05 February 2012

Barça – Real Sociedad: Match Stats

  • Thiago Alcántara has now made 50 senior appearances. 31 in La Liga, 5 in the Champions League, 10 in the Cup, 2 in the Spanish Super Cup and 2 in the World Club Cup.
  • He's scored a total of 7 goals, (4 in the league and 3 in the Cup).
  • He had the best pass completion rate against Real Sociedad: 89/98
  • Barça broke a run of three consecutive draws
  • The match showcased a lot of home-grown talent, with Barça starting with 8 players from the academy and Real 9.
  • Real Sociedad have not won in the Camp Nou for 21 years.
  • Barça had 70% of the possession and more than trebled the number of passes made by Real - 713 to 227.
  • Barça produced 18 attempts on goal compared to Real's 8.
  • Mascherano (19) and Adriano (15) topped the ball recovery rankings. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Zubizarreta, "Bale? I have not gone to London to negotiate with anyone"

Zubizarreta denied the contacts by the Welsh.


Andoni Zubizarreta , sporting director of FC Barcelona , flatly denied yesterday who traveled to London recently to negotiate with Tottenham and the representative of Gareth Bale the signing of Welsh left-back. "It is true that London has been in talks with anyone and I said a thousand times that 90% of players are in Barça fichables or the subsidiary," said former goalie at halftime of the game last night denying it published on Friday by the Daily Sport . Furthermore, although the club sees a player Bale interesting, in any case would be willing to pull the boat out when it is 'common knowledge' that it Tottenham descolgaría asking 40 million euros at least.

As for the game against Real Sociedad, Zubizarreta was pleased by the attitude of the players. "For the game could take some more goal but also plays Real and this is football," he said before the second half. (via MD)

[Former player] Motta shock debut in Paris

Dream debut to Thiago Motta, received honors for the passionate fans of the PSG and left the country offering such a good impression of football as his character, since he received at the outset, his first booking in the championship.

Recently promoted, the Evian is not anyone in the French league. Sponsored by several legends of football Gallo (including Zidane) and supported by the multinational Danone, is paying the hazing of his debut in the top ... But where is shows a personality that many say will be a rival Aboca care in the near future. Yesterday, without going any further, he showed in Paris, where the sweat leader, not a little to defeat him in an afternoon, chilling, called to be a holiday from start to finish.

And it was only at the end festive when Gameiro, one minute of the conclusion he said the victory with a third goal that buried any visitor sighed and gave him the dream debut to Thiago Motta, received honors for the passionate fans of the PSG and left the field to offer football as such a good impression of his character, since he received at the outset, his first booking in the championship.

Behind in the last minute the first time, luck had PSG just starting to match the second, but this did not prevent him or many nerves disappeared with the penalty caused by Menez and transformed by Nene, savior and leader in the absence of Pastore. (via SPORT)

[Player Ratings; Liga BBVA; week17] FC Barcelona - Real Sociedad (2-1)

Overall Rating 6.7

VALDES 8, ALVES 6, PUYOL 8, MASCHERANO 7, ADRIANO 6, DOS SANTOS 6, THIAGO 6, CESC 6, CUENCA 7, MESSI 6, TELLO 8 (MOM), BUSQUETS -, ABIDAL 6, PIQUE 6. (via SPORT)

Bartomeu: "There is nothing to Van Persie, focus on what is at stake"

Barcelona sports vice president prefers that the team is focused on the game competitions and avoids talking about future signings.

Josep Maria Bartomeu was one of the players after the victory achieved by Barca against Real Sociedad. The Blaugrana's sporting vice president welcomed the three points, which allow continue fighting for the league title.

"It took, we had many chances and we played with different players, younger. We dominated from start to finish and the ball entered. But the game is what it is and we played well and in the end what matters is winning and we must thank Taylor for the goal. The important thing was to win and now we side by side with Real Madrid. "

Bartomeu had time to disprove an alleged meeting of the sporting with Arsenal's Dutch forward Van Persie: "There is nothing out news, but not the time.

