Messi:niko u Barseloni ne potcenjuje Lion

After seeing the Blaugrana drawn against Olympique Lyonnais, Messi was keen to point out that nobody in the squad thought they would have it easy despite the media seeming pleased that the Catalan outfit avoided Chelsea and Inter.
Lionel Messi has explained that Barcelona do not consider that they have been handed an easy tie after being paired with Olympique Lyonnais in the first knockout round of the Champions League.

The Argentinian stated that the Blaugrana squad has seen the draw in Switzerland on Friday and believe that playing the French champions will be a difficult proposition.

Having eased through their group, Barça are one of the favourites to win the tournament, but Messi is taking nothing for granted.

"We watched the draw and it is fine. We have drawn a hard team. People may think we have drawn a smaller name, but we know it will not be easy," he told reporters.

"At this stage of the Champions League you will not find an easy team to play.

"We will not only be focussing on (Karim) Benzema because they have a great team with a lot of very good players."

While the media focus on the Champions League draw, Messi stated that Barça are only concerned with playing Villarreal this weekend because the tie against Lyon is not for two months.

"There is still a long time before those games. I hope that we go into them in the same form, but for the time being we have to think only about Villarreal," he added.

Messi na pravom putu za najboljeg na svetu

Cristiano Ronaldo may be the favourite after winning two personal awards already, but Barcelona star Messi is set to cause a surprise at the FIFA World Player of the Year award by coming first, according to El Mundo Deportivo...
Lionel Messi is on course to pip Cristiano Ronaldo to win the FIFA World Player of the Year accolade because of his Olympic gold medal and great start to the current season - if El Mundo Deportivo are to be believed.

The Barça-biased Catalan daily believe that the Argentinian star will cause a surprise and be awarded the coveted prize at a ceremony in Nyon in January.

Ronaldo is the favourite after he helped steer Manchester United to the English title and the Champions League trophy, netting an incredible 42 goals in all competitions along the way.

While Messi has had an impressive year for both club and country, El Mundo Deportivo do not back up their belief that 'everything is pointing to' him edging out the Portuguese ace.

But the paper feel that, after finishing second in the FIFPro list and the Ballon d'Or to Ronaldo, the Barça star's performance at the Olympic Games and his role in the Catalan team's opening to the season will see him succeed with the FIFA awards.

El Mundo Deportivo appear to be scraping the barrel when stating that while Ronaldo 'disappeared' in the Champions League, even though he scored, Messi dazzles opponents and fans.

If the Argentine was to win, the paper continues, then the 21-year-old would become the second youngest Blaugrana star to win the trophy after Brazilian star Ronaldo, who won it at the age of 20

Marquez:Barcelona spremna za drugaciji Real

Juande Ramos' arrival at Madrid has meant that Blaugrana will not know how their opponents will play, but the Mexican defender is still confident that the hosts will triumph...
Rafael Márquez has admitted that Real Madrid's change of coach means that Barcelona do not know what to expect when they play in el Clásico at the weekend.

The Mexican international believes that the Blaugrana recognised how Bernd Schuster's teams played, but that new coach Juande Ramos will be unknown quantity.

Real Madrid changed their trainer this week after losing to Sevilla at the weekend, but Márquez thinks that if Barça play the way that they have been then they will win.

"The Madrid that will come on Saturday will a different team to the one that would have come with Schuster because we knew how they played, but we do not know about how Juande will do things," he told Catalan television.

"But our task is to continue playing as we have been. The team has to remain calm and to go into the game with humility.

"In football, things are like life and now we are on the up having been down for a while."

With no indication as to what side he will name, Guardiola will wait until the morning of the game to announce his decision, but Márquez is hoping that he will be in the team.

"We are going in to el Clásico with an anxiety to win as that is everyone aim at Barça," he continued.

"I am very excited and want to play in the most famous game in the world, there is no equal to this."

