In his post game press conference, FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola explained why he substituted Lionel Messi for Pedro, when the game was already safely under control. Many fans might think that it would have been wiser to give playing time to another cantera player, such as Jonathan dos Santos, but the coach had his reasons. Read Guardiola’s statement after the jump.
With the Villarreal match only two days from now, Barcelona’s first team was back in training on Thursday after advancing to the next round of the Spanish Cup on Wednesday night. The team worked at the Miniestadi, having taken the squad’s official photo beforehand at the Camp Nou.
The official FC Barcelona website has confirmed that the clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on Monday, November 29th.
France coach Laurent Blanc has recalled Barcelona defender Eric Abidal for next Wednesday’s friendly against England at Wembley. The 31-year-old was one of five players summoned by the French Football Federation to explain the well-documented unrest in the France camp in South Africa but escaped without sanction.
THRASHING AND 100th VICTORY BY PEP
To the round of 16 with goals of Nolito, Milito, Pedro, Bojan and Messi.
Barça 5 – 1 Ceuta
Milito’s injury, who will be a month out, the only negative issue.
[Non Barça Related]
Mourinho, to the referee: “Go to Hell”. He was sent off and could be banned for Camp Nou. Madrid 5 -1 Murcia
Bojan Krkic celebrates after scoring during the Spanish King’s Cup (Copa del Rey) match against Ceuta on November 10, 2010 at the Camp Nou.
totalBarça’s own Alexandra had the chance to attended the Champions League match between FC Barcelona and FC København in Denmark. Check out her exciting experience, as well as pictures from the match!
The whole experience for me of seeing FC Barcelona in Denmark actually began when I was in Barcelona. I was only in Barcelona for two days, as it was a short trip made only to see the Joan Gamper game. I can say that the feeling of watching Barcelona live is always special, and when we were standing at the airport in Barcelona waiting to board our plane to Copenhagen, I was still floating on clouds. At the same time, the draw for the Champions League group stage was underway and I had only one hope: to see FC København and FC Barcelona in the same group. Just before boarding the plane, I got the text that I was waiting for, “Copenhagen – Barca in the same group!” With the biggest smile I entered the plane knowing I was now leaving Barcelona but they would soon be coming to me.
FC Barcelona’s stellar win against AD Ceuta was even more memorable as it was Pep Guardiola’s 100th competitive match victory since taking the reins of the first team in 2008. Guardiola has achieved this landmark with only 13 losses in all competitions and a Cruyff-inspired attractive style of play in which possession, precise passing and constant attacking are crucial elements of the game.
According to the official report on Barca’s website, Gaby Milito has been ruled out for between four and six weeks by the FC Barcelona medical services, after suffering a thigh injury in the first half of the Copa del Rey match against Ceuta on Wednesday evening.
It has always been the case that Messi and Maradona are compared to each other; even more, the question that is nowadays being asked is who ultimately is better: Messi or Maradona. Nevertheless, according to Catalan based newspaper Sport, Getafe’s coach Míchel says that Messi’s level exceeds that of Maradona’s.
FC Barcelona – Ceuta
(Wednesday November 10, 2010 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)
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November 10, 2010