As is customary the day before a match, FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola spoke to the press about Saturday night’s game against Villarreal, which he expects to be a good match.
“Pep knows what he wants and has grown (up) with the club’s philosophy. Pep is the ideal trainer for Barcelona. He’s intelligent, Catalan and a culé. He has everything.”
Real Madrid manager José Mourinho, quoted by Cadena Ser.
On Friday morning, Barça held their penultimate training session before the match against Villarreal on Saturday. Four youngsters from the B team joined in the session, including Bartra and Fontàs, with whom Guardiola would be able to fill the gaps in defense with Milito injured and Pique suspended.
On Thursday morning, the first team squad took part in the official photos for 2010/2011. Before they could pose on the Camp Nou pitch both in their suits and kits, they had to make sure they were all spruced up enough for the occasion.
FIRST GOAL SCORED TO MADRID
November 29th, 21h. Barça – Madrid on Monday.
El Clásico will be played when Guardiola wished.
Satisfaction for the politicians.*
Iniesta joins Barça and Espanyol.
Barça prepares the final offer for Afellay.
*There are elections in Catalunya on November 28th and they were afraid of a participation decreasing if the elections would be celebrated the same day as El Clásico.
Interview MD: Iniesta.
“If I could choose when to score another important goal…I’d say in the Champions final“
“We shouldn’t waste time replying to Mourinho“
Andrés put Barça and Espanyol closer giving the shirt dedicated to Jarque to Espanyol.
Monday under goals. Barça – Madrid on 29th.
[Non Barça Related]
Mourinho should be banned for el Clásico.
Speaking at the press conference after training on Thursday, Maxwell discussed a number of issues, including the Clasico date (now set for Monday, November 29th) as well as the squad’s current defensive depth issues.
Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros, he wrote on his shirt in the World Cup final, revealed after he scored the winning goal. It was a gesture of love, affection and respect towards a friend. Dani Jarque Andres, who died due to heart attack earlier last year was the club captain of FC Barcelona’s bitter city rivals RCD Espanyol.
While Pique looked like a well mannered prince only a few days ago, he was back to his prankster ways during the match against Ceuta. Sitting in the stands along with Carles Puyol and using his sunflower seeds (pipas), he made a target of team physiotherapist Juanjo Brau, sitting one row in front of the defenders. How did it end between Pique and Brau? Find out after the jump.
“It is normal that someone will take the record because people are pushing all the time and it is only an anecdote to have the record number of games. I would be happy if Xavi took it though and I was second, that would not be bad.”
Born in Ceuta, Migueli played for FC Barcelona from 1973 to 1989 and holds the record for most number of appearances for the club with participation in 549 competitive matches. In a statement to the official site, he said he’d be happy to see Xavi overtake him. Xavi is just 10 matches away from breaking the record.
In his post game press conference, FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola explained why he substituted Lionel Messi for Pedro, when the game was already safely under control. Many fans might think that it would have been wiser to give playing time to another cantera player, such as Jonathan dos Santos, but the coach had his reasons. Read Guardiola’s statement after the jump.
With the Villarreal match only two days from now, Barcelona’s first team was back in training on Thursday after advancing to the next round of the Spanish Cup on Wednesday night. The team worked at the Miniestadi, having taken the squad’s official photo beforehand at the Camp Nou.
The official FC Barcelona website has confirmed that the clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on Monday, November 29th.
France coach Laurent Blanc has recalled Barcelona defender Eric Abidal for next Wednesday’s friendly against England at Wembley. The 31-year-old was one of five players summoned by the French Football Federation to explain the well-documented unrest in the France camp in South Africa but escaped without sanction.
November 11, 2010