23 February 2012

Iniesta looking to sum points three by three

Iniesta knows that Madrid have a considerable lead in the league, but has not given up the chase, saying that “if they drop any points, we have to be there just in case”.

The midfielder thinks taking things game by game will “make us more competitive in the Champions League and the final of Copa del Rey”.

On the visit to the Calderón, he knows it won’t be an easy game “but we’re looking forward to it and keen to get another three points”.

Andrés Iniesta knows that Real Madrid's ten-point lead is "a considerable advantage, but our only thoughts are on getting points three by three. That will make us more competitive in the Champions League and the final of the Copa del Rey. In the league, if Madrid drop any points, we have to be there just in case". Like the rest of the squad, Iniesta has not given up on the hope they can still pip Madrid to the Liga title.

The squad are well aware that their away form has been letting them down this season. "We've dropped far too many points and that's reflected in the league table" said Iniesta. Sunday offers a new opportunity to address the issue. "Every game is very difficult, but this is even harder given that we're away from home and playing Atlético ... But we're looking forward to it and keen to get another three points. Our idea is to go there and win." He was impressed with the great all-round performance in beating Valencia so comfortably last weekend and claims that win "has given us an extra push to win on the road".

As for Pep Guardiola renewing his contract, Andrés Iniesta can't imagine him not being at Barça next season. "We don't think that'll happen. The most difficult but also the nicest part of the season is now ahead of us ... I hope the manager stays with us and we are fighting for everything". (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Xavi scoring more than ever

Xavi’s eleven goals this season are the most he has ever amassed in any of his 14 years as a member of the first team.

One of the most surprisingly pleasant aspects of Barça this season has been the number of goals scored by players that are not out-and-out strikers. Cesc has been revealed as a natural goal-getter, while without making a big song and dance about it, Xavi has also been on target regularly, and with much of the season still left to play, he has already beaten his previous best for a season. He's got 11 goals in 33 games: 7 in the league, 1 in the Champions League, 2 in the cup and 1 at the Clubs World Cup.

Xavi holds the all-time record for official appearances for the club: 610. In his 14 seasons as a pro he has scored 69 times, and the eleven this season is a personal record. His personal best until now was the 10 he scored in the 2008/09 season, but that figure, of course, corresponded to a full season of 59 matches.

It is in the league that his goalscoring form has particularly shown, with 7 goals in 19 games. He's actually thirteenth in the overall scoring charts this season, where Rayo's Michu (11) and Cesc himself (9) are the only midfielders to have been on target more. Xavi has already levelled his best ever league tally set in the 2007/08 season, and has plenty of games ahead of him in which to add even more. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Víctor Oñate: "Villa, at the end of April"

His representative said on Channel 9 "which is training more than ever."

Víctor Oñate, general director of VOS Marketing, the agency that represents David Villa, spoke in an interview with La Nit program of Nou24 de Canal 9, the recovery of 'Guaje', he broke two months ago the left tibia in the Club World Cup.

"David is phenomenal, but people can surprise you are training more than ever, even more than when he could play. He is very focused on playing as soon as possible with Barça and looking at the UEFA EURO," said the representative in that information interactive Television Valenciana presented and directed by Jesús Montesinos.

Oñate even dared to predict that "depends on evolution, but I think at the end of April we see him playing again." (via MD)

Preparations continue for trip to Calderón

Barça has trained with the same 18 first team players plus Tello as at Wednesday’s first session of the week. Guardiola’s team is still focused on preparations for Sunday’s Liga fixture at Atlético Madrid (21.30).

FC Barcelona have worked out on Thursday morning on pitch number 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper with all attention focused on Sunday's away game at the Vicente Calderón against Atlético Madrid (21.30). Pep Guardiola used all the same players he had with him on Wednesday afternoon, namely the 18 available members of the first team plus Barça B's Cristian Tello. So, the only missing players were the injured Villa, Afellay and Fontàs.

The team will train again on Thursday at 11.00, again at Sant Joan Despí. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Villar and Rosell were secretly in a hotel in Madrid

With the issue of venue for the final of Copa unresolved in full swing and the criticism received from Cataluña arbitrations, Villar and Rosell decided to hold a secret meeting to find solutions. AS revealed the summit held in the hotel where you stay in Madrid Laporta. when not traveling with the team.

