07 April 2012

[Barça B] Eusebio Sacristán: “The results are a reflection of the hard, intense work that we're putting in”

The team, with the exception of Kiko Femenía, Ilie and Miño, trained this Saturday at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Tello, Muniesa and Montoya were named to the first team.

“We have confidence in our game,” said the Barça B manager.

Barça B prepared for the match against Córdoba this Saturday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva (19:45, Canal + Liga, Gol TV). Eusebio Sacristán will have most of the squad available to him with the exception of Kiko Femenía, who was injured in last week’s match against Nàstic; Illie and Miño are also recovering from injurey, and Tello, Muniesa and Montoya have been named to the first team.

The manager will be able to call on Jean Marie Dongou, who trained with the team this week and has participated in nine Barça B matches this season.

Sacristán is satisfied with the attitude his players have shown in the last couple of League matches. “The team is demonstrating their confidence and security. We’re satisfied with the determination they’re showing to win points,” he said.

Despite securing good results in March - Barça B are unbeaten in their last five matches - Eusebio is cautious ahead of tomorrow’s game: “Córdoba have had a good season, they’re on form,” he said. “They are a very intense, courageous, bold team in their play - these things make them a dangerous opponent.”

Positive week for Barça B

The Barça reserve side received some good news this Semana Santa after finishing the month of March without losing any matches in the Liga Adelante: Marc Muniesa, who signed his year-long contract extension, and Ilie Sánchez will be with the team until 2013.

Ilie, who is still injured, is pleased with his contract renewal: “this is the Club of my life and I’m very pleased to be here another year, to keep on improving and help the team stay in Segunda another season.” Eusebio is proud that both the players were handed new contracts. He’s also hoping for a speedy return for Ilie: “we’re all hoping that he can recovery as soon as possible - we want to live moments of joy at his side,” explained the manager. (via FCBarcleona.cat)

Great reception in Zaragoza

The issue of FC Barcelona, ​​who traveled by train to Zaragoza, has reached the noon half past eleven where he was received by about 500 fans.

FC Barcelona is already in Zaragoza, where tonight after 20 hours playing in La Romareda a vital game to stay alive in the fight for the League. The azulgranas have left this morning from the Barcelona Estación de Sants train with a charter that has led to Aragon. After an hour and three quarters of way, Guardiola's team has reached Zaragoza Delicias station, where they joined some 500 fans who have wanted to see their idols up close. Then, the players have moved up to the team hotel, where they remain until the game starts.

The expedition of Barça is headed by Vice President the Social Area Jordi Cardoner, who is accompanied by managers Toni Freixa and Pilar Guinovart. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Specific work plan for Xavi


Xavi Hernández will be the subject of special care in planning coaches have until end of season. The midfielder suffered discomfort in the soleus and to take the path of bitterness undertake not to force the machine to Xavi, who follow a training plan somewhat softer than their peers, with a specific exercise to prevent even always within the outline marked for the group.

The coaching staff has thoroughly planned every week between now and end of the season, once it is safe to be in the Champions League semi-finals and you know what days you play those games. There is no week without a game on a Tuesday or Wednesday and the club will play a minimum of eleven games, which will be twelve if you qualify for the Champions League final.

The intent of the coaches is, in principle, do recovery workouts after each game, with a more intense workload for those who have not played, but at this point with particular maintenance charges.

There will be weekly holiday whenever possible and Guardiola can repeat the pattern of granting extra days in special cases. In principle are provided for about forty-five working sessions until end of season.

Xavi, who technically is fully available to the coach because it is low, will be special attention because of their physical complaints and has established a working slower rate than their peers. Guardiola does not want to lose under any circumstances to the director of game and instructed to make it a priority to protect from possible injury.

Xavi was affected earlier in the week of their old pains in the soleus and missed two training sessions. He played sixty minutes against Milan, but the intention to dose their minutes to avoid injury. (via MD)

To Barça is going la Liga in Zaragoza

The goal: to win all three games before the 'semi' Europe.
A Zaragoza reborn, the first danger, filled in la Romareda.


Play park emotions of the Champions, despite the intensity of lived experience against Milan. The aspirations in La Liga go through a new triumph, which would be the ninth in a row, before a reborn Zaragoza which lies at the peak of the season and they have the support of a crowd that filled la Romareda today, yesterday, Friday, had sold 8,000 of the 11,000 tickets offered for sale.

