Guardiola’s team’s poor record after FIFA break | FCBarcelona.cat
Often the players don’t come back until the Wednesday or Thursday before a game and with the Champions League Group stages also starting, Barça frequently play their first game back- as is happening this season- on the Saturday, leaving Guardiola and his coaching precious little time to prepare the team.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho's finger in the eye of Barcelona assistant was an act of arrogance and impotence - Johan Cruyff - Goal.com
"What he did was an act of arrogance and impotence. Many say that he did it to divert attention and to get the people to talk about the incident rather than about the match itself, but I don't belief in that," Cruyff said to El Periodico de Catalunya. "The problem is that he is getting obsessed with his inability to beat Barcelona. He has crossed the line this time."
Guardiola creating a new sensation | FOX Sports
They are calling it Cruyffismo 3.0. The Dream Team reloaded and upgraded. "Today Pep Guardiola sits at the same table as Steve Jobs," wrote Martín Mazur in a provocative article for El Gráfico. "He makes a decision and the world follows. They try to copy it but are unable to do so."
Barcelona vice president says Cesc Fabregas worth £53m - ESPN Soccernet
After much wrangling a deal worth an initial £25 million was agreed this summer, with that figure potentially rising by a further £10 million based on various incentives and clauses. Fabregas has since made a great start to his career at Camp Nou, and Bartomeu has now acknowledged that perhaps Arsenal's initial valuation was fair all along.
'Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas & Andres Iniesta are phenomenon players' - Spain's Xavi - Goal.com
"Having these two [Fabregas and Iniesta] in the team for Spain and Barcelona is a luxury," Xavi is quoted as saying by Marca.com. "They are both phenomenons. I was not the protagonist from the game [against Chile]. "It was Iniesta as he changed the match. When Andres has the ball at his feet, you know something different is going to happen."
Cesc indebted to Wenger | Sky Sports
The Spanish press often accused Wenger of almost abducting Fabregas from the Barcelona academy - but he insists that is totally the wrong idea."That is the wrong picture of him, had it not been for him, I would not now be a Barca player," he told El Pais. "Without him I would not have made my debut by 16, played in the final of the Champions League at 18 and been team captain by 20.
Abidal mulling over Barca offer | Sky Sports
The Frenchman, 31, has been a key player for Barca since his arrival from Lyon in 2007 and lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy last season after recovering from surgery to remove a liver tumour. He remains under contract until next summer but talks over an extension have yet to reach a resolution as there is a difference between what Abidal wants and what he is being offered.
Four sessions ahead of Real | FCBarcelona.cat
Although the official season actually began nearly a month ago for the team – who have won two titles since then of course – Pep Guardiola believes the real start to the campaign is this weekend, something he acknowledged after the Villarreal game when he commented: "the season really starts when the international players come back from their national teams".
Barcelona-owned Keirrison regrets joining Benfica on loan - Goal.com
Keirrison reckons that it was mistake to join a club who had so many options in attack and told Globoesporte: "There were many clubs [after me]. "Benfica tabled an offer, and Barcelona accepted it. If I knew, I would have not have moved to Benfica. They had six or seven strikers, and I did not know that.
Clubs will find a solution to stop Barcelona - England's Fabio Capello - Goal.com
The Catalans are considered by many to be one of the best teams ever, but Capello feels that their domination is not everlasting. "Can I see anyone stopping Barcelona in the near future? I think so. It will be possible, because we are lucky now that we can study opponents," Capello was quoted as saying on the official Fifa website.
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