Barcelona B are in action tonight against Hercules, looking to extend their run of eight home matches unbeaten, and three consecutive wins at the Mini Estadi. However, in their way are one of the only teams to leave the Camp Nou triumphant since Pep Guardiola took charge of the senior team, so it will be far from straight-forward. Elsewhere Alexis Sanchez gave an enlightening interview with the official website, in which he describes Tello as an "amazing player". The start of a budding partnership? Oh, and the Mail have fabricated another story, as Barca are supposedly interested in Matias Suarez, despite the fact that David Villa will have recovered by then, along with Afellay, while the club may well have signed Neymar by this point...Basically, it's unlikely.
"I haven’t finished a game where I say to myself ‘I played well today.’ I’m not at my best level, I know I can give more of myself. I didn’t want the last game to end, I really wanted to score, play better... I’m never satisfied."
Thiago Alcántara talked to the Masía’s budding stars this afternoon. The first-team player believes that Barça’s philosophy will allow the team to continue at the highest level of play for many years thanks to "the bold, hard-working and humble players that want to reach the first team." Thiago made the statements during the presentation of the MIC tournament, a World Cup that brings together the best Club youth systems from around the world. The tournament is played from April 4th through the 8th.
However, Les Bleus boss Blanc claimed during his squad announcement for next week's friendly against Germany that Benzema is facing two weeks on the sidelines. "Unfortunately, I saw his injury live and it seemed right away that it would difficult to call on him," the former Bordeaux coach is quoted as saying by L'Equipe.
Fulham's hopes of adding Real Madrid youngster Jese Rodriguez to their ranks have been scuppered by Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager had been considering allowing the 18-year-old attacking midfielder to leave the La Liga leaders on a temporary basis, but now appears to want him in and around the first team.
"In our first game against Madrid earlier this season, he [Cristiano Ronaldo] completely ignored me when I greeted him. He has a bit of an arrogant attitude, and does not know how to lose," Cisma was quoted as saying by Marca. "When we met again last weekend, I returned his action and did not shake his hand at the Santiago Bernabeu either."