FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi left the pitch owing to a right leg injury during Sunday’s match against Atlético Madrid. The Argentine forward exited the match in the 67th minute upon noticing his muscle problem and after all three substitutions had already been made. The player will undergo further medical tests Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Speaking at a press conference after the match, coach Tito Vilanova explained, “he [Messi] felt well but, as is often the case with muscular injuries, the discomfort returned suddenly.”
FC Barcelona’s often sidelined defender Adriano Correia addressed the press today and stressed the important of securing the Liga title as soon as possible. Barcelona’s dramatic exit from the Champions League has overshadowed the fact that the squad is on the verge of winning what is arguably the most important title of the season. “We started today’s training session with higher spirits than yesterday and we are focused on the Betis match, an important game, a final for us and a step towards what has always been our primary objective, the Liga title,” Adriano stated.
On October 26, 2011 FC Barcelona defender Adriano will be 27.
The Brazilian came from Sevilla in July 2010 and has been used by Guardiola in a number of positions. His biography on the club’s official site says, Adriano’s “skill and forward running are always to the fore when he plays at either left or right back and his attacking instincts and hard work also mean he can easily fill a number of roles in midfield”.
totalBarca wishes Adriano many happy returns of the day and hopes him a successful, injury-free and trophy-laden year ahead. Send your wishes to his official Twitter account.
Barça utility player Adriano Correia became a father for the second time at the weekend, his wife giving birth to a healthy little boy named Azhaf. Speaking on his twitter feed, the Brazillian said, “We just had my second child [who] was born and I’m happy everything went well thanks to God. Mom and Azhaf are fine.”
A special treat for everyone regarding the MOTM poll result video for the game versus Valencia. We present to you two videos!
One created by Allas: Adriano vs Valencia. Originally, the votes for Adriano were in the lead. As Allas was in the process of developing the video for Adriano, votes for Messi took over. That makes Messi the overall winner of the MOTM poll once again.
A friend of Allas, MessiBarcaNL, assists us this week to help us display the magic of Messi.
Watch them after the jump!
As yet another big European night in London approaches, it is safe to say many Barça fans are looking forward to what should be an open and exhilarating game full of attacking flair and creative freedom. But perhaps it will not be the team with the greater attacking power who will come out of the tie victorious. Rather it will be the team whose defence can withstand the approaching onslaught better who will reign supreme.
In prepartion for Sunday’s game against Mallorca at Camp Nou, Guardiola’s squad held their penultimate training session at the Ciutat Esportiva on Saturday morning. The positive news coming out of the session was the presence of Adriano, able to to train with his teammates for the first time since picking up a slight strain in his right adductor muscle last weekend against Athletic Bilbao.
After the league match with Mallorca in early October, a number of Barcelona’s players will once again disperse for international duty. Of the squad lists released so far, Brazil’s 23 man squad includes Barcelona defenders Dani Alves and Adriano, while Argentina manager Sergio Batista has called up defender Gabriel Milito, newly signed midfielder Javier Mascherano and forward Lionel Messi, despite his recent injury.
Catalan based newspaper Sport reported that the car of Barcelona’s newly signed player, the Brazilian Adriano Correia (25), was stolen three days ago. Three individuals approached Paulo Neves, Adriano’s agent, in a promenade in Barcelona and stole his wallet, after distracting him, where they found a parking lot receipt and a set of car keys. Trying their luck with several cars they were able to find Adriano’s car, and thus they ran away with it. Catalan radio Ona Fm were the first to unveil the incident.
With the injury to José Manuel Pinto, Ruben Miño and Oier Olazábal are two names you might want to familiarize yourself with. One of them will likely be called upon to be Barca’s goalkeeper on Saturday against Sevilla in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, should Valdes prove to not be fully match fit after resuming training this week. And according to new addition and former Sevilla player, Adriano, both of them are ready for that responsibility.