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Xavi expects Guardiola to stay at Barcelona

Posted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Supersport.com96 hits

Barcelona playmaker Xavi is confident that coach Pep Guardiola will sign a new deal with the club. Guardiola's existing contract with the Catalans expires at the end of the current campaign and the former Spain international has yet to give any indication as to whether he will sign an extension. However, while Xavi is reluctant to second-guess his coach, the veteran midfielder remains optimi...Full Story »

Emery: We were at Barcelona's mercy

Posted Monday, February 20, 2012 by ESPN141 hits

Valencia coach Unai Emery admits his side did not have any answers for Barcelona after they were mauled by the La Liga champions 5-1 on Sunday. Pablo Piatti gave Los Che a shock lead in the 9th minute, before Lionel Messi grabbed four for Barca to put the result beyond doubt. The Argentine then turned provider when he laid on a fifth for Xavi, and Emery admits his team were completely outpla...Full Story »

Barcelona 5 : 1 Valencia - Four-star Messi dazzles once again

Posted Sunday, February 19, 2012 by PA105 hits

Four goals from Lionel Messi put third-placed Valencia to the sword as Barcelona claimed a 5-1 victory on a night when they could have scored a dozen but for the efforts of visiting goalkeeper Diego Alves. Valencia took a surprise lead through Pablo Piatti in the ninth minute, but Barca's response was composed and clinical as they tore the visiting defence to shreds, producing chance after chan...Full Story »

Messi makes history with 200th league outing for Barcelona

Posted Monday, February 20, 2012 by YAHOO Sport340 hits

Lionel Messi has become the youngest Barcelona player to make 200 La Liga appearances for the club after taking to the field for Sunday night's clash with Valencia at Camp Nou. Veteran playmaker Xavi was the previous record-holder, having reached the milestone at the age of 25 years and 236 days. However, Messi has gotten there at just 24 years and 240 days old. The Argentina international mad...Full Story »

Guardiola still undecided over Barcelona future

Posted Sunday, February 19, 2012 by YAHOO Sport53 hits

Pep Guardiola says he still hasn’t decided whether he wants to continue coaching Barcelona beyond this season. The 41-year-old Guardiola, who has won 13 out of a possible 16 titles since taking over the European champions nearly four seasons ago, says he needs to “find the motivation to continue, and it still isn’t clear to me.” Guardiola signed consecutive one-year ext...Full Story »

Jose Mourinho: It would be a success even if we beat Barcelona to the title by just one point

Posted Saturday, February 18, 2012 by 121 hits

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has insisted that it does not matter how significant his side's lead over Barcelona is at this stage of the season as long as the Blancos eventually win La Liga. The Santiago Bernabeu outfit currently hold a 10-point advantage over their arch-rivals, but Mourinho is only interested in winning the league title at the end of the campaign, and he would be more tha...Full Story »

Vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu: I do not think that Guardiola's story with Barcelona is over

Posted Saturday, February 18, 2012 by YAHOO Sport46 hits

Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident that Pep Guardiola will not leave the club at the end of the season. The 41-year-old coach's current deal expires at the end of the summer and he has been non-committal whenever asked if he wants to extend his stay at Camp Nou. Bartomeu gave a strong indication that Guardiola is interested in a new deal and labeled the coach as the bes...Full Story »

Barcelona star Xavi: Leg injury is no big deal

Posted Friday, February 17, 2012 by YAHOO Sport51 hits

 Barcelona midfielder Xavi has played down the severity of his leg injury after reports surfaced that he may be forced to remain on the sidelines for an extended period of time. The 32-year-old picked up the knock in the latter stages of the goalless draw against Villarreal on Jan. 28 and has featured in only one of his side's five previous matches, suggesting a possible cause for concern....Full Story »

Pep Guardiola insists Gerard Pique is untouchable at Barcelona

Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by YAHOO Sport145 hits

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insists that Gerard Pique is still a key player for the Blaugrana despite his exclusion from the match squad in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. The center back did not feature in the first leg of Barca's round of 16 tie with the Germans, but Guardiola stressed that his omission had nothing to do with his relatively disappointing per...Full Story »

Alexis Sanchez looks ahead to 'difficult' second leg as Leverkusen boss Dutt laments showing Barcelona 'too much respect'

Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Goal.com101 hits

The German boss admitted defeat as the home side suffered a night to forget with Guardiola's men running riot, while Sanchez and Busquets expressed joy with their dominant display Bayer Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt reveals his side showed Barcelona too much respect during Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss at the BayArena. The 47-year-old believes Leverkusen weren’t clinical enough as they ...Full Story »

