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When Mallorca visits Camp Nou later tonight, the 19th placed side will be hoping for a less severe encounter due to the absence of star striker Lionel Messi.
Messi picked up a hamstring injury recently and is fighting hard to find fitness for the match against PSG.
Meanwhile, manger Tito Villanova will be forced to make a decision regarding whom to play in the centre up-front. The possible choices he has have been discussed below:
Since his move to Spain, the Spaniard’s reputation as an efficient force up front has often caught the limelight. While there was no doubt regarding his creativity in the centre of the park while at Arsenal, at Barcelona his attacking instincts have been seen to flourish further.
After seeing Cesc Fabregas struggle for the national team in a false nine role, Vicente Del Bosque might be looking at other players who could perform better down the middle.
Over the years, we have seen trends in modern football change quite drastically. From the fall of the 4-4-2 formation, to the rise of 4-5-1, managers have been modifying their tactics with varying success since the turn of the current millennia.
However, there is one tactical choice that has been used with extreme caution by a selected few top managers of the game. Out of these managers, most chose to discard that formation. Roma did well to execute the 4-6-0 formation to their benefit, Barcelona are one team who have successfully used this formation to their advantage.
A deadly Messi-Villa combination ensured Barcelona maintain their 13 point lead at the top of the table, defeating Rayo Vallecano 3-1, the prolific duo played part in all three goals scored in the night.
After suffering a lengthy spell on the Barcelona bench, David Villa has made an inspiring comeback into the first team.
The Spanish international suffered a horrific injury back in December 2011, forcing him out of action for almost seven months. His prolonged absence kept him out of Spain’s successful Euro 2012 campaign, but the worst was yet to come for El Guaje. Upon his anticipated return, the forward was unable to impress new boss Tito Vilanova and was thus axed from the starting line-up.
With deadline day quickly approaching, managers are preparing to make last ditch bids to secure some new signings.
Deadline day has to be one of the most interesting days in the world of football. Whether it is the August transfer deadline or January, football fans look forward to seeing if their favorite club will bring in any new faces.
For some, it is a day to celebrate some new signings, while for others, it is a day to ask questions of their clubs management.
Thursday will bring us some very interesting final hours in the transfer window, with many clubs waiting for the last minute to make some improved bids.
David Villa is not going anywhere. Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is adamant that the player’s future is with the Blaugrana as Arsenal have reportedly ended their pursuit of the Spanish striker.
“David will not leave, we are very happy with him,” Tito Vilanova was quoted as saying by reporters on Sunday night.
Referring to the Spanish striker’s feat against Cordoba last Thursday, the Barcelona coach recalled:
“The other night, he scored two good goals.”
David Villa has indeed proven to be a great asset for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. He leads the goal scorers chart with five goals ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo who has four. At the Camp Nou, the former Valencia forward has struggled to find playing time.
Fresh from their massive triumph in midweek, Barcelona will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in La Liga on Sunday when they come up against fourth place Malaga at La Rosaleda.
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There were doubles for Alexis Sanchez and David Villa on Thursday in Barca’s 5-0 win over Cordoba. Yet, the two forwards could miss the challenge against Los Boquerones for fitness reasons. Following the full availability of newly-crowned Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Pedro – who were all absent in the Copa del Rey this week – the manager is expected to rearrange his front again.
The return of these superstars in Vilanova’s team should alleviate concerns caused by the absence of Sergi Roberto. The central midfielder is expected to miss four weeks of action after picking up a hamstring injury against Cordoba.
Barcelona won the first leg in this tie by two goals and Barca coach Tito Vilanova surprised everyone by fielding a strong team with Lionel Messi leading the attack.
This fixture, however, could be different considering the away goals and home advantage that Barca enjoys over second division side Cordoba.
Lionel was stretchered off the pitch in a match before he faced Cordoba, and many feared that the Argentinean would be…
Atletico Madrid suffered the most humiliating defeat at Camp Nou last season losing five goals to nil against Barcelona.
Now the circumstances have changed and Atletico are competiting with Barcelona for the title. With six points behind the league leaders, this is a must win game for the Los Colchoneros.
Cesc Fabregas was substituted early in the first half for Alexsis Sanchez, after the Spainiard complained of a thigh injury and he may not play until next year.
Atleti player Cristian Rodriguez also will not take part in this fixture.
