21 April 2012

[Barça B] Barça B is trained to Murcia in mind

The subsidiary has exercised with three players from the Juvenil A and the absence of Bartra, Tello and Montoya, who were cited by the first team.

Eusebio Sacristán: "This team has a daily motivation, continuous, and that young people have the possibility that they open the doors of the first team."

Barça B has trained this morning at 11 am at the Ciudad Deportiva de Sant Joan Despi to prepare the next league match against Murcia. The session was attended by Grimaldo, Dongou and Edu, the Juvenil A, and Kiko Femenía and Deulofeu, already recovered from injury. The protagonist of the training on Thursday, however, has been Dongou, who has turned 17. "All players in the last two workouts will be available to count them," he pointed Eusebio Sacristán.

With the team, three players have exercised the Juvenil A: Grimaldo Dongou and Edu Campabadal. According to Eusebio, have served to "finish" the session on Friday, but also "it opens the possibility that some of them can enter the call for Sunday's game face." In the lower left side Carles Planas, the Barça coach has said that Grimaldo is "ready to compete at this level" and that if they need it, "undoubtedly" will use it.

In this sense, Eusebio is very pleased with his players because he believes that his team "has a daily motivation, continuous, and that young people have the possibility that they open the doors of the first team."

Bartra, Tello and Montoya were absent, as Pep Guardiola has cited them for the first team to make el Clásico. Ilie and Minho, however, are low insured, while Kiko and Deulofeu Femenía have properly exercised with the group after beating their respective injuries. Depending on the training on Saturday, the Barça coach will decide if they come into the squad for the match this Sunday (19.45 am).

The set of Eusebio Sacristán will hold its final practice Saturday morning before playing the match against Murcia at the Miniestadi. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

The preparations are finished in the Stadium

A few hours after the start of el Clásico at Camp Nou, has begun to put the 90,000 cards mosaic 'Som i Serem'.

- 14.30: Start of the food rocks of Barça and Real Madrid at the Restaurant de la Torre Catalunya Visual.

- 14.00: Held at the moment in the restaurant Via Veneto in Barcelona official food policy led by President of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, and Real Madrid, Florentino Perez.

- 13.30 h: Begin to place the 90,000 cards mosaic 'Som i Serem' (We are and will) that will look tonight at the Camp Nou.

- 13.00: After the training the players eat together at the Camp Nou and then will leave for home until 18.30, when they have back in the stadium. They gathered all the players that have been exercised in the morning, except Planas.

- 11.00 pm: The team begins the final training session before the Classic. The session has the presence of the same 18 players who trained on Friday afternoon, as well as B players Bartra, Montoya, Tello and Planas.

- 10.15 pm: The players of FC Barcelona begin arriving at Camp Nou. At 11, last first team training before el Clásico. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Preparing el Clásico until late

As usual on game days at home, Guardiola's team has trained this morning at the Camp Nou, with the presence of B players Bartra, Montoya, Tello and Planas.

FC Barcelona's players have made this Saturday at the Camp Nou the final preparatory session thinking about el Clásico. The same 18 with the first team already exercised Friday on the lawn of the stadium have done it again at 11 am. In addition, the session also attended by players from Barça B Bartra, Montoya, Tello and Planas.

The players eat together at the Camp Nou and go home until 18.30, when mentioned all again at the Stadium except Planas. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Di Matteo booked eight players for Barça

They will not play against Arsenal: Drogba (headdress), Ivanovic (sanctioned), Cole, Meireles, Lampard, Mikel, Ramires and Mata. Di merely restate the side that played against Barcelona Cech, Terry and Cahill.

Roberto di Matteo bet you all at Barcelona. Sixth in the Premier and two points going into the next Champions League, Chelsea reserve team for more than half the momentous game against Arsenal today and gives rest to Drogba, complaining of knee, Cole, Ivanovic (sanctioned ), Meireles, Lampard, Mikel, Ramires and Mata.

