After the training session today, it was the turn of FC Barcelona striker David Villa to speak to the press before the upcoming encounter against Getafe in Madrid. Villa was asked about his lack of firepower in front of the goal to which he stated that the team always takes the priority over the individual. “Barca did not sign me to be the top scorer, but to help make Barca better”, said the 28-year-old player from Asturia. “The most important thing is for Barca to get goals, not me.”
According to FC Barcelona’s official site, this season’s edition of the Copa Catalunya will take place on December 1st at the Nova Creu Alta in Sabadell. The schedule has also been confirmed: Barça will play the two matches in their ‘triangle’ at 21:45 against Espanyol, and at 22:45 against Hospitalet.
In what is shocking news for female Cules across the world, Gerard Pique lost to 33-year-old central defender of Athletic Bilbao, Aitor Ocio, in Don Balon’s second edition of “El Guapo del 2010,” or, “The Most Handsome (player or trainer) of 2010”. Even more disappointing was that he finished fifth in the top 15, behind Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente (57 points), Espanyol striker Osvaldo (52 points) and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso (45 points).
The seconds are ticking by far too quickly as Barca’s dream of playing in the European Cup final at the Bernabeu begin to ebb away. But wait! Out of nowhere the ball drops at the feet of substitute Bojan Krkic who, with only the keeper to beat, turns and lashes the ball past a stranded Julio Cesar. Once again they have done the impossible. Once again the phoenix has arisen from the dying embers of the flames and filled our hearts with joy. The dream is a reality and, as at Stamford Bridge a year earlier, it is one of our very own youth team prodigy’s who made it all possible. Off to Madrid we go!
Or at least that’s how it should have been. If not for an awful decision that saw Bojan’s strike scratched off Barca could have been at the Bernabeu to defend their Champions League crown.
AFELLAY, MAYBE IN JANUARY
Barça doesn’t rule out to sign the PSV crack if Xavi’s injury went worse.
He’s 24, his contract ends in 2011 and he would cost about 2 or 3 million euros.
Pastore: “Barça is my priority“. “Playing whith Messi is like playing with 5 more players“.
Xavi: “We’re the favourites in el Clásico”.
After a tough encounter in Copenhagen, which led coach Pep Guardiola to remark that his players were “extremely tired“, FC Barcelona’s players were back on the training pitch of Ciutat Esportiva after a day off. Good news for Guardiola and the team was the return of Jeffren Suarez, who has had an injury-marred season so far.
Don Balon, the Spanish magazine, released a list of footballers who they deem are the future stars of the game. Only players born on or after 01/01/1989 were selected for the recognition. FC Barcelona had three players on the list, namely Bojan Krkic, Thiago and Marc Muniesa, all of whom are graduates of the club’s youth academy, La Masia.
Looks like FIFA had more to ask and Xavi Hernandez more to say as part two of the midfielder’s interview went up on FIFA’s official site. In the second part of the interview, Xavi reflects on the club’s philosophy and his role in the club and national side, reveals who had the biggest influence on him tactically, and gives his opinion on the Ibrahimovic saga. An excerpt of the interview is below.
Please note: This video contains language which some may find unsuitable.
Cesc: Guardiola wants him whatever it takes and he’ll try to sign him again.
Afellay: Already on negotiations. It’s the best option regarding quality-price relationship.
Bale: Tottenham’s left back is the new sensation of the Champions.
Pastore: They like the skills and the size of the Argentinean from Palermo.
Suárez: He’s doing great in Ajax, where he has proved that he has good scoring skills.
Llorente: A tank which would give Pep another option in case of emergency.
Xavi will not rest; he will play against Getafe.
[Non Barça Related]
Pedro León saves Madrid during the extra time: Milan 2 – 2 Madrid.
November 3, 2010