Sandro Rosell and Ángel María Villar on Tuesday held a secret meeting of two hours at Hotel NH Alcala in Spain's capital. In a surprising meeting, both presidents addressed the issue of venue Cup final Barca to be measured with Athletic in May though, has learned AS, Rosell jumped at the chance to show discomfort between Barça by recent arbitration received by the club azulgrana.

At 16:45 hours Villar came to NH Alcalá (Alcalá located in the street, 66) and went to the cafe. Calling for a tea, demanded a table with some privacy. Within minutes, showed up Sandro Rosell, who arrived on the scene in a taxi. He was alone and the vehicle fell back. Indeed, it was Barcelona president who suggested holding the meeting in this hotel, since it is where you stay for years, when not traveling with the expedition's official Barcelona. In fact, always occupies the same room on the fourth floor.

Both presidents were greeted in a very cordial. And in the presence of more customers (there were five people at that time in the cafeteria), decided to change table to draw the attention of those present, while Rosell asked for a coffee.

Definitely, they retired to the area that the hotel is reserved to make breakfast in the morning to their customers. There they found the privacy they wanted.

At 18:30 hours, Villar gave Rosell and closed the meeting, once one of the waiters told them how he CSKA- Real Madrid was playing at that moment (when they left the hotel were 0-1, Cristiano Ronaldo's goal). The Spanish Federation president left the place in his official car, while Rosell went to his room.

At night, the president of Barcelona continued their agenda and dined with the American entrepreneur Bill Gates.

At the summit last Tuesday, Rosell and Villar also had time to discuss the arbitration. In the last ten days, the Press of Barcelona has been a strong pressure from the media to understand that the team azulgrana has been hurt by the arbitrators. Hence, the Barcelona president has taken the opportunity to convey to the discomfort Villar.

The main theme of the meeting between Villar and Rosell hosted the Cup final azulgrana president reemphasized that Barcelona would like to be played in the Bernabéu but Villar reminded the version shown by Madrid, according to the which at that time the white arena is under construction. Hence, as a second option, the maximum Barca president expressed his priority Mestalla. (via AS)

Stoke City and Sunderland are interested in Òscar Garcia

The current coach of FC Barcelona juvenil A, Òscar Garcia, who will leave the club at the end of the season, and have 'girlfriends' in England.

Òscar Garcia, who will no longer be the coach of FC Barcelona Juvenil A to the end of the season and he must resign from FC Barcelona, ​​has attracted interest from several English clubs. The first that they would be probing the option of taking the former player of FC Barcelona have been Stoke City and Sunderland. (via SPORT)

[Selection Under-19] Announcement of selection for the friendly match France-Spain

See the list of players summoned for the dispute of the international friendly the Spanish National Team that directs Julen Lopetegui played against France in Meaux, on 29 February, at the stadium A.Corazza, from 16.30. (via RFEF)

A proposal for the National Team, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has called for the match of the reference to the following players:

ATHLETIC CLUB: Jonás Ramalho Chimeno
FC BARCELONA: Sergi Ayala López, Rafael Alcántara Do Nascimiento y Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro
REAL BETIS BPIE SAD: Francisco M. Varela Martín y Jose Antonio Delgado Villar
RC CELTA DE VIGO SAD: Jonathan Castro Otto
REAL RACING DE CLUB SAD: Daniel Sotres Castañeda
LEVANTE UD SAD: Iván López Mendoza
LIVERPOOL FC: Jesús Fernández Sáez
MÁLAGA CF SAD: Juan Miguel Jiménez López
REAL MADRID CF: Jesé Rodríguez Ruiz
SEVILLA FC SAD: Israel Puerto Pineda y José Gómez Campaña
VALENCIA CF SAD: Francisco Alcacer García y Juan Bernat Velasco
VILLARREAL CF SAD: Adrián Ortolá Vaño.

