An official tribute to Eric Abidal at the Camp Nou before the match against Getafe.
FC Barcelona – Getafe CF
(Saturday March 19, 2011 @ 20:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)
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We recently received a very warm video compiled for one of our heroes, Eric Abidal, who had successful surgery this past week.
Special thanks to Gurvinder for creating and sharing this video with us!
José Miguel González ‘Míchel’, the head coach of Getafe CF, in an interview to El Pais expressed his admiration of FC Barcelona’s style of play ahead of his team’s match against the Catalan club. Asked how he feels seeing Barcelona play, he said, “I feel [as] good as any fan. They provide us with a clear definition of Spanish football, the style we like. It’s a team with personality and character. Playing well is not just passing the ball but being faithful to this idea. Their commitment to the ball possession is marked with blood and fire. Two years ago, I said Guardiola was ahead of his time, like Arrigo Sacchi was. And here we are.”
Getafe midfielder Victor Sanchez has been speaking ahead of his side’s visit to the Camp Nou, where the team from Madrid will face Sanchez’s parent club Barca tonight. Currently in the midst of a seaon-long loan with Getafe, Sanchez feels his adopted team can pull off a shock result in Catalunya although the young defensive midfielder does admit it will be difficult.
Andoni Zubizarreta, the sports director of FCB, speaking about the Champions League draw, which pitted Barça against Shakhtar Donetsk, said that the Ukrainian team is “tough, tactically sound and with fast players up front”.
While the media is already excited about the prospect of Barça reaching the semi-final and meeting Real Madrid, Zubizarreta was cautious and insisted that “we have get through the quarter-final first and then we’ll see what happens. It’ll be a very difficult game against Shakhtar”.
Barça qualifiying for the semifinals is feasible so they could play against Madrid in “semis”.
The second leg against Real would be in Camp Nou and there would be 4 Clásicos in 18 days.
Abidal: Barça hopes to have him back in August
Doping: Guardiola: “Ask COPE and Florentino“
OVERDOSE OF BARÇA-MADRID
April 5th: Madrid – Tottenham
April 6th: Barça – Shakhtar
April 12nd: Shakhtar – Barça
April 13rd: Tottenham – Madrid
April 16th: Madrid – Barça (Liga)
April 20th: Barça -Madrid (Final Copa del Rey)
April 26th or 27th: Madrid – Barça (Semifinal Champions)
May 3rd or 4th: Barça – Madrid (Semifinal Champions)
Plus…Barça will play against Espanyol after the European semifinal and Madrid will play against Valencia before the first leg and Sevilla after the second leg.
With 11 Abidals. Barça wants to dedicate the victory to their team mate while Madrid risks the Liga in El Calderón.
Heading into this morning’s Champions League draw there were three teams who I hoped Barca would avoid meeting in the quarter-finals of the competition. The bad news is we have ended up facing one of those teams; the good news is we missed the other two, with one of them even set for a trip to Madrid. Two out of three ain’t bad I suppose; although if Tottenham do manage to dump our bitter rivals out of the competition, we may find ourselves facing them in a very tough semi-final.
It has been a testing few days for the club since the Sevilla match, and FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola had plenty to talk about – Abidal, Fontas, accusations of the club using illegal drugs and let’s not forget the match against Getafe.
The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals draw were announced at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland and three-time winners FC Barcelona will be up against Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk on 5/6 April. The rest of the draw is as follows: FC Internazionale Milano vs FC Schalke 04, Manchester United FC vs Chelsea FC and Real Madrid CF vs Tottenham Hotspur FC. If FC Barcelona progress to the semi-finals, they will play the winners of the tie between Real Madrid and Tottenham.
BARÇA AND MADRID, THE HOT BALLS
No one wants a Clásico in quarterfinals, if so, there would be 4 Clásicos in 15 days.
Last week we shared with you the first part of the documentary “Around Pep Guardiola” about Josep Guardiola’s life from the very beginning. Today’s video follows Pep’s difficult path of injuries, doping insinuations and the ending of professional career, to his glorious return to FC Barcelona as coach and winning all possible titles in one year. Enjoy the second part of this documentary “Around Pep Guardiola”.
March 17, 2011