Brand new in the team against Arsenal Fernando Torres heads them, which could be a starter in the Camp Nou due to injury of Ivorian Drogba, who scored the 1-0 first-leg at Stamford Bridge

Another Spanish will be today's game: Oriol Romeu, who is not expecting too many minutes. Mata, now regarding the equipment, wait on the bench. Other developments in the eleven are Bosingwa, Bertrand, Essien, Malouda, Kalou and Sturridge.

Thus, eleven is now Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu, Malouda, Kalou, Sturridge and Torres.

For their part, Arsenal played with Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Ramsey, Walcott, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Van Persie. (via AS)

FC Barcelona - Les cares del Clàssic

The team trains at Camp Nou

The Barça players do at the moment the last training before receiving tonight, at 20 hores, Real Madrid.

11.00 pm: The team begins the final training session before el Clásico.

10.15 pm: The players of FC Barcelona begin arriving at Camp Nou. At 11, last first team training before el Clásico. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

12:00 - Barça is training at the Camp Nou for an hour. Under Guardiola's orders are the team players Montoya, Bartra, Tello and Planas.

11:55 - Greetings and welcome to the minute tracking of all previous Clásico between Barça and Real Madrid. (via MD)

Historic special edition on FC Barcelona from L’Équipe Magazine

The prestigious French magazine will publish a special edition solely dedicated to FC Barcelona. This is the first time the magazine has featured a football team in their special edition.

L’Équipe has featured Platini, Cantona, Zidane and the All Blacks in previous special editions.

Two North American magazines, Newsweek and TIME, have also covered Josep Guardiola’s FC Barcelona.

L’Équipe Magazine, the weekly supplemental piece of the French daily newspaper, will publish a special on Barça titled “100% Barça, Més que un Club” in their upcoming edition, which will hit the stands on April 21st. This will be the first time in the prestigious French publication’s history that a football Club will be the feature of L’Équipe Magazine. Individuals like Platini, Cantona, Zidane and the All Blacks, the New Zealand national rugby team, have also been the main focus of the special issue.

This week’s edition of the French publication’s special offers a glimpse into the Club with interviews with Sandro Rosell, Xavi Hernández and Johan Cruyff. But the scope of the story goes beyond individuals; the Club’s gastronomy, explained by famous chef and Barça fan Ferran Adrià, and the first famous Frenchman to play for Barça, Lucien Muller, also feature prominently in this week’s edition.

Lionel Messi also receives a lot of focus in the write-up. L’Équipe analyzes the player from six different perspectives, while there is no specific reference to the time Messi spent at La Masia or the importance placed on player integration with Barça’s culture, the edition focuses on the importance the Club places on technical skill and technique, the fact that FC Barcelona is a multi-sport Club, and historical data and statistics.

L’Équipe Magazine, which made its debut in 1980, has over two million readers each week. It’s the fourth most widely read French magazine - after Paris-Match, Télerama and Nouvel Observateur.

FC Barcelona, especially since Josep Guardiola took charge of the Barça bench, are becoming a regular feature in prestigious international publications. In June 2001, the North American magazine Newsweek featured the winners of the Champions League and posed the question: “Barça! The best football team ever?” In January of this year, TIME magazine featured Leo Messi on their cover. It was the first time a male footballer appeared on the front of the North American magazine. (via FCBarcelona.com)

FC Barcelona v Madrid: League title at stake

If Barça win, they’ll get within a point of Madrid with just four matches left to play.

Guardiola admitted on Friday that Alexis Sánchez is doubtful for the match.

If there was ever a red letter day in the calendar, then this is the one. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to meet for the sixth time this season, and for the third time at the Camp Nou. And this time they’re as good as playing for the league title. If Barça win, they’ll get within a point of the leaders with just four games to play. But a draw (which would leave the current four point difference intact) and a Madrid win (which would increase the difference to seven points) would leave Josep Guardiola’s side in a very difficult situation indeed. At what is certain to be a packed Camp Nou, much of the league title is set to be decided.

