Tito Vilanova & Champions League

Francesc Tito Vilanova i Bayó (17 September 1968 – 25 April 2014) was a Catalan manager and footballer who played as a central midfielder. The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. 5.0/5

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Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has ordered them to win the Champions League, according to defender Vincent Kompany, 28. (Daily Mirror)  Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 28, has patched up his differences with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson by calling him "incredible".(Daily Mail) The Football Association will insist that former West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka, 35, serves the five-match ban imposed for his "quenelle" gesture last December before he plays for new club Mumbai City. (Times - subscription required) Barcelona are to name their training ground after former coach Tito Vilanova, who died in April at the age of 45 after suffering with cancer.(Independent) Leeds owner Massimo Cellino wants Slovenian coach Darko Milanic - the boss of Austrian side Sturm Graz - to take over at Elland Road.(Sun - subscription required) Academy manager Neil Redfearn insists he is fine with Cellino's decision to rule him out of the running for the Leeds job.(Yorkshire Evening Post) Former M ...
The Aaron Ramsey's curse continues The bizarre coincidences kicked off last May when the young player scored against Manchester United at the Emirates stadium in the second half. One day later, on May 2, Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was shot dead by U.S. Navy Seals in his compound in Pakistan On October 2, 2011, Ramsey scored against Spurs at White Hart Lane. Three days later, Apple guru Steve Jobs died aged 56 at his home in California following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer Later last October, Ramsey scored a dramatic injury-time goal against Marseille during a Champions League game. The very next day, Colonel Gaddafi was captured by rebels near his home town of Sirte and died from his injuries Just hours after 21-year-old Ramsey netted a goal in a Premier League match against Sunderland last Saturday, Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathroom at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles He scored the same month Nelson Mandela died He scored the same month Tito Vilanova died. He scored in th ...
UEFA confirm there will be a minute of silence before the Champions League semi-finals, in memory of coaches Tito Vilanova and Vujadin Boskov
Football - Liga Atletico take huge step towards title with Valencia win La Liga, Mestalla – Valencia 0 Atletico Madrid 1 (Garcia 43) Atletico Madrid refused to flinch in the Spanish title race as Raul Garcia's first-half header earned a 1-0 victory at Valencia that kept them in the driving seat with three games to go. Garcia struck just before halftime on Sunday to give Atletico the victory that took them to a club record 88 points, six above second placed Real Madrid who beat Osasuna on Saturday and still have a game in hand of their city rivals. Barcelona, in mourning following the death of former coach Tito Vilanova last Friday, are away to Villarreal later and can move up to 84 points with a win. Atletico were not at their best and lacked their usual high intensity, possibly a result of tiredness after a grueling campaign and this week's tense 0-0 draw in the Champions League semi-final, first leg against Chelsea. However, they inched towards the title despite having Juanfran red-carded in stoppage ...
Prepares Spanish coach Pep Guardiola as coach of Bayern Munich, the reigning Champions League to return to the walls of his former club Barcelona , in order to provide duty condolences to former assistant coach Tito Vilanova former Parsa , who passed away on Friday morning . The newspaper " El Mundo Deportivo " Spanish that Guardiola might travel to Spain after the match against Bayern Werder Bremen at the " Allianz Arena " Saturday afternoon round of competition among 32 of the Bundesliga. She pointed out that Guardiola will travel to Spain , accompanied by his aides and four Spaniards former colleagues to Villanova , Manel Aastruta , Lorenzo Boinfeintura , Carles Domenech , and Torrent Planchart . Will not be able to coach Bayern Munich to attend the religious ceremony to bid farewell to Tito Vilanova next Monday , as it relates to confront a very important against Real Madrid on Tuesday in the second leg semi-final of the Champions League.
Ribéry is bookies' favourite for Ballon d'Or Despite playing one of the best years of his career and having reached an irreproachable maturity in terms of his behaviour and his statements, Cristiano Ronaldo is not the bookies' favourite to win the Ballon d'Or. The tipsters, who set the odds for sports bookmakers, make Franck Ribéry their favourite for the award. The Frenchman, who won the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League with Bayern Munich last season, is the favourite to lift the Ballon d’Or at this year’s FIFA gala. The average odds on him at the main bookmakers are 1.90. Behind Ribéry we find Messi. The Argentine was a crucial part of Tito Vilanova's Barça side which took 100 points in a single league campaign, but an unfortunate muscular injury complicated things towards the end of the season and Barcelona paid for it dearly in the Champions League semi-finals. The odds on him to win are 2.50 Cristiano comes in third. The Portuguese has scored 62 goals in 2013 and is the top scorer ...
The Clasico in Spain always throws up talking points and controversies in abundance, as 2 of the country's biggest and most successful teams go head to head to prove their supremacy over 1 another. In the build up to this weekend's El Clasico, here are 5 greatest moments that came in matches between the 2 sides in recent seasons. 5] Barcelona give Real Madrid the guard of honour Barcelona and Real Madrid were to face off against each other on 7th May, 2008, but the usual sting and anticipation that surrounds an El Clasico game was hardly present that day. Real Madrid had already won the league before the game kicked off, and as they were stepping onto the pitch, the Barcelona team formed a guard of honour to salute them and their achievements that season. To further compound their misery, Real Madrid beat them 4-1, depriving the Catalans of an automatic Champions League qualification berth. Xavi called the guard of honour, or the pasillo, as it is called in Spain, the most humiliating experience of his li ...
Guardiola Visits Vilanova In Barcelona Pep Guardiola paid a flying visit to Barcelona on Monday where he spoke with his friend and former Blaugrana colleague Tito Vilanova their relationship was said to have cooled after Vilanova took over as Barca boss, with some reports suggesting Tito had expected more support from his friend when he had to leave the job due to illness. The situation was also complicated by internal 'feuding' between camps associated with current Blaugrana president Sandro Rosell and his predecessor Joan Laporta. According to Mundo Deportivo the current Bayern Munich coach flew into Barcelona via private jet on Monday morning to deal with some personal matters, and then met with Vilanova for over three hours in the afternoon. No details of their private conversation emerged -- however the Catalan paper claimed they may have been clearing the air and letting bygones be bygones. At his prematch news conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game at home to Viktoria Plzen, Guardiol ...
