He has picked a squad of 19 players for his last ever league fixture as Barça manager, namely the 15 available members of the first team, plus Oier, Montoya, Bartra and Tello of Barça B. The reserve team keeper will be there as cover for Víctor Valdés in Seville, while Pinto, who will in theory start the cup final in goal, stays at home with a sprained ankle. Also missing are the injured Fontàs, Villa, Abidal, Puyol and Alexis. Keita, however, does make the team sheet, having recovered in time from problems with the soleus muscle in his left leg.
Guardiola: "Tito is staying because he feels strong" | FC Barcelona
But he did say at today’s press conference that Tito Vilanova, his successor, "is staying because he feels strong. It is a sign of how brave and courageous he is." He also answered a question about the apparent distance between himself and his assistant. "At this stage in time I don’t have to justify anything about my relationship with Tito," he said. "Please let my relation with him to be the one we want, and not the one you want it to be".
Barcelona to appoint Sergio Lobera as assistant to Vilanova - report - Goal.com
According to reports, Sergio Lobera could join Barcelona as Tito Vilanova's assistant. When the 42-year-old's promotion becomes official, Barca will be in need of a new of a new assistant, and are set to turn to Lobero, who worked for their youth academy for eight years between 1999 and 2007. The 34-year-old also crossed paths with Vilanova when the latter was the technical director at Terrassa at the beginning of his coaching career.
Neymar on fire as Santos routs Bolivar - News | FOX Sports on MSN
Neymar scored two goals and set up five others in Santos' 8-0 thrashing of Bolivar on Thursday, helping the defending Copa Libertadores champion move into the quarterfinals of the Latin American club competition. NOTE: He also did this during the game
Spotlight on Real Betis | FC Barcelona
It’s been a rather strange first year back for Betis, who made a great start to the season, winning their first three games to momentarily top the table, before a disastrous run of ten defeats sent them into the relegation struggle. Things have calmed down of late and they seem to have settled for mid-table comfort, currently sitting 12th on 46 points.
Villarreal's mission heading into its final match of the season is simple: win to remain in La Liga for at least another year. The club sits fifth from bottom in Spain's top flight, just one point clear of the relegation zone. A win against Atletico Madrid at El Madrigal on Sunday would ensure safety for Miguel Angel Lotina's side.
Reports in the French media have suggested that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has sounded out both players about transfers to the ambitious Ligue 1 side, but Leonardo told AFP that was not the case. "Nasser has never met either Kaka or Higuain," he said. "It's been written as a fact, but Nasser has never met Kaka or Higuain." He went on: "Someone else from the club? Never. There is a respect over players between great clubs."
Figo, who used to play for Los Blancos, believes there is plenty more to come from the 27-year-old. "He plays at the highest level every year and continues to show the quality he has, while beating his own records," Figo told EFE. "Nobody knows when his rise will come to an end. His statistics are simply amazing and seem unreal. He has a great team around him that helps him achieve these performances."