Barcelona are unbeaten in the La Liga so far, but have tasted defeat in cup competitions.
They travel away from home to play Cordoba in the round of 16 of Copa del Rey this Wednesday.
Barcelona have lifted the trophy 26 times and are the defending champions this year. An away win against the second division side Cordoba is widely expected.
La Blaugrana will travel to Sevilla to face Real Betis for the first time this season, after knowing that Real Madrid came from behind to beat Real Valladolid yesterday.
Madrid are eight points behind Barca in third place, but the Catalan side has a game in hand. Real Betis defeated Madrid 1-0 earlier this season and it remains to be seen if they can repeat their feat against Barca.
Lionel Messi may or may not start this game following a knee injury he picked up against Benifica, but he will travel with squad. Alexis Sanchez and Dani Alves are match fit again and might come on late in the game. Cuenca is still recovering from his injury.
Real Betis central defenders Paulao, Mario and Damien are match ready after sititing out due to injury. Midfielder Sergio Rodriguez and defender Alex Martinez are unavailable for this match. Attacking midfielder Juan Carlos is doubful a starter.
Since losing last year’s Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao have not been the side they once were.
They lost influential defender/midfielder Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich last summer and have not replaced him yet. Last season’s club top scorer Fernando Llorente fell out of favour with coach Marco Biesla and Bilbao find themselves struggling in 14th place in the La Liga.
Barca fullback Dani Alves is out for two weeks and La Masia graduate Montoya will provide cover for the Brazilian.
Alexis Sanchez is still recovering from injury and Adriano and Cuenca are doubtful for this fixture.
Atheltic Bilbao have three players on the treatment table and Adoni Iraola is uncertain to feature in this game.
After missing the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament which Spain eventually won, David Villa continues his race for full fitness.
The Catalans remain busy on the transfer market following the signing of ex-Valencia defender Jordi Alba. For Barcelona team mate Lionel Messi, the return of another former Valencia player, namely David Villa, will be like a transfer signing. That said, Messi believes that the club should not think about welcoming new strikers.
“With the forwards that we have, there is no need to sign more attackers. It is crucial that [David] Villa returns,” La Pulga told the press.
“He is doing very well and I hope he will be the same Villa as before. He is a very important player, he scores a lot of goals and we missed him last season.”
The latest news from Barcelona’s camp is that David Villa will be sidelined for a long period of time. What impact will this info have on the club’s January transfer window plans?
The 30-year-old striker is believed to have fractured his tibia during Barca’s semi-final game against Al Sadd on Thursday. Villa was part of Guardiola’s starting XI for this 2011 FIFA World Club Cup encounter. He had to quit the field of play after 39 minutes only due to his leg injury.
David Villa’s prolonged absence will leave a hole in Pep Guardiola’s squad. Why should Barcelona deprive themselves from strengthening their attack whereas the transfer window is just around the corner?
Earlier this week, Spanish news source Marca claimed that the Catalans have opened the door for Villa to join the highest-bidding team from the English Premier League. But upon hearing this report, coach Guardiola categorically refuted it by stating loud and clear:
Barcelona play against Viktoria Plzeň at the Camp Nou on October 19, and prior to the Champions League match’s kick-off, we look at 10 interesting facts.
1) FC Barcelona and Viktoria Plzeň will be facing each other for the first time in the Champions League. With this in mind, both teams will be looking to make history.
2) Plzeň won all their qualifying matches. On their road to the group stage, they beat Pyunik, Rosenborg and Copenhagen.
3) Although the Czech had a good run in the qualifying stages, they have yet to win a game in the Champions League’s group stage. Plzeň have so far drawn 1-1 with BATE and lost 2-0 to AC Milan.
4) While the Czech have only scored a single goal hitherto in the group stage, FC Barcelona have netted 7. The title holders drew 2-2 with Milan at the Camp Nou, before demolishing BATE 5-0.
The biggest midweek fixture in La Liga will see Valencia and Barcelona lock horns at the Mestalla Stadium. Kick off time for this match is at 4:00pm EST and 8:00pm GMT.
Interestingly, Barcelona will not go into tonight’s game as La Liga leaders. Before the start of the 2011/12 Spanish Primera season, many predicted that the invincible Catalans would be occupying the very top of the table ahead of match-day 4. But because of their unfortunate and surprising slip away to Real Sociedad, Barcelona now find themselves behind the likes of third-placed Sevilla, second-placed Real Betis and upcoming opponents Valencia.
