26 March 2012

Valdés: “Milan are very dangerous on set pieces and on the counter"

The keeper said that the Champions League quarter-final tie is “very complicated” despite Milan missing key players.

On the Liga, Valdés said that both Barça and Madrid will be under pressure until the end of the season.

Víctor Valdés will, in all likelihood, defend FC Barcelona’s goal on Wednesday at the San Siro. It will be the second time this season, after playing against Milan in the group stage of the Champions League, that the Catalan keeper will start against the Italians away from the Camp Nou. Despite the injuries that the Milan side have, the last one keeping Thiago Silva on the sidelines, Valdés said that “they are very dangerous on dead balls and they’re very good at counterattacks. We need to be alert and keep an eye on unmarked players.” He added that “it’s a very complicated tie. It’s vital that we play our style.”

The Azulgrana keeper recognised that the team “comes into the match on form,” but he reminded the press room that Milan is also enjoying a good string of results.

“Both teams are under pressure. Our only option is to win all the games we have left and wait.” Valdés believes that the team needs to stay on form in order to reach the end of the League championship in the best way possible: “when we were 10 points behind we didn’t change, and we won’t change now that we are 6 behind. We must compete against any rival and try to win the three points.” Furthermore, he admitted that he has taken a look at Madrid’s upcoming schedule, but that “if we don’t win our games it won’t matter.” He reminded the journalists that “the six-point distance is considerable, even more so seeing how Madrid is playing. We have to play our games with confidence and peace. The games and time will decide [the winner of the League].”

Valdés has complete confidence in the players coming up from the reserve side to the first team. “They’re mature. They prove it in games and in training. Their confidence rubs off on the team and on the manager.”

The keeper said that Afellay, who is close to being match-fit after he sustained a serious ligament injury, is doing well. “He’s recovered nicely. We need him and I’m happy that he’s here.”(via FCBarcelona.cat)

Robinho, recovered to play against Barça

Both have practiced Monday with the group and will play on Wednesday.
The Brazilian is the favorite to accompany Ibrahimovic in attack.

Robinho and Maxi López will be available to Massimiliano Allegri on Wednesday to defend the shirt of Milan against Barça. The former madridista and former barcelonista dragging discomfort but have trained with the group throughout the training and will play the Pep Guardiola.

Robinho is the favorite to accompany Zlatan Ibrahimovic in attack the tip of the 'Rossoneri' with Kevin-Prince Boateng as playmaker behind.

Meanwhile, Ignazio Abate has been exercised in the gym Milanello and remains low as Thiago Silva, Strasser, Flamini, Cassano, Pato, Filippo Inzaghi, the unregistered Muntari and Gattuso and Van Bommel punished.

Allegri whole drama, at least you can align at the same trident faced Barça in November but with adverse outcome (2-3) (via MD)

A compatriot of Ibrahimovic will whistle Milan-Barça

The Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson on Wednesday 28 the first leg of the quarterfinals Milan-Barcelona and Spanish Carlos Velasco Carballo Olympique Marseille- Bayern Munich.

Eriksson, who, like the Spaniard Velasco Carballo is selected by UEFA to participate in the upcoming Euro 2012 Poland and Ukraine, went to Barcelona in December 2010 in the group stage of Champions League against Rubin Kazan in the Camp Nou (2-0).

The Swedish referee, born in the town of Sigtuna 37 years ago, is international since 2002 and their most recent match was a Spanish team on 8 March when whistled the first leg of the second round of the Europa League between Atlético Madrid and Besiktas (3-1).

Eriksson, dedicated to arbitration as a hobby for several years selling a stake in a media company profits earned him millions, a year ago led the match between Schalke and Valencia (3-1) in which the Valencians fell eliminated in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Earlier in the 2009-2010 season whistled the rout of Sevilla in Glasgow against Rangers (1-4) in 2008-2009 was the refereeof the triumph of Madrid against Zenit Real (3-0) and the victory of Espanyol against Lokomotiv Moscow (0-1) in the UEFA Cup 2005-2006.