Why Barcelona are favourites to win the Champions League Another season has begun in similar fashion for Barcelona as records tumble and they head the table undefeated after 8 games. They’ve won a trophy already and look set to dominate Spain for another year. A football novice could have predicted Barcelona’s near identical start to last season when they won 7 successive games with a new coach as they are once again among the favourites for the Champions League. Despite losing in the semi-finals for the past two seasons, Barcelona have the quality to ensure they step up to collect the trophy for the fourth time in eight years. In some ways they are a stronger force than last season, most notably with the signing of Neymar, but also with Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas’ rise in form. There are plenty of reasons to assume that Barcelona can go all the way this season but some potential problems are easy to forecast. Lionel Messi has struggled with injury during 2013 which is an alarming sign for Bar ...
Barcelona's transfer plans this summer Barcelona enjoyed a successful season in 2012-13. Tito Vilanova's team ran away with La Liga as they racked up 100 points to equal Real Madrid's record from the previous campaign and also reached the semi-finals of both the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Anyone unhappy with that, the Catalan coach claimed last week, has a very short memory. However, the nature of the team's defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals left a bitter taste in the mouth for Barca as the realisation hit home that this is perhaps no longer the era they had been dominating. Seven goals shipped over two legs told a torrid tale for the Catalan club and served to highlight many problems which had been lingering behind Lionel Messi's incredible goalscoring stats. The Argentine's absence in key matches revealed Barca's unsatisfactory attacking alternatives, while problems in defence were not suitably addressed last summer and that cost Tito's team against the very best si ...
Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas’ future will be decided next week, with Manchester United and Arsenal waiting for the green light to make a bid. The former Gunners captain will meet his current boss, Tito Vilanova, next week, after the La Liga season finishes this weekend, and will discuss his future at the Nou Camp, the Mirror claims. Frustration The Spanish midfielder has found himself frustrated this season after being left out of the side in the Champions League on several occasions, as well as many big games domestically. With next season being a World Cup year, the Spain star knows he has to play in as many games as he can. The Catalan club do not want to sell the 26-year-old, but new United boss David Moyes is a keen admirer of his talents and could offer the best deal to him, with Manchester City and Chelsea both also rumoured to be interested, the newspaper claims. However, his former side have first refusal on him, meaning that should any bid be made for his services, they would be offered him fi ...
World Football News Update! 1. Robert Lewandowski will sign for Bayern Munich, according to his agent. 2. Fernando Torres has been recalled to a provisional Spain squad for this summer's Confederations Cup, along with Champions League winner Javi Martinez. 3. Highly-rated Malaga playmaker Isco admits he would relish the chance to continue playing under departing coach Manuel Pellegrini. 4. Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has been forced to pull out of England's two friendlies because of injury 5. Everton defender Phil Jagielka insists he remains committed to the club despite the exit of manager David Moyes. 6. Villa will put Christian Benteke's future on the back-burner this week while they attempt to thrash out a new deal for their other sought- after striker, Andi Weimann. 7. Barcelona Head Coach Tito Vilanova praised Brazil star Neymar for choosing the "sporting option rather than the financial one" after agreeing to join the Spanish champions over rivals Real Madrid. 8. Manchester United winger ...
Thomas Rongen thinks Tito Vilanova, who won La Liga and made the Champions League semifinal in his first year at Barça, should get canned.
Jose Mourinho to Tito Vilanova... "Dont worry, Tito, a Champions League semi-final is better than a poke in the eye".
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova confirmed after his side's 7-0 aggregate Champions League semi-final loss to Bayern Munich that star forward Lionel Messi was not injured but did not feature in the second leg for fear of picking up a knock. Newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern prevailed 3-0 at the Nou Camp this evening to seal an emphatic 7-0 aggregate triumph over the Catalan club and set up an all-German Wembley final against Borussia Dortmund on May 25. Leading 4-0 from the first leg, the Bavarians were similarly clinical in Catalunya with second-half goals from Arjen Robben, Gerard Pique - who put through his own net - and Thomas Muller sealing a one-sided win over a sorry Barca side for whom Messi was an unused substitute. Messi felt good against Athletic Bilbao (on Saturday), but in the final minutes of the game at San Mames he noticed a strange feeling,' Vilanova said of the four-time reigning world player of the year. 'He's not injured, but he felt he could pick up an injury. 'Yesterday he train ...
Tito Vilanova defended the decision to field Lionel Messi at the weekend after the Argentine was forced to sit out Wednesday's 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal
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The most successful Fc Barcelona manager in terms of trophies won is Johan Cruyff, who won four La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey trophy, three Supercopa de España, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup trophy, one Uefa Champions League titles and one UEFA Super Cup in his 8-year reign as manager. Pep Guardiola was also the most successful manager in terms of trophies per year. In 2009, Guardiola's first year, Barcelona became the first club in Spain to win the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Champions League. Later they became the first football team ever to win six out of six competitions in a single year, thus completing the sextuple, comprising the aforementioned treble and the Spanish Supercup, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.[1] Tito Vilanova took over from Guardiola in June 2012. He thinks the fact that he is dealing with footballers who are professionals and expertise gives him the right to be mindless and loosed about the team , he thinks he has nothing to teach those guys and lets them play ...
Jordi Roura says Tito Vilanova could travel with the squad for the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
ROURA:BARCELONA WILL GIVE EVRYTHING AGAINST AC MILAN: Barcelona coach Jordi Roura was pleased with victory over Deportivo La Coruna ahead of their clash with Champions League opponents AC Milan. It was a decent warm-up for Barca, who extended their lead at the summit to 14 points, but Roura knows their next fixture will be a different prospect. "We're very excited to play the match and we're eager to compete," he said on the club's official website. "We will give everything we have to fight back until the referee blows the final whistle. "Logically, we have to attack. However, we shouldn't confuse our desire to fight back with haste, we need to find the necessary balance." Roura, in temporary charge of the Catalans while Tito Vilanova undergoes cancer treatment, has not decided his starting line-up for the clash with the Italian giants. However, he knows how he wants to approach the clash, adding: "We're fairly certain on how Milan will play and how we want to play. Afterward, we'll see how it all plays o ...
WHISTLED AT WHEN SUBBED Roura: "We are delighted with Cesc" Jordi Roura was very satisfied with Barcelona's win over Deportivo de la Coruña, and the image his club gave. "I think the team has been very strong, and Deportivo hardly had any chances", he said. "Also, our defence was very good indeed". "The starting line-up against Milan is as yet undecided, there are two training sessions to go yet. We'll be talking it over with Tito Vilanova and Altamira", the assistant manager said when asked about the Champions League. Roura praised Alexis's contribution, adding that he is another possibility for the Champions League game. Roura also defended Cesc Fàbregas, who was whistled at when he was substituted. "I've already said all there is to say about Cesc Fàbregas. We are delighted with him. He is a top-quality player and we are not in any doubt about that. He has had, quite frankly, an excellent season, he has played brilliantly in many matches and we are very happy with him".
