28 January 2012

Pedro injured, Alexis travels to Villareal

Barça’s Spanish striker will miss tonight’s match due to an injury he picked up in yesterday’s training session, the Chilean, who is responding well to treatment, was included in Guardiola’s list.

The Barça team travelling to Castellón to play against Villareal in tonight’s league match had a few surprises before their train left Sants Estació. Pedro Rodríguez will miss the match due to injury and Alexis Sánchez will be at El Madrigal.

According to the team’s Medical Services, at the end of Friday’s training session, Pedro was having problems. The tests confirmed that the player has a contraction in the abductor of his left thigh. He will miss the match against Villareal and his availability will depend on his recovery.

On a better note, Alexis is responding favourably to treatment and is recovering from his acromioclavicular injury sustained in this Wednesday’s Clásico. The Chilean was a last-minute addition to Guardiola’s team for tonight’s match. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Hard game for Barca

Villarreal has added 19 points in 19 games.
Guardiola has warned of the difficulty of the crash.
In the last three visits to the Madrigal Barça has won.

El Madrigal this Saturday live a very special game between two teams who like the ball and take control of the game, but, a priori, has a clear emphasis Blaugrana , at least this is what marks the difference now between the teams. The men of Pep Guardiola travel to Villarreal as second in the table, having won 44 points in 19 games, while the team of Jose Francisco Molina is 17 table with 19 points.

Perhaps that is why Pep Guardiola has warned in a press conference on the difficulty of shock, commenting that "The Madrigal is a very complicated".

But what the statistics say , for those who favor. In the First Division both teams have seen the faces on 12 occasions , and of these, Villarreal have won 5, there have been six wins and a draw visitors. With 20 goals scored by the home side to 19 for FC Barcelona, ​​which already gives an idea of equality on the ground throughout the game. The last three visits Barca's side doors open to a positive outcome of the azulgranas, since that resulted in three wins. The latest, 0 - 1.

It is true that as they say, once the referee Teixeira José Ramón Vitienes -not to be confused with Teixeira's game Vitienes Camp Nou, his brother, the accumulated data are useless. However, consider that the Yellow Submarine have won 9 games at home, drawn 4 and lost 1. That is, he has achieved 16 of the 19 points that shows playing at home, a detail that surely the Blaugrana players and technical staff have been taken into account.

In fact, Guardiola himself said in the press conference after they had taken note of the good image left by Villarreal in front of the Real Sociedad and Sporting . And special attention will have to have the azulgrana to Marcos Rubén and Borja Valero, because, with 6 and 3 points, they are next to Rossi, the yellow maximum gunners. In addition, Villarreal, after the good performance of the fans in the game against Sporting Gijon, wants to reward the loyalty of their fans, so that each subscriber has been able to withdraw up to a maximum of three tickets at half price habitual , so expect a full Madrigal to the flag. (via MD)

The numbers of visits to El Madrigal Blaugrana

Blaugrana 6 wins , 5 wins for Villarreal and 1 draw, this is the summary of the twelve battles that have played Barcelona and Villarreal at El Madrigal in First Division:
2010-2011: 0 - 1
2009-2010: 1 - 4
2008-2009: 1 - 2
2007-2008: 3 - 1
2006-2007: 2 - 0
2005-2006: 0 - 2
2004-2005: 3 - 0
2003-2004: 2 - 1
2002-2003: 2 - 0
2001-2002: 0 - 1
2000-2001: 4 - 4
1998-1999: 2 - 3

[Barça B] Dongou comes of age with only 16

The African is a step away from becoming the first player from Eto'o Foundation that he debuted with the second team Barcelona.

Barça B receives this afternoon to Huesca (18.00 hours) with the firm intention of signing his second consecutive victory in the Mini and, thus, escape from the hot zone of a definitive classification. And, if the three points, the picture might distance blaugrana more than ten of the relegation zone.

