Roberto Di Matteo had his say on the David Luiz rumours yesterday...
In 2011/12, the last of the four seasons, Barça visited the Bernabeu no fewer than three times, in the Spanish Supercup first leg (2-2), la Liga (1-3) and in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter finals (1-2). The season before, 2010/11, Barça drew in the Liga fixture and eleven days later got a famous win the Champions League semi finals (0-2). The good run at the Bernabéu started with the unforgettable 6-2 win in 2008/09, and was continued a year later with another convincing win in the domestic championship, which ended 0-2.
Iniesta played a key role in Barça’s win over Madrid (3-2). He forced a penalty to make it 2-1 and provided the assist for Xavi to score the third. "I am happy with my game" he said in an interview with ‘El Marcador’ on Barça TV. "But I hope there is much more to come." Asked about Jordi Alba and Alex Song, the two summer signings, Iniesta was full of praise for both of them. "Alba was here for years, he is a player like us, and I don’t think he’ll have any trouble adapting" he said on the former, and on Song he commented that "he is a great reinforcement for this season and those to come".
According to suggestions in the Spanish media, Getafe are ready to sell Dani Guiza to Malaga and bring in the Italian veteran as a replacement. Toni is available on a free transfer and, according to AS, is on the verge of an agreement with the Azulones. However, it is also reported that Getafe hierarchy are biding their time before completing the deal, as they are slightly reluctant to sign the 35-year-old.
Liverpool have reached an agreement for the season-long loan of Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin after Arsenal ended their interest. The Reds offered to pay a larger proportion of the 23-year-old's £115,000 a week wages, swinging the deal in their favour.
Jose Mourinho's men now face a potentially tricky trip to local rivals Getafe, and Lacen believes his side are more than capable of causing an upset having last season beaten the likes of Barca, Valencia, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. "Last year we won here against a lot of big teams and we want to continue like that. I have very good feelings about the game against Madrid. It will be difficult but hopefully we can get the three points," he said in AS.
'There have been no approaches for Luiz and he's not for sale at any price. It doesn't concern me, the player will be here for the long term. I believe we can withstand Barcelona. Personally we don't feel any pressure from them. This club has been very successful in the past. I don't see why any players would want to leave us for anywhere else.'