16 May 2012

Dani Alves, out of action for 6 to 8 weeks

The player underwent surgery this afternoon to correct his fractured clavicle after sustaining his injury this morning during the first team's training session.

Doctors Ricard Pruna and Carles Torrens, in collaboration with Mutua Egarsat, performed surgery on Dani Alves’s broken clavicle at Barcelona Hospital. The player underwent complete coracoclavicular reconstruction via transosseous loop and end-to-end sutures.

The player will be out of action for six to eight weeks. Therefore the Brazilian defender will miss the King’s Cup Final on May 25 at the Vicente Calderón against Athletic Club.

Dani Alves was injured during this morning’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva. (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Selection] Netherlands began their preparation without Afellay

The Barça player will join his team after the Cup final against Athletic.

The Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk screening reduced the 'Oranje' from 36 to 27 players to start a minipretemporada in Lausanne (Switzerland) from Thursday 17 until next May 26. As reported by the Dutch FA (KNVB), based on 27 players, three of them: the strikers Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) and Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona) and midfielder Stijn Schaars (Sporting Lisbon) will be added later due different commitments. Bayern Munich has to play the final of the Champions League on May 19 against Chelsea, the Sporting dispute the Portuguese Cup final against Academica de Coimbra on 20 May and Barça the final cup-bearer to the Athletic on 25 May. For this reason, Afellay, who has been injured all season because of a serious ligament injury in his knee and started playing a few weeks ago, will not be incorporated until later. Also on the list of 27, the Málaga central defender Joris Mathijsen. After the stay in Lausanne, between 17 and 26 May, the Dutch team will return home and train a few days in Hoenderloo. The final list will close on May 29. The Dutch team, runner-up World, will travel to Poland on June 4. The van Martwijk play the first phase in the most difficult qualifying group, B, along with Germany, Portugal and Denmark. (via SPORT)

Barça will offer contract extension to Mascherano

FC Barcelona will offer an improved and extended contract with Javier Mascherano, according to Ona FM.

The Argentine midfielder is linked to the club azulgrana until June 2014 and Barça want to reward their good performance in recent seasons, according to Ona FM.

The 'little chief' have accepted a wage worse when Liverpool changed for Barça.

Mascherano himself acknowledged in his press conference Wednesday that "I do not plan to leave Barça. The club will decide, but for my part will not be any objection."

The program 'Fora de Joc', the representative of Argentina, Horacio Zandonadi told club officials when docked at the Camp Nou that "Javier is so clear that it comes to being a backup like me who will end up being owner" . (via SPORT)

[Former player] Bojan sums up his season in Rome in a letter to fans

The Linyola forward used his Facebook profile to review his first year in Rome.

The former Barça forward Bojan Krkic, hanged himself in his facebook profile including a brief summary of how his season has been a sporting and human in Rome. The Linyola believed to have adapted well to the Italian city and Calcio: "It was the first year I've been away from Barcelona. Many changes, but I managed to adapt very well. The Italian league is very different from the Spanish, is very tactical, with fields where it is difficult to play and very experienced players. "

The tip, top scorer in the history of the cantera of the Barça had words of praise for the 'tiffosi' and the club: "The work done in each workout Trigoria is spectacular, the level is very high. La Roma is a great club, and the tifosi want it madly. it is his "biggest single amore", they still show an infinite love and the player has to give everything and more in every practice and every game for this institution ... and both the endowment and the demand is enormous. See the dedication and commitment of a player like Totti demonstrated. and that makes you have a great responsibility that makes each day better as a player and person. " (via SPORT)

Puyol is already working on his recovery

Barça captain hung a picture on Twitter by the physiotherapist Juanjo Brau.

Carles Puyol had surgery on his right knee injury last Saturday at the Quirón Clinic. Following the success of the operation, and away to relax or rest, the great captain azulgrana already working on their recovery with Juanjo, one of the physiotherapists of the club and the first team. This was the message left by the photograph in his personal account from facebook: "Hi everyone, here we are doing recovery work with Juanjo, my fellow sufferer the coming weeks. Greetings" Although its goal is not reached Euro as there is sufficient time, the injury forced him to be one and a half of low-minimum, the Popula want to get to the start of training camp in the best possible conditions. (via SPORT)

[Selection; Olympic games] Busquets will not go to the Olympics

Sergio Busquets will not go with the Spanish team led by Luis Milla at the Olympic Games this summer.

