Pep Guardiola & Andres Iniesta

Josep Pep Guardiola i Sala (born 18 January 1971) is a Spanish football manager and former player. Andrés Iniesta Luján (born 11 May 1984) is a Spanish football player. 5.0/5

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Andres Iniesta says not even an offer from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could dissuade him from ending his career at the Nou Camp
A teenage Andrés Iniesta receives an award from Pep Guardiola,
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta admits he's been uncomfortable sitting on the bench this season. Iniesta has been named to the starting line-up on few occasions this season and on two occasions he didn’t get the nod to play. “You never know the displeasure or the luck of being on the bench at any given moment, but it’s true that it’s not a normal situation [for me]. Unhappy Iniesta might reunite with his former boss, Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich in the January transfer window.
Pep Guardiola quote: It was the heaviest defeat in the Catalan's coaching career, At Barcelona, Guardiola knew the club inside out and implemented a style of play already familiar to the entire squad. The Catalans' one touch passing plan is instilled in footballers from a young age at La Masia. Pep had lived and breathed that football as a player, just like Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi et al. When Guardiola took over as coach and inherited that golden generation of players, the diamond was there. It just needed to be polished. After winning the treble last season under Jupp Heynckes, Bayern's diamond was already polished, just not quite how Pep liked it. Instead of adapting to his new players, however, Guardiola wants those footballers to get used to the methods that made his Barca side so brilliant between 2008 and 2012. But there's one problem: there's no Messi. Meanwhile, Messi won all four Ballons d'Or during his time under Guardiola. He also made the difference on nights like Tuesday. I miss Li ...
Memorial service held for Vilanova A memorial service took place on Monday for former Barcelona Head Coach Tito Vilanova, who died on Friday. Vilanova, who served as assistant to Pep Guardiola before taking charge of first-team affairs at Camp Nou, passed away at the age of 45 following a lengthy battle with throat cancer. After succeeding Guardiola for the 2012-13 season, Vilanova guided Barca to the Liga title with a club-record haul of 100 points. However, his sole campaign in charge was interrupted by illness and he was forced to step down last July. The club confirmed on Friday that Vilanova had passed away and mourners - including his family - gathered at a packed Barcelona Cathedral on Monday to pay their respects. Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona Lluis Martinez Sistach led the ceremony, which was attended by members of the club's playing staff, including Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Victor Valdes. Representatives from the board of directors were also present, with president Josep Maria B ...
Tito Vilanova.. You filled in the boots of Pep Guardiola.. You didn't make us miss him.. You fought for barca.. You trained Leo Messi, Andres Iniesta in their youth.. You got us the Liga title in your very first season as the Head Coach in spite of fighting cancer.. you fought hard next year.. I as a barca fan am really ashamed that I did not know what you were going through in this past year until you left us all for the next journey.. All i have is respect for you, your fighting spirit, your passion and love for barca.. your life! A catalan by heart and soul.. RIP to the bravest of all the managers i have ever seen or heard of... You will be missed and loved and respected by every football fan on this planet and beyond.. There are things that matter beyond the game.. There are things that are tons more important than being a club fan... People realize those after such an incident.. Its a big loss for me and for all the barca fans... If there is one thing i want right now is you back on that coaching be ...
The Bayern Munich boss claims top-class players can play well irrespective of coaches and insists his success at his former and current clubs is down to collective efforts Pep Guardiola has claimed he had little to do with turning Barcelona stars Xavi and Andres Iniesta into world-leading players. The Spain midfield duo flourished under Guardiola's stewardship at Camp Nou as the Blaugrana claimed 14 trophies from 2008 to 2011, including two Champions League titles. Xavi and Iniesta were also at the heart of Spain's incredible back-to-back European Championship successes, as well as their triumph at the 2010 World Cup, but Guardiola claims players of such calibre do not require coaches to get them to play at their best. "Barcelona's players motivate themselves," the Bayern Munich boss was quoted as saying by Sport. "I did not teach Xavi or Iniesta to play. Coaches are here to lend a hand, but they have been playing well for 20 years. Coaches do not make good players play well. They play well enough without ...