The main attraction will be the new jewel of La Masia, the Cameroonian Jean Marie Dongou, born April 20, 1995. Despite being young freshmen, Eusebio has decided to bring him before the plague ravaging the subsidiary absences (Cuenca, Sergi Roberto, Dos Santos and Tello are the first team, Jonathan Soriano already with the Salzburg and Carmona, Ilie and Gustavo still injured). Face of such misfortune, the only good news is the recovery of Lobato.

After follow in three youth football tournaments with Cameroon, Barça joined Dongou during the 2007/08 season. This season is the top scorer of the Group III Honor Division with 16 goals (the same as the Spanish Rufo) and the Next Gen Series (informal Champions). "Our idea is to train us to go assimilate the change. Has conditions to help us when we need, "said Eusebio on Dongou. Beside him on the list could go another juvenil, Patricio Gabarrón.

Everything points to defend the goal Oier subsidiary after he and Masip and Mino have completed their cycle of seven. Meanwhile, Eusebio trusts Muniesa again in midfield to give the team more packaging in the absence of five midfielders for the reasons mentioned above. This led to his usual Bartra squire lost at the rear, a position disputed again Armando and Sergi Gomez. Finally, the non-presence of Tello could make that Gerard Deulofeu return to the starting lineup.

By guest, Quique Hernández hopes to be able to have the griposo finally Juanjo Camacho, second maximum scorer of the category with ten 'reveilles.' In addition, the attacker Omar, recently released by the Tenerife, the initial team could move to Manu Molina. (via SPORT)

[Former player] Giovani is on the verge of signing for Villarreal

Tottenham forward and former Mexican Racing is on the submarine esperta sell Nilmar. Granada has definitively refused to go to El Madrigal.

The Tottenham mexican international and former Racing Santander forward, Giovani Dos Santos, is very close call at Villarreal. The agreement between the player and club is almost complete Castellon and is waiting to see what happens with the possible departure of Nilmar to Sao Paulo.

Villarreal president Fernando Roig has a key meeting in the next few hours trying to transfer to Nilmar for 10 million euros. Its purpose is to invest some of that income in the recruitment of Gio, whose signing would be around six million. The forward had virtually closed their employment with Granada as it still does not count in the Premier (substitute only four games) but knowing the Yellow Submarine offer has opted to wait to call at El Madrigal.

Villarreal weighing the possibility of even out Nilmar sign him but not because it is convinced that if not now, the Brazilian star leave at the end of the season. However, wait until time runs out Transfer to avoid having to put money in your pocket and cover this contract with the sale of Nilmar. Giovani and exploded in Santander last season with five goals after arriving during the winter. Now he wants to repeat. (via AS)

Guardiola raises rotations to successfully tackle all competitions

Mascherano and Adriano are two of the candidates to enter the eleventh to give fresh take on Barca.

The qualification for the semifinals of the Copa del Rey will invoice template blaugrana high physical level. Pep Guardiola is aware that should regulate well the efforts of their players to successfully tackle the league fixtures and the tie of the Copa del Rey against Valencia today so expect changes from the eleven measured gala Real Madrid.

Two of them will be forced by injuries to Alexis Sanchez and Andres Iniesta. Thiago Pedro and could be their replacements, although attack can not be ruled Adriano entry down the left after his great performance in the last game at home in Malaga. It is also possible to enter Javier Mascherano in the middle of the rear to rest some of the defenders, as Carles Puyol, who was multiplied on Wednesday against Real Madrid and could be input on the bench. (via SPORT)

Villareal v FC Barcelona: Big test at El Madrigal

22.00, TV3 and La Sexta: Barça go to Villareal with important absentees as they chase three more points to keep leaders Real Madrid in their sights.

FC Barcelona go to Villareal for the last game in January, and they won't want to drop any points if they want to stay in the hunt for their fourth consecutive league title. They travel south with their morale high after putting Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, which means they are still challenging to win all three major trophies this season.

But it is never easy to get three points at El Madrigal, and Pep Guardiola has only 14 first team players available after Alexis and Iniesta both went down with injuries midweek, and therefore join Villa, Afellay and Fontàs on the sidelines, not forgetting that Seydou Keita is also away, due to his participation in the African Nations Cup.

