Posted in Miscellaneous

A few words with Neymar

I like Neymar. Always liked him from his Santos days as an upcoming phenomenon and at FC Barcelona he is going to get even better and he knows it. I wish to see him retire in the Blaugrana  colors.

At a presser today:

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“With Brazil, I used to apply pressure, but with Barça we do that every day in training. So now I’ve developed and can help more.”

“At Barcelona, I have freedom to dribble and shoot, but there’s a tactical discipline of course. I’ll keep improving there.”

“I’m still the same player as before. My move to Barça didn’t change me nor my stile to play. I just improved in making pressure.”

The Brazilian coach asked Ney to apply that pressure in training so he can help the team.

“I don’t feel any difference in marking between Spanish league and Brazil. Both opponents foul the same way. I’m totally adapted.”

“At Barça, I train every day with players like Xavi, Messi and Iniesta. They have won many things, so you always improve with them.”

“Messi is one of my idols, and even more now I also know him as a person, being around him every day. He’s like a mirror for me.”

Just when yer thought things are not going to get Messi! Like a mirror friend? I’m just waiting for Ney to randomly burst out his love for Leo in an awkward song. >.< I wonder if the WAGs are jealous yet? They’re getting so close.

And I thought Leo fan girls were … forget what I thought about them.

“I’m learning a lot from Messi. He’s a fantastic person. He jokes around with all the players.”

Awww! ❤

I wonder if Leo misses him? Hmmmm …

‘Dear Diary, Neymar can’t stop talking about us. I don’t like that he’s talking about our relationship that way because Anto is not pretty when she’s jealous.’

Apart from all the love going on, it was learned today that Neymar could have been a Real Madrid player. *Gasps* Impossible you say. Possible I say. Ney reportedly trained with Real at the age of 14, but when he was offered to them for €60,000 but they refused to pay. They must have thought that it was too expensive back then. Anyway, I’m just happy he’s not the Messi of Real Madrid but the Neymar of FC Barcelona.

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Posted in FC Barcelona

Pique: ‘If you don’t believe, leave your ticket for your children or free up your seat.’

Piqué / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Today, Pique did the presser and via fcbarcelona.com here are his Top 10 comments:

1) “I have a feeling that we can do it. I honestly believe that we have the team, the talent and the players to make it to the next round.”

2) “We’re going up against one of the big teams in Europe, AC Milan, who have a long history of winning the Champions League and the Italian league. They are a very complicated rival, but we have the Camp Nou on our side and one of the best FC Barcelona teams in Club history.”

3) “We have to try and get the fans involved from the first minute. The people need to believe. Historically we’ve been a very pessimistic Club. If you don’t believe, leave your ticket for your children or free up your seat. Tomorrow we need 90,000 people who believe we can go through to the next round.”

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4) “We have scored 20 more goals than the team in second place. We don’t lack accuracy in front of goal. We’re going to play against an Italian team and we know they are going to play, even though it’s Milan, an Italian-style match. We will have our chances and I’m sure the game will be decided by small details.”

5) “We went through 90 years where we won the league or the Cup but nothing important. Cruyff arrived and he changed out mentality. After [he left] we backslid a bit, but with Rijkaard and Guardiola we changed our history completely. We need to have confidence in this team. It seems as though our memory fails us. This team can do this and much more.”

6) “We need qualify for the next round for ourselves, not to prove our critics wrong. We’re 13 points ahead of the team in second place, our season has been brilliant.”

7) “I think that referees need to be professionalised. They should work 40 hours to prepare for a match. It seems as though one cannot tell a referee he’s made a mistake, even though they do make mistakes.”

8) “I would love for it to repeat itself (in reference to the match against Inter years ago) when the fans were 100% behind us. Those are the days when Barça is at its best.”

9) “We’ve been playing against teams that close themselves off at the back for five years, the problem is that Milan are specialists in this. It will be very complicated. We need to open up the pitch, move the ball quickly, take advantage of the pitch and the chances will come. I’m confident that we’ll have many chances.”

10) “We’ve been a team that has always played smart football and tomorrow we need to be smart. Sometimes you have to play with your heart, especially in the final minutes of match.”

Pique at the presser:

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Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against AC Milan at the Joan Gamper Sport Complex on March 11, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against AC Milan at the Joan Gamper Sport Complex on March 11, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against AC Milan at the Joan Gamper Sport Complex on March 11, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against AC Milan at the Joan Gamper Sport Complex on March 11, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against AC Milan at the Joan Gamper Sport Complex on March 11, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona faces the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against AC Milan at the Joan Gamper Sport Complex on March 11, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

Posted in FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona: Iniesta’s top 10 comments

Andrés Iniesta FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Iniesta was at the presser today and via fcbarcelona.com here are his top 10 comments regarding the defeat from last night in the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid and the games ahead against Real Madrid and AC Milan.

1. “Our mentality won’t change because of what happened last night”.

2. “In two isolated games against top class teams, the team has not played well as a unit. When the team performs it’s because things are generally working. When certain things go wrong, we suffer”.

3. “It’s not that the team has let go or doesn’t want to win. In some situations the opposition simply have you beat. But there are still some big games left and we’re optimistic about them”.