At the time, few supported Pep Guardiola when he favoured La Masia product Sergio Busquets in the holding role ahead of Yaya Toure, who had been excellent throughout Guardiola’s debut, treble-winning campaign with Barcelona in 2008-09. Toure was more powerful, more commanding and allowed Barcelona to play both Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta without being overrun. Yet Busquets soon proved his quality, bringing more positional discipline and intelligent distribution to that role. Today, there’s no question that Guardiola was correct to have faith in his protégé. Toure, however, will be desperate to prove his ability in his first meeting with Barca since his departure in 2010.
Man Utd set to go head to head with Bayern Munich for the signature of top Spaniard ! Manchester United are set to go toe to toe with Bayern Munich for the signature of Barcelona youngster Thiao Alcantara if rumours emanating out of Spain are to be believed. United are desperate to shore up their midfield, and are looking at a deep lying playmaker, who can take over the reins from retired Englishman Paul Scholes. 22 year old Thiago is quite a talent, but finds his way into the Barcelona first team blocked by the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, all of whom are competing for the two creative spots in the middle of the park. The youngster gets a game every now and again, but consistently finds himself on the bench when the big games come around, and is reportedly ready to move away from the Camp Nou to kickstart his career. Bayern’s interest in Thiago is obvious with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola taking over from Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season, and the former Catal ...
THE ONE's WHO LIKE SIR PAUL SCHOLE, Read THIS ARTICLE “In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen the most complete is Scholes— ” – Xavi “My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder.” – Zinedine Zidane “Scholes and Ryan Giggs, They are two shining examples for any player” – Andres Iniesta “I’m not the best, Paul Scholes is.” – Edgar Davids “I told Moratti Scholes is a “mission impossible” man (to buy). It’s more than money with him.” – Pino Pagliara (Inter advisor) “Scholes – he is the best midfielder of his generation. I would have loved to have played alongside him.” – Pep Guardiola “I tell anyone who asks me – Scholes is the best English player.” – Laurent Blanc “An amazingly gifted player who remained an unaffected human being.” Keano on Scholes “The player in the Premiership I admire most? Easy – Paul Scholes.” – Patrick Vieira “He is the one whose level I aspire to. He i ...
The Blaugrana star says he hopes to improve with every season, and admitted working without Tito Vilanova - who is recovering from cancer treatment - can be difficult Andres Iniesta has revealed he would like to play alongside Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and Malaga attacker Isco at Barcelona. The Blaugrana star has played alongside the Blancos defender in the Spain national side for years, while the Rosaleda starlet has been impressive form this season. When asked at the sixth edition of the World Sports Gala who he would like to bring to Barcelona, Iniesta rooted for two compatriots. "I’ve always liked Sergio Ramos,” Mundo Deportivo quoted him as saying. “He's very impressive. And I like to look at the upcoming players, such as Isco." Iniesta added he misses working with Pep Guardiola, who left Camp Nou as Head Coach last summer, and admitted it is difficult working with current boss Tito Vilanova being absent due to his recovery from cancer treatment. “I do miss Guardiola because I like wo ...
Pep Guardiola will be a huge success at Bayern Munich, says Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta:
13 years ago Pep Guardiola said to Andres Iniesta: "Someday you will play in Camp Nou." via
Messi shortlisted for Ballon d'Or 29 November 2012 Updated 15:37 GMT Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta have been named on a three-man shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or prize, Fifa has announced. Messi, 25, has scored 82 goals this calendar year - just three short of the record set by Gerd Mueller in 1972. Real Madrid's former Manchester United player Ronaldo also makes the list, along with Barcelona's Iniesta. Pep Guardiola, Vicente del Bosque and Jose Mourinho are shortlisted for coach of the year. The winners will be announced on 7 January. Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Britain's sole representative on the initial 23-man list, failed to make it through. His Old Trafford team-mate Robin van Persie also missed the cut, as did Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure. After 50 goals last season in La Liga - including breaking Barcelona's 60-year-old goalscoring record with a hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Granada in March - Messi is expected to win Fifa's pla ...
