“I know they are talking a load of nonsense about what I said, but I just want all culés to know that it’s only us [the team] and you all, and if we are not together, we will not again enjoy achieving our objectives. At the end of the day, Barça is everyone. I always do what I feel, right or wrong, that’s who I am.”
THOSE WHO STEP IT UP 2 – 0 R. SOCIEDAD
MARTINO: “It’s not the fact that we played against four cats at the Camp Nou…”
“…it’s that playing like that, they won’t see us or the rats.”
Cartoon by Caye
FC Barcelona spokesman and secretary Toni Freixa posted on his official Twitter account a controversial tweet last night, where he appeared to criticize the team’s performance. Once he received an immediate backlash from the fans, he quickly deleted it and posted something a little more positive.
“With little reason to celebrate the team’s play, we congratulate them for the result and praise Pinto, again at the high level required,” tweeted the Barça spokesman after Sunday’s 2-0 win against Real Sociedad. He quickly trashed it after he received some angry replies, and posted this instead:
“The season is very long and we continue to have the possibility of winning all competitions. With all of the confidence and belief, Visca Barça!!!”
Nice save Toni… not.
A vision of the future! Which one is your favorite?
Dani Alves took another swing at Barça fans yesterday evening, following up last week’s claim that the Camp Nou can sometimes feel like an away ground. The Brazilian, who doesn’t feel the fans’ passion at the moment, lashed out at them saying, “If you doubt this team, then it’s best if you don’t come.” Much more from Alves after the jump.
You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.
Image: Miguel Ruiz, fcbarcelona.com
After the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Real Sociedad, FC Barcelona midfielder and scorer of the first goal of the night, Sergio Busquets said that the 2-0 “is a good result.” He also underlined that, “We didn’t concede any goals.” With a good result at home, Busquets stated that road to Copa final is nearly over, “Now we just have to play the second leg.” But the midfielder at the same time warned, “The Anoeta is a difficult stadium, hopefully we can do the same thing in the second leg and get to the finals.” Asked about the other semi-final between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid Busquets simply said ,“The 3-0 is a good result for Real Madrid.”
Continue reading for reactions of Xavi Hernández and Jordi Alba.
After a six week absence with a muscular injury, FC Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu (19) returned to normal training in England at Everton. His coach Roberto Martinez confirmed that the player was “completely recovered.” Rumors have swirled in the last few weeks about what the future holds for Deulofeu, with some reports locating him in England for another season, and others suggesting that he will return to Barcelona with a promise of first team action.
Gerardo Martino was certainly happy with the final result but clearly expressed some dissatisfaction with the overall performance. Admitting that the team was “a bit apprehensive because of Saturday’s game against Valencia,” Martino told the press that the team “didn’t take any risks” but on the whole played a “good game.”
On the match itself, Martino felt good about the first half but lamented about “a lack of speed“ in the second. “Generally our game plan was correct but it’s clear that the two goals came more of a result of chance than how the team played.” While that is true for the first goal, it is perhaps a bit harsh on the second. Obviously the second goal was ridiculous luck eventually, but the pass from Cesc Fàbregas to Alexis Sánchez was sublime and his finish was millimeters from hitting the right side of the post and going in.
More from Martino on yesterday’s 2-0 victory after the jump.
There was a bit of luck involved and it wasn’t pretty, but Barcelona obtained a very good result in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Real Sociedad. La Real came out to play for a draw, setting up in a very conservative 5-3-2 formation that essentially put eight men in defense, clogging the midfield and forcing Barcelona out wide. The tactic proved effective at first, but Barcelona persevered and were able to grind out the win.
After yesterday’s Copa del Rey win against Real Sociedad, Barça has now scored 100 goals in all competitions this season. With 59 scored in La Liga, 16 goals in the Champions League, 24 in the Copa del Rey and Neymar’s single goal in the Supercopa, Barça has done well reaching a century of goals this early in the season.
February 5, 2014