José Antonio Iniesta, the father of FC Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta, hit back at Real Madrid coach José Mourinho’s comments on his son, pointing out that the Portuguese manager “doesn’t know respect and shame.” Earlier in the week, Iniesta junior had spoken in favor of beleaguered Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas to which Mourinho later responded that the Barcelona player should mind his own business.
This morning FC Barcelona had a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Tito Vilanova, who arrived back in Barcelona this morning from New York, had all the available players from the first team at his disposal as well as Juvenil A defender Lucas Gafarot (18).
Both Pedro and Valdés, who missed last week’s clash with Real Betis because of illness and injury respectively, were able to train with the rest of the squad. Forward Pedro Rodríguez (25) has been given the medical green light while goalkeeper Víctor Valdés (31) has yet to receive it.
FC Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets spoke at a press conference on Wednesday. He began by stating that “we’re ready to win the match on Sunday, but if [the league title] comes before then, it’ll be just as important. Winning a title is special and the league even more so.” The La Liga title, however, won’t be Barça’s just yet. Real Madrid’s 6-2 victory over Málaga at the Santiago Bernabéu means Barça will have to wait to celebrate the title. Sergio underlined the importance of the title, saying that “the league is the tournament of regularity and the most important. What’s more, it would be the fourth league title in five years and that would be spectacular.”
This is a translation of an article originally found in sports daily El Mundo Deportivo. You can find the original article here. Some information has been added to give a clearer view of the player.
Rodrigo Tarín Higon, born in 1996 in Chiva (Valencia), is the starting centre back of FC Barcelona Juvenil B and the captain of the Spain U-17 national team. The defender started his career at Valencia CF before moving to Barça at the start of this season.
Javier Mascherano continues to make progress in his recovery and this Wednesday the player was able to train with his teammates for the first time since his injury against Paris Saint-Germain in France. The Argentine, who tore the internal ligament of his right knee in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, spent part of the session working with the group.
MOU FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
To Pepe – He is frustrated because Varane, a 20 year old, has ousted him
To Iker – While I am Madrid boss, I’ll play Diego López. I like him better
To Iniesta – He should worry about his own club because without Messi nothing happens
Barça Champions? Força Pellegrini
Barça could be champions today if Madrid fail to win
Untouchable – The club will not listen to offers for Piqué, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi
FC Barcelona’s recent loss to Bayern Munich has once again made the talk about “an end of an era” resurface. As eras remain impossible to determine while living in them, the media’s search for scandal isn’t something we should focus on. But there’s another question that has been brought up by various different parties that is worth asking; is the time of possession-based, attacking football with the formation of 4-3-3 over?
REINA AND MARQUINHOS ON THE HORIZON
Reina is chosen to replace Valdés and the Roma defender stands out over Thiago Silva
Hummels, Lewandowski and Iñigo Martínez – out of the picture
The defender and the no.9 from Dortmund, and the Basque are no longer targets
Messi, 26, equals the 345 goals scored by Maradona
There will be a street parade on 13th May if La Liga is wrapped up this week
GÜNDOGAN – POTENTIAL SIGNING FOR BARÇA
The central midfielder of Dortmund is the new objective for the club
25 million euro release clause
22 years old and is only on 1.4 million euros a season
Silence from two captains – Neither Puyol nor Valdés are clear about their Barça future
Messi eclipses Maradona – Messi reaches Maradona’s goal tally having played 200 games less
“I just said that some decisions should be taken, but I was talking along general lines. On a personal level for each individual so we could take a step forward and try and be better and work more so that next season we can try to reach Bayern’s level…I have a phenomenal relationship with Tito. He was my coach when I was 15 years old. I appreciate him a lot, and have the highest respect for him as a coach.”
May 7, 2013
May 6, 2013