The Barça midfielder announced his decision not to attend the meeting in London in 2012 to coach the absolute, Vicente del Bosque.

As reported in 'El País', Busquets not it just be the squad without having previously participated in the preliminary phase and also prefer to break in August. (via SPORT)

Mascherano: “Tito is the best thing that could have happened”

Reckons it ”is the least traumatic change possible” and it guarantees: “the style of football is going to continue”.
Mascherano confessed that Guardiola has been his most influential coach.
Speaking about the Pilota d’Or, he declared: “Messi has improved year on year and he deserves to win it”.

Speaking at a press conference this lunchtime, Javier Mascherano gave his view of the Club’s new coach: “Tito is the continuation of this project. It is the least traumatic change possible and the best thing that could have happened to Barça. With his style and his changes, the style of our football is not going to change and that is the most important thing for the Club”.

Although he would have liked to see Guardioal stay on at the Club, Mascherano believes the boss: “has left a team which still has a great future, with experienced players who can guide the youngsters. He’s the most influential coach I’ve had because of his way of seeing the game, for his leadership, for how he faces every match and for the way he lives this job. He’s a coach who lives the game 24 hours a day”.

0Asked to compare Guardiola and ex-Argentina and current Bilbao coach Bielsa, Mascherano claimed: “I think that they are very similar in that they always look to win a game and try and play well - they think first about their opponents’ area before their own. Also, neither of them will betray their way of thinking, regardless of any risk the team may be facing they never change their philosophy and they won’t betray their way of thinking about the game. Guardiola is maybe a little closer to the players – Bielsa is more like a schoolmaster. I had him as coach 8 years ago and he’s a coach who is always trying to change, so maybe he is different now”.

Mascherano also stated that “a win in the Final would be the best possible send off” for Guardiola, “though at a Club like this, winning is something we always are expected to do. It’s a bit strange having so long to prepare for the game – we are more used to playing every three days and when you have a 10 or 12 day break, you notice it. However at this stage of the season, it’s good to have a slight rest from playing and train hard to be ready in the best possible way”.

Mascherano also had praise for his fellow countryman Leo Messi and after his 72 goals: “he deserves the Ballon d’Or” -he just gets better with every season”, Dani Alves also received the thumbs up, with the Argentinean claiming: “he’s the best right back in the world, not only for his goals and assists, but also for the way he gees up the rest of the team”.

Happy with his own situation

Javier Mascherano is “very happy” with his personal position at the Club and he has no intention of leaving: “I don’t think I deserve a new contract either. If I have the chance to continue or get a new deal in the future, that will be great”. However, when he was asked about becoming captain he replied: “I think the captains we have are the ones we should have. They represent us very well, to the board, the technical staff and to the outside world in general”. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

[Barça B] Barça B - Valladolid: A quote from Primera

22 hours, Marca TV - Eusebio's men get to Valladolid that need a win to keep pace with Celta, second place Second A.

Barça B faced on Wednesday one of the toughest challenges until end of season. faces Valladolid in Miniestadi, third-placed Second Division A, and a team that is only three points behind Celta, which occupies the second place to Primera direct ascent. It is for this reason that the Barça B, as it did on Saturday in Almeria, want to make life difficult for a team that plays many of their options for advancement in the Miniestadi.

The match arrives, probably in one of the highlights of form all season for Barça B. Eusebio's team, which won at home after six months without it, has scored points in nine of the last eleven commitments, which only lost against Celta (4-1) and Elche (0 -1), precisely in the last game played in the Mini. In addition, the azulgranas recovered Ilie, Lobato and Oier, and have Deulofeu, with permission from the Federation to participate in this match.

The Valladolid comes at a similar state. The group led by Miroslav Djukic, star of the League final the season 1993/94, does not fall for ten days, and is one of the defining moments of the course. This is when you are deciding your direct ascent to First-is three points behind Celta, or their presence in the play-off, which by now would be a minor prize. The team Valladolid, who saw how he escaped two points in injury time of the last game (against Hércules), will be without the suspended Nauzet Alemán, or the injured Varela. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Preparations for Cup Final continue

The first team squad were fully focussed on the Cup Final when they trained this morning. Both Alexis and Pinto trained normally with the rest of the players.

