Tito Vilanova: "We’ll try and reach the international break with nine points" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova revealed that the players have reacted well after the disappointment of the Spanish Super Cup. And he underlined his determination to make it three league wins in three before the international break: "The squad has reacted well. We’re all aware that we’ve only just begun, that we have a very important home game and that we have to try and reach the break with nine points".
Messi, a nightmare for Valencia | FC Barcelona
There are few goal-scoring records left for Leo Messi to break. Last season, he accumulated an amazing 73 goals in a Barça shirt and if that wasn’t enough to worry Sunday’s visitors then his eight goals in six matches against Valencia in the Camp Nou will certainly give Pellegrino’s side plenty to think about.
FC Barcelona v Valencia: Last effort before the international break | FC Barcelona
Victory tonight against Valencia would mean that FC Barcelona has completed one of the Club’s best starts to a league season in recent years. But it won’t be easy. Valencia might not have managed a win in their first two league matches but they are unbeaten and have held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in the Santiago Bernabeu.
Spotlight on Valencia match | FC Barcelona
Valencia replaced Unai Emery with Mauricio Pellegrino in the summer, but the two coaches share many similar ideas about how to play and the team are expected to maintain their style under their new boss.
Guti slams Jose Mourinho over Granero and Essien deals - Goal.com
"There are some things I can’t understand in football and one of those is that Granero is leaving so that Essien can arrive. Granero is a much better player and he is Spanish," Guti told Marca. "Right now the best players are Spanish, and what happens is that you spend a lot more money if you buy foreigners, which annoys me greatly," he added.
Michael Essien may stay with 'father' Jose Mourinho in Madrid - ESPNFC
"Everything happened so fast," Essien said. "I was in the hotel when Mourinho called and said that he was ready to take me. Mourinho's call was more than enough to convince me to come here. I just wanted to play football. He call me and I said yes. "I see him as a father because he was the one who took me to Chelsea. I know him very well and I love him too - we have a very good relationship, we understand each other."
Paper Round: Bale's Real deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The deal was reportedly agreed as part of Tottenham's partnership agreement with Real Madrid, which was announced at the same time as the sale of Luka Modric to Jose Mourinho's side. Should a deal go through for Bale the fee would be around £45 million, but under the terms of the agreement Tottenham would instead be able to take their pick of talent from Real Madrid's pool of players.
La Liga round-up | Sky Sports
Real Mallorca secured a 1-0 win at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday night to go top of La Liga. Ignacio Camacho's second-half goal was enough for los Boquerones to edge to a 1-0 win at Real Zaragoza and make it seven points from three games for Manuel Pellegrini's side. Deportivo La Coruna continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Getafe. Celta Vigo picked up their first points of the campaign with a 2-0 victory over Osasuna.