22 January 2012

Malaga v FC Barcelona: A threat between clásicos

18.00, GolT, C+ Liga and Radio Barça - On Sunday evening, FC Barcelona visit eighth placed Malaga, one of the most ambitious outfits in La Liga. Pedro is back in the side.

In between the cup games against Real Madrid, Barça have another big test in store at La Rosaleda. They will have two particular things in mind. First, to maintain the excellent form they showed in the 2-1 win on Wednesday night at the Santiago Bernabéu, and second, to get their away form back on track in the league, where they have only won three of the fixtures away from Camp Nou so far. But La Rosaleda is never an easy place to go, especially with Malaga currently eighth and aiming for even bigger things.

The last game of the first half of the season is really the first, because this is the match that was originally cancelled due to the players strike. And for it, Josep Guardiola will be glad to have one of his strikers back, namely Pedro Rodríguez. The Canary Islander was injured in the cup game in Pamplona and with Afellay, Villa and Fontàs all injured, and Keita away in Africa, his return is especially welcome. Even so, there are currently only 16 first team players available, and Guardiola has drawn on Barça B's Cuenca, Dos Santos and Sergi Roberto to bolster his travelling party to 19, one of whom will have to be dropped to make up the definitive list of 18.

Barça have been uncharacteristically irregular in away league matches this season. The 11 points they have dropped on the road explain the current five-point deficit with regard to Liga leaders Madrid. Guardiola made it clear on Saturday that they cannot afford any more setbacks away from home if they want to maintain their hopes of winning the title. Three points in Malaga would work wonders for the team's confidence, with another away trip, this time to Villarreal, coming up a week late.

However, Malaga won't be giving up those three points lightly. Manuel Pellegrini's side was one of the biggest spenders over the summer, but despite a promising start, they have gone without a win since November. Two draws at home and three defeats away are a poor return for a team that has European aspirations. That's not for want of big names in the squad. Malaga has players of the calibre of Van Nistelrooy, Cazorla, Rondón and Mathijsen, while they have also just signed goalkeeper Kameni from Espanyol, who may well make his debut on Sunday. All in all, it's some challenge for Barcelona, and victory is anything but a foregone conclusion. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Pepe called 'monkey' to Keita

Jose Mourinho recalled yesterday in the press room of Valdebebas an incident from last season to try to justify to Pepe for his stomp on Leo Messi in the clásico last Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu. "I have not seen you dudarais last season of a player who was racist and he said no. All the people believed it was true, including UEFA," the Portuguese coach said when reporters pressed him with their questions so for Pepe . The message launched Mourinho had a clear target: Sergio Busquets, who is said, judging by some pictures taken by Real Madrid TV, he had called "mono" Marcelo in the first leg of the semifinals of last Champions.

However, despite an insult by Busquets and would have no justification if it is established that you said, Mourinho could not have picked a worse example to try to wash the image of his protege Pepe. It turns out that the central Portuguese, wood, dividing right and left-Casquero, Xavi Torres, Alves and Messi are some of his famous victims, is also capable of offending the opponent with such a disqualification. Pepe also called "mono" Seydou Keita in the first leg of the Supercopa of Spain held on 14 August at the Santiago Bernabeu, a match that ended 2-2.

Although Busquets contrast with the cameras did not capture Marcelo image, Barca midfielder, currently dominated by Mali to play the African Nations Cup was the first insult amaze by Luso. Keita is still expletive crosses dedicated to him Pepe, mainly because if you want to offend with that insult, hardly going to make it a player like him is light.

Not prone to react angrily, as not in their character, Pepe got that day aroused Keita. And not because he insulted because Barca eventually understand that's part of football and a player's strategy to try to decentralize its rival, but by the inappropriate expletive he chose to insult him. Without doubt, one more detail that explains Pepe shorts have in your head when responding to how you react. (via MD)

Maximum tension in the locker room

The defeat against Barcelona last Wednesday has left some wounds in the Real Madrid dressing room that can be lethal if not heal quickly. The 1-2 has been accompanied by a series of reproaches between Jose Mourinho and some of the heavyweights of the template that has blown up living together in the last 48 hours.

