In their last training session before meeting league leaders Valencia, both Xavi and Pedro trained normally with the group, but have yet to receive their medical clearance to play. They joined the other 17 members of the first team and Barca B midfielder Thiago in this morning’s session on the brand new turf in Camp Nou.
WITH ALL THE CRACKS
Barça – Valencia (20h)
Guardiola gets Xavi, Villa and Pedro back to face the leader.
Rosell’s debut before the “socios” will break attendance records. There’s a lot of interest to know Due diligence‘s details.
[Non Barça Related]
Mourinho isn’t over-confident about today’s match. (22h)
Barça – Valencia (20h)
Great match. The champion gets all its cracks back and demands itself to stop the leader.
Historic meeting. The expenses will be shown for the first time to 2.000 socios.
Guardiola: “We’re playing against a big team“
Valdés: “I want to be taken a picture where Koeman scored“
Messi, in behalf of his mother. Tomorrow it’s the Mothers Day in Argentina.
Have you ever wondered before a game about what is happening on the side of our rivals: what their fans think, how are their preparations? We at totalBarca thrive to give you more than just news, so sticking to our commitment we present a new series of articles – The Cross Fire. In this series, we will have a one-on-one conversation with a Barca fan and a fan from our rival club.
With Jordi Cardoner’s announcement on Thursday afternoon that moving forward, FC Barcelona would be placing new restrictions on the club’s membership, it seems that the club has instead taken a decided step backwards. What are the reasons behind this decision? Are they valid concerns, at least from a global perspective? As one soci terribly disturbed by this news, upon examining the issue I’ve attempted to look for some answers, or at least formulate a decent counter-argument against this new plan.
This is your chance to prove not only your knowledge about the game of football, but also your psychological insight by cracking the code of Barcelona coach Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola’s master brain:
Predict Barcelona’s Starting Lineup
This is not (as in: N-O-T) a place for discussion on team tactics or personal player preferences. You just give the system and the eleven names you think will start the game against Valencia.
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“I was 11 when I arrived [to La Masia], and the football philosophy of this club was drilled into me from the off, the most important thing is a willingness to learn. The philosophy is that the result is not important.”
Xavi Hernández, as quoted by UEFA Champions League magazine.
As FC Barcelona’s official site reports, Xavi Hernández, David Villa and Pedro have all recovered sufficently and returned to full training on Friday, as the squad continued their preparations for Saturday’s visit of Valencia. Joining the first team once again was B team midfielder Thiago.
MESSI USSUALLY DOES A GOOD JOB AGAINST VALENCIA
Last year he scored a hat trick against them in Camp Nou.
Leo has an average of a goal per match against Valencia (playing at home).
Laporta starts to attack. He defended the numbers he presented, insisting that, after their management, the club’s account had surplus. “All the accusations against me are lies, they should present the evidences“
Xavi passed the first test. The midfielder wants to play but Guardiola will decide tomorrow.
Barça’s technical staff deny his signing because he doesn’t fit Barça style and because we already have Messi for that position.
Heated Meeting. Laporta defends his management and attacks the new directive staff.
Villa’s signed Barça jersey was the reason of the biggest “argument” between the miners.
Leo’s Foundation has helped to the building of Vall d’Hebrón Hospital’s new playground.
Xavi would be recovered enough to play some minutes against Valencia.
On Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva, Guardiola spent the beginning of the training session working on tactical aspects before Saturday’s game against Valencia. Twenty players were present at the session, with Villa and Xavi making progress in their recoveries, Pedro still working on the sidelines, and Thiago once again joining the first team to train.
During a press conference held earlier today, vice-president of the social area for FC Barcelona, Jordi Cardoner, announced changes that impact the admission process for those wishing to join the club as members (socios). New memberships will be limited to children under 14, family of existing members and those who were socios previously. The statements below are as reported by Barcelona’s official site.
“Pep is the secret weapon of this group. Leaving aside the sheer quality of players, he is a very special talent, along with the rest of his coaching staff. Pep Guardiola is one of the best secrets and the most important member of the team.”
Victor Valdés, speaking in an interview with Sport.
October 14, 2010
October 13, 2010