Ajaks uzima Bojana Krkica na pozajmicu

Having agreed to sell Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to Real Madrid, the Dutch giants are now mooting a move to take the young Barcelona striker on loan with the promise of regular first team football.
Ajax are considering making a loan offer for Barcelona youngster Bojan Krkic for the second half of the season after being encouraged to make a move by the Catalan club.

The Dutch outfit are scouring the market for a new striker after agreeing to sell Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and have been linked with a number of frontmen for the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain and the Netherlands.

Bojan has featured this term for the Blaugrana, but he has been given less playing time that he enjoyed under Frank Rijkaard and that has apparently unsettled him.

While there is no thought of him leaving Camp Nou permanently, a loan move has been mooted in the past in order for him to play regularly and gain invaluable experience at the highest level.

In the summer the idea of going to a different club for the season was put to the 18-year-old and he turned it down saying that he would learn more from just training alongside the Barça stars every day.

After Frank Rijkaard used him regularly last term, Bojan was expecting to become even more prominent this season, given the coach's desire to promote from teh youth set-up.

Alveš:imamo velike šanse da pobedimo Real Madrid

The Barcelona full-back is excited about his first taste of el Clásico and thinks that in current form the Catalan outfit are almost unbeatable because of team-work and the quality of the squad.
Dani Alves is looking forward to playing Real Madrid at the weekend because he believes that Barcelona have a great chance of beating their arch rivals and extending their lead at the top of the table to 12 points.

The Brazilian full-back is enjoying life at Camp Nou and has become a key player in the team's incredible run of 20 matches without defeat this term as he has played the most minutes of anyone at the club.

After stating that he had to adapt to a new system it appears that Alves has done so, with statistics showing that he is second behind Xavi in passes completed he is revelling in the team's performances.

"We are in brilliant form and we have to take advantage of it because then perhaps if we have a bad moment it will allow us to commit the odd mistake," he told Sport-

"It is impossible not to think about (el Clásico) because we have a great chance of winning and to extend our lead over Madrid."

Alves was keen to explain why he believes that Pep Guardiola's team have become such a formidable outfit this term and he puts it down to team-work and quality.

"There are no doubts about working hard for a team-mate because it really is all for one. We also know how to stay calm and with this level of commitment, which is spectacular, we are almost unbeatable," he continued.

"One of the basic aims of this team is not to concede goals. Having players that can make the difference going forward means that we already have a huge advantage in that respect."

Thierry Henry sprema osvetu Real Madridu

Barcelona’s French forward Thierry Henry is anxiously awaiting his opportunity to avenge the Blaugrana’s double defeat to Real Madrid last season.
Barcelona’s sublime 4-0 win over Valencia on Saturday, coupled with Real Madrid’s 4-3 defeat at home to Sevilla on Sunday evening has opened up a massive nine-point gap between the two sides heading into this weekend’s El Clasico clash.

But Blaugrana forward Thierry Henry wants to inflict even more pain on the eternal rivals from the capital as he looks to avenge Barca’s bitter double defeat to Los Merengues last term when they lost 1-0 at the CampNou and were decimated 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu back in May this year.

“I’m annoyed that I have yet to beat Real Madrid in a Barcelona shirt, yet I have never lost to them before (prior to joining Barca),” he said in an interview with Sport.

“I remember clearly our trip to the Bernabeu last season and all the bad things we were going through at the time and the circumstances of the game itself. It was difficult to go there and play and even more difficult to take at the end of the 90 minutes.

“I have lived through it and it is something I never want to experience again,” Henry added, referring not only to the 4-1 mauling by the merengues but also to the guard of honour Barca had to perform prior to the game.

But with Madrid going through a crisis at present, Henry sensed a perfect opportunity seek vengeance and to rub salt into the enemy’s wounds and he did not attempt to be discreet about his motives.

“This is el clasico and I will be going out there to win. I don’t care if Madrid are in crisis, if they have been losing or if they have a lot of injured players.

