12 March 2012

Iniesta, distinguished by its fairness, promises to fight for la Liga and avoid any controversy

Attended by President Sandro Rosell to the act of l'Agrupació of Jugadors.

Andrés Iniesta has been recognized as a clean player by L'Agrupació of Jugadors in the Sala Paris. The event, led by Manel Vich, had the presence of Barça president, Sandro Rosell, who noted that Iniesta wins the prize values ​​"learned in the club and La Masia, but also in his family." "Visca Barça, Visca Catalunya and today, Visca l'Andres" he concluded.

Then, after receiving the award, Iniesta has taken the floor to thank l'Agrupació the distinction "with love". In Question Time, the midfielder has insisted on the idea that presides over the vetsuario: League fight to the end also to better reach the Champions and Cup final "Our devsventaja is considerable and our obligation is to win and expect trip leader. That will give us the necessary tension for the Champions and Copa. Quedamn nice things, "he stressed.

Iniesta has avoided controversial issues such as arbitration. "Think about other things descentraríamos us," said. On another hot issue, the comparison made Mourinho ​​with Guardiola - "we are equal," said madridista coach, Iniesta has been working in his answer. "I do not know Mou to judge and know how. Yes I know my coach a long time and I think it's a general feeling, it's a privilege to be with him. "

Indeed, when asked about the renopvación sawdust Guardiola, Rosell Iniesta has invited "to take the stand", causing general laughter. Iniesta has stressed again that "I hope that time comes we all desire, but a question of Mr. and club. We repeated a lot: we love it and want to continue long. " (via MD)

Wilshere: "I would be watching Barça all day"

After the avalanche of praise awoke Messi and Barça after their display against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday via twitter from top level footballers like Rooney, Rivaldo, Falcao, Ferdinand, Lineker ... Yesterday there was more.

Former partner Cesc in Arsenal Jack Wilshere was also very resounding praise when the game Barça and Messi. "I've been watching Barça these days ... just to see Messi. Would be watching them all day," he said. (via MD)

Guardiola gives rest until Wednesday

After the victory yesterday in Santander, and considering that Barça will not face their next game until next Saturday at the Sanchez Pizjuán in Seville, -20 hours, Pep Guardiola decided to grant two holidays yesterday his players.

The azulgrana coach said his players on Wednesday at 11 am to begin preparations for the clash against Sevilla of Míchel. After Wednesday's session will be Javier Mascherano who appear before the media. (via MD)

Clemente: "Messi is the best I've seen in my life"

"I would ask him if he does it on purpose or out well," admitted the coach of Sporting.

Javier Clemente never leave anyone indifferent. The veteran coach, now the task of saving the Sporting descent, admitted in an interview with Marca that "Messi is the best player I've seen in my life." "I would ask him if he does it on purpose or out well," he adds as evidence of his admiration for the '10' azulgrana.

However, although it has words of praise for Pep Guardiola, who "is very good," the former Spanish coach has a different preference as reference computer: "I prefer Brazil's 70." (via MD)

Iniesta: "So far we come"

Andrés Iniesta invited to continue adding groups of three to have faith in the power cut differences with Madrid.

Despite the progress in the days and the difference with respect to Real Madrid remains 10 points, the Barça players returned yesterday to show their faces in Santander, where he tore a new victory, the sixth row.

For Dani Alves at yesterday's meeting there was only one ruler. "We had the ball and the ball have control of the party. We deserved to win," summarized the Brazilian full-back, more anchored back yesterday to defend three Guardiola put at stake.

Regarding the penalty whistled on Cesc, Alves said that "something had to whistle, has whistled and we scored three points. We have to continue like this," said only in reference to the leadership that holds the Madrid in La Liga with 10 points lead.

On the other hand, the Barça full-back did not hide that "old feelings are recovering," adding that "this is what will keep us alive here until end of season."

Regarding what was the secret to string six consecutive wins, Alves said, "We've done the same, but it was very difficult to maintain year-round in the same level. Every year something needs to be improved to better ourselves."

Meanwhile, Andrés Iniesta admitted that despite a new triumph in Madrid reality forces them to win every game to be qualified for la Liga. "The reality is that we have to add in threes, and so far we get," he said Fuentealbilla midfielder.