The cantera of FC Barcelona, quoted

Clubs across Europe tempt the emerging values of Barça despite being shielded and the majority.
Tello, the last to exploit and under contract until 2013 and is the focus of several 'big'.

The cantera azulgrana is hotter each passing day. Grassroots football azulgrana not to generate talent and European clubs do not lose sight. Nobody forgets that Arsenal is always ready with the cane, as it did in its day with Cesc and a few months ago, with Toral. But not only is the club 'gunner' who tempts the young talents. In recent months, given the strong commitment of Pep Guardiolayouth of the filial pull to overcome the many casualties of the first team, the directive Barcelona has found that they collect the bids for these talents.

The latest exploit has been Cristian Tello and has already attracted interest from clubs such as Valencia, Málaga, Benfica and Liverpool, who does not miss that out of contract in 2013 and that, therefore, is just over a year to be free. Andoni Zubizarreta something also noted in his red book and you want to solve as soon as possible by extending the contract of the squad.

Not only receives offers Tello, whose contract has a loophole to try to take it, but also those who are already shielded by the board azulgrana. likes of Isaac Cuenca, Sergi Roberto, Marc Bartra, Martin Montoya, Rafinha Alcántara or Jonathan Dos Santos have received calls from hustlers of all stripes eager to do business faster (with transfers or disposals) ... but also of serious clubs.

Because that's where the concern lies FC Barcelona: it's not only willing intermediaries movements quick money, but also are finding many offers real, hard cash, clubs French, Italian, German, Portuguese and English.

Some offers, being serious, involve a danger that footballers are raised go looking for more money and more minutes. FC Barcelona confident in his players a lot because he knows they have a huge incentive: the large number of canteranos that pulled the Pep Guardiola. Here it is to train and play with the first team is not a promise without foundation, is something tangible and that many of them have already tasted. Then yes, there is another side of the coin, first team quality is so spectacular that take minutes is very expensive. That is, there may be young people who think that being in Barça will not play great and that the reserves are too small and therefore weigh a way out.

The termination clauses of all those who have gone or will go, except the Deulofeu-are high but when a player is 'poison' money is hard to have it at home. And Pep and Zubi are very clear: a distaste better not be anybody.

The FC Barcelona youth system is in the media spotlight is not a secret world. The lower levels of the organization azulgrana are a reef and are constant scouts attending the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and Mini Estadi.

One day I certainly will not forget the club is the day after the win (4-0) BATE Borisov in the 6th round of the Champions League group stage on 6 December last 2011. That day, nine of the ten holders of Pep Guardiola was the quarry. All but Pinto and Maxwell. And on the bench, five of the seven substitutes were formed at Barça. All but the goal Oier Olazabal and Kiko Femenía. And the superiority of the Belarusian team, which fell to goals from Sergi Roberto, Montoya and Pedro (2), was overwhelming.

The international reaction after the European bashing La Masia was immediate and overwhelming: the club received ten bids for ten players other than the cantera. Aware that the protagonists against BATE were not regular starters, clubs Europeans believed that FC Barcelona claudicaría more easily to their demands. In the club azulgrana, while the feeling was bittersweet: pleased that Europe covet their pearls, but on the other side believes that this can be distracting. (via MD)

One year ago today the renewal of Guardiola

Barça coach, now marked by doubts about their future, a day like today signed last season.

Today marks exactly one year of the last renewal of Pep Guardiola as coach of Barça. The 'white smoke' that was reflected in a photograph in which Pep was flanked by his close associate and friend, Tito Vilanova and club president, Sandro Rosell, who also accompanied Josep Maria Bartomeu and Andoni Zubizarreta, vice president and athletic director , respectively. Barça coach, now marked by doubt, is delaying a continuity that Rosell expected to have offered to the fans as a Christmas present.

Guardiola renewal fails, which is in the air to the mass social azulgrana for weeks. Several sections the barcelonismo believe that from Santpedor, in which people pray even for their renewal, should have been delivered and about his future, but the club are shown calm and optimistic, at least out of doors. Pep official will consider its renewal for another year sooner than later.

All indications are that the best coach in the history of Barça extend their stay on the bench at Camp Nou. The players have made ​​known to the technician who want to keep winning titles with him. Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Piqué and Dani Alves will not stop sending messages publicly in recent days calling for the continuation of his coach.

