FC Barcelona B extended their unbeaten streak to nine games, earning a 1-1 draw against Recreativo de Huelva on Friday with the blaugrana’s goal coming from an on-fire Jonathan Soriano. While the point maintained their unbeaten run, it was not enough to keep them in third position in the standings. They now sit fourth with 58, one point behind third placed Celta de Vigo and eight points behind league leaders Real Betis (who are also the reserve side’s next opponents). Details of the match, Luis Enrique’s post-match comments, and highlights of the goals are all after the jump.
“We discussed a little of what they did and what happened but then Madrid can play in many different ways, and we just have to be prepared. I’m not here to talk about what they did to us on Saturday, as it will not be a reference of their game, but what we have to do in the final. They know our game, and we can change some detail, but the essence of the concept does not change. We talked about what must be improved to generate more play and more chances. Five minutes [into the game] and we’ll know,” answered Guardiola on his preparation to counteract Mourinho’s ultra-defensive game-plan this afternoon ahead of the 107th edition of the Copa del Rey.
Rumours emerged on Sunday that a deal had been finalised between Valencia and FC Barcelona B right back Martín Montoya for a transfer to Los Che. But more recent rumours suggest that Barça wishes for the defender to stay and will offer him a contract extension through 2013. So which option is the most likely for the 20-year-old who has been at Barcelona since 1999? We’ll have to wait until the summer to know for sure, but in the meanwhile, details of both rumours are below.
A news piece published on totalBarca last week, highlighted the research done by the Spanish researcher Policarp Sánchez who found in the archives of Salamanca city, Spain, documents about a group of people long forgotten that was the reason behind saving FC Barcelona from being confiscated. A summary on the research was published in the official club magazine, the April issue, which was as well attached by ‘La Gaceta de Salamanca’ on Monday, April 18.
totalBarça brings you a two part summary of what was published in the club’s official magazine.
As on all big occasions, FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola has decided to travel to Valencia for the Copa del Rey Final with the entire squad, included those that are currently injured. Also traveling will be all the available players from the B team who have participated in the competition at some time.
After enjoying a day off, the club met for a training session on Tuesday at 11am at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. This was the final session before embarking Wednesday on the trip to Valencia where, at 21:30, they will face Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey.
Di Stefano writes that “Madrid is a team with no personality” and the club and Mou took badly his opinion
The honorary president adds: “Messi is the best in the world“
Casillas and Cristiano, confronted. Cristiano didn’t thank the fans for their attendance on Saturday and said before facing Racing: “If it wasn’t for me, you would be 20 points behind Barça”
DIRTY PLAY AGAINST INIESTA
UEFA wants him to miss the Champions match against Madrid for provoking the yellow card against Shakhtar.
Messi, a lethal and decisive player.
READY FOR THE FINAL
Pinto had yesterday a special and voluntary training
“I’ve already won a Copa…and quite a few matches against Madrid“
“There are no tricks to win against Madrid, just stay faithful to our philosophy“
Messi: “We want this Copa“
Zubizarreta extended his contract until 2013
Mourinho, more cowardly than ever.
As mentioned in totalBarça’s recent contest announcement, we are offering a special giveaway contest in anticipation of the four El Clasico matches featuring FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. With special thanks to MEElectronics, we will be offering one pair of SP51 in-ear headphones for randomly drawn contest entrants who predict the correct scoreline for each of the four matches. In other words, one winner will be selected to win a set of headphones for each of the four games.
If you are interested in entering the contest, please provide your score prediction for the second of four Clasico matches being played at Barcelona time 21:30, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 (Copa del Rey Final). Details on how to enter the contest after the jump!
Former Barcelona forward Ruben Rochina (20) shared his thoughts with English tabloid newspaper Lancashire Telegraph. The Spanish striker is reportedly happy with the progress he has made at Blackburn.
Oscar Garcia’s team have now earned the point they needed to become champions of their league. Rafa Alcantara scored three minutes into the game but then Cornella managed to equalize via a goal from Crisitian.
The following is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article in ‘El Periodico’. The original can be found here.
Johan Cruyff’s key points.
The first Clasico showed us how much fear Mourinho has for Barca, but he is ready with his [usual] armoury [of excuses] to divert attention away from it so as not to talk about the football.
Mourinho’s lineup is the biggest compliment he can give Barca. To be playing at home with seven defenders is a sign that he must be very afraid. In their day, the Bernabeu would usually not allow this kind of approach to be taken by their coach, even if it means winning them the League. That is, at least, until today. Capello can attest to that.
“Barcelona’s football was simply brilliant. Their superiority was there for the whole planet to see: the whites were cornered all game. Barcelona play football and dance. They treat the ball with adoration and respect, almost nurturing it. To see this team in action is a delight. Madrid are a side with no personality. They just run back and forth constantly, tiring themselves out. We saw clearly that their approach was not the right one. Barcelona were a lion, Madrid a mouse.”
After seeing the first El Clasico of 2011, Real Madrid legend and the club’s honorary president Alfredo Di Stefano has stern words for Jose Mourinho-led Real Madrid and praise for Guardiola’s FC Barcelona in his weekly column for Marca.
Dear readers of totalBarca, it is time for another sneak peek of goatish football fun! Check this week’s pictures right after the jump!
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