The hardest episode took place last Friday in the first training post Clásico. There Mou called Chapter the holders to analyze the match against Barcelona and what began as a talk ended up being a war of words between staff and players.

There were many players who participated in the meeting, but few spoke as clear as Sergio Ramos. The central Seville, as the second captain did not hesitate to expose their views Mou whenever he disagreed with the statements of his coach.

The first brush between Mou and Ramos came when the coach asked for protection to the media . Portuguese is felt only in the defeat and so he sent word to his players. And is that when Mourinho said after the defeat of only one parent said about something. He believes that his players lost their good manners, especially to the heart of the Spanish, and upbraided them the lack of firmness to criticism.

"I have killed in the mixed zone"
"I have killed in the mixed zone," said Mou looking Ramos, player was not shown at all satisfied with the approach of his coach. Sergio is not silent: "No, mister, you have read only what you put in the press, not everything we said."

The Spanish, according to the press extraprotegidos Mou
Mou believes that Spanish players are extraprotegidos for his "friends in the press," as says the Luso-and care more about saving the good relationship with international Barça to defend the Madrid, which is why only gives the face by players in the Portuguese press .

"You are angry with Iker and Xavi apologize, and do what Pepe did in the video yesterday, mister?"
At Arbeloa, Xabi, Iker and Ramos were not amused that different treatment, this being a source of conflict since the coach of Real Madrid reached the set target. "Tomorrow I will be the face to give the press conference," Mourinho insisted his players. "Sure, mister, is that you will not let us talk. Not give interviews or press conferences," answered some players, tired of having to follow a script the few times I go to the media. "You are angry with Iker and Xavi apologize, and do what Pepe did in the video yesterday, mister?" Said another player, denouncing the double standards.

Bronze Puyol's goal
but the trouble was also reached when analyzing Puyol's goal at the exit of a corner. Although the images clearly show that that gets lost Pepe, Sergio Ramos told Mourinho. In the pre-match team talk, Mou had ordered Seville defender Puyol marking, but during the course of the game the players decided to change brands. Mourinho and scolded him Sergio replied.

"What, now you play a coach?"
"Pique and Puyol were doing and decided to change screen markings," Ramos justified. "What, now you play a coach?" He said Mourinho. "No, but depending on the situation of the game, sometimes you have to change the markings. And as you've never dressed in short, knows that sometimes there are those situations," came the emphatic answer defense.

The tension was growing and there were several players who asked the player to calm down. One was Xabi Alonso, who'd just open his mouth during the meeting time.

Some of the players of Real Madrid have lost confidence in Mourinho following the approach of the last Clásico. The first thing I did not like most players were ultra-defensive system. Players do not understand why the coach changes the way you play consistently when the club face, giving to the attack and the ball.

In the corridors there were many post-game players who claimed that "eight defenses can not win a game." Players silent as Benzema, Higuain or Cristiano Ronaldo himself was the first to lament the racanería of his coach. "Madrid can not start earning a zero and get back," saying many players.

The alignment does not like it. In particular the case of Ricardo Carvalho, who returned to play against Barcelona after four months out of the team. Although Portuguese is a beloved player in the team, many players found it disrespectful to Varane or Albiol. The presence of novel Altintop surprised, but no player has dared to question it, as it is a player who has been training with the team throughout the season.

Players like Ozil, Marcelo walk or Kaka also upset with his role within the team this season. Within the template that Mou hated not only saved Cristiano Ronaldo's defeat in the Clásico. (via Marca.com)

Málaga-Barça: Care, Undiano whistles!

Navarrese Alberto Undiano Mallenco will whistle today in La Rosaleda, a collegian that wakes up mistrust in Barça and that it is usually shown very permissive with the game hard of the rivals of the culés.

Undiano refereed the last Cup final at the Mestalla. He must expel the violent trample Pepe Messi left ankle and then sweep Busquets. Neither the street sent Arbeloa, who nudged Villa and hit a belly flop Adriano. Xabi Alonso also deserved to see the second yellow for a grab at Andrés.

