Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino recently said that any mistake from now on would prove costly, and that was exactly what happened after the team’s loss against Valencia CF at home. FC Barcelona now trail Atlético Madrid by three points to sit in second place with goal difference as the only advantage over Real Madrid, who share the same number of points. Now, Martino aims to recover quickly and focus and the upcoming games, as he believes the title race is no where near over. Continue reading for more details.
After the first shock defeat of the season at home, a lot of questions have arisen on how the team handles the games as the 90 minutes progress. After 30 minutes of controlling the game, creating chances, and scoring a goal, the team went into a decline that resulted in their loss.
Dani Alves commented on the defeat by saying that the team became predictable after the first goal and the early, controlled stage, and that the team gave a lot of chances to Valencia, who were ruthless.
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Perhaps there’s something to the February curse after all: On the first day of the month, FC Barcelona lost their first home game of the season, to a Valencia squad that was completely revamped over the last days of the transfer window. It was also the first time that Barcelona have conceded more than two goals this season, as well as one of the worst all-round performances of the season. In some ways, the incredibly poor nature of the match is reassuring: It is clearly an outlier to what has been an otherwise excellent season for Gerardo Martino, just one of those bad games that every team has. While hardly pleasant for players and cules alike, the blaugrana should be able to bounce back without difficulty.
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Saturday, February 1, 2014 @ 16:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time
Still top of the league, Barça now enters the toughness that is February, and first up FC Barcelona host Valencia. Coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino senses that despite Valencia’s dip in form, they’re only going to get better, “The Valencia team has unquestionably changed for the better. They had a good cup tie with Atlético Madrid and played well against Málaga. They are going from less to more.”
Currently tenth on the table, Valencia hasn’t won any of their last five league matches. But this has been a week of many changes for the Valenciennes having Andrés Guardado, Dorlan Pabón, Sergio Canales and Helder Postiga all leave the club, and coming in signed striker Eduardo Vargas, Brazilian Vinícius Araujo, defender Phillipe Senderos and former Barça man Seydou Keita, who has not been named in today’s squad. As Martino said, with all of these changes, it’s difficult to predict what we can expect from this “new Valencia“.
Valencia CF arrives at the Camp Nou for the 22nd round of La Liga in the hopes of ending their run of five games without a win. In the meantime, FC Barcelona will look to put a few points difference between them and joint-point leaders Atlético, and spread the difference with Real Madrid, hoping that they both stumble against Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao respectively.
The Catalan club seems to have dealt well with the administrative drama surrounding the club and Neymar, and as the Brazilian nears a return to action, it will take the players even more effort to keep the ongoing trouble away from their football.
This Saturday, for the league game against Valencia CF, the first team players will be wearing the Chinese symbol for horse on their shirts. The horse is the symbol of the New Chinese Year which begins January 31.
The shirt will only be used for this special occasion and will be worn on a day where the kick-off time is 16:00 which is convenient for Asian Barcelona fans. The game will be broadcast live on Beijing TV for China, Fox Asia will be airing in Indonesia & India, RS Sports will cover the game in Thailand, and WOWOW in Japan.
Ex-Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita (34) will join Valencia CF until the end of the season. Keita will sign his contract, that has an option for one extra year, with the Valencian club later this afternoon after he has passed his medical tests. The Mali international who played for Dalian Aerbin FC in the Super Liga China was part of the Sevilla squad in 2007-2008 before joining FC Barcelona for four seasons.
It’s seems like the game against Barcelona will come too early for Keita as he is not part of Valencia’s match squad for the game this Saturday.
As reported by the club Medical Services, today’s tests confirmed that Neymar Jr. has sprained peroneal tendons in his right ankle, and will be out of action from three to four weeks.
As a result, he will miss FC Barcelona’s league fixtures against Málaga CF, Levante UD and Valencia CF plus the Copa del Rey’s quarterfinals against Levante. Nevertheless, he could possibly recover in time for the Champions League round of 16′s first leg against Manchester City.
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Sunday, September 1, 2013 @ 21:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time
Gerardo Martino spoke to the press yesterday about the upcoming game against Valencia. He explained why Xavi and Alexis have been excluded from the squad: “It was their turn to rest.”
He spoke about how the team needs to improve: “[We] need to get into gear to play at [our] best. We need to improve our teamwork, that will improve individual performances. What we have to do now is get into our best form and above all win matches. How do we improve? Working hard in training, coordinating the movements of the fullbacks, the midfielders… we have to harmonize movements. We have to get then back so we don’t give any space to our opponents.”
On the back of winning the Spanish Supercopa, FC Barcelona takes on Valencia CF at the Mestalla in the 3rd round of La Liga. Barça has shown encouraging signs of regaining their constant pressing game in the first couple of matches, but still looks like a team that is testing its abilities. Here are a few points that might influence the game.
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.