WIth Alves suspended for the first game and Adriano injured, Guardiola will have to field a completely different backline.
Puyol starts full training | FCBarcelona.cat
Captain Carles Puyol joined in with the rest of the squad in training on Saturday and maintained the same rhythm as the rest of the players –the first time he’s been able to train properly since his operation in June.
Adriano out for league opener | FCBarcelona.cat
Test carried out on Barça’s Brazilian full back Adriano have confirmed the muscle strain he picked up on Friday night in Monaco and Club doctors have ruled him out of Monday’s league opener against Villarreal.
Uefa Super Cup win sees Pep Guardiola overtake Johan Cruyff to become Barcelona's most successful coach ever - Goal.com
Without Johan Cruyff, Barcelona are unlikely to have become the best club side in the world today. The Dutchman changed the entire philosophy at the Catalan club, recommending an Ajax-style youth academy be installed as he departed as a player in 1978. And without his influence, we may never have seen Pep Guardiola.
Zubi puts success down to hard work, humility and respect | FCBarcelona.cat
"We always work with the aim of improving and we know that titles are won through hard work, humility and respect for our opponents". Zubi also stressed the key role of: "the character of the players, the technical staff and the manager and their ability to continue setting themselves objectives".
Liga - Real without midfield trio for opener - Yahoo! Eurosport
Mourinho said Sahin had picked up a new injury on top of the knee problem he was already suffering. German international Khedira was still recovering from a thigh problem, while Altintop, signed along with Sahin in the close season, had not shaken off a bad back.
'You could build a monument with all the stones being thrown at me' - Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho responds to critics - Goal.com
"It's all part of the game, of life. But compared to the different leagues in which I have trained, there seems to be a campaign [against me]," he is quoted as saying by Marca.com. "It's an unequal fight. With all the stones being thrown against me you could build a monument.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan on verge of Inter Milan move - ESPN Soccernet
Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano expects striker Diego Forlan to complete his move to Inter Milan in the "next few hours". Forlan, who joined Atletico from Villarreal in 2007 following a mixed spell at Manchester United, has been earmarked by Inter as the replacement for Samuel Eto'o, who this week joined Russian Premier Liga side Anzhi Makhachkala.
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