David Villa has issued a stern warning to the rest of Europe's footballing sides: Barcelona are not at their peak yet. "One can always improve," Villa told Barca TV. "We have to carry on the same way again and try to be back next year, being photographed alongside even more trophies."
Giuseppe Rossi was delighted with the success of a strike partnership with Antonio Cassano that garnered a goal for each in Italy's impressive 3-0 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying win against Estonia on Friday. "I really enjoyed playing alongside him," he told UEFA.com. "Antonio is a great player.
A goal from attacker Florent Malouda cancelled out Eric Abidal's earlier own goal as France were forced to settle for a point at the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk.
The MVP attacking trio of Messi, Villa and Pedro scored 62% of the team’s goals this season. Together they have scored 98 goals in 62 official matches, making an average of 1.58 goals a game. Messi, Villa and Pedro have managed to do better than the strikers managed last term. David Villa came in as the replacement for Ibrahimovic and this has led to improvements in all departments. Last season, the three first choice strikers scored 93 goals, five less than this year. They did play three fewer games the season before, but the average was also lower: 1.57 goals a game.
In a wide-ranging interview with a Spanish radio station, Mourinho elaborated on Madrid's summer transfer plans and underlined that neither Benzema nor Higuain are viewed as dispensable at the Bernabeu.
Jeremy Toulalan is poised to become the latest new signing of ambitious Spanish Liga club Malaga. The French midfielder flew in to Malaga on Friday to undergo medical checks and sign a three-year contract.
To state the very obvious, Spain is not Canada, Panama or Guadeloupe. Spain is the 2010 world champion. It sports a fluid playing style, built on its Barcelona foundation, some of the world's very best players at its disposal in almost every position, and depth that has been seldom seen at this level. La Furia Roja will show up at nearly full strength, with only midfield architects Xavi and Cesc Fabregas missing from the first choice of players.