Regarding the penalty on Cesc, Iniesta said that "I do not know how was the play but has not had significance in the game." When assessing the streak of six consecutive wins, Iniesta said that "sometimes there are dynamic and this is good and we will try to be so until the end.

On the other hand, Iniesta would not enter into polemics about the intersection of words between Mourinho and Pep and supuestoparecido between the two that said Madrid coach. "Everyone is different. A Mou did not know, I know my coach," he said.

Fàbregas, the subject of penalty that meant Messi's second goal, admitted that "on the same play there was a clearer penalty Alves" and the superiority of the team commented that "it was our game, brutal." (via MD)

[youth] Tarragona 0 - 2 FCB Juvenil A

The set of Óscar García was imposed Sunday to Nàstic de Tarragona in a color match azulgrana, com many chances for the locals.

Barça has broken the good dynamics of the premises, who had 12 games without losing.

The Juvenil A continues with good dynamics and this week has achieved another victory, this time in the field of Nàstic de Tarragona. Barça dominated the match, especially the second time that has set the goal of victory. The azulgranas have added their third straight win and still in the struggle for leadership with Espanyol, with only two points ahead of the guys from Óscar García.

The first half started very even, with chances for both sides. Quesada has created the first chance of the game in the 4th minute but the ball has landed in the hands of Alberto, Nàstic goalkeeper. A few minutes later, Prince has come to azulgrana with a center area that has topped Juan, but Bañuz has caught the ball.

At minute 12 Dongou has generated a good chance of danger after dribbling past two defenders attend local and Miguel Angel, but the ball has run out. In minute 38, the opportunity has been for Nàstic. Port has chutado on goal, Bañuz has made a great stop but could not catch the ball and the same port it has taken to finish but has chutado too strong. So the first part ended with the bright zero.

The second time azulgrana had accent. A few minutes into Grimaldo, after a pass from Brian, took advantage of confusion in the Tarragona area to open the can with a header. The game continued with chances for Barça, who had control and possession, until in the 80th minute, Dongou, has ruled the match thanks to a center of Edu.

Next week, the azulgranas will continue to chase the leader, Espanyol, in the complicated game against San Francisco, a rival against whom they lost in the first round. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Match Data]
Tarragona: Alberto, Charly, Xavi, Puerto, Miranda, Prince, Gery (Gestí, min 55), Eugeni, Juan, Joan and Vadillo.

FC Barcelona A: Bañuz, Edu, Brian (Ernesto, min 65), Bagnack, Ayala, Samper, Quesada, Patric (Pol Calvet, min 79), Dongou, Miguel Angel (Álex Moreno, min 84) and Grimaldo.

Goals: 0-1, Grimaldo, min 50; 0-2, Dongou, min 80.

Referee: Rafael Díaz Melero.

Ter Stegen: "It is an honor will relate to Barça"

Marc-André ter Stegen, goalkeeper of Borussia Mönchengladbach, first spoke of the monitor that is making the FC Barcelona, revealed exclusively by Mundo Deportivo ten days ago. "Lying if I said that this leaves me cold. It is an honor will relate to a club like Barça, but for me right now has only one thing: the next game," said the goalkeeper in the context of an interview program 'Sportstudio' of the German television network ZDF, who showed him the cover and information from MD.

Ter Stegen, 19 and less beaten goalkeeper in the Bundesliga with 15 goals conceded in 25 games played so far, would not pursue the subject claiming to be heavily involved in the struggle to keep the 'area Champions'.

After the draw given on Saturday at home against Frigurgo (0-0), the Gladbach still third in the standings, behind only the leader Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, second, and Schalke 04, Raúl, fourth, squeezing behind.

It is recalled that the Barcelona sees Ter Stegen, Under-21 international with Germany, as a possible reinforcement of the future. Also the 'big' League Germanic's own, Italian and English Premier League will have in the spotlight. (via MD)

Messi, a limitless goalscoring machine

Leo Messi has already scored 50 goals this season, 30 of them in La Liga. With 230 goals in official matches, he’s only 5 adrift of the record set by Barça legend César Rodríguez.

FC Barcelona’s Argentinian genius is only three goals away from breaking his personal goalscoring record, which he set last year, of 53 goals.

Furthermore, with today’s win at El Sardinero, Messi reached his 150 victory in the Liga wearing the Barça strip.