All barcelonismo renewed hopes Guardiola, which still has doubts despite being surrounded by some players who will appreciate, a policy that has a blind faith in him and has given everything you need to develop their work and a hobby which idolized him and that in the last match against Valencia forcefully chanted his name. Basically, the board believes that if both the decision takes Guardiola is because it will give the 'yes' to the extension of his contract. Come on, it will not take longer than ever to finish leaving. (via MD)

Thiago Alcántara: "It makes me very funny in Madrid to discuss cycle"

Thiago says, "The Madrid is still better in La Liga, so we will first and second, but still team to beat Barça."

Thiago (11-4-1991) admits he was "cool" look of advertising model for signature Nike, but "to me what's going is football." Of course. 33 games of the 42 officers, 24 head, 3 goals and 5 assists. All this in his first full season. A wildcard that Pep seen, a lot.

Xavi claims that are not really the 10 point lead in La Liga with Real Madrid, which is unfair.

And he's right. They do not reflect the game one and the other. There is more to see how prepared the parties, how to meet them, how we play. Just the way you play does not reflect

So ...

It happens that rivals know us more and that Madrid is still better, so goes first but Barça is still the team to beat.

Can they hunt?

Thiago Alcántara(TA): Mourinho is a great coach and employs powerful physically, which is the counterattack. It is a style different from ours. We shall see.

Do arbitrations have hurt Barca and Real have benefited?

TA: Players are to blame for the point spread. We are those who play. Do not blame anyone else.

It sparked the debate over who lost the starting lineup in Pamplona. You appeared in the lineup.

TA: People have to understand that we are in many competitions, there is a great wear. We prepare every day to get ready. The coach has some players and we are able to supply them at any time. And sometimes, things do not go.

Did you see unfair criticism?

TA: It gave me a sense of injustice.

Does the costume have the perception that the environment does not value azulgrana's 13 titles won?

TA: I think it highly valued. The barcelonismo is happy to win so assiduously but people usually wrong. Sometimes we fail and, of course, be doubted. But we know we must fight for everything, that the demand is greatest. Do not be scared of everything.

He played a lot and in many positions, how do you feel?

TA: Happy because I know that the coach can count on me for any situation, I will keep working to do so. Would you go around the future of Pep?

TA: No, in the locker room there is no such uncertainty. We live day to day and see him as ever, yet we do not lose ambition. The decision to renew is yours.

There are pools of candidates.

TA: I can not imagine one without Pep Barça, for all he has given the club and what it means to him this home.

A much praised you ...

TA: It's a huge pleasure. Is the person telling you, it makes you play.

In Madrid to discuss cycle.

TA: I do very much, yes, because they keep good players out of La Masia and still hungry for titles. Impacts to see the veterans, who have won it all with the same ambition. Young people bring forward. Good combination.

Offsetting win the Champions if they lose la Liga?

TA: If you think about it coolly, winning the Champions, who is also the end of all, is not to compensate but it does create the happiness that can supplant not win the league but not going through our heads to win the Champions and waste la Liga. We must win it all, yes or yes.

Three titles in the Cup final and fighting for two more.

TA: It's a good season but now we can not be satisfied. It will value at the end.

Touch League match away, not being strong of Barça ...

TA: Hard to Atletico and us. They play against Barça and we face a historic carrying a roll without losing.

And with the factor Simeone.

TA: It notasu character and his hand.

Maradona says that Valdés is bad

TA: I respect all opinions but he is a great goalkeeper, is almost unique. Knows how to play with his feet, which is not easy, and the last Champions League final, without going any further, saved us.

Do you see the selection?

TA: What I'm asked to do, I will.

Urban model for Nike
Nike store in the Passeig de Gracia 20, Barcelona, Thiago posed as a model of the new collection of clothes that the sports brand has designed inspired by the azulgrana colors, with a style purely urban Sportswear and the template looks on the go. The medium level was compared with Piqué and avoided. "He is handsome, tall, measuring more than 1.80 ..." let go a laugh. (via MD)

Barça, with three quarters of home team

Relying on that canteranos already there and the four amounting, in the 2012-2013 staff have 17 players from the cantera.