The tilefish has set four days without losing, winning the last three, and not put the red carpet for a Barca triumphant aware of what is at stake.

Before the Champions League semifinal against Chelsea, which will take between both parties the classic at the Camp Nou, the club faces three games in which it is essential to get the three points: outside Zaragoza, Levante and Getafe at home outside. Three games against rivals theoretically available prior to the Champions League tie against the English in which the template Guardiola wants Barcelona all of your attention.

At this stage of the League, before demanding a tie against Chelsea, Barça has the primary objective of putting pressure on Mourinho's Madrid. The white set will play the next three games against Valencia at the Bernabeu, Atletico at the Calderón and Sporting home again.

Three games, especially the first two complicated for all white, but add nine points in dispute in this section will be forced to heavy wear, at least in theory. The goal is not to stop Barca in the pressure on Real Madrid, who began having difficulties in La Liga had to face as demanding games in the Champions League, even in small entity as rivals CSKA Moscow in the quarterfinals.

With games intersemanales so complicated as that of Calderón next Wednesday or Munich in the Champions League the following Real Madrid will have a demand that has saved during his confrontation with Apoel Nicosia Cyprus.

No one in the Barcelona dressing room is down the arms in La Liga despite the ten-point advantage grew to Real Madrid. He has worked hard in recent months, with eight straight wins since the fiasco of Pamplona, ​​as to throw it all away now.

Guardiola has developed an entire roadmap until end of season, with careful planning and training workloads in order to keep increasing returns. Barça arrives in top condition at critical stretch of the season and everything is studied to improve until the end. (via MD)

[Former player] Ibrahimovic: "Guardiola was not a man to me"

The Swede said he sought answers to their problem with Pep for two months ...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has not yet overcome their traumatic exit Barça, in the summer of 2010: at least, is what emerges from their latest statements on the matter, the English magazine 'Four Four Two'.

The Swedish forward, now in the ranks of Milan and recently eliminated from the Champions League, explains that when he left Barça saying he did it himself "I'm the best team in the world because there is a person who has a problem with me. It was man, not tell me what the problem was. If I can not know what was wrong, I'll behave like a man and I will leave the club. "

The forward of Milan also recalled that "for a couple of months" was "running around, trying to get some answers, but no way, so eventually I said,` this is not only bullshit, I want nothing of this, so I'll go where you know where I can get answers and to develop my game. "

The full interview with Ibrahimovic will be published in the print edition of the May issue of 'Four Four Two'. (via SPORT)

Villa only thinks of his back and drops listen to offers

The injury has not lowered the cache of 'Guaje', but the player has no interest in a change.

David Villa is making progress in recovery from injury in the tibia suffered in the Club World Cup, while in Italy and there is speculation about the deals you can get in the summer. The player, however, does not think about their future because its going to catch this one hundred percent in order to help Barca in the last games of the season and to enter the list of Vicente del Bosque for Euro .

One of their representatives, Michelangelo Vara said in statements to the web Calciomercatto.it that any speculation about interest from other teams "are just rumors. We know nothing or no one has made ​​any comments. David has two years left on his contract with Barcelona and is happy. How can we not be happy at the club champion of Europe and the World? ".

Rod made ​​it clear that the striker is absolutely "concentrate on recovering from the injury. We are optimistic and if all goes well, in a month will be with Barcelona and gain confidence with sights set on the European Championship. It's in the final phase of rehabilitation. "

In Italy, his name was associated with the arrival of Sebastian Giovinco hypothetical to Barça. The footballer, who plays for Parma even if your property is shared with Juventus, one of the objectives would Blaugrana as 'Calciomercato.it'.

Aside from the rumor mill, Villa is demonstrating with his attitude during these months to be hungry as soon as possible under the orders of Pep Guardiola. The player has not taken a break and to meet deadlines and short dress in the last games of the season. A good example was this week when the player came on Thursday Santos at the Ciutat Esportiva, although the coach had given rest day.