Now we have to have batteries installed and focus on what is at stake. " The Blaugrana manager remembered the people who were at the Camp Nou despite the cold and time: "We are grateful that they did to all those who have come to the Stadium and hope to do likewise on Wednesday, which will be a night cold. We need our people because we have the opportunity to reach another final of the Copa del Rey. " (via SPORT)

Barça has seen Bale seven times this season

The British press reveals the club blaugrana moves to probe the incorporation of the Welsh player of Tottenham.

Barca are closely following the footsteps of Gareth Bale, the Tottenham Hotspur left-back who has become one of the objectives of the technical secretariat of the club. Barca's movements to probe the incorporation of the player, unveiled by SPORT, have been confirmed by his own management agency, The Stellar Group. A company spokesman has confirmed that Barça has contacted the agency representative to inquire about the status of the player, as have several European top-level clubs.

In addition, the British press also supports the information published by this newspaper: Several media have confirmed the interest of Barca, translated into several trips to London and via telephone contacts. Barça, through its network of scouts, has continued to live Bale as seven times this season, according to information disclosed by the Daily Mirror. The club blaugrana, in fact, Bale and follows two years, when its price was much more manageable.

Possible negotiations, however, must wait to finish the season. The environment of the player has made it clear that his priority is to complete a good season with his team, ranked third in the Premier and still with options to achieve the league title.

The intention of Tottenham is to get the player auction in late season to get as much money as possible, but Barça is unwilling to enter the bidding to help inflate the price of the transaction. Tottenham will ask no less than 43 million euros, a high figure for Barca. (via SPORT)

Montanier: "Barca deserved to win"

The coach of Real Sociedad, Philippe Montanier, was satisfied with the game displayed by his team and made it clear that Barca deserved to win the match.

Philippe Montanier attended the press conference proud of his team's performance in the Nou Camp despite the defeat. "Barca deserved their victory, but in the end, with only one goal difference, I expected a draw. I am satisfied with the behavior of their players, but not the outcome, although we know it is very difficult here in Barcelona," has recognized .

The coach knew that Barça could pay at the end of the match effort in recent weeks: "I know that Barça is having a lot of games, I had to make many changes, but his game has been showing regularly." As for Messi, the French complained that his team controlling the world's best player for much of the game, but ultimately the star Barca managed to score and break a streak of three games without scoring. "It is true that the second goal was very difficult for us. We know that anything can happen Messi is a magician, but it is true that the work of my team has been very severe to wait until the final result set. "

"In the second half we were better with the ball, we had two or three good chances, enough against Barca. So it is a pleasure for me," the coach of La Real.

Víctor Valdés: "We have no margin of error"

The players congratulated Cristian Tello for his excellent performance against Real Sociedad. The Barça squad is not focused on the decisive semifinal Cup match against Valencia.



After putting in another fantastic performance in goal, Víctor Valdés said the game against Real Sociedad was difficult. “It’s been a hard day, it’s very cold, but we played well. It was a very close result, the supporters were suffering because of us but we fought until the end. In general terms, the team was on form,” said the keeper.

Valdés also praised Barça B’s Cristian Tello: “I want to congratulate him for his first goal with the first team, we have the best youth system in the world.”

The keeper highlighted the importance of winning tonight’s three points: “it’s important to win all the games that we have to play, we are in a situation that leaves us with no margin of error, we have to keep on winning three points each week and wait for Madrid to stumble.”

Lastly, he talked about the importance of the semifinals return leg of the King’s Cup. “We must play a good game. Valencia will come to score a goal and we must be careful until the end,” said the keeper.

Here are some of the statements made by the FC Barcelona players after the match:

Cristian Tello:

“We worked hard to win this match because we needed it. I have to thank the manager for the confidence that he gives me, I’m very happy.

“There’s a lot of Liga left and a lot of points [still in play]. We have to fight for the League until the end.

“We had a hard time but we managed to win the game, it was necessary. Real Madrid can lose and we must be ready [when they do].”

Dani Alves:

“We had the chances to score more goals, but in the end the game was difficult. We gave them a chance, and they came after the game after their goal. Despite that, we fought to win the three points.