4. “It’s only normal for there to be doubts. That’s all part of what this is about. But the fans are always there for us when we need them”.

5. “The game on the 12th is like a final. We have to go and play like our lives depend on it”.

6. “The Milan game is a difficult one, the result is very much against us, but right now I’d still put my hand on the fire and say we’ll win”.

7. “It’s a question of pride, need and reality. We are capable of turning the game around”.

8. “We have to regain that sensation of being a compact and infallible team”.

9. “It isn’t easy without the figure of a head coach. It’s been a long time and it’s just one of the many difficulties we have had to deal with this season. But we shouldn’t say he has to come back right now just because we lost yesterday. His health is what matters most and we trust that he’ll be back soon”.

10. “My duty is to play as well as I can, whatever position they put me in”.

 

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Pressers/Training Session: Around the Internationals featuring Portugal, Spain and Brazil

On Wednesday, international friendlies will take place. Today, some of these teams prepare for the fight.

Portugal:

Portugal will play Ecuador.

It was someone’s bday today:

But that someone also had to train as well (happy birthday Crispy!):

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Brazil:

Brazil will play England.

Ronaldinho is back with the squad and he is delighted as anyone could see from his presser today:

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Cesar was also at the presser

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Training session (happy b-day Neymar):

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Britain Soccer Brazil

Germany:

The Germans will fight the French in a revenge battle.

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Sweden:

Zlatan will face Messi

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England:

In case you missed it earlier, England will face Brazil

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Argentina:

They will face Sweden

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Spain:

They will play Uruguay in Qatar

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‘What do you have for us, Papa Bosque?’

Uruguay:

They will face the above team

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If you’re Les Bleus fan and want to see the French session, go here:

https://myheartbeatsfootball.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/training-session-les-bleus-15/

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Stupid Questions by Stupid Reporters? Mancini No Likey

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The boss went to the conference on the eve City will host Ajax and was received by rude reporters waiting to ambush him with stupid questions. He was furious and demanded more respect.

When asked about him talking to 7 or 8 clubs last season, he blasted – and rightfully so:

‘Why do you keep asking me about last month and last season? Why do you keep asking me about last year?’

The boss also talked about his two wins with City:

‘I stayed here, my work is here. I believe in the future of this team. I built with the chairman and the owner. 

‘For 50 years the club won nothing and now we’ve won the Premier League and FA Cup in two years.’

Unless you’re not a fan of football, don’t care for anything football, or living under a rock and now waking up, Mancini bought City glory with the 2011/12 title, the club’s first title in 44 years. The boss was rewarded with a 5 year contract.

“People should have more respect for me and the players at the club.”

When he couldn’t take the nature of disrespect, he banged the table with his hand and continued:

‘I come here and I am polite and I answer your questions. 

‘Every year I may have one or two situations where I could leave the club but I want to stay here and work here. 

‘In the future it will be easy, but what I’ve had for the first three years is a new team. That’s not so easy.’

Agreed with Mr. Mancini there. It’s not so easy managing any new team. It’s like the coach is still in an adaptation period, but he loves the team, the club and the values they stand for. Mancini’s anger was understandable when we learned that a few – more like a lot! – players will be out of the game against Ajax. There will be no defence: Lescott, Kolo, Micah and Maicon are all out. David Silva is still injured and there will also be no Jack Rodwell.

Worries: Man City have several injured players at the moment

This is City’s only second time in the CL. I’ve been saying that they have the players but they need the experience and it seem like the boss agree with me:

‘In the Champions League there are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Manchester United that have more experience than us.

‘True or not? It is true. Perfect. We play Champions League for the second year, probably we need to work more for this.

‘But sometimes you also need to be lucky when there is a draw, because if you take a softer group maybe you have more chance. In these six games you can get more experience for the February stage.

‘This time we again took a difficult group and you need to work hard. When you are in a group with Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Ajax, you can go out. It is possible.’

Mancini also lamented City’s missed chances. They owe him 3 games. We’ll see how that work out!

Presser with Le Boss:

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Le Training Session:

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany stretches during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England, November 5, 2012. City are set to play Dutch side Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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Britain Soccer Champions League

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On the move: Joe Hart dribbling through plastic 'defenders'

Guidance: Mancini (centre, in the hat) talks tactics to his players

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Britain Soccer Champions League

Britain Soccer Champions League

Star quality: Sergio Aguero will need to be at his best on Tuesday

Stretch it out: Carlos Tevez and Co limber up for their clash with Ajax

They'll need an angel to get through: Mario Balotelli's personalised boots

Balotelli’s personalized boots

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Posted in Europa League, Olympique Lyonnais

Presser/Training Session: Lyon/Bilbao

The teams prepared for their Europa clash tomorrow. Lyon will take on Bilbao which I am billing as a rematch from the last time these two teams met during the pre-season. Bilbao won 2-1.

Lyon Presser:

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Lyon’s Training Session:

 

That’s Lyon’s general manager Bernard Lacombe looking on at the training session.

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Bilbao’s Presser:

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Bilbao’s Training Session:

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