It's hardly the situation Guardiola would have wanted at such a crucial time of the season, but rather than lament the circumstances, players like Cesc Fàbregas said on Wednesday that "if we have to play for 90 minutes in five games in a row, we'll do it, and if we have to play with ten men, we'll do that too. It won't change anything. We are who we are and we just have to keep pushing forwards. What's more, we have a great reserve team". Indeed, the Barça B youngsters are the best winter signing the club could have wished for, and against Vila-real, Isaac Cuenca, Jonathan dos Santos, Sergi Roberto and Tello have all been named in the squad.

Full: www.fcbarcelona.cat

Piqué on verge of league century

The FC Barcelona midfielder is one game short of his 100th in the league in a Barça shirt.

Gerard Piqué has become a key element of Barça under Guardiola. A product of the youth system, he rejoined the club in 2008 after moving to Manchester United in 2004/05. The Catalan has now played 99 league games for Barça.

He made his league debut on September 13, 2008, in the second game of the 2008/09 campaign, where Barça and Racing drew 0-0 at the Camp Nou. Despite the result, Piqué played well and was one of the main reasons why the Cantabrians failed to score.

But Piqué has also contributed to the attack. He has scored as many as seven league goals for Barça, the first being the sixth in the famous 6-2 win at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid on May 2, 2009, a goal that the Barça fans will never forget.

He also scored crucial goals in the 2010/11 season away to Atletico Madrid and Vila-real. The last time he was on target was last November 19 away to Zaragoza.

Piqué senses the FCB colours like few others. They say he has Barça in his blood, for his grandfather Amador Bernabéu was a member of the board and Gerard was made a member of the club from birth. He was already in the youth system at the age of ten, and even when he played for Manchester United and Zaragoza (2004-2008) he always said that he was determined to come back to Barcelona one day. This he did, where he and Puyol have formed one of the strongest central defences in world football. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


Cuenca, after renovation, "The dream begins today"

Barca just did with the continuity of one of her pearls, the young attacker Isaac Cuenca, with which it has reached an agreement to extend the contract until 2015.

The player will sign the commitment of the institution's offices on Tuesday, day 31, which ends the Barcelona of the contract extensions that have most resisted, for their own young talent.

Once you have reached this agreement, the Barcelona put an end to all contacts that Barca had opened the dressing room, waiting for the next to enter negotiations is the coach, Josep Guardiola, who has made a contract review every year .

The player expressed his enthusiasm to renew his Twitter account. "Who would have thought me a few months ago. Player of the best team in the world. The dream starts today," said excited.

Probably Cuenca premiere next Wednesday against Valencia in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey a new dorsal credited as first team player. All indications are that this will be the race number 23. (via SPORT)

Serrat, "Pepe plays the edge of the Criminal Code. Have psychological problems'

Serrat said in the Brazilian Pepe plays no limit rules, but playing "the edge of the Penal Code".
"Pepe it would have to look because he has psychological problems."

The singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat said in an interview with COM radio network Radio that the Luso-Brazilian Pepe plays no limit rules, but playing "the edge of the Penal Code," and added that the Barça fans should "despise "implying that it should not be watching the Real Madrid.

Serrat has been very critical of central Madrid, after the events of the last clásicos. " Pepe does not play to the limit of the rules, plays on the edge of the Penal Code. Pepe it would have to look because he has psychological problems. What would have to do is to despise the fans, "said this afternoon Serrat , who believes that the power to punish the player is on the Competition Committee and Real Madrid.

The singer is considered a quiet person in football and it's not a scream amateur rivals. "Usually I am a fairly quiet, although the other day I was so quiet," he explained.

The last clásico, with a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou gave the ticket to the semifinals of the European Cup after eliminating the Barca Madrid, Joan Manuel Serrat has admitted he was one of the parties that have made ​​it longer of his life. He applauded the Barça Josep Guardiola is plotting a "fantastic time" and that the Catalan side has met with a Madrid where the problem "is that you need to win at Barcelona", a fact which speaks volumes for him when "the Madrid left the field happy even being eliminated from the Cup. " (via MD)

Xavi on the players of Real Madrid: "They're the host, do not know how to lose"

Barca want to know how and who was able to filter out 'Elmundo' the words of Terrassa.

