Argentine sports paper Olé reported that FC Barcelona technical secretary Txiki Begiristain travelled to the South American country last weekend to observe first hand Boca Junior’s 22-year-old Nicolas Gaitan, a possible requisition, as he played in the ‘Argentine’s Superclasico’ derby against River Plate.
The game against Osasuna tonight was a tough one for FC Barcelona. Many factors affected the game play: busy schedule, weariness and maybe Arsenal too.
Yet no excuses were to be made. The result had to be achieved. As Guardiola said at a press conference before the game : “There’s no such thing as being tired at this stage of the campaign.”
A series of Best XI surveys conducted by Sport.es, a Spanish based sport news website, shows that the readers placed their confidence with Gabriel Milito (29) starting tonight (as a duo with Puyol), due to uncertainty regarding Pique’s condition. Although it could still be the case that a last minute decision to start Gerard Pique (23) will be made instead by Pep Guardiola, as Pique is showing rapid signs of recovery.
The starting line-up for FC Barcelona against Osasuna, to be played at 20:00 CET, will be posted soon. Yesterday, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique (23) reportedly missed out on training due to a slight knee injury. But recent news reports seem to point out that Pique is still not ruled out for tonight’s game against Osasuna.
FC Barcelona vs Osasuna
(Wednesday March 24, 2010 @ 20:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)
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“There’s no such thing as being tired at this stage of the campaign, it’s only in the first part of the season that you can live off your memories of what you achieved last year.”
FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, at a press conference.
According to Catalan sports paper Sport, no other FC Barcelona player has ever scored consecutive hat tricks in league matches. FC Barcelona and Argentine International forward Lionel Messi (22) became the first to do so on March 21, 2010, when he scored three times against Real Zaragosa. The previous Sunday, he scored a hat trick in the second half against Valencia.
Current Director General of Real Madrid CF Jorge Valdano (54) claims that despite Messi’s exceptional form this season there is no need for Madrid to be afraid. Barcelona and Argentina international Lionel Messi (22) has managed to get on the score sheet 11 times in the last 5 games, and received great praise from soccer stars and legends of the game as well.
March 24, 2010
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