A relieved Guardiola said the team “in general” played a good game against Almeria, considering they have had to overcome the opening goal of Corona. He conceded he was “pleased” with the result as it was a “precarious” encounter, and is an indication of what the team can expect against bottom dwelling sides fighting for their survival from now on.
It’s time for the third part of the documentary about Xavi Hernandez. In this epiosode, we follow Xavi’s stellar goal at Bernabeu, his worst injury setback and see what the midfield maestro keeps in his locker at Camp Nou. Enjoy this very special documentary made by Catalan channel TV3 to celebrate Xavi’s 550th game for FC Barcelona. If you missed the 1st part, you can find it here and 2nd part here.
WITH +8 AT THE BERNABÉU
Barça 3-1 Almeria
Barça maintained their advantage in the league, although they had to suffer against an Almeria that came to fight
Messi the goal scorer returned
With two goals and another by Thiago they signed the comeback
And with 47 goals he equals his best season and is Pichichi
Bojan, goodbye to the season, out 6 to 8 weeks
[Non Barça Related]
Athletic 0-3 Madrid – Madrid breaths through penalties
Barça 3-1 Almeria
Barça made a comeback in a tricky match and arrive at the Bernabéu with an 8 point advantage
Pichichi Messi achieved two goals and Thiago showed his appreciation for being a starter by scoring
Bojan, out 6 to 8 weeks
Macherano saw his fifth yellow and will miss the match against Madrid
Influential Shakhtar defender Darijo Srna will miss the return leg of his team’s Champions League quarter-final clash with FC Barcelona after injuring his thigh in a Ukrainian league match on Saturday. Srna, who has captained his team and played in every minute of their European campaign this season, hobbled off the field and will be in dry-dock for the next two weeks. His team, unbeaten at home since October 2008, tasted defeat against mid-table opponents FC Obolon who prevailed 0-1.
After the amazing display that the boys put on in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, it was time to turn attention back to the league. With less than a week to go until the big game against Real Madrid, it was easy to think that Week 31’s game against UD Almeria was a foregone conclusion. After all, Almeria came into this game with quite a few problems. They were bottom of the table, they had just appointed a new coach, and in the three games that they have played against us this season, the score read 16-0 in favor of the men in blue and red. However, with the Classico as an obvious distraction, Almeria could have punished us dearly…
FC Barcelona officially informed on it’s website that forward Bojan Krkic has suffered a partially ruptured ligament in his right knee. The young Catalan played only the first 30 minutes of the game against Almeria. Tests showed that his injury will probably rule him out for the rest of the season, with doctors predicting a six to eight week recovery period.
In a ‘must-win game’ as described by Pep Guardiola, the Blaugrana seemed a little off-colour as UD Almeria grabbed a shock counter-attack goal when Piatti set Corona up but then the team got their game back on track and got home the 3 points.
Messi scored calmly from the penalty spot, Thiago scored his 1st Liga goal of the season through a brilliant header and in the dying minutes, Messi put another one past Diego Alves after he put pressure on defender Marcelo Silva.
Watch the goals after the jump!
FC Barcelona: 3
UD Almeria: 1
FC Barcelona: Messi (53′), Thiago (64′), Messi (90’+2)
UD Almeria: Corona (50′)
Last year, FC Barcelona’s academy La Masia was in the limelight as FIFA Ballon d’Or’s three finalists – Xavi, Iniesta and Messi – were its graduates as well as nine members of Spain’s World Cup-winning team. In a detailed piece on fifa.com, the site spoke to two of La Masia’s key members – Albert Puig, a former coach at the academy who is now its overall coordinator and its director, Carles Folguera – about the institute’s philosophy, its aims and the reasons for its successes. Said Puig, “Most teams always rely on the first team coach, on the president. The changes that take place in clubs every two or three years mean that ideas change, but Barça has always maintained the same philosophy for youth football and that’s the main difference between us and other clubs. That’s the key to our success.”
The complete piece can be read here. Excerpts after the jump.
A look at the passing statistics for Wednesday’s home match against Shakhtar Donetsk reveals the foundation of FC Barcelona’s comprehensive victory over their Ukrainian opponents. It also demonstrates at least one area where the team needs to improve if it hopes to bring the Champions League trophy home in May. Read on for the gory details!
“No one expected Sporting to win at the Bernabeu and it did. No one expected Schalke to score five against Inter in their own home. And now no one is also expecting Almeria to win at the Camp Nou. Anything can happen in a sport like this and I prefer not to count on anything until everything is done with,” Guardiola letting out a reminder this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s seemingly easy fixture.
FC Barcelona B vs Granada, Matchday 33, Segunda A
Friday, April 8, 2011 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Mini Estadi, Barcelona (Capacity: 15,276)
Fourth place meets fifth place today, as Barça B, currently 4th in the division with 54 points, takes on 5th placed Granada, four points behind them in the table. FC Barcelona B has been in terrific form lately, with 6 wins and 1 draw from their last 7 matches. They are aiming to finish the highest of any reserve team in the club’s history. Can they gain another victory today to help them on their way to this goal? Links and the comment section await below!
April 8, 2011
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