23 May 2012

Sadurní believes that the Calderón "should play Valdés"

According to the ex Barça goalkeeper Salvador Sadurní, Barça should meet Friday's game at the Calderón with Víctor Valdés in goal, "If I were the coach, Valdés would play in the final of Copa. give advantage to By playing Pinto Athletic" Sadurní stressed in statements made in the program "Mas Esports' COM Radio.

Again according Sadurní, Valdés is much better than Iker Casillas, from here to Lima. Víctor should be a starter in the Spanish national team. "Sadurní aismismo has said that" Valdés is one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the club. For me the best was Antoni Ramallets ".

In another order and asked about the controversial statements of Esperanza Aguirre, Salvador Sadurní stressed that "it is thought we're still in the Franco era." (via MD)

Iniesta: “Athletic Club will push us hard”

Barça’s Spanish international midfielder has no doubt that this Friday’s Cup Final will be “ very close” and that Barça will need to “have their wits about us” to beat a “very insistent” Bilbao.



Andrés Iniesta made it clear that the squad is determined to “make one final effort” in this Friday’s Cup Final in order to finish the season and “round it off with a smile”. Iniesta warned though, that Athletic Club are a quality team all over the pitch.

After stressing “the intensity with which Bilbao play and the moves their coach has given them”, Iniesta reminded reporters of the games the two had played so far this season, claiming: “they were very intense” and insisted that Friday’s final will be “very close – Athletic Club will push us hard and we will have to be sharp and have our wits about us and be capable of making quick decisions on the pitch”.

Iniesta is resigned to Barça playing the final without a number of important players, but insisted: “that’s the way it is – we’ll play with the players we have and try and make sure we don’t miss the players who are out”. Iniesta was also asked who he would dedicate the Cup to, if the team end up winning it and he was quick to reply: “to all of us who haven’t been able to share in what is a special day”. The midfielder also reminded the media that winning was
especially important to him, as he missed the 2009 Final with an injury: “ that motivates me more and makes it especially exciting”.

There has been considerable controversy surrounding the game already, with the President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid claiming the game should be played behind closed doors if the two sets of fans fail to respect the Spanish national anthem at the start of the game, but Iniesta insisted: “that’s nothing to do with football. Respect is the most important thing – the fans are free to behave in the way they see best, but nobody should forget that
we are going to play a game of football. There are many things we could all do differently and better, but I don’t think talking about this a day or two ahead of the game will resolve anything. We just want to see a great and entertaining game of football”.

Josep Guardiola will be in charge for his last game on Friday - a Cup Final against Bilbao and a repeat of the 2009 final, though Iniesta reckons: “they are two completely opposite situations – that was our first title under him and this is his last game. We really want to win this title in a season when we have just missed out on the league and in Europe, but to do that, we’ll have to play a great game”.

Looking to the future, Iniesta gave the appointment of Tito Villanova the thumbs up: “it’s important that the players are more convinced than ever that we can go on winning things in the same way we have been. Tito Vilanova knows very well how things are here and we will continue in the same direction, convinced that it will all work out well. We’ll just have to see how it all turns out”.

“The most important thing is that Villa is 100%”

Following David Villa’s announcement that he will not be fit for the European Championships with Spain this summer and his teammate Andres Iniesta was disappointed that he’d not recovered from the broken leg he suffered last December in time to join the national
squad: “he’s put in a lot of work to get fit again, but the most important thing is that he gets back to 100% fitness and starts getting goals again, because he’s still got a lot to give”. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Last session at the Ciudad Deportiva before the final of the Copa del Rey

The staff has done on Wednesday the penultimate training session before facing planned on Friday, the final of the Copa del Rey. Were added to the group Youth players Sergio Ayala and Brian Olivan.

This is the final training session at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper before the final against Athletic Club, and on Thursday the team will train in the afternoon, at the Camp Nou.



The group led by Josep Guardiola faces the stretch in terms of training on their way to the final of the Copa del Rey on Friday against Athletic Club de Bilbao at the Vicente Calderón. Thus, the first football team has made this Wednesday at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper, which is the penultimate preparatory session before the last great challenge of the season. This is the final training session before the match at the Vicente Calderón on Friday in this scenario, because on Thursday the team will train at Camp Nou.

As is customary in recent days, have exercised the players available for the first team, in addition to the four players in the subsidiary Montoya, Bartra, Dos Santos and Tello. They were also the group with Alexis and Pinto, not yet discharged. This time, Josep Guardiola has decided to also have this training with two players from the Juvenil A. They are defenders Sergio Ayala and Brian Olivan.

Already ahead of this Thursday at the Camp Nou, after 19 hours behind closed doors, the first team of Barça will make the final preparatory session before leaving on Friday morning to Madrid. Josep Guardiola will address the media at the press conference prior to the final of the Cup. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Drogba to decide future after playing with the 'elephant'


Didier Drogba has announced it will decide his future and announce which team will play next season after the two parties premundialistas to be faced now with Ivory Coast.