Guardiola has been preparing for tonight’s match with 21 players, 18 from the first team plus Montoya, Bartra and Tello from Barça B. All of Fontàs, Villa and Abidal are, of course, still unavailable while Afellay has yet to play since being declared fully fit ten days ago. And there are also doubts concerning the fitness of Alexis Sánchez, as Josep Guardiola revealed at his Friday press conference.

Both Barça and Madrid are going into the clásico having just played the first legs of their respective Champions League semi finals. And what’s more, they are both faced with the challenge of having to turn around one goal deficits. But it would be too dangerous a distraction for either side to let their thoughts drift to their European commitments tonight, even though the outcome of tonight’s result could have a huge bearing on their morale against Bayern and Chelsea, respectively. Whoever comes out best tonight will also receive a massive boost for their hopes in the European semi finals.

Madrid have reasons of their own to feel optimistic. They have only lost one of their 16 away fixtures in the league this season (1-0 at Levante), having won 13 and only drawn twice (0-0 in Santander and 1-1 at Vila-real). But they suffered defeat on Tuesday in Munich (2-1) and José Mourinho’s side have also failed to beat FC Barcelona in any of their last seven attempts. The last Madrid win was in last season’s Copa del Rey Final on April 20, 2011. Let’s hope that negative run continues… (via FCBarcelona.com)

Aguero: "Until he retires, Messi will remain the best in the world"

Argentina's Sergio 'Kun' Agüero praised his countryman Leo Messi, who returned to qualify as the best player in the world.

"For me, from now until he retires, Leo will always remain the best player in the world. I'm happy to play with him in the team," said the Manchester City in an interview with ESPN.

Agüero said that Messi plays always with a note "of seven points up." "Upon entering the field and is a seven. There are good games and bad games, but people see what they do in Barcelona," said the Argentine, who go to azulgrana "quietest" in the selection albiceleste. "It has the support of us all," he added.

Finally, the 'Kun' said the desire of the Argentine since 1986: win a World Cup again, "We are many good players are in Europe. There team to win a World Cup and is now Sabella looking for the best. up to us, "he said. (via SPORT)

Rosell: "Our economic model is Bayern Munich"

"In football there are cycles and there will be a day that Barça will not win."
"Messi is not for sale" by a lot of money that is offered to the club.
"We have imposed a policy of extreme austerity two years."

The president of Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, said that the model never give up football today, but has stated that in the economic field there are improvements that make following the path of German Bayern Munich.

In a Sunday interview with the French newspaper "L'Equipe", which devotes a special Barcelona, ​​Rosell said that "we will ensure that in future our guys continue to play with the same approach." "Barca have won some titles in a style that is not theirs. To the members did not like, were not happy despite the victory," said Barcelona president.

Rosell said that "after winning all their" club "should be maintained, trying to follow among the best in the field and off." "In football there are cycles and there will be a day that Barça will not win. At that time we will continue to defend our exemplar, our uniqueness. And off the field is where you get it, because by dint of perseverance, success becomes the field," noted.

The President considered that their project is "to making the Barça also an economic model," which was not in recent years. "We inherited a debt of 500 million euros. We have imposed a policy of extreme austerity for two years and have received support from the Foundation of Qatar. Without that help we would be in great difficulty," he said.

Rosell said he hoped to place on the club's constitution some rules, such as the debt is "acceptable" or that jeopardizes the heritage of the club, as he said "was about to do" his predecessor Joan Laporta.

Rosell said support reforms of the UEFA president, Michel Platini, including the defense of the clubs that are not corporations. "Competition with corporations is difficult (...) but long term we who have more success. A millionaire, a patron, comes one day get tired of putting money and the club ceases to exist," said .

In this sense, Rosell said: "Messi is not for sale" how much money you are offered. "A corporation would sell because it is a company seeking profits. It is not our case," he said. (via MD)

Xavi: "Rijkaard did not believe in me"

Barça midfielder Xavi Hernández said the recipe to beat the azulgrana, recalled his time with Rijkaard and regretted that years ago were considered "bad, useless and harmful."