Barca at Euro crossroads Barcelona face a crossroads in their season on Tuesday when they attempt to overturn their Round of 16 first leg defeat at AC Milan and stay on course for a fourth Champions League final in eight seasons. Anything less than a quick return to form after their 2-0 defeat in the first leg in Milan on February 20 will probably see Barcelona follow Manchester United, who they beat in the 2009 and 2011 finals, through the exit door. Arsenal, who lost to Barcelona in the 2006 final, are also expected to be eliminated unless they can overturn their 3-1 defeat against German champions-elect Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. The Round of 16 will be completed this week with Schalke 04 going into their home leg against Galatasaray as favourites to advance after drawing 1-1 in Turkey and Malaga seeking to maximise home advantage in their attempt to overturn their 1-0 defeat at Porto in the first game. If Barca are to join arch-rivals Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Paris St Germ ...
Roura: We can overcome Milan Barcelona's stand-in coach Jordi Roura has said he feels his players are "looking forward to overcoming Milan" as they try to recover from a 2-0 deficit in the Champions League. The last week has seen much soul-searching in Catalonia after the setback in Italy was followed by two crushing defeats to Real Madrid in five days. The results left Barca players including Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba and Cesc Fabregas talking of feeling low. Many observers have pointed to the importance of the absence of coach Tito Vilanova, who is receiving medical treatment in New York. But speaking after training on Friday, Roura, Vilanova's assistant, said his 30-year association with the club had shown him that both positives and negatives tended to be overemphasised. "There is always a tendency to get overly euphoric when we win and excessively pessimistic when we lose," he explained. "We all want to come back against Milan. We had a long week but the response [of ...
Milan will feel Barca wrath, says Puyol Barcelona captain Carles Puyol believes his side will respond with a win when they face AC Milan in the Champions League last-16 second leg. The 34-year-old said the Blaugrana can overturn the two-goal deficit from the first leg, citing a mental strength both on and off the field. "We have the recipe to come back and win," he told La Vanguardia. "The team has come through some tough tests, not just in a footballing sense," Puyol added, referring to the recent illnesses to defender Eric Abidal and coach Tito Vilanova. Barcelona have been criticised recently due to their lack of intensity without the ball, and Puyol admitted this aspect of their play needs to improve. "We need to re-apply the pressure. The most important thing about this team is the reaction when they lose the ball." And Puyol brushed off criticism over a perceived lack of unity in the dressing room, stating that the squad are as focused and professional as ever. "People invent possible reasons for th ...
Messi hurt by Barcelona setbacks" Lionel Messi has said Barcelona's recent defeats have hurt him and that everyone at the club needs to "give a little more" to turn things around. Barca's season had been a runaway success until mid-February, but has since come off the rails with defeats to Milan in their Champions League last 16 first leg and to domestic rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey and La Liga. Messi opened his own Adidas-sponsored temporary museum in central Barcelona on Wednesday after having earlier attending a squad meal organised to improve team spirit. He said neither he nor his team-mates had enjoyed their recent form but that Tuesday's return leg against Milan at the Camp Nou was an ideal opportunity to start to put things right. "I am not sad, although I am hurting," the Argentine told reporters. "I do not like to lose out on important things, and neither does the team. "We now have an ideal moment to do it [put things right]. The motivation in the dressing room to want to be better ev ...
Barcelona have been knocked off the top of the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) Club World Ranking after a poor run of results. But to many people's surprise it isn't Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, or even Manchester United who have displaced them. No, the current table toppers in the IFFHS Club World Ranking are Chelsea. That's right, that Stamford Bridge club that seemingly stumbles from crisis to crisis like a drunk from bar to bar - the club whose manager last week went into meltdown, whose owner is reportedly a crazed megalomanic, and whose players include the £50m striker who doesn't score goals and the club legend who can't earn himself a new deal. Chelsea have endured a miserable Premier League season, their first campaign of domestic struggle since, wait, their first since last year come to think of it. But while Roberto Di Matteo managed to salvage an anaemic league campaign by embarking on an incredible run in the Champions League and FA Cup, this year's boss, R ...
Football:- Barcelona super star Lionel Messi said the squad is aware that we should all give a little extra to the team performance though the squad knows what went wrong in the past games, but we'll keep that between us. He also stressed that, Italian teams are very strong and tactical. And We hope to come back against AC Milan. They won in Milan, we can win here in Barcelona as well and turn things around as he express confidence in the squad. He also further explain that what happened with the coach Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidal affected the squad psychologically, but that shouldn't be an excuse he affirmed. This is a strong group, we will bounce back. He however praise and congratulate their eternal rival, Real Madrid for their performance against Manchester United stressing that Madrid showed how strong they are. Whoever would have qualified, Madrid or Man United, would have been a candidate to win the Champions League. He also chuckled about the suggestion that his former coach at the national side ...
HE ASSURES THAT DAILY LIFE IS TOUGHER WITHOUT TITO Busquets: "We miss the gaffer" Sergio Busquets has said that the Barcelona dressing room "misses" its "gaffer", Tito Vilanova. "When the gaffer isn't here, everyone misses him. You notice his absence, and daily life is tougher. We all have to do more of our share," said the midfielder. Busquets stressed that the team will go all out for both the league and the Champions League, because "that will help Tito and will be really positive. But the most important thing, for Tito or any other teammate, is one’s health," he added. Busquets said that the players are "convinced" that they can stage a comeback in the tie against Milan next week, after the poor 2-0 result at the San Siro. "The players are the first ones to believe we can make a comeback. We're obviously coming off the back of some bad results, but we are the first ones who are convinced that we can stage a comeback. We've got a final and we'll be stronger at home with our fans. I hope we can manage ...
--Ferguson: “Real is one of the best squads in counterattacks and they set a superb example in the Camp Nou” --Tottenham captain Michael Dawson believes in-form team-mate Gareth Bale is the best player in the world right now. --Tito Vilanova, who's having cancer treatment in New York, will stay in the United States for at least another month. [el periodico] --Swansea can handle Europa League campaign, insists Laudrup: The Swans manager has said that he sees no need to increase the size of his squad for next year's European adventure despite the pressure the campaign will put on his side. --Fabio Capello has rejected reports that he has been approached about becoming the next manager of Chelsea. --Zorc: Borussia Dortmund cannot afford to replace Lewandowski: The club's sporting director says it would be impossible to fund a big-money signing if the Poland international leaves Signal Iduna Park this summer. --Phil Jones has been ruled out of Manchester United's Champions League clash with Real Madrid. ( ...