Another clásico in which Undiano was unfortunate was that of 2006-07, with a 3-3 marked by an arbitration made it public discontent by Camp Nou. Barca seriously hurt in minute 93, by failing a clear penalty Mahamadou Diarra Ronaldinho. The Barça fans sent him away shouting "out, out."

Not only has annoyed Undiano Barca to Real Madrid rival. In a derbt in Cornellà-El Prat, corresponding to the League 2009-10, the Navarrese referee provoked the indignation azulgrana for not braking the insistent lacks of those 'parakeets', for the expulsion of Dani Alves after two rigorous yellow and for 'to eat up' a hand of Dídac in the area blanquiazul in Leo Messi's center.

The Barcelona star is 13 ½ months without getting a penalty piten favor, while almost three years since the last maximum penalty for Undiano said Barca in the league. It was in a visit from Athletic to Camp Nou (7 March of 2009) and Messi put the definitive one 2-0 when writing down a penalti for an I demolish from Gurpegui to Iniesta. (via MD)

Málaga-Barça: Want to put pressure on Real Madrid winning in La Rosaleda

Barça win in Malaga required for Mou start against Athletic to 2 points.
Cup after winning at the Bernabeu, the league going to reap victories out of Camp Nou.

The Bernabeu, Mourinho and Pepe are already parked. Today play La Rosaleda, Pellegrini and Cazorla. Barca play this afternoon (18.00 h.) more than three points in Málaga. The last match of the first round, which will be held five months later than planned start to the league postponed the players strike, is not decisive but fundamental for Pep Guardiola for many reasons.

The champion of the last three league is unrecognizable away from Camp Nou, with only 13 of 24 possible points earned, a burden that has led him to go along with Real Madrid, who, knowing the result of his eternal rival, faces after (21.30 h. / C +1) a plebiscite before their fans with another dangerous adversary as Athletic of Marcelo Bielsa. Retrieve the undeniable continuity in the game that Barca and local exhibit is the first goal in Málaga for, incidentally, just two points closer to the 'meringues' and add pressure to a costume, blanco, totally broken after the umpteenth trip Barça in Chamartín.

If the 1-3 of December 10 in Madrid feud served as a springboard to win the World Club bowled leaving the footballers from around the globe, Guardiola wants to take his fifth win at the Bernabeu to take note of the exits in a most uncomfortable the Championship. Málaga has four official matches without a win at home and only two points in the last 15 possible in the league but two weeks and a half ago at times danced the capital Madrid in Cazorla, Isco and company and their bench is Manuel Pellegrini. Barca knows this and is on alert, more so after stumbling home unforgivable as Anoeta, Getafe and Cornella-El Prat. Arbitrations rowed against but, although Barça fans fears that continue to do so this afternoon with Undiano Mallenco, ineffable last collegiate Cup final against Real Madrid, Guardiola have no excuse. They are better than the rest of Spanish football teams and global and must prove it.

The Pep Barca, which has three visits to La Rosaleda for victories, has no margin for error and today there are only a few rotations. It may be a party to face the rest Puyol Classic on Wednesday and Mascherano into place. Thiago is one that has options to return to the starting filling in for Xavi and Iniesta. Pedro, who was discharged from hospital yesterday after injuring nine days in Pamplona, ​​could have his minutes in the second half but only pointed untouchable Messi, hungry to improve their meager scoring balance (1) in the attacking in so far Liga. Cesc to be seen whether, on a roll at home, and Alexis will complete the attack or if Cuenca and Adriano Correia take the place of one. Dos Santos and Sergi Roberto complete the call for 19 players of which one will stay in the stands.

With 30,000 malaguistas, La Rosaleda will be packed to push a private team worker suspended for Toulalan, a key to combat Barca game average. Camacho leaves with advantage on he Doubts and Maresca to replace to French. Neither injured Rubén, Joaquín and Baptista will be but yes Cazorla, centre-midfielder for the circumstances, Isco in the playmaker and Van Nistelrooy in centre-forward.

