Barca will be just finishing up their last training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper before heading off to have lunch. This training session will be vital in order to know the condition of Leo Messi along with Pedro and Adriano. Then it’s off to the W Hotel in the city of Barcelona to come together and discuss final tactics with Tito Vilanova. Read more about Barca’s training session here
Brazilian Dani Alves is starting to feel his old self again, and not before time. Alves made a poor start to the season and never really found his groove. The fans were even surprised and there was a lot of speculation about his personal life. One of the reasons that Alves is finding his best form has to do with Barca captain Xavi Hernandez . Read what Xavi said…
Before anyone could reply to Dani Alves’ petition for someone to act on behalf of the club regarding the poor refereeing decisions in Paris, the club is already in the process of elaborating a complaint outlining the failures of both the referee Wolfgang Stark and the UEFA anti doping officials. Read the rest….
Xavi Hernandez is set to save himself and not play against Celta Vigo on Saturday in Barca’s La Liga game. The Barcelona midfielder played the full 90 minutes of the World Cup qualifier against France, in which Spain won by a goal to nil, suffered some discomfort in his hamstring – a problem that has been dragging on for some time.
Sergio Busquets has said that the team couldn’t have asked anything more of Jordi Roura. The defender was talking to Canal Movistar in an interview ahead of the France vs Spain qualifier tonight in Sant Denis and just before Tito Vilanova arrived back in Barcelona after spending two months away from the team receiving treatment in New York.
David Beckham has knocked Lionel Messi off the top perch as highest paid footballer in the world. According to France Football magazine, Beckham earned a staggering 36 million euros last year which seals the top spot for the Englishman. However, only 9% of Beckham’s succulent income accounts for playing football. Becks’ unsurpassed longevity and being a brand name have helped him amass a fortune.
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been hit with a four match ban that will keep him out of the league clashes against Deportivo, Rayo Vallecano, Celta Vigo and Mallorca. The ruling which was dished out by the Spanish Federation’s Comité de Competición will be appealed by the Catalan club. The incident happened after Saturday’s clasico when an enraged Valdés confronted referee Pérez Lasa.
Hours before the game gets underway, we review some stats about Barcelona and Real Madrid and what the Catalan team has to do to beat Jose Mourinho’s men at the Nou Camp tonight for their second leg crunch game of La Copa del Rey. Barca has to focus tonight and be prepared for anything the “whites” have to throw at them. A solid Barca defence tonight is an absolute must if they want to continue going forward in the tournament.