The Argentinian genius continues to score goals. He grabbed a hat-trick in his last match for Argentina. He netted five times in the Champions League match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Tonight, he scored a brace at El Sardinero. With today’s two goals, Lionel Messi has reached 50 goals this season, 30 of which have been scored in the Liga.

Messi is only three goals away from equalling his personal best record of goals scored in one season, which currently stands at 53. The Argentine, in all likelihood, keeping in mind that the end of the season is three months away, will break his own record.

In the Liga, Messi scored 34 goals in the 2009/10 season, his personal best in the domestic competition. This year, while still in the running for the Golden Boot award, he already has 30.

Every time Messi steps onto a football pitch he edges closer to FC Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer record. César scored 235 official goals for Barça and Messi in only 5 adrift of the Barça legend with 230. This goalscoring machine just doesn’t stop and he’s only 24-years-old!

It’s worth taking a look at Messi’s stats to put things into perspective.

  • Messi is the player that has needed the fewest games (202) to reach 150 victories in La Liga. Madrid’s Santamaría needed 208.
  • Messi is the second player to ever score 50 or more goals in two consecutive seasons. Müller, with Bayern, scored 50 in the 1971/22 season, and 55 the next year.
  • In the five big European leagues, Messi is the player the has passed the ball the most in the last third of the pitch (911). Xavi is second with 844.
  • Messi has scored 16 goals in his last 6 games (including his match with Argentina). Last season he managed to score in 10 consecutive matches. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Zubizarreta: "Guardiola and Mourinho do not look"

Andoni Zubizarreta avoided ruling on the future of technical and respect for the work called for arbitration.

Andoni Zubizarreta entered fully into the game of comparisons between Mourinho and Guardiola. Blaugrana sporting director was positioned and left no doubt about his performance at the junction of statements that both coaches have staged this weekend. "In this case, frankly, I'm not that seem Mou and Guardiola."

The executive denied that the club FC Barcelona has profiled this week the expected renewal of coach Pep Guardiola. "There is no condition to make it this week. I understand the interest of the media, but we expect a quiet week and it will play when you play, "he said.

As for the controversies have arisen in recent days, Zubizarreta showed his usual caution. Input on the subject of arbitration. "They are the most difficult part in this profession. They have people who support them and we must respect their work. "Finally, with regard to Real Madrid, also showed his starting point. "Real Madrid should give us the same. We must win our games and the rest see it on TV. " (via SPORT)

Cesc Fàbregas: “In modern football nothing is easy”

Andrés Iniesta highlighted the team’s effort against Racing: “we played a great game in a difficult stadium”.

Alves explained that the team’s objective is to “continue improving”.

Cesc Fábregas was pleased with the result against Racing Santander (0-2). “We put in a complete performance, always trying to play easy [balls], generating goalscoring chances and controlling the game. There is nothing easy in modern football,” said the Barça midfielder.

Cesc praises Messi

Cesc only had words of praise for Leo Messi: “he’s a different from any other player in the world, it’s a pleasure to play with him, having him in the team, because he gives you that extra confidence that a title winning side needs.” The Catalan player also talked about Messi’s personal side: “he’s a humble player, hard working, he loves football. He deserves everything that’s happening to him.”

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

Andrés Iniesta

“We played a great game in a difficult stadium .

“Sometimes the team gets in a rhythm, and this is a good one, we’ll try to keep it up until the end of the season .

“The most important thing is winning games, that’s what we try to do.

“We’re entering the decisive part of the season and we’re on form, there’s still a lot up for grabs”.

Dani Alves

“Our objective is to win matches.

“It’s very difficult to maintain this level. Each year you have to improve something to reach the objectives.

“We want to go out and enjoy football and the beauty of this sport, knowing that we represent the best football club.

“The team is doing well, we’re maintaining the equilibrium that we had in previous years, this is what keeps you on form in the competition”.

Cristian Tello

“This is always a complicated stadium to play in, they pressure you a lot here.

“The team put in a very complete performance, we passed the ball from one end to the other, looking for spaces .

“We look to win the three points each week, we’re not focused on the advantage that Real Madrid have over us. We take it one game at a time.

“I’ve very pleased with the support people are giving me, I’m living a dream and I’m very thankful for the confidence the boss has shown in me”. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Álvaro Cervera could be the 'Dream Team' of Cruyff

Álvaro Cervera (Equatorial Guinea, 09/20/65) debuts today as a technician at first, nothing less than Barça, after abruptly leaving the Recreation and Racing needed to take over the remainder of the season.

