After enjoying a day off on Friday, Josep Guardiola’s team returned to training on Saturday with the aim of preparing for Sunday’s game against Malaga at the Camp Nou.
CENTRE BACK OPERATION
Pedro Geromel, David Luiz, Thiago Silva
Barça’s plans were to sign a centre back in June, but considering Milito’s leaving they could do it in January.
Interview to Afellay: “My dream is to score in Bernabéu“
“To be a Barça player and have the locker next to Messi’s is the result of many work.”
GUARDIOLA WILL SAY YES
The week of his 40th birthday can be decisive.
Rosell: “He will be able to decide when to renew and how many years will his contract last“
Messi: “I don’t care when does he renew his contract as long as he renews“
Puyol: “He will renew because it’s what the players want“
All the barcelonistas are with Pep. The 87% of the voters in Sport want the manager to renew immediately.
Busquets, until 2015.
Adebayor could be Mou’s new striker.
“Guardiola has given me so much since the first time we spoke. I remember he told me then: ‘With me you will score three or four goals every game’. Because of how he lets me play and the position that [he] puts me in on the pitch Guardiola has given me everything. I owe a lot to Rijkaard and want to thank him for the confidence that he showed in me. But with Guardiola I have grown so much.”
Lionel Messi talks about his FC Barcelona coach, Josep Guardiola.
(Editor’s note – This piece was translated by Maria Ines, and simply posted by Amanda.)
To celebrate Messi’s winning of the Ballon d’Or for 2010, Argentine paper Clarin compiled 10 of Leo’s best moments from what was truly a ‘golden’ year. The original article can be found here.
Messi scored 62 goals in 2010, between Barcelona and Argentina. He won La Liga and Spain’s Supercup. He scored four goals against Arsenal in the Champions League. Later, he suffered against Inter and during the World Cup. But he celebrated against Mourinho’s Madrid and scored against Brazil, in Qatar, in the very last minute of the game. Here it is, a summary of a brilliant year.
The 30-year-old Spaniard Xavier Hernández Creus successfully defended his title and was voted as the World’s Best Playmaker (by IFFHS) for the third time in row. Xavi was voted in 1st or 2nd place by 55 countries and has never before achieved such a high number of points in this annual vote. His 26-year-old club and national team mate Andrés Iniesta came second, ahead of the, also 26-year-old, Dutchman Wesley Sneijder of Inter Milan and Barça’s own 23-year-old Argentinian Lionel Messi. Remarkably none of the players in the Top 4 are taller than 1.70 metres, while all are technically and highly skilled footballers.
Leo Messi, the winner of the Ballon d’Or, participated today in an event organized by Adidas, part of which included answering some questions from the press. Asked about the possible renewal of Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires at the end of this season, the Argentinian answered: “I really do not imagine the club without Pep. It’s hard to imagine a Barcelona without him.”
After the Cup victory against Betis, the first team returned to training on Thusday morning in order to recover from their efforts on Wednesday night and to start preparing for the match on Sunday against Malaga that marks the halfway point of the league.
FC Barcelona’s win against Real Betis on Wednesday evening took their run to 27 matches without defeat and that equalled the club record held by the side in the 1973/74 campaign.
“Messi is different to everyone else, I think that he ended any debate with his display in the game.”
- Dani Alves after game against Real Betis, on Lionel Messi receiving the Ballon d’Or.
January 13, 2011