With their victories against Atletico Madrid, Racing Santander and more lately Sporting Gijon, Valencia boast of having 9 points and a (+3) goal difference just like Real Betis. Sevilla, having played a game more than both Los Che and Andalusia rivals Betis, possess 8 points compared to Barca’s 7.
Barcelona’s 8-0 victory over Osasuna at the weekend placed Guardiola’s boys back on track in La Liga, but can they maintain their form against leaders Valencia?
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Valencia currently sit above everyone else with three wins out of three. Nine points, a goal difference of three with six goals scored and three conceded has been good enough to give them a narrow advantage over Real Betis, who share the same amount of points.
Barcelona have scored fifteen goals and conceded only two thus far, yet - as a result of their costly 2-2 draw away to Sociedad on September 10 - they can only afford a place in the fourth position. A win for the hosts at the Mestalla would eventually cause a huge damage to Barca’s season, knowing that arch-rivals Real Madrid could hence regain the edge in the standings - depending on their score line against Racing Santander.
Barcelona have scored 15 goals in 3 match-days already! They trounced Osasuna 8-0 tonight. Who dared to predict a crisis for the Catalans after they drew twice in a row lately?
Lionel Messi unlocked the gates after only 5 minutes before Cesc Fabregas doubled the Catalans’ lead a few moments later. David Villa added a third goal inside the 34th minute to assure Barca supporters of the team’s strength in depth.
From there it became a matter of scoring for fun. The Camp Nou transformed into a total hell for visitors Osasuna. First, Roversio scored an own goal to pile up the pressure on his team. The unfortunate incident happened when David Villa produced a shot which bounced off Fernandez before cannoning off Roversio and past the goal line.
Europe’s two champions will battle it out in Monaco for the UEFA Super Cup title; and unsurprisingly, there is nothing to expect other than an exciting game with great names.
Barcelona last participated in the annual contest in 2009, when they narrowly edged past then-Europa League winners Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 in extra time thanks to a Pedro goal. For FC Porto, one will have to go back in 2003 to recall their last appearance, which saw them lose by a goal to nil to then-Champions League title holders AC Milan.
Barca obtained their Super Cup tickets after defeating Manchester United 3-1 at the Wembley Stadium on28 May 2011, while the Dragons turned into their opponents subsequent to their 1-0 triumph in last season’s all-Portuguese Europa League final against Sporting Braga on May 18.
Certainly, the teams have enough weapons to hurt each othe. But somehow, it is Porto who appear to have the less advantage.
Messi has welcomed and praised Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez at Barcelona.
La Pulga had the same attitude last summer following Barcelona's signing of top Spanish striker David Villa. However, Villa didn’t quite live up to the fans’ expectations.
The 29-year-ol Spaniard still managed to hit 23 goals in his first season at Barcelona, though. But his overall record was rather disappointing considering the number of chances he had during matches.
However, his stunning goal against Manchester United offered him some much needed confidence and Barca supporters are now expecting Villa to enjoy a better partnership with Lionel Messi next season. Meanwhile, La Pulga has started looking forward to life with new transfer acquisition Alexis Sanchez.
The Barcelona vs Manchester United match in the 2011 Champions League final at the Wembley Stadium will present an interesting individual battle: David Villa vs Wayne Rooney.
The two stars have never faced each other in a UEFA Champions League match, thus May 28 will mark the start of an individual battle that could expand itself in further years to come—if ever both Barca and United keep meeting each other regularly. Below, Live Soccer TV brings you Champions League statistics and expectations of the two concerned players.
2011 Champions League Stats – David Villa
Goals: 3 against Panathinaikos (1), Rubin Kazan (1) and Arsenal (1)
Assists: 1 against Arsenal (1)
Appearances: 11, in his case, equal to 857 minutes played for Barcelona
Expectations: Having not scored for Barca in the semi-finals against Real Madrid despite having a host of chances, David Villa will be expected to have a much more productive contribution in the Wembley final against Manchester United. Villa has not made more than 3 shots in any game for the Catalans in the 2010/2011 Champions League season, and this just shows how quiet he is—even when he is needed to explode.