“In last season’s game, we had out own problems. [Lionel] Messi had only returned from injury, Ronaldinho was having a bad year, [Rafa] Marquez was unfit, [Samuel] Eto’o and Deco were suspended… but nobody cried for Barca and now we are not going to cry for Madrid,” he concluded.

Rafael Nadal:Ja sam takodje Barsin fan

Tennis world number one Rafael Nadal, who has always expressed his adulation for Real Madrid, has now revealed that Barcelona are also his favourite team.
Just days after Spain’s Formula One dual world champion Fernando Alonso admitted that he enjoys watching Barcelona play more than his favourite team, Real Madrid, another of the country’s major sporting icon and Los Blancos supporter, tennis ace Rafael Nadal has also confessed that he has a liking for Madrid’s arch nemesis, Barca.

During a promotional campaign with sports giant Nike, Barcelona-based newspaper Sport managed to catch up with the reigning Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion.

“Yes, I am also a fan of Barca. It’s okay… you can write that and emphasise it, please,” he told the reporter, while signing autographs on the blaugrana jerseys.

“Barcelona have always treated me very well and I feel like one of the family. I want them to know that the feeling is mutual,” the 22 year old added.

Nadal, the nephew of former Barca defender Miguel Angel Nadal, then went on to assure that he remains a fan of Real Madrid, as he spoke about the club’s current crisis.

“I am often regarded as a supporter of Real Madrid and it’s true that I have a lot of affection for the club. But I also have great admiration for Barcelona and just football in general and I follow the league every weekend without missing a game.

“They [Madrid] are not having much luck in the opening stages of the season and the injuries are making things worse.

“And all this is happening while their arch rivals, Barcelona are playing the best football in the world,” affirmed the tennis star.

Finally, Nadal had high words of praise for Ballon d’Or runner-up, Lionel Messi: “He is the best player on the planet right now.

“He is such a normal and humble person and he is always involved with the team. He doesn’t think of himself as the club’s superstar and that is very important,” he concluded.

Nadal had previously stated in a separate promotional outing along with Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas that Los Merengues will beat the Blaugrana 1-0 at the CampNou in when the two teams collide in El Clasico next weekend.

MESSI: I PREFER TEAM TROPHIES TO BALLON D'OR

The Argentinian did not think that he would pip Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo to the Ballon d'Or award and is now focussed on beating Valencia this weekend.
Lionel Messi has revealed that he expected to finish behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Ballon d'Or and would rather win trophies with Barcelona than individual prizes.

The Argentinian forward had many fans hoping that he would be rewarded for his outstanding performances over the past 12 months, but had to settle for second place in the France Football honours list.

While several of his Barcelona team-mates admitted that they understood the decision, Messi explained that he did not think that he would pick up the gong and was instead aiming to help the Blaugrana win cups.

“Any player would like to win the Ballon d’Or, but neither am I obsessed with it," he told the club's official website. "I would rather win trophies for Barça or for Argentina.

“I expected to finish second. Ronaldo deserved to win it after everything he achieved and because he had a great year where he won two important trophies.

"All I can do is carry on working and trying to do things well."

Barcelona continue their set of matches against their title rivals at the weekend, after beating Sevilla away last time out, as Valencia visit Camp Nou.

“It will be a difficult game like the one with Sevilla and most of the games we have played," he continued. "But we have to stay calm and keep playing the way we have shown we can.

“We always go out to win every game, whoever we are playing. We know these games will be difficult and that we are playing direct rivals.

"Winning against direct rivals is the kind of thing that makes you feel stronger."

Fernarndo Alonso:volim da gledam Barselonu i Lea Messija

Spain’s Formula One double world champion Fernando Alonso, a self-confessed Real Madrid fan, has admitted that he enjoys watching his team’s arch nemesis, Barcelona.
Fernando Alonso is well known to be a Real Madrid supporter but he has freely acknowledged that Los Blancos’ fierce rivals, Barcelona are the side who are capturing his imagination at the moment with their champagne football.

