Alves: Mourinho Envies Barcelona

Barcelona defender Dani Alves says Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is envious of the Catalan club’s achievements. The Madrid boss recently belittled Barca’s Club World Cup victory, describing the tournament as “nothing more than a few small games”, but Alves is not impressed with the Portuguese’s disparaging comments. “Mourinho is a person who plays his role, he devalues what other people win. The only thing that has value is what…

December 21, 2011

Barcelona President Admits Guardiola Will Decide Neymar’s Signing

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell said it is up to coach Pep Guardiola to decide whether or not to add Santos attacker Neymar to the squad. The Brazil international is continually being linked with a move to Camp Nou, among other clubs, and reportedly asked Guardiola to take him to La Liga in the wake of Santos’ 4-0 Club World Cup final loss against the Catalans on Sunday. Rosell has made…

December 20, 2011

Guardiola Won’t Take Victory For Granted

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has made his side’s intentions clear at the Club World Cup – victory. The European champions open their campaign in Japan against AFC Champions League winners Al Sadd of Qatar on Thursday in the semi-finals, with questions being asked in the press over the importance of the competition given the La Liga outfit’s already congested fixture calendar. But Guardiola – who guided Barca to a win…

December 14, 2011

Lionel Messi Pays Tribute To His Team-Mates

Lionel Messi has paid tribute to his Barcelona team-mates, saying they are the reason for his personal accolades. The Argentina international is considered a hot favourite to win the 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or, having already won the prestigious award in 2009 and 2010.The 24-year-old is humble in the face of overwhelming praise, and has thanked the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi for getting him to where he is today….

November 23, 2011

Messi: Pele Hasn’t Sent Me The DVD Of His Goals

Lionel Messi says he is still waiting for a DVD with highlights of Pele’s career that the Brazilian legend recently promised him. Pele said he would send footage of his best moments to Messi after the Argentine revealed he had never seen him in action, but the man widely regarded as the best player in the world is still awaiting the arrival of the package. “I would love to see…

November 2, 2011

Pep Guardiola: We Found Things Harder In Europe Than Anywhere Else

Pep Guardiola is braced for a stringent test against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday as the Spaniard gears up for his 200th game in charge of Barcelona. Champions League holders Barcelona are currently second in Group H, level on points with leaders AC Milan, and they travel to Viktoria Plzen aware that victory will seal their place in the last 16. Guardiola, though, is expecting a tough match against the Czech…

November 1, 2011