The Spaniard Velasco Carballo, who was appointed by the Referees Technical Committee (TAC) to referee tonight Granada-Sevilla in the Spanish league, will lead the Olympique Marseille-Bayern Munich.

Carlos Velasco has refereed this season's encounters Arsenal Champions League-Olympiakos (2-1), Benfica- Basel (1-1) and Porto-Zenit (0-0), as well as Sporting-Manchester City (1 -0) of the Europa League. (via SPORT)

Club appeals Puyol and Thiago cards

In both cases, the ref’s report claims the players: “played the ball with the arm”.

This morning FC Barcelona presented appeals to the Spanish Disciplinary Committee against the yellow cards handed out to Thiago Alcántara on 57 minutes and Carles Puyol on 88, during the game against Mallorca on Saturday.

In both cases, the referee Ayza Gámez wrote in his report that both players saw yellow for : “playing the ball with the arm, denying a chance for an opponent to play the ball”. In Thiago’s case, the yellow was his second and he was then sent off. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Afellay in squad for Milan trip

After a six month injury layoff, the Dutch forward is back in the squad. for the Milan game on Wednesday night.

Alves and Oier are the other players added to Saturday’s squad.

The players trained this Monday morning and they will fly out to Italy on Tuesday morning.

Although Afellay has still not got the full medical okay after a six month layoff for his knee injury, he is included in the first squad since he suffered his injury. Barça will be taking 21 players to Milan on Tuesday morning – the 19 who were in the squad for the game against Mallorca, less Bartra and plus Alves, who has recovered from his injury, and B team keeper Oier.

The squad is made up of Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Keita, Sergio Busquets Pedro, Afellay,and Cuenca from the first team squad as well as Muniesa, , Montoya, Olazábal and Cristian Tello.

The players trained this Monday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva with all the squad, except Oier, and the injured Abidal also trained apart on the pitch, whilst Adriano worked out in the gym.

The next training session will be on Tuesday evening at 19.00 at the San Siro. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Former president] Laporta: "Guardiola will be the next president Barça and Xavi, the coach"

The former president of Barça reviewed his way through the club, praised the figure of Cruyff criticized the sponsorship of Qatar and discussed various issues of current azulgrana.

Joan Laporta, former president of FC Barcelona, ​​again gave the talk on Monday made ​​public an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, in which the former top leader of the club azulgrana gives its position on the future president and coach who can relieve Sandro Rosell and Pep Guardiola at Barça.

"Guardiola will be the next president and Xavi, the coach." So of course he was giving his opinion Laporta and venture on a relay that can make the club's future medium to long term.

About the midfielder, Laporta could not restrain their praise considering that the '6 'of Barça "is a phenomenon."

Laporta also had the opportunity to break down the keys that have allowed Barça enjoying the sweetest phase of its history, in what he called "four elements". Catalunya, Cruyff, the vineyards and UNICEF, were the keys highlighted by former azulgrana.

Laporta made ​​emphasis in the case of UNICEF, on which lamented that has yielded its space to Qatar Foundation. "It is unfortunate that not be the main sponsor. We paid to have UNICEF on the shirt and now instead of being in the chest is where you sit", lamented what he called "a big mistake."

Barcelona Laporta showed his pride in explaining the Italian newspaper what it means to be "more than a club," noting that the agency "has more than a century," "is owned by the partners" and making relevance that "Catalan and nationalism Barça "go together" is a way of thinking. "

In that sense, the former president did not hesitate to declare that the of Barça club model "could also be a political model." "What matters are the ideas, projects. Best of Barça is in the players," he said.

Laporta's praise were extended also to La Masia, which he described as "a jewel" destacanso that the generation of players who currently live in the first team "have grown together." "Guardiola is also one of them. The big secret is that all are good people," he added.