Today was the second session dedicated to preparations for the Cup Final on May 25th against Athletic Bilbao at the Vicente Calderon and Guardiola put the players through their paces with the focus very clearly on the only remaining game of the season.

As he did on Tuesday, Alexis Sánchez again trained normally as he recovers from the injury that kept him out of the last three league games, whilst José Manuel Pinto, who missed trip to face Betis with an ankle injury, also worked with the rest of the squad.

In the session, held at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, all the available squad players were present, as well as Barça B youngsters Tello, Bartra and Montoya and 18-year-old Youth A midfielder Jordi Quintillà. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Thiago Silva and priceless

Thiago Silva, the center-back that Barça seen as first choice to strengthen the defender, is priceless. According to Italian media, Brazilian change of scenery if Milan managed to sign 30 million euros. An amount that would address the recruitment of other players to cover different positions.

The Rossoneri is a top priority for Barça next season, although progress seems Nesta exit doors shut. In the Camp Nou hope that as you will consume the summer, Thiago Silva made ​​a gesture to key azulgrana.

While in Italy, Juventus insisted that an agreement would almost certainly with Van Persie of Arsenal. There is talk of a move for another 30 million euros and an annual salary the player apparatus 12 million euros, which would make him one of the highest paid players. (via MD)

Barça wants to strengthen first the defender

Barça negotiated the signing of a center-back and a full-back-only one of them will go the highest investment-and then look forward.

Although final decisions will be made after the final of the Copa del Rey, Barça is increasing these days the work of collection of the negotiations to raise with Tito Vilanova viable signings for the season 2012-2013.

The strategy of Andoni Zubizarreta, the sporting director, is based on priorities and side reinforcements. The urgency now is to sign defenses and all economic efforts are intended to strengthen the input shaft and the left side defense. The hiring of a striker has been relegated to a second term, assuming that some of the pieces chosen could be lost.

Walling behind. This is the slogan that Zubi and Albert Valentin, technical secretary, have set in this first part of the summer market, as has been told MD.

Only should there be a unique opportunity in attack, something unthinkable today as they understand, change of stroke. The idea goes through invest heavily in one of two positions. Or Thiago Silva as center-back or left-back Gareth Bale. Never both at once because it would cost today unaffordable.

To reach the Milan player, the left back would be for Jordi Alba, who expect to hire about 12 million euros. If the bet Tottenham, very difficult for the 50 'kilos' directive calling for the English, the club sondearía Inigo Martinez, lefty center-back of the Real Sociedad which is cheaper and very serious tactical, or look down, if Bartra, the subsidiary.

Not be ruled out, even go for a young player with experience, such as the same Botía, which recovered by 2.5 million. However, the Sporting player is bound to enter into any transaction for the additional revenue would. Tito Vilanova also like to give competition a goalkeeper Víctor Valdés, but not essential at this time.

By the way, Zubi and Valentín have filled a sheet with names of future events. A Guaita, Valencia, we were spying, but shares with Alba group representatives. It seems that the two will not come at the same time Mestalla.

Once settled priorities and get money, Barça would go for a striker. Although there is talk of a profile of '9 'powerful figure would not be exactly what will be seeking new coach azulgrana. Rather it would be a playmaker.

There is a list of names, some expensive and more affordable, but those who have already been warned probed going for long. Someone has given orders to his officers wait a reasonable time. A plan, then that has its cadence. First, the defender and then the front.

Iñigo Martínez throws balls out
The news of Barça interest by Iñigo Martínez, Advanced MD, has come to San Sebastian. The center-back of the Real Sociedad yesterday threw balls away when asked about this issue. "I have many years ahead to be here. I do not think anything of it," he said, adding: "Everyone does every year what they do best and I know where I am." On his recovery after injuring his knee, the defender believes it has recovered ahead of schedule and you need to pick up pace. "The important thing now is to get well for next year." (via MD)

Day key to Van Persie

Arsenal is expected to hold a decisive meeting Wednesday to address the continuity of their star, Robin Van Persie.

The Dutch goalscorer could have a meeting with coach Arsène Wenger and the executive director 'gunner', Ivan Gazidis, during which renewal would treat your hypothetical, as published by 'The Sun'.