“I like the way Barca play and I really enjoy it,” he was quoted as saying by Sport.

“You turn on the television and you see [Lionel] Messi and it is a joy to watch. He is a player who can do things that others can’t,” added the 27 year old Renault-F1 driver.

The Asturian is also delighted that his home-town club Sporting Gijon are back in the top flight but he made it clear who he pledges his allegiance to.

“I have many friends at Sporting and now I can watch them live when they play Madrid or Barca.

“They are doing very well in La Primera and this helps the sport in Asturia, although I am all for Real Madrid,” he concluded.

Bernd Suster dobija otkaz posle utakmice sa Barsom

he beleaguered Spanish giants will allegedly oust their coach if they lose in el Clásico agianst arch rivals Barça in two weeks after another disappointing result on Saturday.

Bernd Schuster must turn Real Madrid's fortunes around in time for the trip to Barcelona in two weeks or those clamouring for him to be sacked will finally begiven their wish, according to a report.

The German trainer has been kept in place by president Ramón Calderón because he is not keen to rush to a decision when the team are still winning, however unconvincingly.

Now though he has been given a time limit as the pressure grows on the board and only avoiding defeat in el Clásico will extend his troubled stay at the Bernaéu, Sport state.

It is believed that Schuster will certainly not stay at the club beyond the end of this season, but with Calderón attracting more and more criticism,, the president is ready to do something.

Miguel Ángel Portugal, Madrid's technical director, would likely be given the reins until the end of the current campaign, given his experience in coaching, while the club look for a new boss.

Milan's Carlo Ancelotti is on the agenda and has been linked with the Spanish giants in the past, while Arsène Wenger may be offered the chance to build a dynasty if his problems at Arsenal grow.

After losing to Getafe at the weekend, Schuster did not endear himself to Madrid when stating that the defeat did not hurt, but it was his no-show at training on Sunday that puzzled onlookers again.

Now he has been told that a good result at Camp Nou is crucial, even though the team have to entertain Sevilla this weekend, or the club could head into the festive break with a new man at the helm.

Xavi potpiso novi ugovor sa Barsom

Following several weeks of speculation, the Blaugrana vice-captain will ink a new contract at Camp Nou this week and remain at the club for at least another six seasons.
Barcelona will recieve a boost at the start of the week when Xavi Hernández puts pen-to-paper on a new six-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2014.

The Blaugrana vice-captain was reported to have offers from other clubs and while there was no agreement with the Catalan outfit speculation mounted that he could be tempted away.

But those worries are over as both sides have now reached an agreement that will see the 28-year-old extend his stay at Camp Nou for another six seasons.

Interest from other teams was, arguably, being promoted by Xavi's agent to ensure that his client recieved the deal that he wanted - and the plan has been effective.

Early stories suggested that Barça had put forward a deal worth €7 million-per-year, while the player demanded €9 million, in order to make himself the second highest paid player at the club behind Lionel Messi.

Details of the lenth of the contract have emerged but whether Xavi has been granted the mega-deal that he wanted is unknown, although it was unrealistic to think that he would ever have really left.

“My dream is to retire at Barça. I have always said that I want to stay here. I have always felt comfortable and highly valued by the club. At no time have they said that they want to sell me," he told the media last month.

Laporta:Messi je najbolji na svetu

All the talk around footballing circles in recent times has been about the identity of the world's best player, and Joan Laporta has wasted no time in nailing his colours firmly to Lionel Messi's mast.

Speaking after the match, Laporta said, "He is the best in the world. He is the most decisive player."

The Barca supremo then went on to praise the rest of the team, saying, "Samuel Eto'o was so important in obtaining the victory. But all these individualities only shine when they play as a team. Despite the 3-0 scoreline, it was a very complicated victory, especially after such an even first half."

