Both Tello and Dos Santos are the only players in the travelling party that played no part in the game with Thailand. But they could both feature in Saturday’s final game of the preseason. The winger’s left thigh injury seems to be behind him, and Dos Santos no longer seems to be having any trouble with his pulled quadriceps.
"We get on with each other off the pitch and we’re getting to know each other on it" he said. "We haven’t played much together. But he’ll bring a lot of joy to the club, to us and to the people." On the suggestion that their respective styles are not suited for each other, Messi replied that "these are things that come out of the press or who knows where. There’s no problem between us."
Jose Mourinho has fired a warning shot at Barcelona over their attempts to land David Luiz, insisting the Spaniards are 'wasting their time'. 'The bid? It's lost time for them,' said Mourinho. 'My advice to them is to go to the second player on their list because they are wasting their time. We don't want to lose our best players. No chance.'
Ramalho, however, believes the Blaugrana are risking damaging Neymar's long-term effectiveness, claiming it could lead to a serious injury like that suffered by compatriot and former Barcelona star Ronaldo. "If Neymar puts on weight, they’re going to take away everything that’s best about him," Ramalho told Jovem Pam.
"There are always doubts. You are at Barcelona and you have to fight for your place. The question is whether you now fight in the same circumstances, as I have have always had to win my starting place throughout my career. It's as it should be. If Barca tell me they don't need me, I will be off within a minute."
Among the 10 pairings it was: Lyon vs. Real Sociedad, Pacos de Ferreira vs. Zenit St. Petersburg and newcomer Shakhter Karagandy hosting Celtic. The Scottish champion faces a long trek to Kazakhstan for the first match. Seven-time winner AC Milan was paired in Friday's draw with PSV Eindhoven, the 1988 European champion, with the first match in the Netherlands.
Valencia defender Aly Cissokho says he is ready to join Liverpool FC if a deal can be agreed with his current club. "Liverpool have made me an offer and it is true that I have reached an agreement with them," French football website Le 10 Sport report him to have said."It is now up to the clubs to agree terms. I expect to know more later this week."
The 31-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Miroslav Djukic's side after completing his medical. Valencia has paid Zaragoza a reported 3 million euros for the Portuguese forward, who scored 14 goals in 34 games last season, although that was not enough to prevent Los Blanquillos from being relegated. If Postiga nets 15 goals for the Mestalla outfit, Zaragoza will earn a bonus from the deal, as well as retaining 20 per cent of any transfer fee the player commands in the future.
Florentino Pérez has said that €100m "seems a lot" for Gareth Bale, the Tottenham Hotspur forward he wants to take to Real Madrid, as he made his first comments in public about the summer transfer saga.
Villarreal looked very impressive today in dominating a Fiorentina side that has high hopes of the Champions League this season. The Submarine had a lineup that was probably close to what we might expect when the season starts, with a back four of Mario, Iniguez, Musacchio and Jaume Costa, a midfield of Cani, Bruno, Pina and Hernan Perez, and a front pairing of Gio dos Santos and Uche.