"For Barcelona to renew with Abidal when they knew he would need a liver transplant shows the greatness of this club," the former Barca midfielder told reporters at a press conference on Friday. "But the main thing for Abidal now is to recover. It happened to him, Tito [Vilanova, Barca assistant coach], and many other people. He knows he has us by his side.
"Bielsa is currently the best coach on the planet," the Blaugrana coach told reporters at a press conference on Friday. "We're lucky to have him in La Liga so that we can learn from him. "[Bilbao's] qualification [for the quarter-finals of the Europa League] is a gift for the game." Guardiola also admitted that he is looking forward to pitting his wits against Bielsa in what he believes will be a "wonderful" Copa del Rey final clash with Athletic at the Vicente Calderon in May.
In an interview with Sky Sports to be broadcast on Saturday, the Barcelona star said: "My idea has been to always stay in Barcelona and see out my career here. I wasn’t old enough to see the great teams from history we are compared with, but from what I have seen I think Barcelona is the best."
Due to the disappointing season that the home team have had so far, Michel feels that his men are chasing the win more than the visitors, who he believes have lost their Primera Division title. "The league is Real Madrid's" the ex-Getafe trainer stated in a pre-match press conference. These points are more important for us than for Barcelona. They know they are uncomfortable behind Real Madrid, who are very strong."
"The Liga is the most important title for the self-esteem of the club, even though winning the Champions League is like El Dorado," he was quoted as saying by Xinhua. (Someone should tell Jose just how much the club wants to complete La Decima...)
"I’m really impressed by what Marcelo Bielsa has done," he told TheScore during a visit to Dublin yesterday. "It’s not been easy because the first couple of months in La Liga they struggled. "It took him awhile to get the players to understand him but he has been able to teach them how he wants the players to play and it is working great."
We are sad to announce the death on Friday morning of Estanislau Basora. He was 85 and will be remembered as one of the most emblematic players in FC Barcelona history. He was one of the finest wingers of his time and in the 1950s was part of the Barça team that won five cups.