13 May 2012

Puyol leaves the hospital

Carles Puyol has left this noon -13.25 hours Quirón Hospital, where yesterday he underwent successful right knee by Dr. Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna. The captain will now begin their recovery in order to be on top for the next season.

Although if it had depended had left nothing more surgery, Carles Puyol has been discharged from hospital today after Dr. Ramon Cugat this morning gave the nod to his right knee operated on yesterday osteochondral injury via artoscópica . Puyol has left the hospital accompanied by his brother, 'Putxi', who was driving the car, and his friend Javi.

Carles Puyol will be the next six weeks off, rather than as doctors confirmed yesterday will prevent participation in the Copa del Rey final and the next Euro. The goal they have set both the doctors and Puyol is to get himself fully able to start pre-season the club on 15 July. Accordingly, and as of today, the azulgrana captain will work closely with the recovery Juanjo Brau, who last summer and was at his side after Puyi was then involved in his left knee. (via MD)

The Barça players in Montmeló

After closing this Saturday League with a draw in the field of Betis (2-2) and waiting to begin preparing the next Cup final on May 25 against Athletic, some Barça players have wanted to take this morning live today to see the GP of Spain Formula 1 at the Circuit de Montmeló.

Pedro Rodríguez and Sergio Busquets have reached Montmeló separately and are following the race from the paddock, as Gerard Piqué, azulgrana one player with more passion for motorsport.

The center-back azulgrana has told TV3 that his enthusiasm for Fernando Alonso to win this GP. "With Hamilton out the last, I think Fernando has more chance of winning. Why is Spanish and home runs, I think we all have to go with Fernando," said the center-back azulgrana. (via MD)

Concerned Alves

Dani Alves' attitude in recent games concerned within the FC Barcelona. His unexplained expulsion yesterday against Betis, with an entrance on Jefferson Montero untimely, together with details of his celebration in the goal of Thiago in the field of Rayo three weeks ago are not understood in the entity azulgrana, but they trust to change . Alves believes Barça to a single player or as Guardiola himself said "irreplaceable" as long as your version is the best.

The double yellow red for Dani Alves was yesterday after a hard tackle on Jefferson Montero is the second expulsion of the Brazilian season. The previous one was in the club-Granada, the famous day that Messi beat Caesar as top scorer in the history of Barça. At that first saw Dani crash a yellow for a foul on Benítez and two minutes from José Antonio Teixeira shock Vitienes decided to expel him from touching the ball with his hand in the area.

To date, Dani Alves has a record in the league in three ejections in one season. It was in the 2007-08 season wearing the shirt of Sevilla. On the day 12, was ejected in the Villarreal - Sevilla (3-2). Only two days after he left the locker room before time in the Almería-Sevilla (1-0) and on day 37, also in the field of Betis, saw the red card prevented him from saying goodbye to his fans at the Sanchez Pizjuán in the last day, because then would sign for Barça.

Once the game against Betis, Dani Alves decided to take the two and a half day holiday that gave Guardiola to stay in Seville. The Brazilian will return to work with all his colleagues on Tuesday from six in the evening to begin preparing for the Copa del Rey final next May 25. (via MD)

Kings Cup the Final Objective

The league campaign has drawn to a close and Barça will now spend the next 12 days focussing on the Cup Final on 25th May. The first preparatory training session will take place on Tuesday evening.

The Cup Final against Athletic Club Bilbao in the Vicente Calderon on 25th May is now Barça’s main objective as the players work hard in training to reach the big day in the best possible conditions. Following on from Saturday’s match against Betis in the Benito Villamarin, the players will now enjoy a two-day break before returning to training at 7 pm on Tuesday. At 6 pm, Sergio Busquets will give a press conference.

Apart from Tuesday’s session, the players will also train on Wednesday (11am), Thursday (7 pm) and Friday (11 am). As usual, all the sessions will be held behind closed doors at the Club’s sports complex in Sant Joan Despí.