"The solution against us is to take away the ball. O trucar the playing field, play us in a very dry or tall grass," said the Spanish international in an interview with the weekly supplement of the French newspaper "L'Equipe" , which devotes a special Saturday at Barcelona.

Some of the strategies to put into "problems" Barça go through artificially slow down the playing conditions, influence the state of the pitch or close the team defensively and leave "a fast center forward in the center circle," said Xavi. "Normally, we know that sooner or later will mark," the three times winner of the Champions League.

The player praised the concept of football by Pep Guardiola, who assumes Johan Cruyff, and said that the club "has revolutionized the way football because the players like they should be coaches."

He confessed that his exentrenador, Dutchman Frank Rijkaard did not trust him and that was good for the club and for his own ego again feel "important."

"Rijkaard did not believe in me. I wanted to take our game to a higher physical dimension, considered it the only way to fight with the same weapons as the best European clubs," said Xavi.

The world champion also stressed the importance of the influence of Cruyff at Barcelona, where he took his philosophy that "the talent must take precedence over the physical."

"Four or five years, was appalling, useless, harmful. It was cancer of the Barça! A player of 1.70 was simply impossible," he recalled on the eve of play a league match against Real Madrid and the second leg the semifinal of the Champions League against Chelsea. (via SPORT)

[Youth] The Juvenil B of Barça wins the tournament of Spartak

The Juvenil B of FC Barcelona has already proclaimed champion Spartak Moscow Tournament even though he still has a game to spare.

Everyone is clear that football is for that training, to train players. But nobody minds a sweet and winning titles is always important. And if gain it over by confronting big European teams, the better. But there's more. The Juvenil B of Barça has won the tournament organized by Spartak Moscow, but what they value most team officials, the coach Francisco García Pimienta to trainer Marc Guitart, is to see how people are encouraged by his play but also for their excellent behavior both on and off the pitch.

Barça started the tournament winning 3-0 at Borussia. In the second game thrashed Sporting in Portugal's 5-1 and the third, more complicated, defeated by 1-0 to the hosts Spartak Moscow. On Friday they played the fourth game with a 2-0 victory over Atalanta Italians secured the final victory thanks to goals from Ebwelle and Maxi.

Now it is a final match Sunday against Sochaux French, but whatever happens, they are already champions. This Saturday, a day of rest for the Blaugrana, can enjoy a day touring Moscow. Well they have won ... (via SPORT)

[Ex playar & ex coach] Johan Cruyff: "Xavi, Iniesta and Guardiola could not have played on another computer"

Johan Cruyff said that players like Iniesta, Xavi himself Pep Guardiola, Barça's current coach, could not develop their careers in another football team for their physical condition.

"I would have said, even before adulthood, 'you are not big enough and strong enough to turn you into footballers'. Not even had an opportunity to participate," Cruyff said in an interview with the weekly supplement of the French newspaper "L'Equipe, "which devotes a special Saturday at Barcelona.

The Dutch recalled that when he took the reins in the late eighties, he asked those responsible for the training center of Barcelona, ​​La Masia, what was the best player they had. All replied that it was Guardiola, who played backup to the second team or owner with the third because it was "physically very weak." "I made alternate (the first template) and a year later played in the first. From there Barça's coaches began to understand that what mattered was the ball," recalled Cruyff.

The Dutchman praised the work of Guardiola on the bench for Barcelona and acknowledged that it has improved the system that Cruyff started the last century. "What I like about him is that he sees things before others. Or the others do not. Who would have thought that Mascherano could play in central defense?" Asked Cruyff.