Football: Beaten Barcelona Complain of Pitch After Milan Setback Milan. Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura hit out at the state of the pitch after his side were left staring at an early Champions League exit following a shock 2-0 reverse to AC Milan on Wednesday. Ghanaians Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari scored one apiece in a lively second half as the hosts, impressive defensively throughout, stunned the Catalans in their last 16, first leg, at the San Siro. Roura, standing in for Tito Vilanova while the coach undergoes cancer treatment in New York, admitted the... ~SportsMan
Zubizarreta: Tito’s recovering and is in good spirits Barcelona sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta expressed his satisfaction in Barcelona’s 1-2 win over Granada on Saturday evening, while also commenting on the progress manager, Tito Vilanova is making with his cancer treatment in New York. By Tom Conn In a post-match interview, ‘Zubi’ stated he was impressed by the squad’s ability to come back from a 1-0 deficit to beat Granada at home. “It’s not easy to win here. Granada are an intense team who are very quick on the break. We played well in the first half but we couldn’t score. In the second half we were more clinical. “Teams are used to playing in a number of competitions are able to concentrate in every game. We know how important the league and the Champions League both are.” Zubizarreta was then asked his thoughts on what many Cule’s believe was an offside non-call, which allowed Granada’s initial goal to stand. “I haven’t seen the replays yet. The referee makes his d ...
Barça looks to fresh legs The time has come for Barça to freshen things up. With the Champions League all set to get back in swing, Tito Vilanova and Jordi Roura will be forging full steam ahead with their squad rotation. Up to now, the plan has been for a select cluster of players to carry the team's hopes by playing the bulk of the minutes. However, the watershed came with last weekend's fixture in Valencia. From now on, the changes are going to come thick and fast, because several players have a lot of minutes under their belts. The proof came at the Mestalla, where a number of 'Azulgranas' looked heavy-legged. While it's true that this drop-off can be partially explained by Barcelona's gruelling encounter with Real Madrid four days earlier, no one can deny that this tiredness has more to do with the rough and tumble of the season so far. Vilanova has been relying on a core group of eleven, all of whom have played around 2,000 minutes; indeed, he went with this very line-up against Valencia last Sund ...
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Jordi Roura went with a great starting lineup against Valencia on Sunday. But as great as the number one starting lineup is, it's time to switch things up. Let's get things clear: The lineup of Valdes; Alba, Pique, Puyol, Alves; Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Cesc; Pedro, Messi, and Iniesta is still the number one lineup Barcelona can present. This is the lineup that should go up against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal, as well as Champions League action. But some of the players on the bench need more starting time. David Villa looked extremely rusty when he came on for Fabregas against Valencia. Thiago has continued to play well when he's in games. And with Xavi being out for 15 days with an injury, Thiago definitely needs to start. For the Getafe game, I'd start both Thiago and David Villa. They need and deserve more playing time. Speaking of playing time, how about giving Marc Bartra or Cristian Tello some time on the pitch? It's not that I'm upset at Tito Vilanova or Jordi Roura. I ...
Daring Pep! Now is the time for Guardiola to prove his mettle. Events since he left Barca with Tito Vilanova in charge shows that Pep's achievement at Camp Nou is nothing out of the ordinary. Tito has taken the same team on an unprecedented run of wins dropping just 2 points all season in the La Liga race. With the title almost wrapped up and stakes in all other remaining competition including the Uefa's Champions League, Vilanova only needs time to prove that Guardiola's achievements while in charge of Barca, was down to the quality of players in the team. He has every opportunity to prove us wrong from July as he sojourn into the Allianz Arena with the Bavarians. Simply why Mou has the edge. Till then!
World Sports News Messi helps Barca set new record Barcelona set a new record for the best start to a Spanish soccer league season on Sunday when a 3-1 win at Malaga kept them 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid and 18 in front of Real Madrid. Ballon d'Or winner Messi scored for a ninth successive league game and then supplied Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara for the second and third goals. He has 28 for the La Liga season. Barcelona have 55 points from 19 games with 18 wins and a draw, breaking the previous mark for the halfway stage of the campaign which they set at 52 points in 2010-'11. "We're very happy to get 55 out of 57 points but, logically, it will be difficult to repeat that with the Champions League and the Spanish Cup to think about as well," said Barca coach Tito Vilanova. "We have Atletico 11 points behind us and we have to go there and to Real Madrid so we can't just stop now - we have to keep going." Malaga have the best defensive record in La Liga but goalkeeper Willy Caballero, after s ...
Barcelona assistant manager, Jordi Roura revealed that manager, Tito Vilanova, who is currently battling throat cancer, will be on the bench on Sunday evening against a very pivotal match against a strong Champions League side in Malaga.
Spanish La Liga Team of the Week * Barcelona welcomed manager Tito Vilanova back to the team in perfect fashion as they comfortably beat Espanyol 4-0. With the win, the Blaugrana extended their lead at the top of the La Liga table to 11 points as Atletico Madrid fell behind in the race for the title after they could only draw 1-1 with Mallorca. Jose Mourinho’s choice to drop Iker Casillas again almost backfired after replacement goalkeeper Antonio Adan got himself sent off early in the game, but star forward Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand to spare Real Madrid’s blushes as they ran out 4-3 winners over Real Sociedad. Elsewhere, Real Betis took a giant step towards securing Champions League football next season with a hard earned 2-1 win over Real Zaragoza, Sevilla had to dig deep to see off Osasuna 1-0 and Levante added to struggling Athletic Bilbao’s woes, with the Granotes comfortably beating Los Leones 3-1. Meanwhile, Deportivo La Coruna gave new manager Domingos a winning start as they shocked Mal ...
Deulofeu signs new Barca deal Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu has signed a contract extension at the club which ties him to the club until 2014. The 18-year-old has already made two Champions League appearances for Tito Vilanova's side this season and has put pen-to-paper on a new deal at Camp Nou. The contract includes a €10m minimum fee release clause, which AS believe could alert the interest of Manchester City, who are reportedly interested in the forward. Rumours of his departure are heighten still however, as the Madrid-based paper claim that Deulofeu rejected a proposed renewal that would link him to the Catalan club until 2017. Football espana
Messi: If Barcelona are not winning, my goals are meaningless The Argentina star stressed the team's desire to set things right after last season's Champions League disappointment, and revealed his "dream" to see out his career at Camp Nou Lionel Messi has insisted his own goal-scoring exploits mean nothing unless Barcelona are able to win matches. The striker has enjoyed a remarkable 12 months in front of goal, scoring 91 times to break Gerd Muller's long-standing record of 85 strikes in a calendar year, but he has stressed that the team's results will always take precedence over his personal triumphs. Don't Miss He told Mundo Deportivo: "I'm happy about the goals I've scored and the records I've broken, but this year could have been better in terms of silverware. I've always said that if the team isn't winning things my goals are meaningless." It has been a memorable year for Messi both on and off the pitch, as he achieved the record in front of goal whilst celebrating the birth of his first son, Thiago ...
