Tello agrees terms with Barca | Football Espana
The young winger has been in negotiations over a new deal since August and, whilst all parties quickly came to an agreement on most aspects, the extensive delay in making official the news is understood to have been because of a slight disagreement over the player’s buyout clause.
Six first team players rested | FC Barcelona
That means that the services of Iniesta, Xavi, Mascherano, Pedro, Jordi Alba and Cesc will not be required, although the manager has still picked Leo Messi, who needs one more goal to match Müller’s world record for goals in a calendar year. The squad of 18 is completed by Barça B’s Tello, Deulofeu, Planas, Rafinha, Sergi Gómez and Sergi Roberto.
Vilanova: "I'm sure the players will be motivated" | FC Barcelona
"This Tuesday’s training session was fantastic. It’s an important match. We represent FC Barcelona and we have to play at a high level," added the manager, who’s aware of the economic compensation the Club will receive in the event of a Barça victory tomorrow.
Adriano: "Every game is important" | FC Barcelona
As Adriano Correia said in his pre-match press conference, "every game is important. This is the Champions League, and there are players coming back from injury, others that don’t get to play as much, and it’s important for the team and our image … We’ll give it one hundred per cent, knowing that Benfica are fighting for qualification".
A defence with firepower | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova’s Barça is a goalscoring machine, and that starts from the back. It is a team in which eleven players attack, but also one in which eleven players defend. And the statistics reflect that. After 14 league games, Barça have scored 48 goals, and eight of those have been converted by players that serve in defence.
Barça v Benfica: Did you know... | FC Barcelona
This will be the third time that FC Barcelona has hosted Benfica. The Portuguese side has always lost at the Camp NouThe Lisbon based side lost 2-1 when they visited in 1991/92 and 2-0 in 2005/06
The 11 canteranos who could win the Champions League for Barcelona - Goal.com
They laughed in his face. Louis van Gaal was roundly ridiculed when he claimed he would like to see a Barcelona team made up of Catalan players from La Masia. But a decade on, the Dutchman's dream has become a reality.
Calderon: Perez is Mourinho's puppet - Goal.com
"The only winner of that action was Mourinho. But the president knew what to expect when he brought him to Madrid. He has already shown at his previous clubs that he thinks about himself first," he told La Xarxa. "Mourinho has not fooled anyone. It's not his fault that he was brought in and given all the power at the club.
Ajax book Europa spot despite Madrid loss - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Ajax secured a place in the Europa League despite suffering a 4-1 reversal in their Champions League Group D clash at Real Madrid. Goals from Ronaldo, Jose Callejon (two) and Kaka capped a routine success for Jose Mourinho's side who had already booked their spot in the last 16 as runners-up.
Real Madrid to reshuffle after Fabio Coentrao injury - ESPN FC
Coentrao pulled up mid-way through the first half when covering an Ajax counter-attack, and limped off moments later to be replaced by Portugal team-mate Pepe. There was no immediate confirmation from the club as to the extent of the injury, but coach Jose Mourinho told reporters after the game that the change had been enforced.
Manuel Pellegrini disappointed after late Anderlecht goal denies Malaga victory | Sky Sports
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has spoken of his disappointment after a late Anderlecht goal denied them the victory which he believes his side's attacking display deserved in their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Dieumerci Mbokani Bezua netted in the 88th minute to earn a point for the Belgians at La Rosaleda after Duda had twice put the Spanish side ahead, in-between Milan Jovanovic's second-half leveller.
Fernando Llorente has confirmed he intends to leave Athletic Bilbao in the summer | Sky Sports
Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has confirmed he will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. Llorente turned down the offer of a new deal at the Primera Liga club over the summer and said he wanted to leave, but Bilbao refused to negotiate with interested sides.
Valencia keep paying price for continued instability | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
There was further instability off the pitch, but the player sales helped Valencia reduce their debts by a third to a still massive €330 million. While Emery tried to coach, an incredible new 75,000 capacity stadium rose on the northern outskirts of the city.
Why Pellegrino sacking demonstrates Valencia's turmoil at the Mestalla - David Cartlidge - Mirror Online
After the match a flare struck the empty presidential enclosure and riot police had to disperse a small group of disgruntled supporters. The protesters were calling for Llorente's head, not Pellegrino's. It's key to remember this, as Valencia fans are widely regarded as an intolerable, impatient bunch when it comes to their support.