Barcelona wins 3-1 at Leverkusen in Champs League

Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by 46 hits

Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez starred for Barcelona in a 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen in the round of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. Messi scored and set up one of Sanchez’s two goals to put the defending champions in control following the first leg. Sanchez put Barcelona ahead in the 41st minute, slotting the ball past goalkeeper Bernd Leno and inside the left post after being ...Full Story »

Bayer Leverkusen 1 : 3 Barcelona - Barcelona take control of tie

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by PA22 hits

Barcelona put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over a Bayer Leverkusen side who might wonder what would have been had they attacked from the start. After the German hosts sat deep to frustrate Barca in the first half, Alexis Sanchez's first Champions League goal, scored in the 41st minute, separated the teams at the break. But Leverkusen came out with a...Full Story »

Bayer Leverkusen's Michael Ballack still bitter at Bayern Munich for blocking Barcelona move

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Goal.com184 hits

Michael Ballack has admitted that he is still annoyed with Bayern Munich for reneging on their promise to allow him to join Barcelona in 2004. The former Germany captain has revealed that the Bavarians had accepted an offer from the Catalans for his services only for then general manager and current president Uli Hoeness to pull the plug on the deal after that summer's European Championship i...Full Story »

Jose Mourinho plans victory parade through Barcelona

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by YAHOO Sport363 hits

Having opened up a 10-point advantage over second-place Barcelona, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has begun organizing a victory parade through the Catalan capital to celebrate his club's first La Liga title since 2008. Though the parade will not go off until the end of the season in May, Mourinho has already started making unprecedented arrangements to hold a title celebration in a rival c...Full Story »

Alves: Barcelona will keep fighting for league

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by YAHOO Sport29 hits

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP)—Barcelona defender Dani Alves says his side will keep fighting for the Spanish title despite falling 10 points behind Real Madrid. Alves says, “As long as the title remains undecided, we’ll keep fighting and we’ll see what happens in the end.” The Brazilian was speaking Monday before Barcelona’s Champions League match in Leverkusen o...Full Story »

Bayer out to make home tie count against Barcelona

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by YAHOO Sport34 hits

Bayer Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt said his team must make home advantage count in their first-leg clash against holders Barcelona in the Champions League Round of 16 match on Tuesday. "I would be happy with a nice safe 5-0 result," quipped the Leverkusen coach dryly with the return leg at Barcelona's formidable Nou Camp stadium on March 7. Few may share Dutt's optimism at the thought of his te...Full Story »

Bayer Leverkusen vs Barcelona preview - Ballack out for Leverkusen

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by PA189 hits

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Michael Ballack has been deprived of a possible start in their Champions League tie with Barcelona due to an injury picked up in training. The former Germany captain has sat on the bench for Leverkusen's last three Bundesliga matches, but the 35-year-old was expected to be called upon due to his vast European experience. Instead, he faces even more time on the sidel...Full Story »

Carles Puyol: La Liga not over yet for Barcelona, but beating Madrid will be tough

Posted Monday, February 13, 2012 by YAHOO Sport122 hits

Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol has voiced his opinion that the Primera Division title is Real Madrid's to lose following the Catalans' 3-2 loss away against Osasuna on Saturday. Puyol stressed that it will be very complicated for Barcelona to retain the league title, but added that the Blaugranas are not giving up just yet. "Clearly we're not happy with the match at Osasuna, but La Liga is no...Full Story »

Javier Mascherano sent off inside tunnel following Barcelona's defeat to Osasuna

Posted Sunday, February 12, 2012 by Goal.com199 hits

The Argentine was shown a second yellow card for dissent towards referee Jose Romero after the match, while coach Pep Guardiola was also booked for the same reason Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano was sent off in the tunnel following a heated confrontation with the referee after his side's 3-2 loss to Osasuna on Saturday. The former Liverpool man was yellow carded on 88 minutes by Jose...Full Story »

Osasuna 3 - 2 Barcelona - Barca stunned by Osasuna

Posted Saturday, February 11, 2012 by PA43 hits

Osasuna dealt a further blow to Barcelona's Primera Division title hopes by inflicting a 3-2 defeat at Estadio Reyno de Navarra on Saturday night. Two goals from Dejan Lekic had the home side in control at half-time - but Alexis Sanchez pulled a goal back six minutes into the second half. Raul Garcia made it 3-1 to the home side five minutes later but substitute Cristian Tello netted a secon...Full Story »

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