Nor former president azulgrana dodged the sensitive issue of adjustment problems Ibrahimovic in his time at Can Barça. "He did not in tune with the team," he said. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Bologna emphasizes the subsidiary and now points to Planas

A few weeks ago, Bologna made ​​official the hiring of Marti Riverola.

The Italian club moved swiftly and negotiated to gain the services of midfielder Barça B for the next four seasons. But it has not had enough of this operation and has decided to continue with their particular 'fishing' in the cantera of Barça.

Italian media claimed that the Transalpine fleet had already achieved agreement in principle with Carles Planas, the subsidiary of FC Barcelona left-back contract expiring at the end of this season. The squad adviser, Mágico Díaz, confirmed contacts with the Bologna but denied any agreement in principle with the club. The well-known representative cautioned that the player will not make a move without having met with the club to ascertain their future intentions.

Carles Planas is atypical. The alternating left-back inputs and outputs at Barça B led by Eusebio Sacristán while it is indisputable piece at the lower of the Spanish.

The Bologna wasted no time. After tracing the future contractual template Barça B has been launched to hunt for those players who complete the contract and are free to end of season. Riverola and Planas fell nearby. (via SPORT)

[Barça B] Villas-Boas, attraction at the Mini Estadi

The former Chelsea coach has seen them live Barça B-Alcoyano.
Villas-Boas has agreed to sign as many autographs and take as many pictures as you have requested.
The Portuguese coach has declined to comment.
Villas-Boas talisman, Barça B have tax 2 to 1 at Alcoyano.

André Villas-Boas has been the attraction at Barça B-Alcoyano that was played at Mini Estadi, which has ended in victory for those of Eusebio by 2 to 1. The Portuguese coach, fired Chelsea a few weeks ago, has appeared by surprise at the stadium where the barcelonista branch plays its games and has become the target of the press and fans.

Villas-Boas is a big fan of Pep Guardiola and Barça youth academy philosophy. The best proof is that last summer Chelsea took the services of former azulgrana Oriol Romeu and also tried recruiting two canteranos with a great future: Thiago Alcántara and Sergi Roberto. Today, Villas-Boas is no equipment and is dedicated to travel and watch football. (via MD)

Alexis: "Referee, I did not dialed"

Although there were those who sought until the last frame to take the 0-1 Mallorca-Barça Messi, Alexis closed the debate on the same turf.

The image of of Barça first goal at the Iberostar Estadi was the subject of discussions. Was Messi goal from a free or Alexis in the auction? Did he touch the ball the tocopillano? Had previously played Sergio Busquets, which would remain in Alexis offside position?

The first response dismissed the two remaining questions. And Alexis Sánchez gave himself when both teams jumped onto the field to start the second half. The referee, Ayza Gámez had given in the minutes Messi goal but still had some doubts and went to Chile, as cameras captured 'laSexta'. Alexis said clearly: ""I didn't mark."

Ayza kept insisting on the subject, until the tocopillano gesturally even recreated what happened in that acción.ñ End of debate and goal from Messi. One in the list of Blaugrana scorer. Others have claimed their goal in the soup, and not have to go very far in history of la Liga to find some case, but Alexis was honest.

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Abidal enjoyed watching Barça handball before going under the knife

Eric Abidal came on Sunday to witness the Palau Blaugrana 'in situ' the match between Barcelona and Montpellier in the Champions League handball.

Barcelona defender was in the box next to the sports director of the section, Enric Masip, and enjoyed watching as a fan over the recital of the azulgranas game, who qualified for quarter finals after winning 36-20.

The Frenchman got a big ovation from the fans who supported her before his speech.

Abidal might enter this Sunday night at a hospital in the Catalan capital to undergo in the next few hours to a liver transplant. (via SPORT)

Coutinho emulated Ronaldinho and Rivaldo with a shot of unusual lack

Coutinho scored the first goal on Sunday at Espanyol with a real kick from rogue, like the two who immortalized it in his day Ronaldinho and Rivaldo: Satin and below the barrier, where nobody expects it.