World Football News Update: 1. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has agreed a £10m deal for 25-year-old Marseille striker Loic Remy - paving the way for Magpies forward Demba Ba, 27, to leave in January. 2. Arsenal and Liverpool target Fernando Llorente is set to meet Juventus officials on Monday in a bid to thrash out a deal that will see the 27-year-old old Spain striker leave Athletic Bilbao. 3. Chelsea have been told to cough up £30m if they want to sign 28-year-old Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero, who scored the winner against them in the Club World Cup final. 4. Reading are hopeful of beating Arsenal to a deal for highly-rated Zambian defender Stoppila Sunzu, 23, from Congolese club TP Mazembe. 5. Journalists, fans and Uefa officials were left stunned after the Champions League last 16 draw produced exactly the same ties in both the rehearsal and the real thing 6. Barcelona have confirmed that Tito Vilanova's surgery has gone according to plan. 7. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a threat ...
TITO already DEMOSTRO SU character and determination a struggle that you started on November 22, 2011 Tito Vilanova began his fight against the disease that suffers from the same day that the template was traveling to Milan The Tito Vilanova fight against cancer began more than one year ago. As what public opinion is concerned, it all started on November 22, 2011, when the club announced that the then Assistant Coach Josep Guardiola no integrated expedition to Milan for a Champions League match. Why, Vilanova had been "operated the parotid in the Hospital Vall d'Hebron by the team specialized in maxillofacial surgery of the Medical Center" led by Dr. choir Bescos Atin and Dr. Jorge Pamias Romero. The Parotid gland is a salivary gland located on both sides of the face, under the ear and behind the lower jaw. Since then, Tito began a recovery period of several weeks in which underwent radio and chemotherapy sessions.On 7 December he returned to accompany Pep Guardiola at training sessions although in princi ...
Liverpool are involved in a tussle in their attempt to bring Barca's Alexis Sanchez to Anfield in January. The Reds have had Sanchez on their radar for a while and are keen to bolster their firepower. Manager Brendan Rodgers is worried Liverpool have become over-reliant on Luis Suarez, who is already into double figures for the campaign. And in allowing Andy Carroll to be loaned out to West Ham in the summer, Suarez is their only recognised striker. AS have it that Juventus have sounded out a January move for the former Udinese forward. Sanchez has struggled for consistency at the Camp Nou this season. Playing time has been restricted with coach Tito Vilanova deploying predominantly Lionel Messi up top without a strike partner. In total, Sanchez has scored just once this season and that came in Barca's 2-0 away win against Benfica in the Champions League Group Stages SeanLFC4LIFE
-Messi vs Falcao- Barcelona can kick nine points clear at the top of the table when they face Atletico Madrid in Sunday's La Liga action. The clash at the Nou Camp pits Tito Vilanova's table-toppers - who are yet to taste defeat in the league this season - against an Atletico side that are also flying high. Falcao, who is a transfer target of Uefa Champions League winners Chelsea, has bagged 16 goals in his 14 La Liga fixtures this season. Messi - who now has 88 goals in the calendar year for club and country, breaking the record set by German Gerd Muller - has scored 12 times in his past seven matches. He also has 23 goals in 15 league fixtures this season. It will definately be an exiting game to watch this weekend.
Vilanova: Tie not over yet Tito Vilanova has reflected that Barcelona still have another 90 minutes against Cordoba before they can say they are in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. The Coach reflected that whilst Barcelona had done their homework and had the correct attitude for this first leg Last 16 Cup tie they eventually won 2-0 on the night, that things are not yet decided with a second leg at Camp Nou still to play. “Is the tie over? No, we have not eliminated them with a 2-0 win. It is a good advantage, but 90 minutes still remain,” he told reporters after the game, which was decided by two Lionel Messi goals. “I was not surprised at all by Cordoba. They were like we expected, we had to push forward. We knew we were going to have space, but that the match was not going to be easy. “I believe we need to play with a ball worthy of the Champions League, though. The Copa ball is a Beach Ball. I don’t know why we cannot have a decent ball for the Cup. “The reception for this game was what we ...
Sir Bobby Charlton says José Mourinho would not suit Manchester United "A United manager wouldn't do that," talking about Mourinho's gouging of the eye of Tito Vilanova, then Barcelona's assistant coach, in the 2011 Spanish Super Cup "Mourinho is a really good coach but that's as far as I would go really. He's the manager of Real Madrid and we expect to play them in the Champions League by the end of the season."When it is put to him that it is difficult to imagine a United manager being allowed to get away with some of Mourinho's behaviour, Charlton says: "You are right. He pontificates too much for my liking. He's a good manager, though." But when asked if Sir Alex Ferguson admires Mourinho. "He doesn't like him too much, though," On the Manchester City : "The 6-1 didn't upset me at all because I could see what was happening. Our defence made a mistake, two mistakes, and it was 2-0. They lost control and went forward trying to put it right. It's a problem with City for us, physically, though. They are ...
Lionel Messi has another chance to reach Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year after Tito Vilanova included him in Barcelona's squad to play Benfica in the Champions League. Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Javier Mascherano, Pedro, Jordi Alba and Cesc Fabregas were all rested from the squad and replaced with youngsters from the club's youth Academy. "We have some players just back after injury and others from Barca B and we would like to see how they perform," Vilanova said. "I am sure the motivation will be good. They are professionals. Benfica are still playing to qualify for the last 16."
Barcelona players have been rewarded for their qualification to the knockout phase of the Champions League by being given new cars. Barca secured their passage into the last 16 of the tournament by thumping Spartak Moscow 3-0 in Russia on Tuesday,the ninth consecutive season the Catalan giants have progressed to the knockout stages of Europe's premier club competition. As part of a deal struck up in 2006, all Barcelona first team players have been given a new car from Audi, one of the club's major sponsors. Barca are three points ahead of Atletico Madrid ontop of La Liga and the new wheels should get Tito Vilanova's side revved up for their league trip to Levante in this weekend.