Guardiola has given his squad next weekend off and training will recommence on the following Monday. It promises to be an exciting week of preparations ahead of the grand final. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Alves, stays in Seville

Dani Alves will not return with the team to Barcelona this evening, with the Club's permission, and will spend his two days off in Seville. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Valdès: "We'll be back in force next year"

The keeper says that the team is looking forward to next season with optimism and that he’s happy with his fifth Zamora trophy.

The players are mentally preparing for the final of the King’s Cup against Athletic Club.

After the game against Betis, the Barça players concur that the team will be completely focused on the last match of the season. Víctor Valdés said that the team is eager and preparing for the final match of the year and he sent an optimistic message regarding next season. “We hope to win the Cup. This season two important titles have slipped away, but we’ll be back as strong as ever next year,” he said.

After drawing with Betis at the Benito Villamarín in the last game of the Liga (2-2), the Valdés’ team-mates congratulated the keeper on winning the Zamora trophy, given to the keeper that concedes the least amount of goals in the competition. On the award, the keeper said: “I was very excited with the prospect of winning my fifth Zamora and equal Ramallets. I’ve always looked up to him.”

The Catalan player said that it is more important win than concede goals. However, Valdés said that this Zamora trophy is a testament to Barça’s defensive work. “It’s not a priority, but it’s important for the team to win this award,” said Valdés, who also reiterated his regret for not winning the Liga title.

Finally, the Azulgrana keeper praised Betis: “they are a team that play excellent football. Both teams had chances to score and, in the end, we ended with a draw.”

Here are some of the statements made by Barça players after the match, some of them were made on Twitter:

Pedro Rodríguez:

“We played a great game. In the end, a draw is a just result.

“We’ve worked hard to prepare for the King’s Cup Final. We’ll try to win the title.”

On the atmosphere at the Benito Villamarín: “it’s a very difficult ground. The fans are right on top of you.”

Isaac Cuenca:

“The Liga is over and we’ve finished with Víctor Valdés as this year’s Zamora winner. Now for the King’s Cup.”

Cristian Tello:

“We bid farewell to the Liga with a 2-2 in Seville. Now it’s time to prepare for King’s Cup Final. Congratulations to Víctor Valdés for winning the Zamora.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

Mel: "The Pep Team will be a farewell fleeting"

Although not playing anything, motivates end of the year against Barcelona?
The game that became especially motivated me. Now we play against a great team and a coach spectacular. The games against Barça are goals and performance, an incentive for diabetics come. In addition, we had a great season and we have the joy of the derby. It can be a nice finale.

What supposed firing Guardiola?
Leave a tremendous work on the lawn. He has achieved all possible titles and has won in a way that love us. Has been fortunate to have three of the best players in the world. But I think it will be a farewell a bit ephemeral.

What is your evaluation of the campaign?
I do not know how long ago Betis, being in first, got to the end to this tranquility. On Sunday we watch the games of those who risk their lives quietly, with a beer. For us it is a satisfaction, a priority. Thanks to the quiet work of all employees of the organization have been achieved. (via AS)

Zubizarreta said "this season has been excellent"

He also insisted that "all decisions are taken sport when the season ends."
Has neither confirmed nor denied the possible arrival of Lobera and said that Pep "knows how the process has gone Tito".

Andoni Zubizarreta has reiterated on Saturday that "all decisions are taken sport when the season ends." Speaking in the rest of the Betis-Barça, Zubi stated in this line that "neither confirm nor deny it" logbook information 'Ara' that Sergi Lobera would be the second Tito Vilanova once the latter relieved Guardiola the azulgrana bench. "It's all speculation, and I did not play much," added, as implying that the future could be another assistant coach.

Barcelona sporting director has been asked to explain at what point exactly was informed that Tito Pep relieve. "On Friday (April 27) morning Tito Vilanova said he accepted and explained at a press conference. Pep knows how the whole process was and knew that Tito would be the new coach," he said.