Asked about the nicest anecdotes of his time as Blaugrana coach, Dutchman evoked a very special relationship with Brazilian Romario, who did not conceal anything. "Once I came to ask if he could smoke two days of training to return to Brazil, he must have carnival in Rio. I said, 'if you put two goals tomorrow, I give you two more days of rest that the rest of the team.' the next day, scored his second goal on 20 minutes of play and immediately gestured that he wanted to go, "he recalled. "I said, 'Coach, my plane leaves in less than an hour,'" said Cruyff, who left the star striker of the "Dream Team" will travel to Brazil, having fulfilled its part of the deal. (via SPORT)

[Ex player] Koeman: "Barça is confident, Madrid, with doubts"

Ronald Koeman has explained the Cadena Cope told that a victory for Barça against Real Madrid would be a psychological blow.

Ronald Koeman is clear that "if Barça wins, will be a strong psychological blow for Madrid. Barça is more trusting and Madrid have doubts," he says. On what the match thinks that "Madrid will look for the tie. Be conservative, look close, stop the game and fight back." And on the Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duel, says "I like the style of Messi more than Cristiano though both are critical to his team."

Aside from el Clásico and the Champions League tie against Chelsea, Dutchman has no doubts. "If I have to put money, I am convinced that the Champions League final will be Barça - Madrid. Will be very great." And is that Koeman is clear that "Barça soar Chelsea, it is better than Chelsea." (via SPORT)

[Ex-player] Vitor Baia: "With another Mourinho on the bench for Barça would be a civil war Catalunya-Madrid"

Vitor Baia means that whatever happens this Saturday at the Camp Nou la Liga will not be determined.

Vitor Baia has been forceful in asserting that "if another Mourinho on the bench for Barça would be a civil war between Catalunya and Madrid. In football this is very big and have to be careful especially by violence. There are things more important in life, "he explained. Emphasizing the figure of the Portuguese coach, believes that "Mourinho is very true, says what he thinks is going to death with their players, management makes a great costume. Has been very clever in its infancy being the first coach. Has learned Bobby Robson many things, but even more with Van Gaal. "And as regards Guardiola understands that "Pep is very intelligent, not responding to anything, is with his philosophy, trying to get Barça win."

Speaking to the program Mas Esports of Com Ràdio, Barcelona goalkeeper former spoke of meeting this Saturday. "Tomorrow is the game of the year. I can not go to Camp Nou for personal issues but I was watching the day of Barça 5-0 at Camp Nou. Barcelona is more consistent and stronger than Madrid, but against a coach very intelligent strategy as Mourinho does not know that can happen. "What is clear is that the Portuguese "will be decided tomorrow league games still to be decided upon."

Moving on, Baia spoke of his relationship with Van Gaal. "Do not I have a grudge, but we never talked about what happened in Barcelona. I wish someday explain what happened to me not to give me an opportunity to continue making history at the club. I'm not bitter, if I see Van Gaal greet him. "

Finally, on Barça, admits that "for me has been an honor to play in a club like Barcelona and I have a great affection to people. Was a shame that with the arrival of Van Gaal things were not good. The Barça is in my heart. " (via SPORT)

Guardiola: “The only option is to win”

The manager notes that Barça’s only objective against Real Madrid this Saturday at the Camp Nou is to “win to prolong the competition.” He adds: “if they win or draw, the Liga is theirs”.

Guardiola considers that, whatever the result is tomorrow, that “Barça have already won,” in regards to how well the team have played in recent years.

The manager warns of the dangers that Real Madrid bring to tomorrow’s match: “they dominate all aspects of the game ... they’ll come out to win”.

Josep Guardiola was very clear, if Barça does not win the three points against Real Madrid tomorrow, “the league will have a new champion.” The manager, who is convinced that Mourinho’s team “will try to win the match,” reminded the press room that even if Barça win the three points that “the competition will still be in Madrid’s hands.” Guardiola gave his word that his team will come out onto the pitch tomorrow with one goal in mind: “to attack.” The manager promised that his team will play the match “with tranquility and the peace of mind knowing that they’ve already done their work, without reproach.”