Returns to a club that was already played in two stages (84/87 95/97) and is a real redneck. Álvaro, who also played for Mallorca (87/92) and Valencia (92/95), might be the 'Dream Team'. He was about to play the orders of Johan Cruyff, but their preliminary agreement with FC Barcelona for 17 years was cut short through injury.

In 1992, Álvaro was close to signing for Espanyol and Real Madrid. Long ago he had suffered a serious injury in a collision with Fraile, then defense of Zaragoza, which was almost a year off the field. He stops and even reached the international Vicente Miera.

But his big break came in 1995 when Johan Cruyff wanted to incorporate to strengthen the attack Barca progress Txiki Begiristain. Álvaro, a southpaw born have a clear offensive ended contract with Valencia, about to turn 30, yllegó a preliminary agreement with blaugrana for two seasons.

However, the signing went to fret (see the edition of MD of July 1, 1995) and ended up at the Camp Nou. Álvaro had happened in Barcelona consultation with Dr. Josep Borrell with a sprained of the Lateral Ligament in his right knee and could not risk Barça. He feared that his recovery was very slow, resulting in damage to the preparation of the site.

Álvaro, Cantabrian adoption, returned to the Racing and drained his years as a player in Hércules, Águilas, Almería, San Fernando and Ontinyent, where he hung up his boots in 2001. Now go back to El Sardinero after leading the Catarroja, youth Villarreal, Castellón, Almansa, Alicante, Cultural Leonesa, Jaén, Real Union and Recreativo.

His signing by the Cantabrian club has occurred after splitting of the Recre, with whom he was traveling by bus to Almeria to meet your party Liga Adelante. (via MD)

Messi comes close to 'wigs'

A new record double and closer: thanks to two goals scored in a 2-0 Barcelona victory over Racing Santander, Lionel Messi took another giant step towards the consolidation as top scorer in the history of Barcelona.

The Argentine star and scored 16 goals in his last six official and confirmed a huge fitness over recent weeks. Thus, harvest and 230 goals in Barcelona and is located only five goals of César, so far leading scorer in club history.

The difference is that Messi reached its current figure at only 24 years, 312 games and eight seasons at the club, while Leon did at 35 years, 348 games and 13 seasons at Barcelona.

Thanks to his double in Santander, Messi dream ended one week since last Wednesday scored five goals in a 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen and became the only player to achieve such a feat since the Champions League changed format in 1992.

Messi's first goal in the victory against Racing came on 29 minutes when he received a good attendance of Cesc Fábregas in the area and defined with the goal almost empty. In the second half, former Arsenal player was fouled inside the penalty area and the 'Flea' converted a penalty with a cross shot.

Messi thus reached 30 goals in the Spanish league, two behind the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who also scored a brace in the victory of Real Madrid's 3-2 win over Real Betis.

The Rosario star on Sunday wrote a new chapter in his love affair with goals from Barcelona. It reached 50 goals this season official and last but not least, is only three goals to achieve their best record in the same course, even when there are almost three months of competition. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: “It was a complete performance”

The Barça manager highlighted the team’s attitude and form after today’s match at El Sardinero. Guardiola also said that the game was “a bit complicated” because the pitch was not in optimal conditions.

Even though, in general terms, Barça dominated the match against Racing Santander, Josep Guardiola said that the game required his players to “play a very serious match.” According to the manager, his players had to put in a strong effort to take the three points seeing that the pitch at El Sardinero was not in good condition.

Guardiola highlighted the good work put in by his team seeing that Barça has a long list of “injured players.” A factor that “obligated” some of the players to “work harder” in order to accomplish the goal of finishing the season as well as possible. “We’ve been on form for a while. We have two and a half months left [in La Liga] and we’ll strive to have good performances in all of our matches,” he said.

Once again, Lionel Messi, with two goals, one of them from a penalty, was the man of the match. When asked about Messi’s penalty, Guardiola said that his team “controlled the entire match,” the penalty “wasn’t decisive.”