Barça to the sporting and Pep Guardiola being designed for the 2012-2013 season, whether or not Santpedor coach will have a Catalan accent. The promotions of four to five team players complete one of the templates more canteranas of history. Should go back to the 1995-1996 campaign, with Johan Cruyff on the bench, to find a similar percentage to the current. Then the 'skinny' came to have 20 home (66.6%) in a costume that was enlarged to 30. Frank Rijkaard, in 2005-2006, turned to 17 players formed at the lower (56.6%) out of 30 also. Depending on the casualties and considering that not a lover of long templates, Pep would have 17 players out of 25, which could approach 70%, no less than three quarters of a team which will be branded 'La Masia'.

Four of the B contract will go to the first team. They are Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra and Marc Muniesa, three defenders, and Jonathan dos Santos, a medium that will bend positions and Pep debuted. They could join Cristian Tello. The winger is causing a good impression on his breakthrough with the elderly. Have sufficed seven games, two starts, four goals and one assist to show that it gives rise vertigo.

The case is also Oier on the table, but would like Champions letter. Pep takes time mulling over the need to have three goalkeepers. Renovated Pinto and Valdés of the regular missing a third. Watched last season to sign one, even negotiated with Andrada (Lanus), but the budget will go this time reinforcements to other positions. Oier would go up and come down.

This landing will add to that produced this year with Cesc, Fontàs, Cuenca and Thiago and base of the team that has won everything: Valdés, Xavi, Puyol, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Pique and Pedro. The dream of a 'eleven' home is getting closer.

With Pep at the helm, the company is more than likely. At its premiere, in 2008-2009, had a staff of 21 players, 10 of them from home. In 2009-10 were 9, 20. In the next, 2010-11, had one more, 10, 20 and the current are 11, 21. (via MD)

Barça know if it affects the macro-project Eurovegas

The plot he bought Agustí Montal might benefit from the project is specified tycoon Adelson.

FC Barcelona, ​​yesterday, officially know if part of the lands that are owned in the town of Vilamoura, could accommodate a future part of the larger project called Eurovegas.

On Tuesday, the American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, owner of an empire of casinos in Las Vegas, Macao and Singapore, together with its advisors, was invited by the Generalitat de Catalunya to make a quick visit to the area of Baix Llobregat, where located, and other plots, the land purchased at the time by the board of Augustine Montal. The spokesman and secretary of the current board, Toni Freixa, denied "that the land that once bought the board of Joan Laporta are within this potential transaction. Montal Only. "

The journey with Adelson was present Carles Vilarrubí, vice president of FC Barcelona, hence to be understood that the club azulgrana participated in the procession. However, Vilarrubí was invited by the Government for being a prominent businessman, vice president in Spain at investment bank Rothschild, as did Isak Andic, owner of Mango and Marc Puig, Puig Group. The group, accompanied by senior members of the Catalan administration, ended up meeting with the highest political authority of Catalonia, Artur Mas, in the Palau de la Generalitat.

Not the first time that Sheldon Adelson is interested in developing their leisure initiative in this part of the metropolitan area of Barcelona. In 2009, his advisers have already visited the area with Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona, Joan Oliver, CEO, and Joan Franquesa, vice president of equity. The then minister for tripartite economy, Antoni Castells, led talks in which the Government ultimately did not go into depth.

At that time, as now, and highlighted the strategic position of the land, near the airport, well connected with Barcelona by motorway and a few minutes drive from the port, one of the busiest in Europe in the arrival of cruise ships.

Yesterday afternoon it was learned that the Incasòl (Catalan Land Institute, an autonomous agency of the Department of Territorial Policy and Public Works of the Generalitat) had offered the land bought by Agustí Montal and would not affect the board obtained by Laporta in 2009 .

The purchase and sale of those 30 acres is under investigation by the Anticorruption Prosecutor after denouncing a partner to understand that the price paid, more than 18 million euros, was out of the market, and the commission paid in the transaction.

