Catalan sports daily Sport recounted in an article the timeline of FC Barcelona’s chaotic and rushed expedition on Saturday from Barcelona to Pamplona. What follows is a translation; the original can be found here.
FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has today released an open letter to the members and fans of the club, assuming responsibility for yesterday’s events on behalf of Barça and asking the fans to continue their support.
“Over the last few hours, I have read and listened to all kinds of comments about the situation which occurred. We have been criticised for our lack of prevision and our communication strategy. In addition, our actions as a club in dealing with the problem have been questioned,” Rosell explains.
Osasuna manager Jose Antonio Camacho gave a press conference after seeing his side slip to their first home defeat of the season, defeated 3-0 by current league leaders FC Barcelona.
Camacho, who has both played for and managed Real Madrid, said, “We were able to get ahead in the first 25 minutes. We have worked honestly, but with the 2-0, the game has changed. They are stylish and are hyper-competitive.”
“Even if there are 23 players in the running (for the Balon D’or), the winner has to be a Spaniard. It would be logical, as they won the World Cup, which is the decisive tournament for this award. I would give it to Iniesta, as he impressed at club level with Barcelona and also scored the goal that gave Spain the World Cup in the Final.“
Former Real Madrid centre-back Fabio Cannavarro gives his backing to Andres Iniesta in the hunt for the Balon d’Or.
It was yet another El Clasico where Lionel Messi outshone Cristiano Ronaldo and settled the debate as to who truly is the best football player in the world. This picture was one of the many photographs taken at the recently concluded El Clasico, featuring the two great and talented players. Ronaldo appears to be closely looking at Messi’s golden shoes or his legs? What’s he thinking?
Give us your best shot after the jump.
HIGH FLYING LEADER
Osasuna 0-3 Barça
Neither aerial chaos nor a wild trip could stop a new blaugrana exhibition
Two goals from Messi and a record of victories
Leo again scored a double and along with Pedro signed their seventh consecutive victory away from home
The story of a crazy trip – Barça arrived at Pamplona by train and bus and just in time, after the Federation went back on their decision to postpone the game
Osasuna 0-3 Barça
Barça overcame everything and achieved a very important victory over a good Osasuna
Messi, with a double, and Pedro continued their goal fest
AENA and the Federation messed with Barça, who arrived at the Stadium Reyno just in time to play
Guardiola: “There have been pressures and bad intentions.”
[Non Barça Related]
Espanyol-Sporting – Objective: to not let down their guard
R. Madrid 2-0 Valencia – The referee gave a little hand (manita) and Cristiano scored on Valencia
FC Barcelona has issued an official statement in an attempt to clarify the exact sequence of events which occurred earlier today regarding the numerous changes and confusion in travel plans/game scheduling for the match in Pamplona. The complete statement is reproduced below.
CA Osasuna – FC Barcelona
(Saturday December 4, 2010 @ 20:30 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)
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Original article can be found @ Sport Illustrated
By: Sid Lowe ‘Barca’s Messi shows he’s just as ‘complete’ as Real’s Ronaldo’
Date: December 3, 2010
Pep Guardiola blew out his cheeks, exhaling a huge lung full of air, and rolled his eyes. He could barely believe anyone would be stupid enough to think otherwise.
“But,” the Barcelona manager exclaimed Monday, craning his head forward and looking straight at his inquisitor with an incredulous look etched across his face, “who is more complete than Leo Messi?”
END OF UPDATE………. For full info of this debacle go to Breaking News: Total uncertainty ahead of Osasuna match
Tweet: Already arriving at the stadium.
Tweet: Team bus already within Pamplona city limit.
Sport.es says team expected to arrive around 1945h.
Tweet: Barcelona bus driving to Pamplona at 110km/h escorted by the police: by Barcastuff
Barcelona B vs Real Valladolid, Matchday 15, Segunda A
Saturday, December 4, 2010 @ 18:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Mini Estadi, Barcelona (Capacity: 15,276)
After having their game last week postponed due to weather conditions (the new date is listed below), Barcelona B is back, this time facing Real Valladolid, only two points behind them in the standings. Though they have the advantage of an extra game, Valladolid remains in 7th place with 21 points and with an inconsistent record away from home (one win, two draws, four losses). Barça B currently stand in 5th place, having collected 16 of their 23 points this season at home. Team news, links and your chance to comment are all after the jump.
DAMN!!!… Uncertainty continues… Sport.es reports Osasuna refuses to play tomorrow, AND RFEF is not ruling out tonight’s match. CONFUSION CONTINUES……
Saga continues……… To be updated……….
Barca expected to arrive in Zaragoza a little before 1800h. And then a 140 km (about 2 hour) bus ride to Pamplona. Unrealistic 2000h kick-off time as planned, but it is likely that Osasuna will accept a slight delay: according to Sport.es
It is now 1600h. Tweet: Barcelona players have been told the game will be at 2200h tonight.
“Barcelona’s play was impressive. It was the type of play that deserved a standing ovation, as the entire stadium gave them, but I stayed seated. All the same I applauded the football of this team, which knows perfectly how to play together and on top of that has the best player in the world.”
“They have players who think about the game and who are intelligent, and with talented footballers, as I always say, one is able to play in this way. What Barca add to this is that they know each other inside out, every single man is in the right place at the right time. And they have Xavi, who is a computer; he decides how a game pans out, where to attack or if it is better to restart the play. Besides him Iniesta is there, the other brain of the team.“
Argentina national coach Sergio Batista reveals his admiration for Barca.
December 4, 2010
December 3, 2010