Perfect performance in Tangier (0-8) | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova's team is starting to fire on all cylinders. Messi (3), Alexis (2), Dani Alves, Sergi Gómez and Deulofeu all netted for Barça, the first two scored their goals before the break. In the end, a total of 21 of Tito’s players had time on the pitch, only Pinto played the entire 90 minutes.
Tito Vilanova: "Once again, Messi was the difference" | FC Barcelona
Barça easily brushed aside Raja Club Athletic in the second match of this summer’s pre-season. Without a doubt, one of the players that had the biggest impact on the 0-8 rout was Leo Messi, who, after missing the first game of the summer, made his debut in Tangier with a hat-trick.
Messi: "Alexis Sánchez will be a very important player for Barça" | FC Barcelona
The Argentine highlighted the connection he has with Alexis Sánchez on the pitch: "Alexis has been with the team for a while. Last season he had a bit of bad luck with injuries, but Alexis Sánchez will be an important player for Barça." Both the Argentine and the Chilean were involved in the team’s first six goals of the night.
Third week of the pre-season marked by return of Spain internationals | FC Barcelona
This third week is marked by the return of the international players: Valdés, Piqué, Cesc, Pedro, Busquets, Iniesta and Xavi. The Spain internationals will undergo medicals on Monday at 9.00, with Carles Puyol. The only players yet to join the team are Jordi Alba, Montoya and Tello, who are currently with Spain’s Olympic football team in Great Britain.
Bartomeu: "We want to minimise the risk of injury" | FC Barcelona
"We want to minimise the risks. We didn’t want to send the first team because there was risk of injury, we have a packed schedule and we don’t have our international players, who return on the 30th," said Bartomeu to the press in Tangier, Morocco.
La Liga start not in danger from TV dispute - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"In that sense, and due to the lack of a framework to exploit TV rights three weeks before the beginning of La Liga, Canal+ intends to maintain and renew each season its commitment to its clients to offer the best matches," Canal+ said in a statement carried in Spanish media.
Carvalho left out of Real Madrid's US tour - Goal.com
The 34-year-old, who started just 10 matches in all competitions for Jose Mourinho's side last season, looks set for an imminent departure from the Bernabeu after failing to report for pre-season training on July 16, and now being left out of their squad for their tour. Two players who were included in Mourinho's squad despite rumours linking them with moves away from the club, were Kaka and Nuri Sahin.
Pellegrini admits that rumours of Malaga's economic problems have affected players - Goal.com
"We are focused on sporting matters, but when there are so many rumours it is obvious that the team is affected, especially considering we are not in Spain," he is quoted as saying by AS. "But we are calm because we have been working very well. I will wait until we return to Spain to see which rumours are right and which rumours are not.
Ramis set for West Ham move - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A statement on Real Mallorca's official website read: "Mallorca and West Ham have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ivan Ramis. The Mallorcan defender has the permission of the club to have a medical with what will be his new team." Mallorca did not mention any fee for Ramis but said they will "achieve the economic objective for which they have been working for over recent weeks."