Toni Freixa said on Catalunya Ràdio that the club does not know anything or how much it would receive in case of closing the transaction.

If Adelson bet on Barcelona, ​​the Government may expropriate the land. (via SPORT)

Messi, Atletico’s nightmare

The Argentinian has scored 17 goals against the team from Madrid in a total of 13 games, and has scored “hat-trick” in the last two matches.

This Sunday Leo Messi will be face to face with his favourite victims: Athletico Madrid. Messi has scored 17 times in 13 games, and has become the nightmare of the Madrid outfit.

Atletico Madrid is by far the team that Lionel Messi has scored more against, with 17 goals. They're followed by Sevilla and Real Madrid with 13 goals each. Against Athletico, 14 goals have been in the League Cup and 3 in the Cup, in 11 and 2 matches respectively.

Especially significant are the most recent precedents against Athletico Madrid. In the last two matches, both at the Camp Nou, Messi has scored two 'hat-tricks' (3-0 on 5th February 2011 and 5-0 on 24th September 2011).

Before that Leo Messi had already scored a hat-trick at the Vicente Calderon in a match in the last 16 of the Cup, on 6th January 2009. On Sunday he'll have another chance to improve his scandalous figures. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Culès want to Luis Enrique if Guardiola decides to leave the bench for Barça

MD Internet users believe that the Asturian is the best candidate to succeed Pep.
The German Joachim Low and Argentine Marcelo Bielsa are the two best positioned.

Luis Enrique Martínez is the favorite coach of the barcelonismo to succeed Pep Guardiola on the bench azulgrana if the current Barça coach decides to give up his time in the first team. In a survey from 13.25 h. Wednesday in mundodeportivo.com, Internet Culès are opting overwhelmingly in favor of the candidacy of the Asturian, who after three years at Barça B now leads to Roma, which appears in fifth place in Serie A in Italy. On our Facebook page, readers of MD also are spoken.

With 2,000 votes, a figure that has reached to 17.33 h., Luis Enrique has 39 percent, significantly away from the next two candidates proposed by mundodeportivo.com, and interestingly the only two that ever relationship with FC Barcelona , Argentine Marcelo Bielsa (21%), Athletic coach, Joachim Low (17%), and Germany coach of his country. Bielsa and Low are the two most highly valued foreign coaches, Andoni Zubizarreta, sporting director of FC Barcelona. Both like their commitment to attacking football and intense for younger players.

In the voting list, follow them Òscar Garcia, who has announced that at the end of the season will leave the club but obviously it would reconsider its position if chosen, Michael Laudrup (6%), Ronald Koeman, coach of Feyenoord, and Ernesto Valverde, of Olympiacos (4%) and Eusebio Sacristán of Barça B (3%). (via MD)

Cuenca: "Valdés is the best goalkeeper in the world"

The Barça player Isaac Cuenca, made his first press conference as a first team player. The canterano, one of the revelations of this season, Víctor Valdés has defended against attacks by Diego Armando Maradona. "I do not think is right. He is the best goalkeeper in the world to me and it is showing" Cuenca said. (via MD)

Rogerio Ceni, a myth in 'home' of Valdés

FC Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés received a very special visitor Wednesday: Brazilian goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni.

The Ciutat Esportiva de Sant Joan Despi was the scene of the encounter between two of the best goalkeepers in the world. Barcelona's Víctor Valdés was visited by a target who has long admired. "It is a reference for what he did in his career and for that feature so different it is to score goals," he said at the time Barça goalkeeper on Rogerio Ceni, the illustrious guest who was on Wednesday.

The goal of São Paulo, with 103 goals scored in free-kicks and penalties throughout his career, with Valdés chatted for a while and even brought him a very special gift: a shirt his São Paulo team. Rogerio had the opportunity to talk also with compatriot Dani Alves, who also received a jacket by the goalkeeper-striker.

Through his Facebook profile, Valdés did not hesitate to hang the picture in such a unique gift he received from his beloved Rogerio. Maybe he sent one of their 'secrets' to rout set pieces? (via SPORT)

[Ex-player] Schuster: "Guardiola will continue at Barça"

Bernd Schuster believes that both Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho will continue in their teams next season.

