who claim that the former Atletico could move to Barcelona soon with an assignment under his arm. (via SPORT)


[Signing Forlán for Barça]

It is not the first time that Diego Forlan is linked to the Football Club Barcelona, ​​and this 2012 has dawned with the same ratio. Several have been the circumstances that have facilitated this' virtual signing ', as the fact that Forlan does not have many minutes in Serie A and, unfortunately, David Villa is seriously injured during a long period.

for both events, several have been the media have echoed this rumor. Some say that the rumor has been forged in the Uruguay hometown of former player of Atletico Madrid , while from Uruguay said that the gestation has its origin in Spain.

The former player of teams like Manchester United and Villarreal has not been as lucky as expected at Inter Milan, where his team's play has not helped him and where the injuries have allowed him to demonstrate their full potential. This is the reason why it is said that Diego himself has asked his representative who will find a way out, and, as such, would have to hurry, since missing four weeks to close the winter market.

from Uruguayan land highlights that "the Catalans will bid for the services of Uruguay in the coming days ", as stated in its pages the newspaper 'digital Ovation'. Meanwhile, in 'The Republic Digital', the player's father, Paul, recognized that "no one even spoke of Barcelona Diego," but noted that "Guardiola has always had interest in Diego . Note that hovered Barcelona several times to take , They were always there, but could never realize, so that side could be that there is such interest. "

Given the existence of the rumor, Barca qualified sources have called the rumor "delayed inocentada". By the way, it is also murmured that in the calendar of Barça also figures Fernando Torres who shares with Forlán a low yield, in Chelsea they waited more than him, mainly goals, and the fact that he has also been related in some occasion with Barça. (via MD)