FRANK RIJKAARD was sacked by Saudi Arabia on the same day his successor at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, was appointed at Bayern Munich. Rijkaard is football’s forgotten man. Yet seven years ago he was hailed as the greatest coach on the planet. There are striking similarities in the Barca careers of Rijkaard and Pep, so the timing last Wednesday was symbolic. Particularly as the main difference between the two is exactly this — their sense of timing. Pep left Barcelona at just the right time, Rijkaard left a season too late. Both were managerial gambles. Rijkaard, who took over at the Nou Camp in June 2003, had just led Sparta Rotterdam to relegation. The Dutch boss put Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Victor Valdes and a 17-year-old Lionel Messi in the starting line-up as Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o arrived. They mesmerised the world for years BEFORE Guardiola. Rijkaard re-established the tiki-taka, won the championship in his second season and completed the Liga and Champions League double in his third. B ...
ARE ENGLISH TEAMS WEAKER TEAMS ? Balon D’Or a triumph for Spanish football, but is La Liga best in the world? The awards Gala for the Balon D’Or held in Zuruch on Monday night can be seen as a fiesta for Spanish football. Not only did the three finalists for the prestigious Balon D’Or, Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta all play in the Spanish BBVA Primera Liga, all play for either FC Barcelona or Real Madrid, but the 11 players named in the ideal team of 2012 all play in Spain. Meanwhile Vicente del Bosque, named the best coach of theyear, is the coach of the Spanish national team, while the other two nominees, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are the current Real Madrid and former Barca coach in turn.
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Lionel Messi wins Ballon d'Or ahead of Ronaldo & Iniesta Comments (656) Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been awarded the Ballon d'Or for a fourth year running. Messi, 25, hit 91 goals during 2012 and beat club team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid's Ronaldo to the trophy. Despite his goals, the Catalan giants failed to win either the Spanish league title or Champions League last year. Abby Wambach won the women's award and Vicente del Bosque the coach accolade, while the team of the year was made up only of players from Spain's La Liga. Messi was announced as the winner of the Ballon d'Or, the award given to the world's Best Player, during a ceremony held in Zurich on Monday. He was part of a three-man shortlist for the prize, which is voted for by journalists, and national coaches and captains, alongside midfielder Iniesta and forward Ronaldo. He becomes the first player to win four consecutive Ballons d'Or, breaking the record he jointly held with former France international, and cur ...
Only 10 days before the announcement of the 2012 Ballon d'Or winner - Player & Coach - Final Nominees: Player of the year : Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Andres Iniesta Coach of the year : Vincente Del Bosque, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinoh - UEFA News.
Top 2O football special moments of the year: 2O. Atletico Madrid defeating Athletic Bilbao in all Spanish team final of the Europa League to clinch the title. 19. The top Scottish team, Rangers put into the 3rd division league and the top Spanish team, Villareal getting relegated even though they played Champions League that season. 18. Arsenal are thrashed out of League cup by an underdog. 17. Corinthians beating the European Champions Chelsea to win the FIFA Club World Cup. 16. Radamel Falcao scoring a hattrick against Chelsea to hand Atletico Madrid the UEFA Super Cup trophy. 15. Montpellier won their first Ligue1 title 14. Pep Guardiola stepped down as the Barcelona manager. 13. Celtic beats Barcelona by 2-1 at their home keeping only 16% ball possession. 12. Real Madrid won La Liga title. 11. Spain winning the Euro for the 2nd time in a row 11. Mexico won the Gold Medal in the Olympics Football 1O. Andres Iniesta winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe by beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 9. ...
One of the greatest players of all time – Holland legend Johan Cruyff – has revealed why Arsenal would be crazy to get rid of Arsene Wenger. Cruyff has given the Gunners boss solid backing and says the Arsenal board would be mad to even consider parting company with the Frenchman. “Wenger will ALWAYS bring the club back to the top,” said Cruyff, who is credited by Pep Guardiola for establishing the La Masia academy at Barcelona, which produced Lionel Messi, Xavi ­Hernandez and Andres Iniesta. -DB
Andres Iniesta deserves to win the 2012 Ballon d'Or award Pep Guardiola knew, even back in 1998. He told Xavi about him. In fact, he warned Xavi. “Hey kid, listen. One day, you’re going to retire me. But this kid is going to retire us all.” Guardiola was of course talking about the irrepressible, irresistible, and downright brilliant Andres Iniesta. 2012 was a bit of a disappointment for FC Barcelona, and very nearly was for the Spanish national team too. Derided throughout the European Championships as a boring side by some, their performances were illuminated by Iniesta’s frequent moments of magic as he was named the player of the tournament ahead of Andrea Pirlo. One of the most astonishing images of the whole championships was the one of Iniesta, ball at his feet, literally surrounded by Italian defenders. And you just know he somehow escaped with the ball too. Rightfully named European football’s Best Player by UEFA earlier in the year, Iniesta’s performances have proven him as the best a ...
