Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona
(Saturday, May 1 2010 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)
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YOU DECIDE, MESSI!
The crack has to have his “goal” back so Barça can fight for la Liga.
Guardiola: “We’ll give all we’ve got, as we always do”
Villarreal – Barça (22h, TV3/La Sexta)
Elections: Settled the final calendar. Interviews with Godall, Torrend and Bartomeu.
[Non Barça Related]
Mourinho already thinks about being Madrid’s coach.
On Saturday in Villareal’s Madrigal stadium, FC Barcelona will encounter an old foe in the form of referee Fernando Teixeira Vitienes. The last time he presided over a Barcelona match, a 2-1 victory over Getafe earlier this season, he produced two red cards, ejecting defenders Rafa Marquez and Gerard Pique. Does Pep’s squad need to prepare themselves for yet another refereeing debacle, or can we count on an unbiased performance from Vitienes?
Saturday’s away match-up between Pep Guardiola and Villareal manager Juan Carlos Garrido will require a dramatic change in both tactics and mindset. After an exhausting battle with Jose Mourinho, FC Barcelona will have to return their concentration to the Spanish game, and prepare for an opponent who will do much more than simply defend their own penalty area. They will also face in Garrido an ambitious young manager, who has lifted the Yellow Submarine from the depths of the table and into contention for next season’s Champions League.
“I’m sad because there won’t be a Spanish team in the Champions League final. It wasn’t a problem for me if [FC Barcelona] were to play the final in the Bernabéu. I’m not one who has those types of things in my head. The elimination was a shame. I have friends there, too.”
Real Madrid and Spanish International goalkeeper Iker Casillas at a press conference on Friday, April 30, 2010.
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 Villareal.
4 FINALS LEFT
Villarreal – Barça/ Barça – Tenerife / Sevilla – Barça / Barça – Valladolid
Barça wants to recover now from their “defeat” against Inter to fight as much as they can for la Liga.
Xavi: “If we win la Liga again, it would be a fantastic season. And the match in el Madrigal is a key match.”
Xavi explains the Champions’ KO: “The atmosphere before the match made us feel a bit of anxiety and tension”
[Non Barça Related]
Motorbikes: Lorenzo wants to avenge Barça by winning against the Inter fan Rossi in Jerez.
Liverpool 2 – 1 Atletico de Madrid, to Europa League’s final!
Catalan news site Sport presented the results of several surveys they did, and they reported on the grand spectacle that occurred this past Wednesday, April 28. On this day, the Barcelona fans threw themselves into supporting their team as if it were an actual final. During the entire day, one could see thousands of Barça jerseys, and the players arrived at Camp Nou escorted by a wave of blue and maroon, with a backing that had never before been seen on the date of an elimination match.
Yesterday was the second time that Samuel Eto’o had returned to the Camp Nou since his departure last summer. The Barca fans took the time to applaud him, even after the game was over. Due to his total dedication to the blaugrana, he’ll always be thought of fondly by most supporters. Speaking in the post-match press conference, Eto’o talked about his feelings during the game.
April 29, 2010