It’s back… 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 Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola’s master brain:
PREDICT BARCELONA’S STARTING LINEUP
You can give your starting line-up until 3 hours before the start of the game against Almeria.
PEREZ BURRULL, IS SENT OUT IN THE COLD FOR HIS ACTIONS IN THE CALDERON.
“IF ALL THE BAD REFEREES IN THE SPANISH LEAGE WERE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD… THEN ALL THE REFEREES WOULD BE LIVING IN THE NORTH POLE!”
Source: El Mundo Deportivo | Date: 03/03/2010
CANALES – “I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MAKING MY DEBUT FOR MADRID”
PEREZ – “YOU CAN START WHEN RACING PLAY REAL MADRID WITH AN OWN-GOAL”
“I can’t believe the president of Barça has come here. We are very happy. It means a lot to us.”
Arsene Hanyrwa, aged 16, a refugee at the Kiziba camp, Rwanda.
MD’s Poll: “Who would you like to see dressed as a blaugrana next season?”
Valencia’s crack is the favourite to reinforce 2010-2011 Barça
The Internet users have given more that a third of their votes to the Asturian.
Henry, not in his best moment at all. Guardiola wants him back but, at the same time, he trusts Pedro and Bojan.
Pep and Lillo, united by aesthetics.
[Non Barça Related]
Madrid. Florentino promises a 250.000€ bonus to each player if they qualify for the Champions’s next round.
On Saturday, FC Barcelona will face an Almería team led by Basque coach Juan Manuel Lillo, a man who has never hidden his admiration for Pep Guardiola, or the attacking style of play in the Catalan capital. Amazingly enough, Lillo actually recruited Guardiola to play with his team, Dorados al Sinaloa, in the Mexican first division in 2006.
According to France Football, FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has cut his short-list of potential left-wing transfer targets down to a list of just two, with the coach set to focus his energies on bringing either Valencia’s David Villa, 28, or Sevilla’s Jesus Navas, 24, to the Camp Nou this summer.
La Liga’s season ends in two and a half months. Knowing this and how players think, Pep Guardiola decided recently to give a motivational pep-talk to the team. After a string of questionable play and results, he sensed it was the time to step in and see to it that the team was focused for the final months of competition. After almost a year and a half of constant playing, as well as the 2010 World Cup only 99 days away, it would be easy for players to lose focus.
Speaking to the team, Guardiola said, “We can no longer afford to give away points because from now on, there aren’t any games that are less important than others. What we do in the league can affect what happens in the Champions League; one bad result in one competition can end up carrying over to the other; for that reason, we must give our all in every game, no matter who we play. This year we will win the double or we won’t win anything,” he continued.
Former Bayern Munich left back and France legend Bixente Lizarazu stated in an interview with Ona FM that Bayern Munich winger and France international Frank Ribery (26), would fit in well at Barcelona. “Ribery would fit very well in the Barca game system. Messi could play from the right and Ribery from the left. They are both very similar although each of them has his own style. Tactically it’s more likely for Ribery to choose Barcelona ahead of Real Madrid, although it is complicated to go to a club that has won everything. Instead, the game system of Madrid does not seem so clear.”
Lizarazu also said that he can see Ribery leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season. “Last year, it was impossible for him to leave Bayern, but I think it’s very clear that will be this summer. I have spoken with management and understand that the player wants a change of scenery and to try to win the Champions League with another team”