Xavi Hernández has been the subject of an artificial controversy between the national media in the wake of a comment by midfielder before starting a television interview to the club following the Clásico last Wednesday that it has published 'Elmundo'.

The Terrassa said in a relaxed way with the program presenters that players of Real Madrid "are the host, do not know how to lose." As they passed pictures of the match, Xavi also commented on the grueling entrance Lass "Host, is very clear you. Is that ... that's why I do not want to whistle I said. Expúlsalo, you." "Guilt is the player who makes animal entries," he added.

It is not the first time Xavi Hernandez made ​​these statements. After the brawl in the Super Cup final in Spain, after Marcelo's criminal entrance Cesc has more than enough and resulted in the unfortunate 'dedazo' Mourinho Tito Vilanova, the Terrassa has already declared that they did not know blancos players lose.

A club spokesman added that Barcelona EFE is investigating the incident and asked the cooperation of Mediapro, a company that is responsible for the production of the Barcelona club's television channel, after the agency recently outsourced the service to that channel producer. (via MD)

Dani Alves reply Mourinho's spokesman: "I have a noble heart"

Barcelona's Brazilian defender Dani Alves responded today to criticism on Thursday by Eladio Paramés , spokesman for the Real Madrid coach, Jose Mourinho , and said he has "a noble heart."

Paramés tweeted, referring to Alves: "Paramés wrote in Twitter, in allusion to Alves: "A donkey of small ears and with glasses doctor doesn't become, it continues being a donkey."

The player of Barça used the same social network to answer: "I recognize that my origins are poor and humble, but with a noble heart, and God made ​​me, let life takes me." (via MD)

Molina: "Barcelona is impossible to win without making a great game"

Recognizes that one of the team's goals in the match will "look good".

Villarreal coach Jose Francisco Molina is aware that "it is impossible to win at Barcelona without making a great game , "but acknowledged that one of the team's goals in the match will" look good ".

"Winning would be great. Working hard for 90 minutes and from there try to win. If we do we charge of morale. Try to make a great game and make things very difficult for Barça. Our focus is on three points but we know the difficulty of the game, "he noted.

Villarreal came into the game against Barcelona after the first victory under the leadership of Molina held on Monday against Sporting de Gijón (3-0), a triumph that was "very important psychologically," said Molina. "After a meeting, it is difficult to make changes. Let's try to make the same game and we have no need for any modification, "said the coach. According to Molina, Villarreal should "try to play every game taking the ball, even against Barcelona will be much more difficult." "We'll try and maybe we need to do different things to get it," he added.

"Barcelona have casualties, but also a great squad and are used to keep a high pace of games. I do not know Barça we're going to find. I worry about my team more than what you can do them, we go for the party "he explicado.Una of the team's goals is to" stop Messi ", but acknowledged that" there is no specific plan ", it does try to" have their best players are your best football. "

For the game against the Catalans, Molina might not be available Galician goalkeeper Diego Lopez, who currently has a fever, so if the goalkeeper does not play as usual "play César, who is also a great goalkeeper." Who will not be safe to Barcelona will be the Brazilian Nilmar, who maintains an open negotiation to leave Villarreal for what has been thought that Molina "is not the best situation for the player." "We need those who are your head is a hundred percent with the team . has a great quality, but it is best to stay outside, "he acknowledged. (via MD)

González González and Fernández Borblán, the referees of the Valencia-Barça of Cup

The Spanish Federation has given to concoer the two collegians that will whistle the preliminary round between blaugranas and ché. The castellanoleonés beep and the Andalusian leg will direct the return leg.