The big question is whether under Kameni debut at the expense of Willy Caballero, 'ally' of Madrid in the 1/8final of Cup (via MD)

Maradona defends Messi and attacks to Pelé... again

Diego Armando Maradona has not mince words. We all know that. And do not take too well with Pele also ...

The Argentine explayer, now coach of Al-Wasl, responded to statements from Pelé in the Brazilian claimed that Messi is the best "when you win three World Cups and then 1283 goals," his record as a player.

"It seems that age would influence some decisions," said Maradona. "But do not blame the man. 20 years ago that does nothing. No one sees it in the supermarket," he added.

But that was not everything and it was Argentina coach said: "The only place where you can see in these days is priemos deliveries with the president of FIFA, which looks like a toy remote control ..." (via SPORT)

Pepe, 'pleasing non' in Camp Nou

The liking of Barça prefers not to see him on Wednesday for not rising even more the temperature of the return leg.

Jose Mourinho did not rule yesterday that Pepe next Wednesday to play the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey against Barca at Camp Nou. What the eyes of any football fan would be foolhardy, following the precedent of past Real Madrid defender, seems to be to his coach, does not seem too willing to punish or chill in the refrigerator to the Portuguese international.

After being subject to criticism almost unanimously to stomp on Messi, Pepe has become the number one enemy of Barcelona. The player himself has earned a reputation for unsportsmanlike, not only between the Blaugrana fans, but in Spanish football in general.

His presence on Wednesday at the Camp Nou on to shoot the controversy and again the environmental burden of a party already very intense. Pepe's stomp Messi still very much alive in the collective memory of the FC Barcelona fans and for the sake of entertainment, both teams and football, it would be better dispensed with Pepe Mourinho to the club.

The Barca fans already been mobilized to clear his discomfort with centre-back of Madrid. The wording of Sport Journal has received hundreds of communications in the form of emails, calls and letters in which the Barca claim that Pepe did not interbreed with Messi again next Wednesday.

Mostly, the fans of Barca is against Pepe play on Wednesday. To the question 'Do you think Pepe should play in the Nou Camp?' SPORT.es made by one of its surveys, a percentage of 65 percent is positioned against the participation of Luso, with only 35 to for recrossing the Barca players.

Two yellow cards in three games

Pepe has built a reputation for violence that goes beyond their confrontations with the club, even when he has played at the Camp Nou, his behavior has been more modest: despite all, only one of the three games he has played the stadium has come without warning. Last year, at 5-0, saw card, and last year (1-0), was also cautioned. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Barça B wants to overcome the slump and the farewell of Jonathan Soriano

Barca B will attempt to break the dynamics of five games without a win in a match marked by low, including the three cited by Guardiola.

The affiliate needs to again enjoy the taste of victory after a month and a half of bitter. Eusebio Sacristan's team have only added two points of the game fifteen úlitmos and proximity to the drop zone a win this afternoon advised against Xerez at the Mini Estadi for the nerves do not begin to emerge.

The second team Barcelona will have to rediscover the victory overcoming the handicap of casualties. The most important of all is the Jonahtan Soriano, who was traded to the Red Bulls Salzburg, so that ended his career as a Blaugrana. The scorer signed his new contract and returned to Barcelona yesterday to finalize the details of his departure. Jonathan will travel to Turkey on Monday to join the stage that is performing his new team taking advantage of the break the Austrian championship. Ottoman lands which will hold its official launch event will offer its first press appearance with his new shirt.

Barça B already knows that will overcome this trascedente absence and Eusebio allowed to see that Rodri will be his replacement. The Andalusian was hired as a born striker, but was moved to the band for good performance as false Rafinha first ram and later by Jonathan recovery. The former sevillista will, therefore, another opportunity to demonstrate the quality that brought him to Barcelona to Seville to pay 1.5 million euros for his transfer.

The rest of the lineup will be strongly influenced by the casualties. Finally, the forecasts and Pep Guardiola called for moving to Malaga three players in the subsidiary that had working under him. As usual and Jonathan Isaac joined Basin and Sergi Roberto dos Santos.