Bernd Schuster, who has gone through the two clubs, has given its opinion on the future on the bench of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, at a time which calls into question the continuity of both Pep Guardiola as José Mourinho.

According to the German, "Guardiola is doing very well and will continue, because neither me nor I imagine a Barcelona without Guardiola. A online without Mourinho do not think so, he is doing very well. They have very good league, maybe the Champions We'll see .... Last year he won the Copa del Rey and this at least win La Liga. I think Mourinho is ideal for the good of Madrid at least the next five years. "

As regards the league title, it is clear Schuster. "I think in the league 10 points and many do not see the Madrid game in a crisis and results. Barça is alive in three competitions and sometimes the staff seems short because of injuries, but after Barça always responds the field, as against Barcelona. " (via SPORT)

[Ex-player] Jordi Cruyff: "To this team anything cannot be discussed"

Jordi Cruyff spoke to the athletic program in which Cadena COPE took stock of what this Barça have achieved in recent years.

"A club like Barça always have the obligation to fight to the end, because football is 11 against 11. And a decision, a red, a failure, a bad day ... can make you lose 3 points where you least expect it and you should always be there to take that rejection, "said Jordi Cruyff, son of Johan Cruyff.

"What is certain is that the difference is important, but knowing the players he has Barça I'm sure will be there fighting to the end to see if it can happen. Although one must understand that it is now easier to win the Copa del Rey. And the Champions Barça must be at least in the semifinals, "he said.

Jordi Cruyff wants Pep Guardiola to remain coach of FC Barcelona: "Knowing a little of Pep is clearly not going to wait until May or April to decide," he said, adding that the Santpedor "is a very polite, very coherent . And whatever you do, will decide in a short time, but not because the press has to answer tomorrow. "

The ex player of FC Barcelona and turned to Guardiola stage player, said his quality on the bench is beyond doubt and that "Barça has upgraded the system with an impressive football."

On the subject of arbitration, said it is clear that there have been some controversial decisions, "This year there have been some refereeing decisions which may have cost points to Barça. However, he believes that has not been this that has lost so many points to Guardiola. "Barça now have the distance that it has taken away much more and hence the difference," he said. (via SPORT)

The team returns to work

The Barça have held this Wednesday afternoon the first workout of the week to prepare for Sunday's game in the field of Atletico Madrid (21.30 hours). Pep Guardiola has conducted a session with the 18 first team players available and Cristian Tello, Barça B.

After the exhibition on Sunday against Valencia at the Camp Nou and enjoy two holidays, the first team has returned to work Wednesday afternoon in field number 2 of the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper. Pep Guardiola has conducted a training session with the 18 first team players available and Cristian Tello, Barça B. Keita, who last week rejoined the Barça, is back training with his teammates. The only absentees on Wednesday have been those of the injured Afellay, Villa and Fontàs.

The team, therefore, already works with the mind set in this Sunday's match at the Vicente Calderón against Atlético Madrid (21.30 hours). (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Cuenca: "I was surprised by the humility in the dressing room"

The lad from Reus, who gave his first press conference as a member of the team, explained that the squad has a "family" and "humble" atmosphere.

Isaac Cuenca has been in the Barça first team, officially, for only a short time. Up to now he hasn't got to thoroughly know all the members of the squad. They have all really impressed him. "Everyone surprised me with their humble attitude. You would think that, in a dressing room where players have won so much, there may be a less familiar atmosphere, but it's not so", he said in his first press conference, where he acknowledged that " he was a bit tense".

Cuenca admitted that he looks at all his teammates so he can learn more each day. "I try to use them as an example, and I try to watch them in matches and training sessions so I can learn more", he said. The winger, who wanted to thank Guardiola for giving him the opportunity to play in the first team, didn't reject the parallel cases of Busquets and Pedro, although he confessed that "every story is different".

In his case, his opportunity came early, because of injuries at the start of season to Afellay, Alexis, Pedro, and later, Villa. "It's better that the team doesn't have any injuries, but maybe that's what gave me the minutes at the start. But I prefer that everybody is fit, to compete at 100%", he said. His talent, of course, helped him to succeed and establish himself in the first team.