"You're going to retire me, but this kid's going to retire us all." That's what Pep Guardiola whispered to Xavi Hernandez when they saw a 16-year-old Andres Iniesta dazzle the Barcelona coaches when invited to train with the first team setup.
Guardian Barca sweeps PFL awards WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 2012 20:03 EDITOR SPORT - ABROAD BARCELONA may have lost their Primera Division title but they had a host of winners in the Professional Football League’s 2011/12 season awards, which were announced on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi named Best Player and Pep Guardiola best coach. Barca, who saw their three-year reign as Spanish champions ended by Real Madrid, also saw Messi named the Primera Division’s best striker, Andres Iniesta best attacking midfielder while Carles Puyol won the Fair Play award. Barcelona B’s Marc Bartra, meanwhile, was voted the best defender in the second division. Madrid also enjoyed success in the fourth edition of the LFP awards, with Iker Casillas named best goalkeeper, Sergio Ramos best defender and Xabi Alonso best central midfielder. The awards are voted for by the players and coaches of the top two divisions in Spain. Messi edged out Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the Best Player award in the top f ...
Messi wins LFP player of the season award The Argentine was one of several players lauded in the annual Liga awards, with Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas coming out victorious as well Messi was also named best attacker in La Liga, beating Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema to the award. Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was voted best goalkeeper ahead of Victor Valdes and Roberto Jimenez (Zaragoza), while Sergio Ramos beat Javier Mascherano and Javi Martinez to the title of best defender. The award of best holding midfielder went to Madrid's Xabi Alonso, with Sergio Busquets and Benat (Betis) completing the podium, while Andres Iniesta pipped Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil to the best attacking midfielder award. Furthermore, Pep Guardiola was elected coach of the season, Malaga's Isco talent of the year and Carles Puyol received the Fair Play award.
This is Real Madrid during the 2011/2012 season: 1- Real Madrid are the first team to achieve 100 points out of all the european major leagues, breaking Barcelona's record of 99. 2- The most wins in a league season with 32 out of 38, breaking Barcelona's record of 31. 3- Most goals away from home with 51 goals, breaking Barcelon's record of 49. 4- Most wins away from home 16, breaking Barcelona's record of 14. 5- Most goals in a single La Liga season 121. 6- Cristiano is the only player to ever score against all La Liga teams in one season (19 teams) 7- Cristiano has scored 23 goals away from home. Another historical record. 8- The trident Cristiano Benzema and Higuan have scored 118 goals in all competitions beating Barcelona's record of 100 goals (Henry, Messi, Eto'o) Despite this record breaking season, the LFP decides that Pep Guardiola, Andres Iniesta, and Lionel Messi are all better than Jose Mourinho, Mesut Ozil, and Cristiano Ronaldo. I don't wanna live on this planet anymore, NASA send 'ME' to Ma ...
LFP Awards for Barcelona stars: Leo Messi, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol, Marc Bartra and Pep Guardiola were all ...
Lionel Messi has been chosen by La Liga players and coaches as the Best Player of the Spanish league last season. - Congrats Leo! Other award winners are as follows: Best Player: Leo Messi (Barcelona) Best Coach: Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) Best Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (R. Madrid) Best Defense: Sergio Ramos (R. Madrid) Best midfielder Xabi Alonso (R. Madrid) Best midfielder of attack: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) Best Forward: Leo Messi (Barcelona) Fair Play: Carles Puyol (Barcelona) Revelation Francisco Alarcon Isco (Málaga) Congrats to all the Barca players in the list!