“Leo Messi doesn’t only score goals. He’s a player that works so hard, he tries to do everything, and it’s all for the team. We’re very happy with his work regardless of the goals he scores.

“The wide full-backs didn’t have to attack as much tonight, we only had to be aware of counterattacks. Tello and Cuenca played a very good game.

“We’re very motivated for the game on Wednesday. We have the chance to enjoy another final, but we’re going up against a very difficult rival and we hope the supporters come to cheer us on.”

Adriano Correia:

“It was a bit difficult. It was a similar match that we played there [Anoeta], but we managed to win and we played a good game.

“We’re very pleased with Tello, he’s another player from the reserve side that’s succeeding with us. I hope he can stay.

“I’ve never been so cold. The pitch, after it was watered down, was frozen. Despite all that, we’re very pleased with the result and for the three points.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

Guardiola equals Frank Rijkaard

The Barça manager has won 160 matches on the FC Barcelona bench, the same amount as the Dutchman won between 2003 and 2008. Only Cruyff has more wins than Guardiola (250).

With the win this Saturday, Pep Guardiola brings his tally of games won on the FC Barcelona bench to 160. The manager has only conceded 44 draws and 18 defeats in his three and a half years at FC Barcelona. His record has allowed him to guide the first team to 13 titles out of 16 played since he was named head coach.

Guardiola equals Frank Rijkaard’s record of games won. The Dutchman trained Barça from 2003 to 2008. During that time he won 160 games, tied 63 and lost 50. Guardiola’s next challenge is to catch Johan Cruyff’s record of 250 wins (the Barça manager was at the Azulgrana helm for 430 official matches).

This Saturday was Guardiola’s 601st game with the first team. He played 379 in the Barça colours as a first-team player and against Real Sociedad he completed his 222nd match as the Barça manager. Guardiola, who made history as a player, is now making history as the Barça coach. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Josep Guardiola: “They are putting in a titanic effort”

The Barça manager highlighted the effort and the good football produced by his players tonight against Real Sociedad. Guardiola congratulated Tello, Cuenca and Dos Santos “because it’s not easy to comport yourself like they have [tonight], especially with all the added pressure”.



t the start of the press conference after the 2-1 win over Real Sociedad, Josep Guardiola wanted to thank the 53,000 fans that braved the freezing cold and came to the Camp Nou to cheer on the team. “I have reverence and gratitude for all of them,” he said. He then went on the congratulate Tello, Cuenca and Dos Santos “for the great match that they played.” The manager also expressed his eagerness “to get back some of the [injured] players little by little.” Guardiola noted that his curtailed squad is putting in a “titanic effort” each match especially considering the amount of injured first-team players.

“In the end we won by a short margin, and we could have tied, it’s true that we generated a lot of good football, and you go home with a strange feeling,” explained the manager. He insisted: “let’s see if we can get back some [injured] players. The players we have are putting in a titanic effort, and on Wednesday they have another do or die match that will decide if we can [play and] leave the Copa del Rey to one side so we can focus on the other two competitions. I hope we can play the final.”

That’s how Guardiola referred to the first goalscorer of the night: “[Tello’s] a pure winger, a bullet, very fast. He’s the type of player that’s very hard to find, he’s very young, and with time he’ll learn more things. He did a great job today.” He went on to praise the winger and Dos Santos, saying they both “played very responsibly.” He added: “they are better players now. Today we became stronger as an institution.”

Finally, when asked about Messi’s performance, the manger said “he’s as eager as ever. He self motivates. He could have scored four goals. As long as he’s feeling well, he’ll play. The pitch was a big stumbling block for him tonight. He scored an amazing goal after a very good pass from Dani.” (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Busquets out with an injured knee

The midfielder was carted off the pitch after a collision with a Real Sociedad player.

Sergio Busquets sustained an injury on the inside of his right knee that will require stitches. His recovery will mark his availability for upcoming Cup and League matches.