Zubizarreta has also held the title of Afellay the Benito Villamarín and commented that "the motivation to win the Cup after winning two Super Cups and World Club Championship and this season the team will not let your guard down in the two weeks will now for the Cup final friendly proposals that we had not convinced us, so we decided to stay at home. "

Lastly, Zubi said "the absence of that final against an opponent copera we do not make things easy (referring to Athletic) in any case the season has been excellent." (via MD)

The best and worst of Betis - Barça

The assessment of positive and negative as of the encounter between Betis and Barça.

The attitude of Pep Guardiola's men in a game totally irrelevant and without consequence is noteworthy. A start with lots of attitude that brought an early goal to a party, which sought the goal and the victory but eventually the revenue was a draw, and no one will say that it was very labored and struggled, having achieved a draw in injury time .

The crossover cable Dani Alves in the second half in which a hard, incomprehensible Jefferson Montero entry on his expulsion for a second yellow was certainly the worst of the encounter. His expulsion unbalanced the team and led the comeback bética. Nothing to argue with his first yellow which cut a dangerous action, but if all the criticism of the second, which became more orange than yellow, bordering on direct expulsion. (via SPORT)

Guardiola: “I'm very pleased with the team's performance”

Guardiola is pleased with his team’s performance at the Benito Villamarín: “playing with 10 men against a team that plays football so well is complicated. We tried it and we managed to equalise.

“Keita probably deserved to play more. He’s a very dependable player in every regard. He gives us things that the other midfielders don’t have. I’m very pleased with his performance.

“Questions on the future don’t depend on me, from my point of view, Alves is an irreplaceable player. He’s been fundamental for Barça”.

Pep Guardiola held a press conference after this Saturday’s draw against Betis. The Barça manager said he is satisfied with the behavior of his players: “we played a good first half. In the second, before we went down to 10 men, we weren’t as good. After the expulsion, playing against a team that practices good football is complicated. We tried it and we managed to get the equaliser through Ketia’s header.” On the Mali international, Guardiola said that the player “probably deserves more. He’s a very dependable player in every regard. He gives us things that other midfielders don’t have. I’m pleased with his game and, in general, the team’s work.”

Afellay, who featured in the team’s starting line-up for the first time since his injury, was also mentioned by the manger. “He played very well. He participated, he had a chance to score and he didn’t lose any balls. With Alves’ red card, I preferred to sub him out to avoid fatigue. Anyway, it’s good news for the Dutch national team and for the future,” said the FC Barcelona manager.

When asked about Alves’ future, Guardiola was clear: “questions on a player’s future don’t depend on me, but from my point of view, Alves is irreplaceable. He’s been fundamental for Barça.”

Lastly, on his own future, Guardiola said: “La Liga existed before I came and it will continue to exist without me.”

Praise for Betis

The Barça manager didn’t hold back in his praise for Real Betis: “they are a great team. They play very well and they have great players. They’ve been together for a while, with the same manager and great supporters.” Guardiola finished by saying “Betis have had a great season.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

Leo Messi was left unmarked

Leo Messi continues to have everything going for him to win the Pichichi.

Leo Messi has finished the league championship with 50 goals, thanks to the four it won in the penultimate match against Espanyol. Because in the last league match, the Argentine was left unchecked. Which, of course, does not tarnish his excellent performance at all, with those 50 goals in 37 games he has played.

Like the rest of the team, Messi did not have a good performance against Betis. Contrary to what is usual with him, came very little at stake. In fact, virtually only had one attempt on goal, a foul and the last minute which sent the ball to the post. Very little background for a player like Leo.

Messi finished with 50 goals and has five more than Cristiano Ronaldo, who this Sunday will presumably head to Mallorca and his companions try to help you scored most degoles possible. But, a priori, that makes at least five goals seems rather difficult. (via SPORT)

[Liga BBVA; Week38] Real Betis 2 - 2 FC Barcelona

[Match Stats]
Real Betis: Casto; Chica (Isidoro, m.72), Paulao, Dorado, Nacho; Beñat, Cañas; Jonathan Pereira, Pozuelo (Nono, m.64), Jefferson Montero (Santa Cruz, m.57); and Rubén Castro.