The Barça manager also highlighted Pedro’s performance: “he’s an important player. He has been, is and will continue to be important for this Club. He needs to do the work that he did today, he was perfect in every regard. Scoring goals is a matter of time.” He also talked about the good defensive work put in by the team, singling out Sergio Busquets, Valdés and Puyol. “Without the work of the whole team it’s impossible to keep a clean sheet,” said Guardiola.

When asked about the Champions League draw, which will take place this Friday, Guardiola said that to get to the final in Munich “you have to play against the best teams. All teams have their strong and weak points.” He also said that he would prefer to avoid AC Milan in the quarter-final draw, “because we have already played against them” in the group stages. “In the end the draw will decide” who we play against, said Guardiola. (via FCBarcelona.com)

The best and worst of Racing-Barça

BEST: Insatiable Messi. Barça won without breaking a sweat during his visit to Cantabrian land. In the 0-2 end had much to do a single player on his way to destroy all records have or might have in the state squad. With his two goals in El Sardinero, Leo Messi sum and 30 in this league, and is only five to match the brand's top scorer in club history, the legendary César. The Argentine was well supported by Pedro and pointed Cuenca, though fortune eluded both in front of goal. The latter and Iniesta smashed two balls in the post, bringing the number of shots on the campaign wood rises and ...To 21!. And finally, an arbitrator dared to whistle a penalty for Barça. Incredibly, was the first home ... and the fourth of the season.

WORST: Hardness Cantabria. Racing was limited to defense. And sometimes, he did so hard that nearly cost him an injury to his rival. Busquets and Cesc, for example, suffered in the flesh two entries of Francis and Babacar tremendous. Fortunately there was no damage to mourn, though his ankles could go very badly. And so there were several more actions. Another negative point of the crash was the poor condition of the grass, which prevented Barça deploy your game more comfortably. (via SPORT)

[Liga BBVA; Week27] Racing de Santander 0 - 2 FC Barcelona

Leo Messi was again on target against Racing de Santander tonight, scoring both goals as the team extended its winning run to six games with a 0-2 win.

A goal in each half from the Argentinean was enough to give Barça the points and their sixth win on the run in a game they dominated from the off. Barça controlled possession and showed clinical finishing up front with Leo Messi adding to his five goals in midweek with two more that take him even closer to the Club's all time leading scorer Cesar, who he now trails by just five goals.

The win leaves Barça 10 points off the leader going into a week where they have no game until next Saturday's trip to the Sanchez Pizjuan to face Seville.

Guardiola showed his attacking intentions with his team selection, lining up with a three man defence made up of Alves, Mascherano and the fit again Puyol, and with Racing sitting deep and hoping to hold out for a goalless draw, Barça were soon in charge, commanding possession and controlling the game. It looked to be simply a matter of when rather than if the first goal would come.

Pedro had the first good chance, with a drive that just shaved the post before Iniesta rattled the woodwork and Cesc was only denied by the busy Mario in the Racing goal. The resistance could only last so long though, and when Xavi set up Cesc on the right, his pinpoint cross gave Messi a simple tap in to open the scoring.

Racing now went even further back into their shell, which simply allowed Barça more time on the ball to find a way through the hosts' packed defence and when Cisma brought down Cesc in the box after the break, Messi made no mistake from the spot for his 50th goal of the season.

With the game done and dusted, Guardiola rang the changes and gave Tello, Keita and Adriano a run out, with Cuenca, Xavi and Pedro coming off. (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Match Stats]
Racing de Santander: Mario Fernández; Francis, Álvaro, Bernardo, Cisma; Colsa (Adrián, min 62), Gullón; Arana, Diop, Munitis (Jairo, min 70); and Babacar (Stuani, min 46).

FC Barcelona Valdés: Alves, Mascherano, Puyol; Busquets, Xavi (Keita, min 83), Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas; Cuenca (Tello, min 73), Messi and Pedro (Adriano, min 87).

Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (committee Madrid). showed yellow cards To Francis, Babacar, Cisma, Diop, Stuani and Álvaro for Racing.

Goal: 0-1, 29 min. Messi. 0-2, 56 min. Messi penalty.

Subs: Party of the 27 th day of the First Division League, played in the Fields de Sport in El Sardinero before 18,885 spectators. Before the match observed a minute of silence in memory of former player Cantabrian Racing and Real Madrid Marcos Alonso Imaz, 'Marquitos', for whose death the players wore black armbands Racing.

Video: http://youtu.be/2LPSwzF6ZNE