FC Barcelona B continued their streak of draws, ending their sixth game in a row with a level scoreline, 2-2 away at Las Palmas on Sunday afternoon. Barcelona’s goals scored by Soriano and Nolito earned the reserve team a point, leaving the B side in fifth place with a total of 28 points in the Segunda division table. Details of the match are below, along with the video highlights.
Waking up from their winter hibernation, FC Barcelona players found themselves back at the Camp Nou stadium on Sunday night, in a game that was hard to predict how it would unfold against a humble team: Levante UD, the same team that once tied 0-0 with Real Madrid in La Liga and then lost against them 8-0 in the Copa del Rey.
The game had two dimensions, first the game that was being played on the field and second all the important news and events that were occurring alongside the match.
Xavi Hernandez and the FC Barcelona team pose at the end of the La Liga match between Barcelona and Levante UD at Camp Nou on January 2, 2011. Our midfield maestro is set to make Barcelona history after this match brought him level with Migueli, the club’s current record holder for number of appearances, on 549 matches.
FC Barcelona vs Levante UD
(Sunday, January 2, 2011 @ 18:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)
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Before Barça meets Levante at 18:00, they held their final training session at the Camp Nou to finalize their preparations for the match. As has been the case for the last few days, the players exercised at the stadium without Messi and Puyol.
“It’s true that after the holidays it is difficult to get back into shape but from what I’ve seen, the team is in good form. In this sense I hope the fans come and support us, so we can get back into our stride because it’s always easier with them behind us,” was Pep Guardiola’s plea in his first press conference for the new year, on the eve of tonight’s match against Levante, To alleviate any problems, he launched the plea in the hope that fans make an effort as he is fully aware that most of them are still on their holidays.
FC Barcelona and Spanish international midfielder Xavi Hernández (30) will enter into Barça legend today when he plays in the team’s first match of the new year against Levante. Catalan sports daily Sport described this achievement in an article. Read a translation of part of what they had to say after the jump.
Here we come, fresh from the beginning in the year 2011 with all the good times of 2010 still lingering in our memories. It is just like this time last year, when Barcelona seemed to be on top of the world, yet Barcelona ended the season with only the La Liga trophy. While the team is indeed relaxed and refreshed with the week off, they need to get back on shape and they need to do it really quick if they want to achieve their potential and improve from their performance last season.
Talk about being role models! It seems for FC Barcelona there’s no limit to anything where it will not excel and be an example to the world. From the way they play the perfect ‘beautiful game’ to the humble disposition shown by all; the footballing philosophy instilled in each and every one of its home-grown players, and now another surprise.
The club began the New Year with a training session at noon at the Ciutat Esportiva, to help the squad further prepare for Sunday’s game against Levante. Puyol, currently carrying an injury, started his recovery process with some light work on the field.
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