FC Barcelona: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano; Busquets, Xavi (Iniesta, m.82) , Keita, Pedro (Tello, m.77), Messi and Afellay (Montoya, m.52).

Goals: 0-1. m.8, Busquets. 1-1. M.70, Ruben Castro, 2-1. m.73, Rubén Castro. 2-2: m.91+ Keita.

Rferee: Ayza Gámez (c. Valencian). Expiulsó, second yellow card for Alves (m.32 and m.52), and admonish Beñat (m.80.), Cañas (m.88).

Subs: Match played at the stadium in late Benito Villamarín true summer night before more than 45,000 spectators. Pitch in perfect condition. They observed a minute of silence in memory of Pachón, formerly of the 60, and Manuel Morales, a former executive.

[Youth] Benjamín B and Cadete B, Champions League

Sergi Milá children have won at Calella at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper (5-2) and take the title ahead of Espanyol in the absence of a day to finish the competition.

Fran Artigas's boys, meanwhile, have decided the championship with a recital at the Vilanova i la Geltrú (7-1) when there are still three games to play.

The ranks of FC Barcelona reach two new title for the club. This time they have been the Cadete Benjamín B and B the architects of success after beating azulgrana, Calella (5-2) and Vilanova i la Geltrú (7-1), respectively.

With 80 points, the team Barcelona has yielded only two draws in the competition, and has not lost a game all season. Barça held to the foot of lawn achieving a well deserved league title. When you need a day to the end of the competition, in which Barça will rest for the withdrawal of Rocafonda CF, RCD Espanyol and can not match the numbers of players Sergi Milá and Óscar Jorquera in Group 3 championship Benjamin first division. Iker Gonzalez's double and goals from Albert Garrido, Óscar Romero and Martí Riera have three points to azulgrana.

After Benjamín B, is now the turn of Fran Artiga, who have won la Liga winning Preferred forcefully to Vilanova i la Geltrú (7-1). Barça missed only three draws and two defeats in the entire competition. With 11 points ahead of second placed Barris Santes Creus, the team azulgrana set remains the most goals and fewest goals in la Liga. Thus, the players celebrated the conquest of the title by a pineapple in the field and their coaches manteando.

The azulgrana, who drew on the last day before the Cornellà, this may not have forgiven and been ahead on the scoreboard in the opening minutes. Goals from Josi, Franquesa, Alexis, Sergi Canós, Marc Rio, Anas and an own goal, gave the three points needed to mathematically seal the league title. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Carles Puyol has successful surgery on right knee

Doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna performed osteochondral surgery on Carles Puyol this Saturday morning. The Barça captain underwent an arthroscopic procedure to clean up joint tissue in his right knee.

The player will be sidelined for six weeks.

Pruna: “Puyol’s objective is to be in optimal condition for the preseason”.

Doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna, in collaboration with Egarsat, performed osteochondral knee surgery on Carles Puyol this Saturday morning. The Azulgrana captain underwent an arthroscopic procedure to clean up joint tissue in his right knee. The player will be out of action for approximately six weeks.

Doctor Cugat explained that there was a fragment of cartilage that became detached from the player’s knee and, once removed, the doctors inspected the rest of the joint. “We didn’t have time to wait this time. He told me that his leg wasn’t working, that he couldn’t continue. These are subjective feelings. We could wait last year, but this time, even though the injury wasn’t as severe, it was more noticeable than last year,” said Cugat this Saturday afternoon in the Ricard Mexenchs press room.

Doctor Pruna recognised that “he practically diagnosed himself” and that the player could be released from hospital as early as this Sunday. “His objective is to be in optimal condition for the preseason,” Pruna said.

Puyol will, in all likelihood, miss the King’s Cup Final and the EURO. “If everything goes well, we’ll have Carles Puyol for many years,” said Cugat.

Pruna also talked about the number of injuries picked up by the first team this season: “we’ve had various muscle injuries. I believe most of them were mild or medium and that they were dealt with well. With that said, we had to go to the operating room five times this season: Abidal’s transplant, the ACLs of Afellay and Fontàs, Villa’s leg and now Carles.”