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Barça have a golden opportunity to qualify for the next round of the Champions League this evening. Despite losing away to Celtic FC two weeks ago, the first team will be in the round of 16 if they draw or win against Spartak Moscow. It won’t be easy. The freezing temperatures and the artificial turf at Luzhniki Stadium are two factors to keep in mind in addition to the quality of Unai Emery’s men. Barça have never lost a match in Russia. In their past six visits, they’ve won once and tied five times. On this occasion, the manager Tito Vilanova will be able to call on Sergio Busquets, who missed the team’s last two Champions League matches due to a two-match ban, but the manager will not be able to field Marc Bartra, who picked up an injury on Sunday. As far as statistics go, David Villa is on the verge of reaching a major milestone. The forward is just one goal away from reaching the 300-goal mark in his professional career. Emery’s men on high alert Spartak Moscow’s hopes of reaching the n ...
Barcelona will go all out for victory in their Champions League match against Spartak Moscow on Tuesday in their bid to secure a place in the knock-out phase as Group G winners, coach Tito Vilanova has vowed.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has said his team want to bounce back from their 2-1 Champions League defeat at Celtic and guarantee progression from the Group Stages at Spartak Moscow. A victory at the Stadion Luzhniki would ensure that the Group G leaders seal a place in the knockout rounds for a ninth successive campaign, while a draw would suffice if Benfica do not beat Celtic in Tuesday's other group game.
Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out for four weeks after sustaining a foot injury on international duty. The Chile international limped out of his country's 3-1 defeatto Serbia after 20 minutes following a challenge from LukaMilivojevic with tests immediately pencilled in to determine the extent of the damage. And Barca will not be pleased to hear the former Udinese man has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his rightfoot. He is set to miss up to eight games, the domestic fixtures against Real Zaragoza , Levante , Alaves, Athletic Bilbao , Real Betis and Atletico Madrid and the Champions League clashes with Spartak Moscow and Benfica. His absence will be a blow for Barca boss Tito Vilanova whose squad is short of strikers. David Villa is the only senior 'number nine' at his disposal although he does have a wealth of attacking midfielders who can be pushed forward if required.
Despite taking a three- goal lead into half time, Barcelona survived a second-half scare from Mallorca to win 4-2 at Iberostar Stadium. Xavi put the Blaugrana on the path to recovering from their shock midweek Champions League defeat to Celtic with a sumptuous free kick, and goals from Lionel Messi and Christian Tello ensured a comfortable lead at the break. The hosts came back out fighting, though, and pulled two back through Michael Pereira and Victor Casadesus. However, Messi once more saved the day as he ensured that Barca's blushes were spared when he slammed in his 76th goal of 2012, breaking Pele's record for strikes in a calender year in the process. Mallorca set out to stifle the Catalan giants, dropping midfielders back when out of possession to create a wall of bodies in front of their own goal. In time, Joaquin Caparros' team grew in confidence but were unable to take the chances that came their way. After blazing over from Ximo's cross moments before, Tomer Hemed saw his header turned around ...
Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova played down rumours of a spat between star strikers Lionel Messi and David Villa after the duo's heated exchange during their 2-1 defeat at Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Celtic's 'Greatest' Night Leaves Barca Mesmerized, Rod Stewart in Tears Celtic coach Neil Lennon declared it one of the greatest nights in the Glasgow club’s history, as Celtic beat Fc Barcelona, 2-1, at Celtic Park on Wednesday night. The result means that Celtic is now second place in Group G of the Uefa Champions League with seven points, just two behind Barca, which endured its first loss in the Group Stages of the competition in more than three year. It was enough to reduce rocker Rod Stewart to tears.“I think it was one of the greatest nights in the club’s recent history,” Lennon said. “It was very poignant at our 125th anniversary, one to play Barcelona in such a prestigious game and two, to win the game under huge difficulties with the squad decimated by injuries and illness. The players are heroes, they are heroes to me, I can’t speak highly enough of their performance tonight and they will go down in the history books of the club as the team who beat probably the best team in the wor ...
Lionel Messi, Bota de Oro, Barcelona vs Celta Lionel Messi claims Barcelona 's performance could not be faulted after losing their first Champions League Group Stage match in three years. Goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt ensured the Blaugrana's advantage at the topof Group G was cut to two points and prevented Tito Vilanova's side from securing an early passage through to the knockout phase. After the game, the Argentina forward reflected on a night where missed chances, the woodwork and another inspired performance from goalkeeper Fraser Forster cost his side the game. "We did everything well, played better than two weeks ago against them, but the ball didn't go in," he told reporters. “The same thing happened at the Camp Nou. They played defensively and they waited to make fast counterattacks. They are very comfortable on corners and set-pieces, and that’s how they scored their two goals.” Messi scored in the 90th minute and celebrated with a thumb-sucking gesture, fivedays on from the birt ...
Uefa Champions League wrote: Neil Lennon was bursting with joy after one of the "proudest nights" of his career, as Celtic defeated Barcelona, whose Tito Vilanova praised his players despite the loss - this post if you think Celtic will qualify for the knockout phase.
Latest Scores Vilanova: Nothing toblame Barcelona players for The Blaugrana coachfeels that his side deserved victory at Parkhead on Wednesday night, and refused to pointhis finger at any of his players after their continental defeat By Stefan Coerts Nov 8, 2012 9:10:00 AM Tito Vilanova - Fc Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has insisted that his players are not to blame for Wednesday's 2-1 Champions League loss away to Celtic . Victor Wanyama gifted the Scottish champions the lead after 21 minutes of play, before Anthony Watt made it two in the closing stages of the game, and Lionel Messi's goal well into stoppage time proved to be too little, too late. Nevertheless, Vilanova feels that the Blaugrana did everything they could have done, and that they deserved to win the encounter at Parkhead. "There is nothing to blame the players for, on the contrary," Vilanova said at a press conference. "We must congratulate their effort to read the game properly from the beginning. "I think we deserved the victory. We tr ...
Celtic took a massive step towards the last 16 of the Champions League with an astonishing victory over Barcelona.They took the lead when Victor Wanyama rose majestically to head past Victor Valdes from a corner on 21 minutes.Barcelona pressed for an equaliser, but teenager Tony Watt came off the bench to give Celtic a cushion in the closing minutes. Lionel Messi tapped home in injury time, but Celtic held on to inflict Barca's first defeat of the season. It was a momentous victory for manager Neil Lennon, who was part of the team that knocked Barca out of the Uefa Cup in 2004, and his men - banishing memories of the injury-time defeat in Barcelona a fortnight ago.And it leaves Celtic second behind the Catalans in Group G on seven points, three ahead of next opponents Benfica and four better off than Spartak Moscow, who visit Glasgow on the final matchday.Celtic Park was rocking at a decibel level previously reserved for the most meaningful of Old Firm derbies, but predictably the unflappable maestros of ...