Van Persie is released in June 2013, and several clubs, including FC Barcelona, ​​would be interested in signing him. Manchester City is one of the teams seem willing to push harder for the Dutch.

If Van Persie will not accept the offer of 130,000 pounds a week, Arsenal could refuse to pass it and force the end of his contract in the London entity. And that despite his move this summer could be closed for about 30 million pounds (38 million euros).

The Gunners want Van Persie at the Emirates Stadium following three seasons. 'Girlfriends' the player is not short. Manchester United also follows him and his agent, Kees Vos, will be with representatives of Juventus on Saturday. (via SPORT)

Negotiating from view by Drogba at Barça

When you have played the final of the Copa del Rey, the representative of the forward will go to see Andoni Zubizarreta.

François Gallardo, FIFA agent said on Monday night in the TV show La Ronda, Canal Català, featuring and directed by journalist Albert Lesán, "I have the written permission of Didier Drogba to negotiate with the FC Barcelona ".

The representative added that "after the final of the Copa del Rey speak with Barça sports officials to let them reach Drogba's interest." He also expressed his client "is extremely excited about the possibility of finishing his career at a club like azulgrana."

Gallardo stressed that "money will never be a problem because Drogba sports prioritize the economic side." In England it has slipped that Chelsea will be offering renewal to the floor, ie a much lower annual tab which is perceiving now, more than 8 million per year.

The Ivory Coast goalscorer, who has won three times the Premier League with Chelsea and has twice been awarded best player in Africa, out of contract with his club on June 30 and does not intend to renew it, whether you win his first Champions League this Saturday or not, "is firmly convinced that his time at Chelsea and England has been completed and burns with desire to take another adventure sport," explained Gallardo in La Ronda.

At the end of his contract in the second half of the current season, the players, as per regulations of FIFA, are authorized to negotiate on their own with the teams they want without requiring authorization from his club, a requirement to comply fully Didier Drogba. This, as reported by various Chinese media last week, has a firm offer from the club where he currently plays his former teammate Anelka team, the Shanghai Shenhua.

The commitment would not be outlandish Drogba if we consider that as with Frank Rijkaard as coach, FC Barcelona signed a veteran forward, specifically the Swede Henrik Larsson, who came with thirty-three years and be accepted the role of substitute forward. Larsson was still so much prominence and was played more if not for the serious knee injury he suffered. Interestingly, two years later was Manchester United who signed him to play half a season with thirty-five years.

Drogba has eight seasons at Chelsea, which in 2004 paid 24 million pounds sterling to Olympique Marseille, the club of origin. As a professional in Europe has scored over 220 goals.

The club azulgrana does not provide this option

As far as has been told SPORT, Drogba's profile does not fit the sport that is running Planning Andoni Zubizarreta together with Tito Vilanova. The característas of ivory are very attractive, strong, quick, passing game, experience, eye for goal ... However, his age and the fact it has already given the best of his career in England make it difficult for Barça incorporation arises though come with a free agent and request a card about half of it now receives. However, in football anything can change overnight depending on the final outcome of other parallel negotiations that are taking place and then the order of priorities may change. Larsson, for example, never was seen as a necessary signing, but a series of caroms invited Txiki Begiristain and Rijkaard to sign him. And they were right. (via SPORT)

Hoeness: "If Pep speak German, it would be a candidate for coach of Bayern"

"If he can speak German, Pep Guardiola would certainly be a candidate to coach Bayern," he assured Uli Hoeness, Munich club's highest authority in an interview with the weekly 'Focus'.

"To train here, I think it would take to speak our language. If there were no language barrier, I would say that Guardiola would be sure to sign a technician," he reiterated the manager of the Bavarian entity.

The coach of Bayern, who on Saturday will face Chelsea in the Champions League final, is currently occupied by Jupp Heynckes, who in 2011 signed for two seasons. Although the Borussia Dortmund has been league and cup at the expense of what happens on Saturday at the Allianz Arena, the former coach of Tenerife, Madrid and Ahletic announced that wishes to fulfill his contract.

Guardiola for his part reiterated that now wanted to take a sabbatical. (via MD)

Mourinho: "If there is justice Cristiano will win the Ballon d'Or"

Real Madrid coach José Mourinho says that is just as Cristiano Ronaldo wins the Ballon d'Or 'this season, although he acknowledged that both his fellow Argentinian Leo Messi as "are above the rest" and are the main and only candidates.