Villa, Abidal and Tito

Doctors Cugat and Pruna also talked about three specific first-team members. On David Villa’s recovery, Cugat said that “we’ll have to wait two or three more weeks until the EURO starts. This time will permit us to see the extent of his recovery. Time will give us the answer, in any case, he’ll have the last word on the matter.”

Pruna talked about Éric Abidal’s condition: “The transplant was successful. His recovery has been good but slow. The player, if everything goes well, could be released from hospital next week.”

On Tito Vilanova, Pruna explained that “he’s doing fantastically well. In layman terms, we’d say he’s been healed. In scientific terms, he’s free of disease.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Barça B; Liga Aderante; Week 38] Almería 1 - 2 FC Barcelona B

Goals from Sergi Roberto and Deulofeu in the first half seal the victory for Barça B. This is the team's first win away from home in six months.

Deulofeu, the best Barça player on the pitch, assisted Roberto in the first goal and scored the second.

The second half was marked by an imperial Masip in goal, who, without a doubt, secured the three points for the Blaugranas.

Barça B beat Almería 1-2 at the Juegos Mediterráneos, it’s the team’s first victory away from home in six months. Eusebio’s team hadn’t won away from the Miniestadi since November 19 2011, when they beat Murcia 0-2. Since then, the reserve team have lost five times and tied five times as visitors. This Saturday in Almería, however, the goals from Sergi Roberto and Deulofeu in the first half decided the match for the Azulgranas. Barça B was the better side in the first half but Almería stepped their game up in the second. Ortiz scored the definitive 1-2 in stoppage time. Barça B have 53 points and are lurking just below the promotion playoff spots.

Barça B won the match after putting in a brilliant performance in the first half. With possession and determination, the Catalans wrestled control of the game away from the home side. Rodri and Deulofeu enjoyed the first two clear chances to score. The goal, however, was scored on the third chance, thanks to an excellent play from Deulofeu on the right wing, whose cross was knocked in by Sergi Roberto. The 0-1 hurt an Andalusian side that was facing a Barça B team that was offering up their best football before the half. Eusebio’s boys launched forward and they were rewarded: Deulofeu left four players in his wake before skipping past the keeper to score Barça’s second. Simply beautiful.

The match was completely different in the second half. Almería dominated possession from the 55th minute until the end of the game. With Soriano on the pitch, the home side looked a different team. The midfielder shot time and again after receiving crosses into Barça’s area, but Masip was impenetrable. The Barça keeper, without a doubt, secured the three points for the reserve side. However, Ortiz latched onto the ball and unleashed a long-range shot - this time Masip could do nothing to impede the home team’s goal. Almería’s goal, scored in the last play of the match, came too late. Barça B managed to reach their goal: win a match away from the Miniestadi. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Match Stats]
Almería: Esteban, Rafita, Carlos García, Jakobsen, Dani Bautista, Verza, Bernardello, Corona (Soriano, min 54), Aarón (Jonathan, min 54), Aleix Vidal (Ortiz, min 79) and Ulloa.

Barça B: Masip, Muniesa, Planas, Balliu, Sergi Gómez, Gustavo Lede, Sergi Roberto, Dos Santos (Espinosa, min 88), Rafinha, Deulofeu (Riverola, min 73) and Rodri (Carmona, min 92).

Goals: 0-1, Sergi Roberto, min 31; 0-2, Deulofeu, min 44, y 1-2, Ortiz, min 94.

Referee: Alfonso Pino Zamorano.

Eric Abidal, ready to receive the medical

A new news for Barça. If the first was that the intervention of Carles Puyol had been entirely satisfactory in the press conference after the operation the captain of the Barça, the doctor Ricard Pruna has advanced good news about Eric Abidal.

FC Barcelona's doctor stated that "evolution has been good, though perhaps slowly l. Hope for next week has the highest".

Recall that the Blaugrana full-back underwent a liver transplant last April 10 at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona and, in the words of Pruna, next week could leave the hospital and continue with the recovery at home. (via MD)