The Brazilian stunned the defense of Málaga at 24 minutes, sneaking the ball under the barrier, and making useless the goal stretched Willy Caballero.

The lot recalled Coutinho both the marking Ronaldinho in a Barca-Werder Bremen in the Champions League in December 2006.

Another former azulgrana, Rivaldo scored likewise very similar to AC Milan in the Champions League 2000/01, in a match that finished 3-3 and in which wowed audiences from San Siro with a spectacular hat-trick. (via SPORT)

[Barça B; Liga Adelante; Week31] FC Barcelona B 2 - 1 Alcoyano

A dominant Barça B side managed to win at the Miniestadi.
The Cameroonian scored the definitive 2-1 in the 80th minute just after being subbed in.

Barça B has added its second consecutive victory in the Miniestadi against Alcoyano in the 31st round of Liga Adelante. The boys of Eusebio have managed from a goal down against the targets by Rodri and Dongou, the Cameroonian was his first goal for azulgrana subsidiary. A market led by Jordi Mestre, Carles Rexach and the presence of former Chelsea manager, André Villas Boas, have witnessed the game between the azulgranas and Alicante.

The match began with a well placed Barça B seeking the combination to reach the goal of the visiting team. The first chance of the boys of Eusebio Sacristán has been quick in coming. Jonathan Dos Santos has made a great pass to Kiko Femenía, but goalkeeper Alicante is ahead of the intention of the azulgrana forward and has caught the ball.

Even so, the azulgranas were not comfortable in the field, and as the minutes progressed Alcoyano has been taking control of the match until it has reached the first goal of the visitors. Jack was left alone to Oier and has not forgiven. The subsidiary azulgrana has not dropped his arms in front of goal against and fought for a draw. And this has not been slow in coming, and at minute 22 Rodri has matched the encounter with a diagonal shot from the right of the goal Alcoy, after a splendid pass from Gerard Deulofeu.

The goal encouraged the Barça B, which has enjoyed several times to get ahead on the scoreboard. Deulofeu has been about to make up the second the light on 29 minutes. Riudarenes The defense has spared to Alicante and has chutado on goal, but the ball has come out in a corner. The same Gerard, very sharp to the right during the first half, has had the opportunity to make a good pass by Kiko Femenía from the left, but the trip has gone out. After clear chances azulgranas, the game has been a stalemate at the break.

Lobato has replaced Sergi Gómez early in the second part, which has suffered a contraction in the back during the first half. The second half has started strong for the team of Sacristán. Sergi Roberto has had a clear chance in the first minute of the second half with a shot that Dorronsoro astray. However, the following minutes have elapsed with no clear chances for either of the two sets, but with clear emphasis azulgrana. Both teams have had an approach with some risk the penalty area, but none have been able to materialize. Until it has reached Dongou. The Cameroonian, who had just left the pitch, has signed it 2-1 after a pass from Kiko. It was the first goal of Jean Marie with Barça B, an important target that has given the victory to his team.

Next week the Barça B will try to continue their good dynamic in the game against Nàstic. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Match Stats]
FC Barcelona: Oier, J. Dos Santos, Rodri (Dongou, min 80), Sergi Roberto, Sergi Gómez (Lobato, min 46), Kiko Femenía, Armando, Riverola, Planas, Balliu and Gerard Deulofeu (Carmona, min 70)

Alcoyano: Dorronsoro, Carrión, Rojas, Devesa, Álvaro, Gato, W. Silva, Fran Miranda, David Torres (Cañadas, min 55), Morcillo and Miki (Xavi Molina, min 69)

Goals: 0-1, Gato, min 9; 1-1, Rodri, min 22; 2-1, Dongou, min 80.

Referee: Mario Melero López (comité andaluz). Admonished the local Carmona (min. 90) and Roberto Sergi (min. 90) and the visitor Rojas (min. 86).

Subs: Match for the thirty-first day of the season played at FC Barcelona Miniestadi before some 1,723 spectators.