Valencia CF: 1
FC Barcelona: 1
Valencia CF: Banega (32′)
FC Barcelona: Messi (38′)
Valencia CF: Guaita, Joao, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Cissokho, V. Ruiz, Tino Costa, Bernat, Banega, Guardado, Soldado
FC Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Cesc, Iniesta, Messi, Pedro
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FC Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba(23), on Thursday, unveiled his new Adidas boots and in the accompanying press conference shared his opinion on Wednesday’s Clàsico, the conduct of the players and referees during and after the game and the upcoming match against his former club, Valencia CF. The left back also reiterated his belief that the league is not decided yet, giving a special mention to Atlético Madrid’s form. Excerpts from the interview are after the break.
FC Barcelona kept its perfect winning record in La Liga with a narrow yet somewhat comfortable (as Valencia didn’t create many chances) 1-0 win over Valencia. A ‘villain’ in midweek, Adriano was the hero today, scoring a magnificent goal to give Barça the three points.
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Valencia confirmed the departure of its current coach Unai Emery and the appointment of former Barcelona and Valencia player Mauricio Pellegrino as its coach for the 2012-13 season. The club president Manuel Llorente said that an agreement had been reached with the Argentine, who comes in as La Liga side’s new manager on a two-year deal. “The board have signed and ratified the agreement reached this past Friday with Mauricio Pellegrino, who will be the first team manager for the next two seasons,” said Llorente.
Pellegrino left Barcelona to join Valencia in 1999 and spent five-and-a-half seasons with the club. The centre-back was part of the club squad that reached consecutive Champions League finals in 2000 and 2001 and also of Rafa Benitez’s La Liga-winning side of 2002 and 2004, which also won the UEFA Cup in 2004. Pellegrino started his coaching career at Valencia’s youth academy before joining Benitez as an assistant at Liverpool and later following him to Italy. In what will be his first top-flight coaching role, he now takes charge of a club which is guaranteed third place in the league but lies 29 points behind second-placed Barcelona.
Barcelona had one of their best performances of the season, completely dismantling Valencia and winning 5-1 at Camp Nou. Los Ché scored first in the early stages of the match, but an inspired team performance and a poker from Lionel Messi secured yet another home win for Barca.
Here are the ratings for today’s match.
It seems like FC Barcelona and Valencia CF just met a few days ago, and in fact they did. After Barcelona prevailed in the Copa del Rey semifinals, the two teams met again Sunday in the league in a game that could have put Valencia within three points of the Catalans. However, after a promising performance midweek in the Champions League, Barcelona continued its revival of tika-taka passing and winning ways to produce the first big scoring game in months.
Tonight’s match against Valencia will be the third time Barcelona meet Los Che in 2012. FC Barcelona have managed two draws away and one win at home, and the question is: Can Barcelona get another home win? How complicated will the match be with both coaches being very astute technically? What can our previous encounters tell us?
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After a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semi-final tie with Valencia, Barcelona was lucky to be square on aggregate with Los Che: Barça’s only goal came from a corner kick and goalkeeper José Manuel Pinto escaped a rightful red-card for an outside-the-box hand-ball before even a half-hour went by. Valencia was ever dangerous, featuring Jordi Alba and Jérémy Mathieu, a capable and adept left-flank partnership, and Roberto Soldado, Spain’s potential replacement at Euro 2012 for David Villa. Valencia’s result was at worst deserved and at best egregiously unfair, and at third in La Liga, five points clear of Levante and Espanyol, Valencia came to Camp Nou emboldened and brave.
FC Barcelona beat Valencia 2-0 in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semis, after a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla, to secure their place in the final against Athletic Bilbao, in a repeat of the 2008/2009 final. Valencia pressed high and troubled Barcelona a lot, but the Catalans were able to pull through in a relatively comfortable fashion, with Cesc Fabregas and Xavi Hernandez scoring.
Here are the ratings for today’s match.
After a cracking first leg at the Mestalla last week, FC Barcelona entertained Valencia at the Camp Nou tonight with both sides confident of meeting Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final. Valencia’s chances were dealt a cruel blow however, with the eleventh hour absence of their talismanic striker Roberto Soldado, who bowed out with flu like symptoms just before kick off. On a cold night in Catalonia, Dani Alves was frozen out of a backline that was comprised of Puyol, Mascherano, Pique, and Abidal. An injury to Busquets left the midfield shy of a holding player as Xavi, Fabregas, and Thiago held the fort, and the attacking trio consisted of Alexis, Messi, and new kid on the block, Isaac Cuenca.