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”
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Another round of international games brings with it that same old question: why is Victor Valdes constantly overlooked by the manager and coaching staff of the Spanish national squad?
Currently, the Barca keeper finds himself in the form of his life, having just completed the most succesful season in footballing history. Yet, with numerous top-class performances to his name, he somehow still finds himself left out in the cold by Vicente del Bosque and co., and although as Barca fans, we have come to expect the ommision of Valdes’ name from any potential Spain squad list, it does seem unthinkable that he is not at least third choice in the pecking order of current Spanish keepers.
As we speak, he is leading the race for the prestigous Zamora award ahead of Spain’s prefered number one Iker Casillas, with the Barca man having let in just 13 goals in the league during this campaign, as opposed to the 17 conceded by Iker. Both players are far ahead of Spain’s second and third choice keepers when it comes to goals conceded; Liverpool’s Pepe Reina has been beaten 28 times, Villareal’s Diego Lopez 37 times. With stats like that, you really do begin to question just why Victor isn’t getting a chance.
HEADLINE : MOURINHO PREPARES FOR ARRIVAL IN MADRID
“THE POOR MAN DOESN’T REALISE WHERE HE IS GOING….EVEN I WANT HIM TO REPLACE ME” – Pellegrini
Source : Sport | Date Published : 02/03/2010
Barça Atlètic were held to a 1-1 draw against Logroñés, a rival who clearly came looking for a draw, which they achieved with a last minute equaliser, just when it looked as if Luis Enrique’s team would take the points.
Logroñés came looking for a draw, packing their defence and midfield in an attempt to stop their hosts from playing – something they achieved in the first 45 minutes in which Barca made a few chances, but were unable to get on the scoreboard.
Soriano on target again
Asked if Chelsea are the only team who can stop FC Barcelona winning the Champions league:
“No, for me the best team is Barcelona, because they have won six titles and they’re still playing well. It’s difficult [to predict a winner of the Champions League] because, look, Liverpool were knocked out, and we too, and there are teams who have changed considerably so, today I would say my favorite is Barcelona.”
VILLA WAS BETTER THAN HENRY
Spain humiliates France
The Asturian scored the first goal after Iniesta’s assist and the French were jeered
The blaugranas shine in their return to Saint Denis.
France 0 – 2 Spain
Pic: Villa, who is being tracked by Barça, proved again his scoring ability and his connection with the players.
Messi confirmed that Argentinean national team is not like Barça. Victory with Higuaín’s goal. Germany 0 – 1 Argentina.
“Guardiola was already a coach when he was playing – he’s never stopped being a coach and he’ll never stop being a player. His way of understanding football is very close to that which Johan Cruyff believed in and he’s putting that into practice now.”
Juan Manuel Lillo (44), former coach of Dorados Sinaloa – the Mexican team Guardiola played for, current coach of Almeria.
Catalan sports paper Sport today report that Liverpool striker and Spanish international Fernando Torres (25) is keen on a move to FC Barcelona, if he is forced to leave Anfield.
Sport suggest that Liverpool may have to sell their prized assets, including Torres, in order to help repay the club’s large financial debt. Although both Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked with the 25 year-old, Torres reportedly would prefer a move to Barcelona.
Sport discounts the possibility of a transfer to Real Madrid, given Torres’ loyalty to his former club Atletico Madrid. But the Liverpool striker apparently feels “a great sympathy” for Barcelona and “wouldn’t hesitate a single moment” to move to the Nou Camp.
Italian sports tabloid Tuttosport report that Inter Milan are preparing a bid for Barcelona defender and Argentine international Gabriel Milito (29).
The tabloid suggests that Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho is looking to reinforce his defence and has singled out Milito, who has been at the Nou Camp since 2007. Milito, who has been restricted to just five appearances so far this season, would apparently welcome a move to guarantee more first team football. According to Tuttosport, president Massimo Moratti has authorized a bid estimated to be between 7-10 million Euros.
A move to the San Siro would allow Milito to link up with his older brother, Argentinian international striker Diego Milito (30). Diego has scored 15 goals in 27 appearances for Inter this season, having moved from Genoa last summer. The Milito brothers previously played together in Spain at Real Zaragoza.
March 3, 2010