These absences leave the center of the short field of troops and, hence, Eusebio tossed hand again of the Juvenil A to complete the convocation. Although during the week were more effective working of all the Oscar Garcia, the only recourse to Valladolid Patri. Thus, the Junior A greater assurances may confront the difficult clash today must face in Mallorca.

For its part, Lobato, Gustavo, Ilie and Carmona are injured and may not be available to Mr. Barcelona.

Xerez has never won the subsidiary

To Xerez they have sat down them very bad their confrontations with the filial barcelonista in the Mini Estadi. In seven games against Barca Barca B in the compound, the balance is seven wins and three draws, so that the Andalusians have not yet been able to beat the second team in their own stadium. The group coached by Antonio Moreno returns for this encounter Jesus Mendoza and Gerard Autet, while losing the suspended Raul Camara. His replacement in the squad list was Javi Iglesias. (via SPORT)

The team arrives in Málaga

FC Barcelona arrived in Málaga at 20.15, where the team will play on Sunday afternoon against Málaga CF at La Rosaleda in the match that marks the official halfway point of the Liga.

FC Barcelona arrived in the Andalusian city where they will play in the game corresponding to matchday 1 of La Liga this Sunday afternoon against the side managed by Manuel Pellegrini. Directors Pilar Guinovart and Toni Freixa led the Azulgrana expedition to Málaga, Vice-President Javier Faus will follow on Sunday. Guardiola has named 19 players to the Barça team, along with Pedro, who was given the medial all-clear this week. The flight departed from El Prat airport in Barcelona at 19.00 and arrived in Málaga at 20.15.

Upon arrival, the players went to the NH Málaga hotel, where they will stay until game time at La Rosaleda, kickoff time is at 18.00.

Interestingly enough, this is the second time the team has travelled the day before a match in La Liga. The first time was in matchday 2, for the Real Sociedad-Barça game. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The 1 x 1 of the injured Barca

The press conference of doctors and Cugat Pruna has served to clarify the status of the injured Barca.

After the game against Betis, Barca left with only 15 first team players. Had in those moments Keita Africa Cup (which began on Saturday), Maxwell transferred to PSG and four injured. This is the situation of the four injured.

After about ten days to be low for a muscle problem, Pedro received a medical discharge on Saturday and could travel with the team to Malaga.

Andreu Fontàs was operated this Saturday to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. It should be between six and seven-month low and to be ready for the next preseason.

David Villa is recovering from a fractured tibia suffered in the semifinal match of the Club World Cup 2011. At the press conference after the intervention performed to Fontàs, Dr. Cugat explained that "it is true that we feel that Villa is cutting time, but we can not take the rooftops. You should go with caution. We are in the callus consolidation process of the wound product. Theirs goes smoothly and in a few days we will remove two screws you have. "

About Ibrahim Afellay, the news is also good. According to Dr. Pruna, "Afellay retrofitted it with activity, indoor recovery. From the first week of February will go out and do exercises on the football field. Plans are met." And Cugat added, "is fine. It goes like a motorcycle and we have to be slowing." (via SPORT)

Pruna: "To Fontàs we wait to end for the next preseason"

The centre-back Barcelona is six months Andreu Fontàs low after being operated on Saturday in his right knee after being injured in the Cup match against Osasuna.

This was confirmed by Barcelona, ​​after the player has undergone arthroscopic surgery by doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna, in which he has had to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. After surgery, is set half a year of recovery, which separates the player from the competition this season. Fontàs seriously injured in the second leg of the Copa del Rey against Osasuna.

After the operation, appeared at a news conference doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna. Pruna said that he had seen Fontàs "quite lively. In fact, it has been all these days, except on the same day he was injured. I've left with his father, talking quietly and well." Pruna also explained that "Andreu already had a major injury for some time, was inactive after spending three months for surgery and also know that this is going." The doctor was blunt in stating that "we are waiting Fontàs butt for the next preseason."