The forward was subjected to a session with the collectors club and focused the attention of children attending the facility barcelonistas occasion of the international tournament of the FCB Escola. Small, and their parents crowded around the locker room area of the first team to look closely at one of his idols. Villa, despite his injury, keeps the charisma among the culés. (via SPORT)

Barça goes for the League to a resurrected Zaragoza

A Zaragoza come over, after three consecutive victory, appears as a rock in the road traveled by Barcelona, ​​for which no play is certainly Piqué and Xavi.

The Catalan team will face in the Romareda grown a rival, which last month was in eviction, but three straight wins have revived to the point of being at the expense of a pair of lucky breaks to leave the relegation zone .

Thus, Zaragoza and Barcelona are prohibited from failing. They must get the three points to continue without giving up to reach the end of the season their respective goals, the league title for the Catalans and permanency for the Aragonese.

La Romareda has been very favorable scenario for the last three visits to the Barcelona fans with victory, although none of them was an easy target. But the Blaugrana will continue their pursuit to catch a quiet Madrid which still has a foothold in la Liga.

Since the offense against Osasuna, Pep Guardiola's team has won eight consecutive chains, some of great quality, and always with the good football as a companion, which has meant that barcelonistas are in a critical moment and will reflect his locker goal, as a mark of the Romareda, the club will be matched with the best record 158 goals at the time of Josep Guardiola, signed in the 2008-09 season.

For the meeting in Zaragoza, Barcelona could make some small rotation, especially on defense, where Piqué was low by a thigh problem, and do the repair on the left flank of Adriano, which moves to Puyol to the centre-back alongside Mascherano .

Meanwhile, Xavi Hernández is a fitness doubt somewhat cryptic due to a timetable to re-tightened, with league games during the week also, besides the appointment of the Champions League within two to three weeks.

Manolo Jiménez will be without three players through suspension with usual defender David Mateos, Antonio Galdeano midfielder 'Apoño' and forward Luis García, which will force you to make changes to their eleven. (via SPORT)

Terry's children are fans ... Messi

Chelsea's centre-back John Terry confessed passion with her ​​twin sons by the '10' Barça.

John Terry is already thinking about the next clash of the Champions League semifinal against Barça. Peo is not the only family that has the remaining hours for matches at Stamford Bridge and the Camp Nou. The twins of five Summer Rose and Georgie John, the sons of the centre-back, are ardent fans of the star's next opponent 'blue', Leo Messi. Such is their passion that they hide when sheathed or a football shirt.

"My children have Messi's shirt. Just love him. Both have shirts Barça with his name on the back and like to see that Messi changed his jersey with rivals when they finish the games and will do now with us," Terry said to 'The Sun'.

Chelsea defender believes Messi "clearly the best player ever." Terry is full of praise when speaking of Argentina. "It's a pleasure to compete against him and when I finish my career is something that I can count. And when we see on television, I tell my kids that I played against him," he said.

But Terry knows that mñáxima of 'the enemy, no water' must always be respected. And although contravene their offspring, do not hesitate to launch their battle cry bound to Rosario: "Messi is a great player and a great person. It has everything and is magical. But it can be stopped and we have shown in games earlier. Beyond the possibility of saying 'I played against him', is about winning. we know it will be very hard because Barça is a great team but we can. " (via SPORT)

Barça are interested in the defender Nicolas Nkoulou

More rumors related mercato Barça. Now, desdes France, speak of interest by Nicolas Nkoulou.

It's the site that speaks Infosport + FC Barcelona's interest in signing Nicolas Nkoulou. This is a Cameroonian international defender who plays for Olympique Marseille. With just turned 22 years, plays center but can also do it as a means of defense. He arrived in Marseille this season, from Monaco and despite being young, on 29 February this year and was the captain of Cameroon in the qualifier for the 2013 Africa Cup played against Guinea-Bissau. It measures 1.80.

Olympique Marseille he paid 3.5 million euros last summer and now, as discussed, Barça would be willing to pay up to 10 million for his transfer. They also feature in the neighboring country to Barça for quite some time it was and it was his outstanding performance this week in the Champions League match against Bayern Munich that convinced him the Catalan club. (via SPORT)

Inter Milan want to sign Afellay

Already in the final stages of recovery, Ibrahim Afellay is attractive to foreign clubs.

The Italian newspaper "La Stampa" said Friday that Inter Milan wants to gain the services of Ibrahim Afellay. The Italian and Dutch thought the player before fichara for Barcelona and now the interest has been revived.

