Piqué, who scored one of the goals for Barça, evaluated the match: "We’re adapting to what the boss wants, today was difficult to adapt to the conditions, but we played a good match." When asked about the rumours that Barça might sign another centre back, Piqué said that "that’s the work of the technical secretary" before adding: "The players who are here now are good enough to defend the team throughout the season."
Cesc Fàbregas had a number of tests this morning after arriving back from Malaysia to measure the extent of the ankle injury he picked up in Saturday’s match. It has subsequently been confirmed that the player has sprained a ligament in his right ankle. Club doctors have contacted the Spanish FA to recommend that the player should not join the national squad for the friendly against Ecuador so that he can undergo treatment in Barcelona.
Both the Nou Camp side and Bayern Munich said to be monitoring the Emirates Stadium defender. Bayern Munich and Barcelona are both said to be interested in Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny according to a report on ESPN.
The Barça party arrived back at El Prat airport early on Sunday morning after a 12-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, the capital de Malaysia. They set off for Barcelona immediately after the last friendly of the tour against a Malaysia XI on Saturday.
Real Madrid got another highlight goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and was dominant in its preseason finale with a 3-0 victory over Inter Milan on Saturday. Attendance of 54,184 was the largest ever for a soccer game in St. Louis, though about 13,000 shy of capacity at the Edward Jones Dome. It topped standing-room attendance of more than 48,000 in May for Manchester City's 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Chelsea at Busch Stadium
Soldado opened his account with a side-footed penalty after a foul on Danny Rose. But on the stroke of half-time, David Lopez snuck in between Soldado and Sigurdsson to headed a corner ball past the diving Hugo Lloris and the grimacing Fryers. One of those four, surely, should have dealt with matters. But a certain feyness when defending set pieces continues to plague Tottenham. The decision to let Steven Caulker leave makes less and less sense with every passing game.
Christian Benteke was in seventh heaven as Aston Villa rounded off a productive pre-season by beating Malaga in front of 22,150 fans at Villa Park. Benteke’s first half double took him to seven goals for the summer after celebrating his transfer turnaround with an exciting scoring streak. Ron Vlaar was also on target before the break as Villa made light work of their La Liga opponents in their final warm-up match of the summer.
Hull City rounded off their pre-season campaign with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Real Betis at the KC Stadium. Goals from Danny Graham, Sone Aluko and George Boyd sealed victory for Steve Bruce's side in the testimonial fixture for long-serving defender Andy Dawson.
Angel Di Maria and Pepe have insisted they will both be Real Madrid players next season, despite continued reports linking them with a move to the Premier League. "I'm staying in Madrid, because I have three years left on his contract and I'm very happy here," the 25-year-old told journalists following the side’s 3-0 friendly win over Inter. "I have signed a contract with Madrid, my future is an issue for the president," Pepe said. "I just train hard and try to give my best for the team. I am ready to fight for my place."
Valencia are keen to take either Demba Ba or Romelu Lukaku on loan as they look to replace Roberto Soldado. Fernado Torres has previously been discussed, but it seems the Spanish side will look beyond the Chelsea striker and aim for his team-mates instead.