About their chances in the League, he expressed himself along the same lines as his teammates: "We know it's difficult and complicated, but we must try to win every game to keep the Title alive, in case Madrid stumble". (via FCBarcelona.com)

Thiago: "I’m enjoying every second with the first team"

Thiago Alcántara said that he’s really enjoying his first full year as a Barça first team player. He made a positive assessment of the season and didn’t rule out anything. "We’ve proved we can do anything".

In an interview with Barça's official media office, Thiago Alcántara talked about his personal feelings on the season so far, and what's currently happening to the team.

What's Thiago's personal evaluation of these first two thirds of the season?

"So far I've enjoyed every second, every moment with the first team. It was amazing what we have experienced so far, winning the World Club Cup, which for me which for me was the best moment. The pre-season was key to our success. The World Under-20 Championship was very important for me, and enabled me to play pre-season with the first team. So far my evaluation is positive for the titles won and the minutes I've played".

Are you satisfied individually?

"It's my first year. I think what I've done so far is very good for a rookie. I'm playing more than myself and the people expected, and I'm very happy what I've done so far".

Do you remember the last advice your father gave you?

"To enjoy every minute of every moment, because it won't come back. Every game you play, every pass you make when you're playing, will never come back. It's unique. You can play a game a certain way and another one a totally different way. You must take advantage and enjoy the moment".

And as a team, how do you think the season has gone?

"I think it's been a good season. We players are not totally satisfied because we want all three titles that are at stake. We know that the League is more complicated due to the points we are behind the first placed team, but I think it is a good season. The fans have been accustomed to the fact that the team have won so many titles in so few years".

You still think you can win the League?

"I think we've shown so far that we can do anything and we'll continue to do that".

These days there is much talk of the future of Guardiola. Does it create some uncertainty amongst the players?

"At the moment we're not uncertain, because te manager who has gien us all so many good things at Barça is still with us. We are enjoying him, his way of coaching, the way he sees football. Later, when the season ends, we'll see if he carries on or not. Of course, what everybody wants, me included, is that he stays at the Club".

How do you feel playing in the first team alongside young footballers like Tello and Montoya?

"It's great because with teammates like Tello, Bartra, and Montoya we've been together since I came to the Club at 15 years of age. Having the pleasure of playing with them in the first team, I don't think we ever thought would be possible. It's something you value highly, that only happens at Barça. Throughout the history of football it's only happened at Barça, and we must take advantage of that. The young players have to fight for a place up there in the first team". (via FCBarcelona.com)

Guardiola won a League Title against Simeone

Barça, with their current manager on the pitch, won the League in 1994 against Sevilla, managed by the current Athletico Madrid manager. Guardiola also scored his first goal against Simeone’s side.

Pep Guardiola and Diego Pablo Simeone, this Sunday, will transport their battles from the pitch to the benches. The current Barça and Athletico Madrid managers met six times in the league as players, between 1993 and 1997. Against 'Cholo', Guardiola won his fourth League Title and scored his first goal in the Championship.

The first two Simeone - Guardiola battles were games against Sevilla, and ended with two goalless draws (1992/93 and 1993/94). The third meeting on 15th May 1994, could only be dreamed about: Barça were playing for the League Title against the Andalusians on the last day. They had to win and hope for Deportivo to slip up against Valencia. It happened. The Barça victory, combined with the draw in Galicia, where Djukic missed a penalty in injury time, gave the Dream Team their fourth consecutive League Title. That was the last game for Simeone at Sevilla. A goodbye with a goal included.

Simeone's next destination was Athletico Madrid. In 1995, in one of those crazy games between Barça and Athletico, Pep Guardiola scored his first goal in the League in a 4-3 win. It was a fantastic goal, with his left foot, right into the top corner. The last two games between them were in the 1996/97 season and were full of goals: 3-3 at the Camp Nou and 2-5 at the Vicente Calderon. Guardiola, a great organiser, and Simeone, the lungs of the team, will meet again fifteen years later on Sunday. Now, however, they'll greet each other from the bench. (via FCBarcelona.com)