Guardiola is very clear that FC Barcelona must win tomorrow: “our only option is to win, we have a very small chance and we must try to take it. If it doesn’t work out we’ll have a new champion and we’ll regroup and prepare well for next season. It wasn’t too long ago that we were very far from the leaders. Now we’re in a luxurious position after gaining a bit of ground, frankly we had not imagined [that we’d be this close]. We have the chance to prolong the competition.”

Guardiola, on the type of game he anticipates from Real Madrid, believes that the team from the Spanish capital will come to the Camp Nou “to pressure and try to win the match.” He added: “they’ll take advantage of space when they get the chance, it’s one of their strongest virtues.” Guardiola went on to define the team led by Mourinho in the following way: “they always create danger, they are a very complete side. They dominate all aspects of the game - they have enormous power. Weak points, they have very few, because they have multiple ways of playing. They have an indecent amount of goals with five games remaining. We have to play our game, and that won’t be easy. We have to find the way to overcome them and score goals.”

When asked about the morale of his team after the defeat at Stamford Bridge, Guardiola said that “they will be fine on Saturday.” He added: “in their minds they know that only one thing matters, and that’s to win. I’ve always told them that the game they are about to play, is the the game they have to go out and attack. Tomorrow we’ll try to do what has been habitual for us this whole time.”

On whether or not Alexis, who received a knock in London, will be available, Guardiola said that the player is “doubtful.”

Whatever tomorrow’s result is, Guardiola said that his team “have fulfilled” expectations. "We have done a good job, and no one can hold anything against us. We’ve fulfilled our work dutifully. Whatever happens, we have already won, the people have once again enjoyed how we’ve played. The only thing that can be expected of us is to maintain the drive to fight until the end. That’s what we’re doing.”

The Barça manager also said that he wants to “win tomorrow and overturn the result against Chelsea. If we don’t do it we’ll be disappointed, but sports have shown me that winning isn’t everything. There are a lot of things that are more important. To the people that give it their all... seeing the trajectories of Rayo Vallecano or Levenate, we can’t consider them losers. Their work has a lot of value. We should be very satisfied with how things were done these past years, of how well we’ve behaved.”

Josep Guardiola believes that the team that wins tomorrow “will be reinforced ahead of next week’s Champions League round.” The manager is convinced that no matter what the result is, that after the match “we have to adapt to another decisive match and think about how we can attack and defend against Chelsea to get to the final.”

The Champions League trophy is in Munich

FC Barcelona, reigning European champions, handed over the Champions League trophy to the city of Munich.

The Champions League trophy is waiting in Germany. FC Barcelona sent a delegation, led by President Sandro Rosell and vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu, to Munich to hand over the trophy that Barça won at Wembley on May 28 of last year to the UEFA President Michel Platini, who then gave the trophy to the Mayor of Munich, Christian Ude. The German city will host the final of the this year’s competition on May 19.

Every season the reigning European champions return the trophy to the host city. Athletic director Andoni Zubizarreta, football director Raül Sanllehí and director of the youth system Guillermo Amor were also present at the event. The trophy hand-off also serves as the inaugural event for the host city. (via FCBarcelona.com)

18 first-team players and 3 Barça B players prepare for the Clásico

Barça held a closed-door training session at the Camp Nou ahead of tomorrow's match against Real Madrid.

Barça’s first team completed a closed-door training session ahead of tomorrow’s match at the Camp Nou. This is the team’s second training session after the Champions League away leg against Chelsea.

The 18 available first-team players, as well as 3 Barça B footballers that travelled to London, Bartra, Montoya and Tello, trained on the Camp Nou’s pitch. After the session, Josep Guardiola explained that Alexis Sánchez, “very doubtful for tomorrow’s match,” trained apart from the group after receiving a knock during the match at Stamford Bridge. Therefore, the only confirmed absences against Madrid are Villa, Fontàs and Abidal.

Barça will hold one final training session tomorrow at noon before the match against Real Madrid. (via FCBarcelona.com)