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says he is not sure if Gerard Pique will start during their Champions League clash against Celtic.
Tito Vilanova's men are poised to equal the record set in 2002/03 – by Van Gaal's Barça – and become the Fc Barcelona team with the best start in the Champions League in Club history No other Barça team, with the exception of Van Gaal's 2002/03 squad, has ever won its opening four Champions League Group Stage matches
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has revealed that he is concerned about his defence ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Celtic. The Catalan giants host the Scottish champions at the Nou Camp in their third Champions League fixture of the season and he is well aware that injuries to the likes of Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Daniel Alves, Sergio Busquets and Eric Abidal has his defence in a very shaky state. "Injuries are normally a headache for a coach but we have got what we have got. And all the players are at the right level to play for Barcelona," said Vilanova whose side conceded four goals in their 5-4 win over Deportivo on the weekend. "We would like to improve on everything and score more and concede less and we will try to do that. "But all Champions League games are complicated and I am worried because Celtic are very fast up front and they proved it against Spartak (when they won 3-2 three weeks ago). "They play good, counter-attacking football so we know they are dangerous. They are also good ...
Following on from the thrilling 4-5 win in the Riazor stadium, the players have begun their preparations for this Tuesday’s Champions League duel with Celtic in the Camp Nou victory away to Deportivo. The squad reported for training at midday on Sunday with the aim of recovering from the Saturday’s evening’s game and preparing Tuesday’s CL group home match against Scottish champions Celtic. Seven from the reserves Apart from the senior players, a number of youngsters were drafted in from Barça B: Tello, Oier, Sergi Gómez, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Patric and Planas. Carles Puyol and Dani Alves, injured against Benfica and Real Madrid respectively, were also present at the Club’s training grounds but exercised away from the main group. Gerard Piqué remained in the gym. The build-up to Celtic FC The next training session will be at 6 pm on Monday and the first fifteen minutes will be open to the media. A press conference featuring Tito Vilanova and Pedro will also be held at 5 pm. On Tuesday, the ...
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Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova looks set to rest Lionel Messi for Saturday evening's La Liga trip to Deportivo La Coruna. Messi, who played and scored in both of Argentina's World Cup qualifying wins over Uruguay and Chile in the last week, returned to training along with fellow late arrivals Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Song, at the Camp Nou on Thursday evening. Vilanova looks likely to shuffle his pack for the game at El Riazor, with Celtic to come in the Champions League on Tuesday. After the last international break Tito left a jet-lagged Messi on the bench for Barca's game at Getafe, with the Argentine playing just the last 30 minutes but still scoring twice in a 4-1 win
El-Classico facts before tonight's 2-2 draw. - With the recent victory in the Spanish Super Cup, Madrid has now won 88 Clásicos to Barça’s 87. There have been 46 draws between the two sides. - At the Camp Nou, in the Liga, the home team has won 47 times, the visitors 19 times and they’ve tied 18 times. - Xavi Hernández is the Fc Barcelona player that has featured in the most Clásicos. He’s played in 34 official matches against Real Madrid and he’s scored 5 goals against Los Blancos. - Alex Song knows what it’s like to beat Real Madrid. He defeated Madrid while playing for Arsenal it in the 2005/06 edition Champions League in the quarter-finals (0-1). The 18-year-old came onto the pitch for Cesc in the dying minutes of the away game at the Bernabéu. - Jordi Alba scored against Real Madrid in the 2011/12 Liga in Mestalla. Madrid won that game by 3 to 6. - Since the 1964/65 season, Madrid has not defeated Barça consecutively in the Liga at the Camp Nou. - Jose Mourinho has lost to FC Barcelon ...
Liga preview: El Clasico dominates Spanish top flight ! Alex Song and Javier Mascherano are set to play in central defence for Barcelona against Real Madrid due to Carlos Puyol's dislocated elbow. Puyol dislocated his elbow when he landed awkwardly after going for a header in Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League win over Benfica on Tuesday and the Catalan club's Head Coach Tito Vilanova is likely to play Song and Mascherano in Sunday's El Clasico versus Real Madrid. Song and Mascherano are both more known as defensive midfielders but with regular central defenders Puyol and Gerard Pique injured and Eric Abidal still recovering from a liver transplant, Vilanova believes he has no other option.IRE O.
Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund hoping to put disappointment of defeat to Real Madrid behind them and kick-start their Champions League challenge.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova said on Monday that he did not believe his Benfica counterpart Jorge Jesus's claim that the Portuguese side would play for a draw in Tuesday's Champions League group game.
Arsene Wenger has backed former protege Alexandre Song to make an impact at Barcelona, as the Cameroon international continues to acclimatise himself to life at Camp Nou. The midfielder, who played under the stewardship of the French coach for seven seasons, was criticised by sections of the media for his performance in the Catalans' 3-2 Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow last week. Nevertheless, Wenger maintains Song has the quality to succeed in La Liga, and has issued advice to coach Tito Vilanova about how to best employ the Cameroon international. "He will succeed at Barca, and something tells me that he will play in central defence,"
Tito not too unhappy with Barca's win Barcelona's comeback victory over Spartak Moscow in their Champions League opener on Wednesday proved Tito Vilanova was settling into the Nou Camp hot seat but not before revealing some worrying problems in defence. It needed the risky introduction of forwards Alexis Sanchez and David Villa, leaving only three at the back, and a late double from World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to finish off the Russian visitors, who had taken a 2-1 lead but Vilanova did not complain. "I'm not unhappy," Vilanova told a news conference. "We have attacked as we had to do. We have changed the way we played, we took risks and we won. "I would have preferred to have won easily, but this game will serve us all well." Pep Guardiola's former assistant has a tough act replacing a club idol who led the side to four consecutive Champions League semifinals, and two European Cup triumphs on the way to a 14-trophy haul. Vilanova was flirting with Barca's first home defeat in 17 European outing ...
Barcelona's comeback victory over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League gave new boss Tito Vilanova a defensive headache.
