In their final game of 2010, Barcelona B slipped to 6th place after the team’s fifth consecutive draw, having tied 1-1 with SD Ponferradina at the Mini Estadi on Sunday afternoon. The two goals happened within one minute of each other, with Saúl scoring first to give the reserve side the lead, only to be levelled a moment later by Javi López. Details of the match and full highlights can be found after the jump.
Barcelona B vs Ponferradina, Matchday 17, Segunda A
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 17:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Mini Estadi, Barcelona (Capacity: 15,276)
FC Barcelona B, currently sitting in 6th place, today faces Ponferradina who start this game as the 20th team in the standings. Recently, the reserves have proven themselves to be strong competitors after two come backs on the road, but four straight draws have left them falling slightly in the standings, without a win since early November. Can they return to their winning ways at home today? Links to the match can be found after the jump along with the comment section which awaits your thoughts on the encounter.
On Sunday morning, Josep Guardiola’s squad held a training session at the Ciutat Esportiva. Besides the typical mild recovery session for the starters against Espanyol after their 1-5 victory, the rest of the team began their preparations for Tuesday’s game against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.
In last night’s press conference, Guardiola was asked if he thinks his players can maintain their form all season, to which he replied, “That is up to ourselves but sooner or later this magic show will have to come to an end. What we need to do is to keep them motivated.”
Maybe this is one way how rival crowds can help do that.
Espanyol 1-5 Barça
An impeccable derby by the ‘manita team,’ with Messi, Pedro, and Xavi directing the symphony
Barça overcame the test of Espanyol’s fortress like a steamroller and puts pressure on Madrid
Extraordinary response of the public for Iniesta
[Non Barça Related]
Mourinho, modest: “I give myself an 11 out of 10.”
Pep Guardiola was visibly satisfied with his players’ attitude in facing a tough opposition and the hostile atmosphere that greeted them in the Cornella-El-Prat last night.
“Yes, I was impressed. I can only congratulate the team on the way they handled the pressure and went for the win,” said the coach at the post-match press conference after the 1-5 drubbing they gave their city rivals.
Some FC Barcelona fans were worried when old “friend” Alberto Undiano Mallenco was selected to officiate today’s local derby with Espanyol. A report in Sport earlier this week suggested an anti-Barca bias; and who could forget Mallenco’s absurd ejection of Dani Alves in the same fixture from last season?
After his tribute at the World Cup to their fallen captain, Dani Jarque [RIP], the pericos gave Andres Iniesta a massive ovation as he was subbed off during el derbi barceloni.
Enjoy the commentary by the colorful Ray Hudson!
December 18, 2010