"The championship we won thanks to all staff, but Ronaldo is a special player because he scores anyway and in any position. He and Messi are above the rest and if there is justice in football this year to win the Ballon d'Or, "said Mourinho in Kuwait, where they will play a friendly on Wednesday against the selection Arabic.

The coach, who showed his intention to do well in the last game of the year, made clear that they have not traveled "de tourismo". "For the first time I come to this country. But do not come from tourism, we come to play and try to win," said Mourinho.

"We know it's a friendly, but Real Madrid always has to leave his prestige as high as possible. But that come with the whole team. Tomorrow all will play to make it his name and prestige of Real Madrid. It is true they are somewhat tired by the time we have faced but we're fine, "he said.

"We respect this team," commented on Kuwait. "Although we must bear in mind that we come to celebrate the league, seven hours of flight and with little training," he said.

"It is important that no player is injured because many of them have in mind and the Euro, but our idea is to come to play a good game and try to win it," he said. In addition, Mourinho reflected the desire to play there meringues.

"Real Madrid wanted to play in Kuwait, but preseason is too complicated for the few holidays and weather. It is a difficult time because the players would like to be on vacation, but have responded well by the prestige of Real Madrid and we are here to try to do well. " (via MD)

Seluk: "If Barça is interested in Touré, it's OK to sit and talk"

Dimitri Selcuk and representative of Touré Yayá, left open the door to a possible return of former azulgrana and warned the Ivorian "and has done everything in the City and need new challenges."

The return of Touré Yayá to Barça could be much more feasible than Barça could imagine in recent weeks.

Following statements by midfielder today 'citizen' in which was left wanting for Barça, and subsequent qualification to the gates of the last day of the Premier League in which he recalled he had yet to make history with the City, the representative of Ivorian footballer on Tuesday added fuel to the fire by declaring that "if Barça is interested in Touré, it's OK to sit down and talk."

Speaking to the program 'grandstand' ONA FM, Selcuk revealed that "Touré would like to meet new challenges." "He's done everything in the City. Need new motivation," he added.

Selcuk explained that there has been no contact with the surrounding barcelonista: "I have recently spoken with anyone at Barça. If they were interested in Touré, there would be problems in sit down and talk."

The representative of ex azulgrana also revealed that "no one has asked Madrid's Touré Yayá but the player Mourinho love from the stage in coaching at Chelsea."

In that sense, after speaking of Madrid, Selcuk returned to Barça to stage as a possible destination for the future of his client: "Always ask for Madrid but Touré may sign for many other teams: Chelsea, Bayern and even Barça ".

What's more, the representative of Touré also advanced that "Touré has two years of contract" with the City "but in a year could host the FIFA clause." A further sign that invites us to think that Selcuk wants to put Touré in the market in the very near future. (via SPORT)

[Ex player] Sergi Barjuan lands on the bench of Recreativo de Huelva

According forward 'SER Deportivos Huelva', ex full-back and coach azulgrana will be responsible for leading the next season to the Dean of Spanish football.

Sergi Barjuan addressed to Recreativo Huelva from next season, as revealed on Tuesday the radio network 'SER Huelva'.

The ex full-back coach the youth ranks of FC Barcelona will have a great opportunity and as a coach in the Liga Adelante, after forcing his departure from the entity Barca to show dissatisfaction with some internal decisions as a coach Juvenil B.

As announced in 'SER Deportivos Huelva', Sergi has signed a contract since last March and one of its priority conditions was to agree the name of your future will be assistant. The Les Franqueses del Vallès declined to work with Juanma, currently second 'Recre', moving to do with Denis Silva, current coach of Barça and Infantil B who previously worked in the Technical Secretariat of Getafe and the School of Atlético Madrid.

The Recreativo, located in the middle of the table in Liga Adelante, going through a turbulent period at the institutional level because, as announced by the same station, there is a fracture of the Governing Body that could lead to imminent resignations. On June 25 there will be a General Meeting of Shareholders, which could have consequences. (via SPORT)

Alexis returns to training with the first team

The Chilean forward, injured in the match against Rayo, returned to training this Tuesday, in a session that also featured Barça B’s Bartra, Montoya and Tello.