After being detached from the Chelsea team which had the contract, this week, the hero 'blue' in the Champions League final last Saturday in Munich, was measured with the 'elephant' to Tanzania on 1 June and Morocco on 8 - J, in separate meetings of group B qualifier for caesarean Brazil-2014 African Zone.

"We do not know what will, surely not only ficharé by any team in the Premier League," said Drogba. Was quoted by BBC Sports also notes that "I would try something new," which some have interpreted as a desire to call at the Shanghai Chinese Shenzua, although Didier has agregadoque "I have to think about the good of my family," he maybe I could bring you closer to Barca, who, as the day progressed MD, has offered through its representatives. (vai MD)

Alexis says, "Bielsa taught me not to give up"


"Bielsa taught me not to give up, to give everything," says Alexis Sánchez told 'El Mundo del Siglo XXI', which also notes that "face to Marcelo's important to me, I learned a lot from him and what I am is thanks him. "

Azulgrana forward worked under the now coach of Athletic when he served as coach of Chile between 2007 and 2011 and they always maintained a very cordial relationship. "What I dialed Bielsa was the mindset that instills the player," says Alexis, for whom the Argentine coach is one of the greatest masters football, which is now measured at the time of the Cup final on Friday between the Barça and the 'Lions'.

The tocopillano also has words of praise for Pep Guardiola. "I feel comfortable (at Barcelona), I learn every workout. Guardiola teaches me every session and videos."

Alexis Sánchez On another Messi praises. "Raise your hand if think something is missing," he says. (via MD)

The vice president Carles Vilarrubí also replicates Esperanza Aguirre


Carles Vilarrubí also has come out against the controversial statements of Esperanza Aguirre, who on Tuesday threatened to "suspend the Cup final when pita anthem 'of Spain.

As underlined by the vice president of institutional FC Barcelona this Wednesday on "El món a RAC 1," First I had a moment of surprise, but then you realize that they are statements with a political content. (The president of the Community of Madrid) is beyond the common sense of responsibility of government. has had a policy response, including leaders of his party (the PP) and Minister of Interior. "

Again according Vilarrubí,

must ask the fans quiet because Barça plays the games in stadiums. Not in offices or in the newsroom or in the car parks or on television or in the communication emdios. Play on the pitch. We place things in their point. The attacks are a smokescreen for a specific political situation. " (via MD)

[Barça B] Guadalajara - Barça B: With the homework done

Barça B visits the country of Guadalajara in the 40th game of the season in a match marked by tranquility in both sets.

Eusebio Sacristán has cited the 17 available, while Marti Riverola is low due to suspension.

Barça B facing the penultimate movement of the season with team satisfaction knowing he has met expectations. Although the last two defeats against Valladolid (1-2) and Numancia (3-0), the set of Eusebio Sacristán arrives in the last days of Second Division A and tenth ranked with 10 points ahead of his rival on Wednesday the Guadalajara. The team also manchego quiet breathing for a few days, when mathematically sealed their stay in the category.

For the match, Eusebio will only have 17 players available, as Bartra, Montoya, Dos Santos and Tello are working with the first team and was the fifth Martí Riverola yellow on Sunday in the field of Numancia. Also, remember that Deulofeu is concentrated with the Under-19 and that was the goalkeeper Oier discarded. They have traveled Masip and Miño.

Eusebio try to show your team does not return to the bad first half of Soria. "We fell into the trap. When we entered the opponent's game, we have many complications. We have the ball as long as possible, "said in the pre-game. "Our idea is to round off a season that has been very positive," he explained.

A visit to Pedro Escartín is, a priori, one of the most affordable for Barça B. Guadalajara is the fourth worst team in the Second Division local regarding points scored, and the most accumulated losses at home, along with Nàstic. In the Miniestadi, however, Barça B fell 1-2 with a goal in injury time Javi Soria. (via FCBarcelona.cat)

Villa: "Not to go to the Euro is the most honest I could do"

David Villa said the decision to give up playing the Championship with the Spanish team was his to see that is not yet in full fitness.

"I tried to finish, but after finding that the evolution in the last training was not necessary, I can not be 100% for the Euro. This afternoon I called the coach Vicente del Bosque to tell you. It's the most honest I could do. I wish you all the best to the selection in this Championship and will continue to work to play again as soon as possible with Barça and Spain. Many thanks to all for your soul s! a hug, "Villa wrote on his Web Facebook official. (via SPORT)

Barça will play against PSG on August 4th

PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi confirmed that the August 4 team play a friendly against FC Barcelona at the Parc des Princes.

