Edmilson believes Barcelona will be just as strong under Tito Vilanova as they were under Pep Guardiola over the past few years.: "I have never seen a team play as well as they did under Guardiola, with all that possession, so many goals and such quality. "Maybe it will be a bit harder now, but Tito has been working with these players for a while now and he knows their mentality. He knows them well."
With a tough test against Barcelona on the horizon, he is looking to use the match as another step towards regaining full fitness in time for the opening game of the season at former club Everton. "It's great to play in big games and Barcelona is one of them," said Rooney. "It's all part of our preparation and we need to make sure we do the right things. We want to enjoy the game and get our fitness ready for the first game of the season.
After a 7-month injury, Andreu Fontàs has been training with the first team squad for some time now and is about to be declared fully fit. Naturally, he is all smiles. "I feel great, it’s a really good sensation" he said. "I have tests on Tuesday and we’ll see how things go … I have got all my enthusiasm back".
Simon Grayson says Huddersfield Town will be treating tonight’s trip to Chesterfield just as seriously as tomorrow’s high-profile home friendly against Barcelona. The chance to host the Spanish giants’ B team at the renamed John Smith’s Stadium arose after Grayson had fixed up the game against the Spireites.
Arsenal have announced the signing of attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla from Malaga for an undisclosed fee on a long-term deal. "Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He's a player who will add significant quality to our squad," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Cazorla is reported to have cost Arsenal £16.5million after passing a medical and agreeing a long-term contract.
Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol has penned a new contract that will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2017, the club has announced. "I am very happy because this means that the club and its coaching staff trust in me being here," Albiol told Real Madrid's official website. "I really feel at home at Real Madrid and I'm very happy.
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