As the players and coaches of Barça B prepare for their own match this weekend (against Segunda leaders Real Betis – Saturday at 16:00), a number of the squad members and coach Luis Enrique shared their thoughts about the first team’s encounter with Real Madrid that will take place on Monday. All were optimistic about FC Barcelona’s chances heading into the game.
“When he’s [Messi] on song he’s unstoppable and he seems to be on song all the time these days. He’s a wonderful player and as everyone knows, it’s difficult to stop him.”
Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna tells fifa.com that he too is an admirer of Messi’s game.
MESSI AND CRISTIANO CHALLENGES EACH OTHER
Messi: “I feel fine playing against Madrid, I’ve already scored many goals against them.“
Cristiano: “The best team will win, and that team will be Madrid.“
los Blancos are afraid of Messi. Sergio Ramos: “If it was up to me, I’d prefer Messi not play.“
Pep prepares his best team.
Eight culés could be in FIFA’s ideal starting XI.
[Non Barça Related]
Mourinho plays hide and seek.
The squad returned to training on Thursday evening with a gentle session designed for recovery after the team’s victory in Greece against Panathinaikos in the Champions League. The majority of the first team was present, along with 4 youth players, while only Valdes and Iniesta, who worked out in the gym, and the injured Milito were absent from the pitch.
As preparations for the upcoming Clasico continue, let us spare a thought for those poor sods whose job it is to keep the game goalless – and no I don’t mean Real Madrid’s starting eleven. Of course I’m talking about two of the most crucial players who will walk out onto the Camp Nou pitch on Monday night, players whose jobs are so important yet whose performances are almost invariably overlooked – that’s right, the goalkeepers.
“When Pep was a Barca player and I was an assistant coach, you could already see that he’d end up coaching. He was already the coach’s right-hand man out on the pitch; he liked to take charge and he’d think about the other players’ roles, (not just his own). I knew that when he was ready he’d become an excellent coach.”
In an interview with fifa.com, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, a contender for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football award, heaps praise on his rival FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. After the jump, there are more flattering comments about Guardiola by the ‘Special One’.
In part I of El Clasico Crossfire we talked about legacy and rivalry between both the clubs. Now we delve into current issues and the game on Monday. Enjoy the second part!
totalBarça: The collective TV deal has finally gone through, how do you see it as a long term policy for both the league and the big two?
Buj: While it’s relatively good for the league, it is not good for Barca. Over time these revenues will be further revised and the truth is, I’m all for it. Barca, while it is still a hot subject on everyone’s lips, needs to be more aggressive marketing itself all over the world before that time comes. And no more of that Laporta’s era vigorous chasing of other club’s players, as it only breeds antagonism.
The European Sports Magazine’s team of the month for September finds only one Barca player in its ranks, with that place of course going to the man we all know and love as little Leo.
Messi was voted into the XI by journalists from all over Europe’s leading football publications including the likes of A Bola, Don Balon and World Soccer.
In the press conference after the match against Panathinaikos last night, Pep Guardiola was praised by a Greek reporter who said his team is just unstoppable to which the coach disagreed: “No, we’re not unstoppable. We had to work hard to win. The truth is we have not been totally convincing. In the first-half we were not as productive. We didn’t make use of the space on the left hand side. We took advantage of that and Adriano pushed forward a lot more in the second half.”
This is a translation of Johan Cruyff’s weekly article in El Periodico. The original can be found here.
I was in the Amsterdam Arena on Saturday watching the Ajax vs PSV game. It was a high tension game in which Ajax couldn’t lose and they didn’t. They maintained the six point advantage that PSV holds over them.
Afellay will play for Barca starting on January 1. He has enough quality to play on Guardiola’s team. I’m not discovering a new player. He can play in various offensive positions. One thing that I can add is how his behavior is exemplary off the field. He’s a very well rounded kid. Is that important? Of course.
On January 10, 2011, one of the highlights of the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich will be the announcement of the FIFPro and FIFA World IX 2010, in which the 11 best players in the world as selected by the players themselves will take centerstage. As mentioned on FIFA’s site, 50,000 professional footballers across the world were sent a ballot in which they were asked to name their best team of 2010 comprising of four defenders, three midfielders, three forwards and a goalkeeper. The shortlist is out and of the 55 contenders, 8 are from FC Barcelona. They include: Daniel Alves (Brazil, FC Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Spain, FC Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Spain, FC Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Spain, FC Barcelona), Javier Mascherano (Argentina, FC Barcelona), Xavi (Spain, FC Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona) and David Villa (Spain, FC Barcelona).
Unsurprisingly, the World Champions Spain dominated the list with ten players, followed by nine from Brazil, eight from Argentina, six from England, and four from Germany. It wasn’t just Spain’s players, but even its national league that led with 18 nominees signalling the rise in popularity of La Liga.
Read the full list after the jump.
A number of players spoke to the press after the 0-3 win against Panathinaikos FC on Wednesday night. Happiness with the win and finishing top of the group was expressed by a number of players, as was the team’s shift of focus towards ‘El Clasico’ now that the Champions League qualification is assured. Find out what they had to say after the jump!
For Monday’s big game against Real Madrid, FC Barcelona has revealed their plans for a huge mosiac to be displayed at the Camp Nou at the start of the match. The tifo, featuring Barcelona and Catalunya’s colours, will also feature the phrase ‘T’estimo Barça’ – I love Barça. The club is also pushing the use of the proposed mosaic through their social media sites.
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