The match will last serious test for the team Gallic before the start of la Liga, scheduled to commence on 10 August. Surely the Parisians will 'box' with ticket sales. Fans of the French capital for many years since the cracks Barça are playing in their 'home'. (via SPORT)

Pedro: "Guardiola has changed my life"

Pedro Rodríguez believes that FC Barcelona has played "better than ever" but has not accompanied the lot.

Pedro Rodríguez knows he has not been his best season and it has said in an interview with Diaro 'El Pais'. However, the end canary dress hopes to continue Barça next season.

"Surely, I could not help as I would have liked. Has been a year quite irregular lesions, especially in the ankle, which had a relapse. That killed me. I was standing too long ... It took a catch the rate because the companions were plugged. I've been hard times for the injuries, I missed many games. have been small lesions, but they cut me up. I tried to take the best possible. With the help of the team, the smile soon recover "he says.

He adds about his future: "I want to. Not know if the club will continue to rely on me, I hope so. In that sense, I am calm and grateful to have been enjoying so far this privilege," he says.

In addition, Pedro has in mind the European Championship in Poland and hopes to speed up their options to convince Forest to join the squad for the appointment. "I look forward to going to Poland because I've never played a tournament like that, but it is complicated. Yes, like the end is my last chance to convince the coach, but do not know," he says.

Peter also referred to the inevitable march of Pep and the succession of Tito Vilanova in the azulgrana bench. "The years are long, there are many parties, this wastes a lot. He rest. He has given everything for us. And I changed my life," he reflects. And then adds: "
The appointment surprised me, but I'm glad. Vilanova know the values​​, the house, the quarry ... I am sure that with him we will continue to compete from the same philosophy. "

For Pedro, despite not winning or Champions League and the team played great football this season so was very pleased with the role azulgrana. "Football sometimes is unfair. This season we played better than ever. Machacábamos Just before the ball is now in the suit" sentence. (via SPORT)

David Villa to miss UEFA's EURO 2012

The striker communicated his decision to the Spanish Football Federation and FC Barcelona that he will not be able to participate in the 2012 EURO championship.

David Villa has been ruled out of the Spain’s national team for the upcoming 2012 EURO Championship. Spain manager Vicente del Bosque will make his 23-man squad public on Sunday, May 27. Villa communicated his decision to the Spanish Football Federation and FC Barcelona this Tuesday.

After not showing sufficient progress in his recovery in the last few training sessions, David Villa told Del Bosque that despite wanting to be part of Spain’s team in Poland and Ukraine, that he is not in optimal physical condition to play in a competition like the EURO.

It’s worth nothing that Villa fractured his left tibia on December 15th in the Club World Cup semi-finals against Al Sadd. Doctors Cugat and Pruna performed corrective surgery on the player soon there after. (via FCBarcelona.com)

Piqué as excited as in 2009

The centre back is fully motivated and looking forward to another Copa del Rey Final against Athletic Bilbao.

He describes Guardiola’s departure as ‘traumatic’, because of everything the outgoing manager has taught him.

Gerard Piqué is about to feature in his third Copa del Rey Final, and reckons he is looking forward to it as much he was in 2008/09. “I am just as excited as I was when I had just arrived back here. The cup final is always a huge motivator. There are things that make it a bit more special, but just because it’s a final we give it special treatment … It’s a great day of football both for the fans and the players”.

Asked about the 2009 final in Mestalla, Piqué expects “a similar match. With Bielsa, Athletic Club like to push forward and it’ll be a very intense game. I don’t see a favourite, it’s 50-50. They’ll have a lot to say and we’ll have to fight very hard to win”. His own job is likely to be that of marking Llorente, on which he commented that “we have to make sure that the second touch is always ours, because he’ll certainly be fighting to get it. We have to be careful with set pieces and watch out for Susaeta and Muniain coming down the wings, and stop them from shooting”.

Piqué also spoke about the comments by the President of the Community of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, who is in favour of the game being suspended if the fans jeer the Spanish national anthem. “The fans will act with respect, they have the right to express themselves” he said. “The country has more important problems to worry about than things like this”.

Whatever happens at the Calderón, the Catalan feels that “we have had a very good season, we’ve won three titles, although we were missing luck at key moments … On a personal level, I’d give myself lower marks than for other seasons. But there’s still Friday to fight for and after that there’s the European Championship. In football you can only look ahead … I have found it hard to get into the team due to a number of factors”.

Many have commented that relations have soured between Piqué and Pep Guardiola, but the player himself shuns such suggestions. “His departure is traumatic for me. I feel a much better player thanks to him and the whole team has learned a lot. He’ll leave a void, but we’ll carry on with Tito and we’ll do well. That’s football, eras come to an end”.

Happy with new kit

Gerard Piqué was speaking to the media just after the new kit for the 2012/12 was revealed. Asked about the new uniform, he said “I have tried it on and I like it. It’s modern, different and very nicely designed”. (via FCBarcelona.com)