It started with a win. Tito Vilanova's team kicked off their Champions League with victory at home to Spartak Moscow on Wednesday, coming from behind to win 3-2, just as Real Madrid had done 24 hours earlier against Manchester City. As usual, Barcelona's midield was majestic, and their attack astonishing. But it was hard to make a case for the defence. Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique are two of the world's best centre-backs, but when they are missing, it shows. The Barca captain is sidelined with a knee injury and unlikely to return for over a month, so when Pique departed with a knock in this game, it left the Catalans with a back line made up of Dani Alves, Alex Song, Javier Mascherano and Adriano. No wonder Victor Valdes looks nervous. Alves spends most of his time in the opposition half as an unorthodox winger and handed Spartak an equaliser as he inexplicably turned the ball past Valdes, while Mascherano's lack of pace had allowed Emmanuel Emenike to escape down the right in the first place. Song, to h ...
- The Premier League has confirmed that pre-match handshakes will take place between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday. - Darren Fletcher is on the verge of making his Manchester United comeback following ten months on the sidelines, after being named in the squad for Saturday's home match against Wigan. - Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed that midfielder Darron Gibson will be out for up to five weeks after picking up a thigh strain. - FIFA has decided to extend the ban handed to Juventus coach Antonio Conte to cover all matches, a move which rules out his involvement in his side's Champions League campaign starting next week. - Barcelona's plans for Saturday evening's tricky La Liga game at Getafe have been again disrupted by injuries sustained by players away on international duty, according to Head Coach Tito Vilanova. - David Moyes has warned Marouane Fellaini to watch his words after the midfielder cast doubt over his Everton future.
The match between Fc Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played on 7 October at 1950 hours, according to.. .ha today confirmed the League of professional football (LFP). Camp Nou will host the second classic of the season, after the Party of the Spain Superocopa of this summer (3-2). Before the match against Real Madrid in the 7th, Tito Vilanova set will be played a Champions League game in the field of Benfica, Tuesday October 2 (20. 45 h). Subsequent to the classic, there are parties of selections and the boat will not have another commitment until 20 or 21 October in La Coruña.
What does not take much statistical analysis to figure out is that Barcelona are Europe's current best team. Their success over the past few years has been astounding - three consecutive La Liga titles and two Champions League titles in three years prior to last season. Like Spain at international level, Barcelona may lose the odd match, but over the course of a season their win percentage will be much higher, and they place themselves more consistently in positions to win trophies - in semi-finals and finals. Blokhin's right, the best team does not always win, but Barcelona prove they do so with unerring regularity. As a result they sit atop the Euro Club Index, almost 100 points clear of La Liga rivals Real Madrid. In third and fourth place sit last year's top Premier League clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City respectively. Last season's Champions League finalists find themselves in fifth and sixth, although Chelsea sit beneath Bayern Munich, despite their penalty shootout victory. The only oth ...
Barcelona midfielder confident of impressing - Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has admitted his form faded towards the end of last season but expects both he and his club will be back with a bang. The Former Arsenal man rarely completed 90 minutes for the Catalan giants in the closing stages of a campaign which saw his side fail to retain both the Champions League and Primera Division. Following Pep Guardiola's departure, Barcelona have a new man at the helm in Tito Vilanova and Fabregas is confident of an upturn in fortune
icon Shola Ameobi has been identified by new Barça boss, Tito Vilanova, as the player to spearhead their Champions League challenge!
Vilanova: Don't compare me to Guardiola After being announced as Guardiola's successor in April, Barcelona’s former assistant officially signs as club’s new permanent coach, but rejects comparisons with his predecessor ger Tito Vilanova today signed a two-year contract with the Spanish giants to formally take over from Pep Guardiola. It had been announced in April when Guardiola, who won 14 trophies with Los Cules, stepped down as Head Coach, that his assistant Vilanova would take the reins. At the press conference to announce his signature, Vilanova thanked his predecessor, who informed him that he was in line to succeed him as Head Coach after the Champions League defeat to Chelsea. "I thank Guardiola, my friend, he has almost been like a brother to me. It has been a privilege to be by his side for 5 years," Vilanova said to FCB Live. "After the Chelsea game, Guardiola told me he wanted to take a break and that the club would offer me the job. "First I was surprised, I didn't hear anything about it ...
The match at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon Stadium will be Guardiola's last in charge of the team, ending an unprecedented period of success for Barcelona since the former player took charge in 2008. The 41-year-old Guardiola will be looking to finish the way he started, as a 4-1 cup victory over Athletic three years ago provided the first prize for his trophy cabinet. Ready to hand over the coaching duties to his assistant and good friend Tito Vilanova, Guardiola will look at the game as an opportunity to cap a season that started well but finished poorly. Barcelona hasn't played a meaningful game in one month after it lost to eventual Champions League winner Chelsea in the semifinals, just days after losing to Real Madrid to surrender its three-year hold on the Spanish league. "I've got the feeling we are very well prepared for this final," Guardiola said from the Camp Nou on Thursday. "A final is always there to be won.
Outgoing Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has given Liverpool and Chelsea hope by confirming he is open to approaches this summer. Guardiola will step down as Barcelona chief at the end of the season, and it was expected he would stay out of the game for at least a season in order to rest. However, the Spanish boss, a reported target for the Anfield and Stamford Bridge clubs, has revealed he would be willing to return to football sooner than had been anticipated. "For the next months I have to charge my batteries," he said. "I will rest and I will wait. I will be ready, if one club wants me, if they seduce me, I will train again." Guardiola won three successive La Liga titles at Camp Nou, lifting the Champions League trophy in 2009 and 2011, as well as subsequently winning the FIFA Club World Cup on two occasions. He revealed last month that he was to leave Barcelona, citing the stress-inducing pressures of the top job at one of the world's leading clubs. Assistant Tito Vilanova will take over from him next s ...
Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova watched the Champions League final together with family members [md via la vanguardia]
Pep Guardiola watched the Champions League final on TV with new Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova + families. How nice! (via
David Luiz could be the subject of an enquiry from Barcelona at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mirror . Barcelona have already turned their attentionto planning for the summer transfer window with their hopes of winning La Liga and the Champions League over, with incoming boss Tito Vilanova said to be a fan of the former Benfica centre-back. Luiz signed on the dotted line for the Blues 14 months ago in a deal worth around £24 million, with The Mirror claiming that a fee of around £30 million is required in order to prize the 25-year-old away from Stamford Bridge . The Brazilian international has come in for his fair share of criticism this season, with Former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville comparing his style of defending to that of a "ten-year-old on a Playstation”. However Luiz has won over his detractors in recent months with a string of fine performances, although injury looks likely to curtail his season early. Reports surfaced this week that Barcelona are ready for an ov ...
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