For his part, Dr. Cugat justified that it took a week to operate the player. "It was better that way. In surgery you can not go in a hurry and often wait a few days later saves weeks of recovery." He also explained that he is a young player and it can benefit him in his recovery so that when he returns it is at the 100 for 100."

The story came in the last question, when asked if Dr. Cugat for the recovery of long-term injury is a psychologist hired to assist the player. "If the psychologist is important in these cases. And I am a psychologist. I have been a player and I think that gives me a slight advantage in helping the players. Besides, I'm the type who always sees the glass half full rather than half empty. " (via SPORT)

Pruna: "Messi still has in the hand the sign of the footfall of Pepe"

Ricard Pruna, doctor of FC Barcelona, ​​Messi still recognizes that he is seen in the hand signal after Pepe's stomp.

In the press conference after the intervention made Fontàs Andreu, the doctor Ricard Pruna was asked by the action of Pepe on Messi in the Classic last Wednesday and if he could have had worse consequences.

And Pruna said that nothing had happened, fortunately, because Leo Messi had no hand injury. Still, it does recognize that "you can still see the signal in the left hand tread Pepe, as a stain that is usual in such steps." (via SPORT)

Pellegrini said thatBarça "is a compact in all its lines"

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini said on Barcelona, ​​which is measured rival on Sunday at the Rose Garden, "it is a compact in all its lines" and that he did recently play against Real Madrid, "knowing the virtues of a rival, that many ".

The Chilean coach, about the possible erosion of the opponent when measured on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey to Real Madrid, said that "all the big teams are used to perform Wednesday and Sunday in various competitions," and he does not believe "that will pass invoice ".

Pellegrini said they will try to "Barcelona is less than the ball of what is" and acknowledged that when playing against Real Madrid or Barça "cause greater excitement in the air," though he added that the coaching staff is the "demand" and "motivation" of the players is the same in every game.

He also referred to his countryman Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona forward and said "is a player that has been done in Europe and now all his work reflects a great team that knows how to exploit well."

The malaguista coach on the run of his team, which has five games without a win, said that "when the expectation is so great and not get all that illusion is expected larger than reality."

"We must continue to progress in all areas for growth. Or Europe if Europe is not a bad evaluation. We must make much more global and profound to grow at Malaga as an institution," he added.

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Spotlight on Malaga CF

Malaga CF, one of the most active teams in the summer transfer window, will receive the reigning league champions on Sunday at La Rosaleda (18.00).

FC Barcelona's opponents this weekend are Malaga FC, who are currently in eighth place on 25 points. The club is bankrolled by Quatar sheikh Ahmed Al Thani and ambitions are high at the Costa del Sol side, as they look for a European spot next season.

The current Malaga Club were formed as a successor to CD Malaga in 1993, after the old club went bust. Since then, they have fought their way up through the lower flights and at the start of the century they enjoyed a few seasons as a top ten team under Joaquin Peiro and Juande Ramos before spending a couple of years in the second division. The big change for the club came in 2010 when Quatar billionaire Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Ahmed Al Thani bought them and began a massive rebuiding programme with his cash. Coach Manuel Pellegrini was brought in, along with big money signings such as Julio Baptista, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Toulalan, Isco, Joaquin, Kameni and Santi Cazorla and after surviving a relegation scare last year, they have set their sights on European qualification this season.

Malaga have gone five league games without a win, losing to Sporting, Valencia and Real Sociedad, whilst being held at home by Atletico Madrid and Osasuna. The team were also knocked out of the Spanish Cup in the last round, going down 3-2 and 0-1 to Real Madrid. Last season's game between Guardiola's team and Malaga in Andalusia ended in a convincing 1-3 win for the Catalans.

Santi Cazorla was a key part of Spain's European Championship winning team in 2008 and although he missed out on World Cup in South Africa through injury he is now back on top form after signing for Malaga from Villarreal at the start of this season. Cazorla is the creative spark of Pellegrini's team, his ability to come in from either wing marks him out as a dangerous attacking force and he's the team's leading scorer in the league. (via FCBarcelona.cat)