The referee castellanoleonés, José Luis González González will be responsible for leading the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final will face Valencia and FC Barcelona at the Mestalla on February 1 as announced on Friday the Real Federación Española de Fútbol. At the same time, it has also been reported that the Andalusian Borbalán David Fernandez will be the referee will whistle the second leg at the Camp Nou on February 8. (via MD)

Guardiola: “Villareal's position in the standings is not representative of the quality of their players”

The Barça manager considers that Villareal’s current 17th place in the table doesn’t reflect the quality of José Francisco Molina’s team. Guardiola confirms that Isaac Cuenca is now a full-time first-team player and that he will not return to the B side.

osep Guardiola knows that tomorrow’s match at El Madrigal will be difficult. “In the last couple of years it’s been a difficult ground for us, it won’t be any different this time,” explained the Barça manager. He added that “their position in the standings does not correspond to the quality of the players they have or to their recent history.” Despite missing key players to injury, Barça’s opponent this Saturday “continues to play football very well.”

Guardiola has had to piece together a team for matchday 21 of the league after Iniesta and Alexis were injured in the Cup match midweek. The Barça manager included Cuenca, Sergio Robetro, Cristian Tello and Jonathan Dos Santos in his team along with the 14 available first-team players. Guardiola know’s exactly what he wants from the youngsters: “you can expect things from players that don’t get the call-up regularly. They must be themselves. They mustn’t be afraid, they need to be bold and they must help us in everything.”

On Cuenca, who will sign a contract extension next week that will keep him at the Club until 2015, Guardiola confirmed that the striker now forms part of the first team: “he’s new and he plays really well in his position. He is helping us and I hope he will continue help us.”

The manager admitted that after the Cup match on Wednesday that his team has not had much time to rest. However, he said his players are used to the demanding schedule: “I always think that it’s better to play a match after ensuring qualification. It’s true that we have not had much time to rest, but we are accustomed [to the schedule]. We know what we must do. The second part of the season is about to start and we will try to focus on whatever match we have next and go as far as we can.”

On the game against Real Madrid, the Barça manager understands that Los Blancos, despite being eliminated from the Cup, “have a good taste in their mouths, because they played a good game.” He added: “in a tie that lasts 180 minutes it’s impossible to completely dominate a team like Madrid. But you have to make conclusions after each game in order to process and move forward.”

Minute of silence in memory of the journalist Dani Montesinos

A minute of silence was observed in memory of journalist Dani Montesinos before Guardiola’s pre-match press conference. Besides journalists from different news outlets and the Barça manager, the captains of the first team, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta and Valdés, were also present for the minute of silence. “It’s a shame, a terrible loss. I think he’s been to just about every press conference. There isn’t a bigger embrace that we could give to his whole family,” said Guardiola (via FCBarcelona.caqt)

18 players picked to face Villareal

Josep Guardiola has named the 14 available first-team players plus Cuenca, Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto and Cristian Tello to FC Barcelona’s squad for tomorrow’s match against Villareal. Barça’s train will travel to Benicassim instead of the originally planned Castellón.

Barça completed their final training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper before Saturday’s match at El Madrigal. At the conclusion of the session the Barça manager named 18 players to the team: all 14 available first-team players plus Cuenca, Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto and Tello.

With the Club’s permission, José Manuel Pinto did not train with his teammates as he was attending to a personal matter.

The team will travel to Villareal on Saturday morning. The initial plan, however, was to travel to Castellón by train but the security authorities could not guarantee adequate safety measures at the Castellón train station. Hence, the team will travel to Benicassim instead. From there they will complete their journey to Villareal by coach.

The team will eat together at the hotel and depart for El Madrigal approximately one hour before the match. The game against Villareal starts at 22.00. After the game the team will return to Barcelona and arrive at 3.20. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The list:
Valdés, Pinto, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Adriano, Abidal, Alves, Pedro, Jonathan dos Santos, Isaac Cuenca, Sergi Roberto and Cristian Tello.

[Barça B] Cuenca to extend contract through 2014/15 season

The player will sign his new contract on Tuesday, January 31st.

The FC Barcelona player has agreed to extend his contract with the Club until June 30th, 2015. Cuenca will sign his new contract on Tuesday, January 31st.

Cuenca made his official debut with FC Barcelona’s first team in the Champions League match against Viktoria Plzen, since then he has regularly trained and been named to Guardiola’s squads. The Barça winger has scored two goals in the league and two in the Copa del Rey. (via FCBarcelona.cat)