November 20, 2013 by
Tata Martino must be cursing the international break this morning. Half his Barcelona team have had to undergo various long and exhausting journeys, and all for pointless friendlies. The boss already had the aserious problem of having to cope without the team talisman and goal machine Lionel Messi, and now it looks like Xavi Hernandez and Victor Valdes have picked up injuries.
The keeper is the most worrying, as Barcelona do have options in midfield. Fabregas and Iniesta can easily play for the next few games, another sign that the new manager’s insistence on regular rotation is a good idea. None of the players have been overused and so they will be fine to play all the time for a while. .....Read more here.......
February 12, 2013 by
Barcelona are resigned to losing their number one goalkeeper after Victor Valdes told club officials that he will not renew his current deal which expires in 2014. The number two choice, Jose Manuel Pinto, is staying at the Nou Camp, however. He signed a short term extension which also lasts until 2014, when he will be 39-years old. He has been with Barca since 2008, and offers stability when called upon. .....Read more here.......
January 17, 2013 by
Tito Vilanova will be glad that this was only the first of two legs in the Copa Del Rey, because Barcelona squandered a great chance to win the game. Malaga were excellent and put pressure on the home side throughout. Barcelona should still have won the game, but the two best chances were spurned by the Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez.
Vilanova did not rest as many of his Barcelona first team players as usual, aware that Malaga would be well organised and good on the ball, and so it proved. The visitors took the lead after Manuel Iturra pounced on a slack piece of play by the generally good Thiago Alcantara to steal the ball and slot it Past Pinto in the Barca goal. .....Read more here.......