He then spoke of what it was like to be a supporter watching the match, stating, "It was very intense, as these kind of games always are."

Finally, Laporta calmed the nerves of Barca fans by assuring them that Xavi's renewed contract was a mere formality, saying, "He will continue at Barca for many years, and there are only a few small details remaining which are not going to complicate the renewal."

Luckily for Cristiano Ronaldo, Laporta does not get to vote for the winner of the Ballon D'Or.

Keita najavio povratak u staru formu

Seydou Keita has made a solid but unspectacular start at Barcelona ever since his €14 million summer transfer from Sevilla.

Keita Aiming To Rediscover Old Form

The holding midfielder, who has a penchant for outrageous long-range goals, netted his very first strike for Barcelona last weekend in the 0-2 win at Recreativo Huelva and he believes that the goal could be the catalyst for him to revive his form.

“As a defensive player, it was important for me to score the goal because sometimes, it can be the difference between winning and losing,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.

“For us midfielders, it’s not our objective to score goals but it is still something we like to do because we feel like we have made a contribution,” the 28 year old added.

The Malian international then went on to outline his immediate objective: “My goal is to continue to improve so that I can rediscover the form I showed at Sevilla and I am confident I can achieve that.

“Generally, I am not doing as well at the moment, but considering the circumstances, I would say my valuation is positive.

“I have already adapted well to team and the new playing style. At Barça, you don’t have to go looking for the ball; the ball comes to you,” he offered.

Finally, Keita spoke the relationship with his new coach, Pep Guardiola.

“I speak a lot to the coach. He tells me that he is satisfied with my work but he also lets me know what else I need to do to contribute more to the team and the instructions are always clear,” he assured. 

With Andrés Iniesta and Touré Yayá out injured, Keita looks likely to be featured prominently this weekend for the Blaugrana as they take on Getafe. 

Eto izglasao Messija protiv C.Ronalda

Barcelona hot-shot Samuel Eto’o has joined in the debate to determine who the best player in the world is at present and the Cameroonian had little hesitation in choosing teammate, Lionel Messi.
Pregled 
As the race for the Ballon d’Or heats up, influential players as well as coaches are starting to sway worldwide journalists’ decision on who to vote for come December.  

It appears to be a two-horse race at present between Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and each player have received either glowing endorsements or rave reviews over the past few months.

And Barça striker Samuel Eto’o has now thrown in his two cents’ worth by backing his Argentine goalscoring accomplice at the CampNou.

“Cristiano (Ronaldo) is a great player, but Messi is above everybody at the moment,” he told French television channel, TF1.

“He does things not just in training but during matches that no one has ever done before.      

“He is the new Maradona. He is a player who makes other people dream of playing like him,” he added.

Eto’o then analyzed Barcelona’s current playing system under coach, Pep Guardiola, which seems to be brining enormous success.

“Our present system isn’t all that different from the one last season. It’s still a 4-3-3 formation but in reality, it looks more like the system developed by (Johan) Cryuff’s Dream Team,” the 27 year old explained.

Barcelona currently sit atop the La Liga standings on 28 points after 11 rounds, with a massive 36 goals scored, 21 of which are shared between Eto’o and Messi.

Barcelona vs Benidorm

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Pep Guardiola has yet again delayed the naming of the squad against Benidorm till the time of the match. This looks like his way of keeping his players focussed. Whatever we might say it have worked in this season. FC Barcelona goes into this match in a kind of tricky position. They have won the away leg with a goal margin and are the hot favourite to proceed to next step. Already the Copa Del Rey had one big casuality in the form of Real Madrid; Madrid was outsed by an injury time goal by Real Union. As I mentioned in my previous post Copa Del Rey Awakes, for the smaller teams all match is like the final match. Today's match is Benidorm ultimate match and they can be expected to throw everything at Barca.

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