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!
Mauricio Pochettino, RCD Espanyol Coach and Pep Guardiola pose during their pregame meeting at the stadium Cornella-El Prat.
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Original article can be found @ FIFA.com
Rosell: Barça’s world title was paradise
Friday 17 December 2010
Barcelona’s reign as global kings will come to an end tomorrow. And though that status will disappear, the celestial feeling winning the FIFA Club World Cup delivered will stay with the club’s President for a long time to come. On the eve of the UAE 2010 final between TP Mazembe Englebert and F.C. Internazionale Milano, Sandro Rosell chatted to FIFA.com about lifting the trophy 12 months ago, its importance, Barça’s desire to return to the competition next year and having all three FIFA Ballon d’Or contenders.
MORE THAN A MATCH
Espanyol – Barça (20h)
A Champions’ derby. The best Barça in history goes into the match as the leader and Espanyol, in fourth place.
Rivals but not enemies. The relations between the clubs have improved thanks to Rosell and Iniesta.
Guardiola: “We’re in a great moment”
Barça, to break another record. 10th victory in a row.
Pichi Alonso’s analysis.
Board staff meeting.
December 17, 2010