Alexis Sánchez, who injured his left thigh in the Rayo-Barça match (0-7), trained with normality today during the Barça’s first training session after this weekend’s match against Betis (2-2). The first-team footballers can now exclusively focus on the King’s Cup Final scheduled for May 25.

Along with Alexis, who has missed Barça’s last three Liga matches (Málaga, Espanyol and Betis), three Barça B players, Montoya, Bartra and Tello, joined the first team’s training session. The team trained with the ball that will be used in the King’s Cup Final. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Sergio Busquets: “There’s a lot left in this team”

The Barça midfielder knows that the current squad will still have plenty to say next season. “We are a very young set of players, we’re keen to carry on winning, we’re ambitious and of course we’ll carry on that way”.

As for the Copa del Rey, he is sure that Athletic Bilbao will have completely got over their defeat in the Europa League Final.

At this stage of the season it is only typical for there to be talk of possible comings and goings, but Sergio Busquets reckons there’s plenty left in the current FC Barcelona squad. They are still very young and “we’re keen to carry on winning, we’re ambitious and of course we’ll carry on that way.”

Sergio Busquets also admitted that he would have preferred to play the Copa del Rey Final earlier than May 25, but “the Federation had to pick a date with a possible Champions League Final in mind.” Although two weeks without a game seems like a long time “we have to take what’s positive … The most important thing is that we are playing in the Copa del Rey Final and we have two weeks to get ready for it, more than usual. We’ve got to win it”.

On the same issue, he added that Bilbao “are physically very well prepared … it will be very difficult … They are training hard and have got some strong players. Anything can happen in one match. What happened to them in the Europa League Final won’t have anything to do with the Copa del Rey.” Sergio Busquets also said that not having Puyol “is a shame, because he’s such a dedicated player, and because of who he is and what he transmits to the team.”

May 25 will be especially emotional because it will be Josep Guardiola’s last day in charge of the first team. Said Busquets: “We won our first final with him against Athletic and he’s leaving after the same fixture four years later, having won lots of titles and created a whole new playing philosophy. It’s been one of the best periods in our history and it’s the end of the era of a very special manager, the best there is.”

He also mentioned his team-mate David Villa, who is desperate to be ready in time for Euro 2012. “Nobody can get inside his body and mind to understand his situation. He is working to get fit as quickly as possible, he might be missing match practice, but not in his mind. At the end of the day, it’s the manager’s decision.” (via FCBarcelona.com)

[Barça B] Eusebio: “Ilie's return is the best news of the season”

The Barça manager can now count on Ilie for Barça B matches after the midfielder successfully recovered from a season-long injury.

Valladolid visit the Miniestadi this Wednesday (22:00, Marca TV) with the goal of breaking into the direct promotion spots of the Liga Adelante.

“We’re happy and pleased.” That’s how Eusebio Sacristán explained Barça B’s reaction to the news that Ilie was given medical clearance to play after recovering from his heel injury that’s kept him off the pitch for the entire season. “It’s the story of the day and of the season,” said the Barça manager. It goes without saying that Ilie’s return to the reserve side has pleased his team-mates. According to the manager he’s a “well-loved player, his return will make the team feel reinforced.”

Barça B will face Valladolid this Wednesday at 22:00 at the the Miniestadi. Eusebio is “very pleased with the team” and he hopes to maintain the team’s “the tension, intensity and ambition” until the end of the season.

Besides Ilie, the Barça manager will also be able to count on Deulofeu, who was given permission by the Federation to play tomorrow, and Lobato, who also received medical clearance to play after successfully recovering from a muscle injury that he picked up against Almería. Kiko Femenía, on the other hand, trained apart from the group and, with all certainty, will miss the match against Valladolid. His recovery will mark his availability for the match this Sunday against Soria.

Currently sitting in the third spot, level on points with Celta Vigo in second, the team managed by Djukic need to win to keep themselves in the fight for a spot that grants direct promotion to Primera. Valladolid have players like Javi Guerra and Manucho, both of whom are charged with creating the team’s offensive play. Eusebio cautioned his men ahead of tomorrow’s match: “they are a team that attack, with players that have a lot of quality. However, they’re very well balanced: they attack and defend well. They’ll come here to win and we have to be prepared to receive a very good opponent.” (via FCBarcelona.com)