Report: Guardiola Favors Chelsea Former Barcelona FC coach Pep Guardiola, who is currently on sabbatical with his family in New York City, “has made it known to his close circle of advisors that Chelsea is his preferred choice” when he decides to return to coaching, the Daily Mail reports. Apparently, the 41-year-old is attracted to the types of players that Chelsea is signing, namely, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar. Under Guardiola, Barcelona had an astonishing 72 percent winning record in La Liga. He is widely credited with taking Frank Rijkaard’s 2006 UEFA Champions League-winning team to another level, which culminated in the 3-1 defeat of Manchester United at Wembley in 2011. Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta all rose to prominence during Guardiola's reign.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has called Real Madrid one of the best teams, and personally praised his Ballon d'Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid centre-back Pepe. The Argentinian international is one of the favourites to win this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or, along with Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta. And the Barcelona forward has spoken highly of Ronaldo, a player with which all his achievements are invariably compared. "Madrid are one of the best teams in the world and games against them are always nice to play," Messi told El Mundo Deportivo. "Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best, and Pepe is a great defender." The Messi v Ronaldo debate has raged ever since the Portugal international moved to La Liga in 2009. Although Ronaldo picked up the 2008 Ballon d'Or while still a Manchester United player, since moving to Spain, Messi has won each of the last three individual trophies. Last season was the first time Real Madrid pipped Barcelona to the La Liga title since 2008, and many believed Ronaldo stands his ...
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is in line to become the first man to win the World Player of the Year award for the fourth time in a row after the shortlist for Fifa's Ballon d'Or was published on Monday. Players (23, in alphabetical order): Sergio Aguero, Xabi Alonso, Mario Balotelli, Karim Benzema, Gianluigi Buffon, Sergio Busquets , Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, LionelMessi, Manuel Neuer, Neymar, Mesut Ozil, Gerard Pique, Andrea Pirlo, Sergio Ramos, Wayne Rooney, Yaya Toure, Robin van Persie, Xavi. Coaches (10, in alphabetical order): Vicente del Bosque, Roberto Di Matteo, Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Jupp Heynckes, Jurgen Klopp, Joachim Loew, Roberto Mancini, Jose Mourinho, Cesare Prandelli
best quote ever - pep guardiola to xavi ' your going to replace me, but watch for this guy coz he will retire us all' great sum up of the solutions man,, Andres Iniesta!
in exact words Presuming soccer and not American football is meant, the answer is Messi. The critical acclaim and global fan opinion would herald Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi just ahead of such names as Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) and several of the Spanish national squad who also play with Messi at Barcelona. Xavi and Andres Iniesta, the latter of whom scored the World Cup-winning goal for Spain last year, form a creative partnership in the Barcelona midfield which encourages a free-flowing passing game, playing on the dynamism created by Dutch footballers in the 1970s and taught to coach Pep Guardiola by John Cruyff in the 1990s when the latter was manager. The pair play behind Messi who is able to keep the ball on his feet and ride the roughest challenge. As well as scoring over fifty goals in domestic competition this year, which helped his club secure the La Liga and Champions' League double (and they lost the Spanish Cup to Real Madrid in extra time), ...
Vilanova: Messi has no limits Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova chose to focus on the brilliance of Lionel Messi after an entertaining 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in La Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo started and finished the scoring at the Nou Camp, with Messi also at the double - his second strike a stunning free-kick - to ensure honours ended even. "We do not know his limits," Vilanova said of the Argentina forward. "You should see how he trains every day - that urge he has to keep getting better. "I think we will never see another player like this. He is the best in the world by far." Vilanova added that Ronaldo would be "more recognised" if his career had not coincided with Messi's. As always between the arch rivals, tensions frequently looked in danger of boiling over. Visiting defender Pepe accused Andres Iniesta of "doing theatre" in a bid to win a second-half penalty and Madrid coach Jose Mourinho - who infamously poked a finger into the eye of Vilanova on the touchline last season when he was Pep Guardiola's ...
Statistically superior to Pep's start, but Tito's Barcelona are yet to sparkle By Charlie Scott Much was made of Barcelona's appointment of Tito Vilanova as coach following Pep Guardiola's sabbatical from the game at the end of last season, with many within football, particularly in Spain, unsure of the 44-year-old's suitability and capability of taking the reins at the world's biggest club and sustaining the fantastic form they enjoyed under the previous boss. On his very first day in the job whilst being unveiled to the media, Vilanova was bombarded with questions surrounding how he would compare to the man he had replaced, the man who in his four years in charge of the senior team won 13 trophies and had such a huge role in shaping the attacking style that the team so effortlessly exhibits to this day. "I'm just here to do my job. I'm not worried about the comparisons with Pep. I lose them all anyway," said Vilanova to the ravenous press. The Barca players echoed this sentiment, with Andres Iniesta one ...