Afellay is already in the final phase of recovery of the major injury that has had half years away from the pitch. And in his absence, players like Thiago, Cuenca and Tello have not wasted the chances they have had. The future of former PSV player is not clear and Inter know. Hence it is willing to offer up to 8 million euros for Afellay. Remember that the club paid PSV three million euros when he signed, although in the case of a sale, the Dutch club would take a portion of the transfer.

In Italy it is assessed that Afellay could adapt to the Inter game systems, whether they play a 4-3-3 like utilizes a 4-2-3-1. (via SPORT)

[Selection] Sabella: "You have to invent a word that defines Messi"

The Argentine coach Alejandro Sabella explains the differences between Messi of Barça and of Argentina.

Alejandro Sabella has returned to rave to Leo Messi. "About that Messi is in Spain, the Royal Academy should invent a word to define it exactly. For me, as national team coach, is a privilege to direct it," he said in an interview on Radio Sport Telam.

The Argentine coach also explained what he said difference to Messi of Barça and playing for Argentina. "In Spain, the referees are stricter in physical play. In contrast, in South America are more permissive. If you play there as here you get along yellow and red cards every day. Why Messi is better in Spain than when wearing the Argentina shirt. but if we surround ourselves properly, we as a team to be champions. best thing is that Messi is Argentine, because it is a true ambassador of our country, which helps us all on the field and makes us look good outside with a exemplary behavior. " (via SPORT)

[Former Player] Riquelme: "You have to enjoy Messi increasingly"

The Boca Juniors player and exbarcelonista Juan Roman Riquelme spares no praise for his countryman Messi.

Riquelme spoke of different themes in different Argentine media. And one of the topics of conversation with the star 'Boca Juniors' was the FC Barcelona, his club years ago. In particular, the importance of not only Leo Messi play Blaugrana but also in the present football. "Messi brings joy to me. From tiny enjoy Maradona touched me. I went out with the ball thinking I was him. Today my son thinks it's Messi's wonderful," she told Roman.

And it was the player of Barça and Villarreal is clear that Messi is "the best of all, it is faster with the ball on the foot without the ball. We have to enjoy more and more. Hopefully Sabella can put together a good team to accompany the best. "

Messi is the player of reference for a Barça, as Riquelme, is intractable in the two-legged "At Barcelona can win a single game, but at 180 minutes in the Champions League is almost impossible. On 90, 85 minutes have them. defend better than all, with the ball. "

The current player of Boca has fond memories of Barça, but not as good as the one with Villarreal. "I will always be available to Villarreal. If I have to eat today is thanks to Boca and Villarreal. Bostero was born and I will die bostero, but Villarreal spent five incredible years in which the famous criminal erre Champions League. the day that I missed the penalty were all singing to me at the door of my house, was an unforgettable moment for me, "he said Riquelme. (via SPORT)

Five wins in last six visits to La Romareda

Since 2004, FC Barcelona have won five games at Zaragoza and only lost once, in the 2006/07 season.

Barça have always got three points at Zaragoza under Guardiola.

The last defeat in Aragon was also on April 7, five years ago.

Although it’s traditionally one of the toughest away grounds to visit, FC Barcelona have done well on recent trips to La Romareda. Five times out of the last six times they have come away with all three points, but did duffer defeat there in the 2006/07 season.

The last two games at La Romareda have been especially spectacular. A year ago, Messi bagged a brace in a 2-0 Barcelona win, and the Argentinian was also the star the previous season. That time he got a hat-trick, including one goal in which he took the ball single handed out of midfield. Barça won that game 4-2, making it two out of two in the Guardiola era.

In the 2008/09 season, Zaragoza were in the second division, and a year earlier, in 2007/08, Barça won 2-1 with goals from Henry and Ronaldinho. The only recent defeat at La Romareda came a year before that, 1-0, with the solitary goal scored by Diego Milito. Hopefully it is mere coincidence that that game was played on April 7, the same date as this weekend’s rematch between the two sides.

The year before that loss, in the 2005/06 season, the Rijkaard managed side won 2-0, having previously won 4-1 in 2004/05. In 2003/04, Zaragoza got the better of the Catalans, winning 2-1. (via FCBarcelona.com)