The Barça midfielder only managed to be on the Camp Nou pitch for seven minutes. He came in, replacing Carles Puyol, in the 68th minute, but after a collision with a Real Sociedad player he needed to come off the pitch. Piqué took the midfielder's spot. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Liga BBVA; Week22] Athletic Club 2 - 2 FC Barcelona 2 - 1 Real Sociedad F.S.S.

Barça overcame freezing temperatures and an injury to Busquets to beat Real Sociedad 2-1 at the Camp Nou tonight.


Barça prevailed over the difficulties that the weather and the Donosti team set them thanks to goals from Tello and Messi in each half in front of a 52.646 crowd who braved the Siberian temperatures at the Camp Nou. The negative for Guardiola's men was the injury to Busquets – just after he had come on in the second half.

The late goal for the visitors from Vela rounded off a game that Barça had begun with eight homegrown players and which served to put an end to a three game run of draws- two in the Cup and one in the league-and leave them still seven points behind Real Madrid in second place after the leaders beat Getafe earlier in the evening.

Messi and Ifrán both tested the keepers early on, but it was Barça- with Tello and Cuenca playing out wide and Dos Santos sitting in front of defence- who opened the scoring when on his debut, Tello got a subtle touch on 37 minutes to put away a great assist from Messi to beat Bravo in La Real goal.

Guardiola's team were ahead and dominating the match, but they were still missing a certain spark in the passing game that has characterised their best performances. Alves and Cesc both came close to making it two, but they both showed signs of the team's nervousness in front of goal and the narrow lead at half time was hardly a fair measure of the relative merits the two teams had shown so far.

Messi was again in the action after the break, but he looked to be out of luck, before he headed in an Alves cross on 72 minutes. Real Sociedad reacted quickly with a Vela goal just two minutes later to make it 2-1 with a quarter of an hour still left to play.

Guardiola now brought on Abidal and Busquets for Puyol and Dos Santos to try and close the game down, but the Catalan midfielder hardly lasted anytime whatsoever after banging into a la Real attacker on the edge of the box. After he was taken off to be replaced by Piqué, Barça took the sting out of the match and ran down the game to take the three points that keeps them seven behind the leaders. (via FCBarcelona.cat)


[Match Data]
Barcelona Valdés; Alves, Puyol (Abidal, m.76), Mascherano, Adriano; Dos Santos (Busquets, m.76 (Piqué, m.82), Thiago, Cesc; Tello, Messi and Cuenca.

Real Sociedad Bravo; Carlos Martínez, Mikel González, Iñigo Martínez, Cadamuro; Aranburu, Markel, Rubén Pardo (Llorente, m.78); Xabi Prieto (Aguirretxe, m.83), Griezmann; and Ifrán (Vela, m.58).

Goal: 1-0. M.9: Tello. 2-0, m.72: Messi. 2-1, m.74: Vela.

Referee: Clos Gomez (Committee Aragonés). He showed yellow card to Iñigo Martínez (m.34) and Llorente (m.88).

Incidents: 52,646 spectators attended the match in game for the twenty-second day match at the Camp Nou. They observed a minute's silence in memory of victims of Port Said (Egypt).

Preparing for the cold and the Real Sociedad

Barça has made ​​this Saturday at noon at the Camp Nou a final test before receiving from the 22 hours, at the Real Sociedad As in recent days, the preparatory session was marked by low temperatures.

As usual on game days at the Camp Nou , the team led by Josep Guardiola has made ​​a final preparatory session, which started at 12.30 and has been closed, before receiving the 22 hours, Real Sociedad , which is the day number 22 of the competition of regularity. A game, this one, in which players will surely be the low temperatures that affect the city of Barcelona in recent days.

Since Friday afternoon, the Barcelona coach for this training has had with the 15 first team players that are available, as well as Jonathan dos Santos, Cristian Tello and Sergi Roberto . After the session, players will have lunch together on the premises of the Camp Nou and then have free time until the time of concentration in the stadium,

Tips before the cold snap

Then, at low temperatures, we give some recommendations to everyone attending the game this Saturday night at the Camp Nou between Barcelona and Real Sociedad. (via FCBarcelona.cat)