I'm indeed happy for David Villa's Return! After the resignation of the ex-coach Josep Pep Guardiola, I thought there'd be some changes in Barca's pattern... really I was ambivalent before the start of the season, that how Barca would be? But, to my startling I'm really impressed that one man goes another comes with a great brilliance style. It's nice starting the season well. Up Messi who scored twice, Carles Puyol with a brilliant headed goal from a corner kick by Xavi Hernandez, not forgetting David Villa super goal assisted by Andres Iniesta and the fifth goal came from Pedro Rodrigues with an assist from Christian Tello. What a SUPERB performance from TELLO!
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has played down the impact of Pep Guardiola's departure at the end of last season.
In 2000, Pep Guardiola and Xavi saunter over the practice ground to watch the Barcelona B team in action. A young, fresh faced Andres Iniesta is playing. Guardiola turns to Xavi and remarks " Xavi, you are going to replace me but watch out for this young guy, because he'll retire all of us!!"
Andres Iniesta believes that it is unfair to compare new manager Tito Vilanova to previous boss Pep Guardiola.
Andres Iniesta refuses to compare Tito Vilanova with Pep Guardiola
"The coach (Pep Guardiola) is fundamental for us. He came through La Masía, he knows us, understands us." -Andres Iniesta
Profile : Andres Iniesta Squad No: 8 Position: Midfielder Age: 28 Birth Date: May 11, 1984 Birth Place: Albacete Height: 5' 7'' (1.70m) Weight: 65 kg This unassuming midfielder from Albacete has long lived in the shadow of some of his team-mates, but has demanded recognition of his own thanks to his dazzling brilliance for club and country. After joining Barca from Albacete as a 12-year-old, Iniesta was quickly picked out as a special talent at an early age by none other than Pep Guardiola, with the then-Barca midfielder and current manager famously telling Xavi: "You're going to retire me. This lad is going to retire us all." But Iniesta's quiet approach and willingness to play in a variety of positions meant his contribution was often overlooked in his early years. But in recent times his humble approach has only further endeared him to a support that revels in watching him on a weekly basis. Alongside the supremely-talented Xavi in midfield, or operating as an auxiliary forward, Iniesta has been one of ...
Cruyff: Size doesn´t matter at Barca: Johan Cruyff said Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Pep Guardiola would not have ma...
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta labelled his side's Champions League defeat to Chelsea "unjust" but admitted the Catalans were the architects of their own downfall because of a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. - Terry: Drogba put fear into Barca - Palmer: Chelsea find the blueprint - Drogba: Chelsea have learnt lessons - Di Matteo: We've answered critics - Chelsea v Barcelona gallery A Didier Drogba goal was enough to give Chelsea a 1-0 semi-final first-leg victory at Stamford Bridge as Pep Guardiola's side squandered a host of a chances. Barca enjoyed their customary lion's share of possession, with Iniesta and Xavi at their instrumental best, but Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Buquets all missed glit-edged opportunities to score an away goal. "The result is unjust but we knew that Chelsea are a team that take advantage of their opportunities,'' Iniesta told Barcelona's official website. "We were off target in front of goal but we still have the return leg at home. "We have the feelin ...
The fear ! Te fear! Chelsea FC - The Pride Of london We won't let Chelsea beat us up Pep Guardiola has warned Chelsea that his brilliant Barcelona side won’t be bullied out of more ChampionsLeague glory. The Catalan giants visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for the first leg of the semi-final – and Guardiola says the stakes couldn’t be higher. Roberto DiMatteo’s side are ¬expected to devise a physical strategyto cope with Lionel Messi and the magical midfield carousel of Xavi and Andres Iniesta. The brawn of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and DidierDrogba is likely to be used toout-muscle the best team in the world, by thwarting the ¬Spaniards’ natural passing game and possession football.
Many pundits make Barca favourites to beat the Blues and advance to their third Champions League final in four seasons, but Kalou is adamant Pep Guardiola's defence has enough flaws to offer hope of eliminating the holders. While Barca's strength lies in the world-class skill of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, Ivory Coast star Kalou is less impressed with their back-four.
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