Pep Guardiola: Atletico Madrid Compete At The Highest Level

Barcelona head coach Pep Guardiola believes Atletico Madrid have the potential to challenge for the La Liga title this season. Perennial favourites Barcelona and Real Madrid have both made stuttering start to the 2011/12 campaign, with newly promoted Real Betis stealing the limelight to sit top of the league after four matches. Barca sit one point ahead of Atletico in fourth ahead of their match on Saturday, with Guardiola insisting…

September 24, 2011

Xavi: Cesc Fabregas Makes My Football Better

Barcelona midfielder Xavi claims that the arrival of Cesc Fabregas has made him an even better player this season. Xavi was on the three-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award last year , but the 31-year-old thinks that he can improve after Fabregas joined the club from Arsenal for around £29 million this summer. Fabregas has made Barcelona history by scoring in each of his first four La Liga…

September 23, 2011

Pep Guardiola Expects Valencia Challenge

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola expects an in-form Valencia to give his side a stern test in Wednesday’s La Liga clash at Mestalla. Valencia are currently at the summit of the league table, with a perfect nine points from three games. Barcelona’s spirits are high after Saturday’s 8-0 demolition of Osasuna, but Guardiola noted that Unai Emery’s men pose an entirely different challenge. “Valencia are the league leaders right now and…

September 21, 2011

Cesc Fabregas: I Want To Win The Big Titles

Cesc Fabregas has revealed he decided to leave Arsenal after fearing the club would not end their trophy drought. Fabregas, 24, lifted the FA Cup at Arsenal in 2005 but failed to claim further glory before completing his protracted move to Barcelona this summer for a fee in the region of £35 million. Despite only joining Barca in August, Fabregas has already won the Supercopa de Espana and UEFA Super…

September 15, 2011

Iniesta Out For Four Weeks

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will be out of action for a month with a hamstring injury. Iniesta suffered the injury in the holders’ Champions League Group H match at home to AC Milan on Tuesday, the Spanish club said. Iniesta was replaced by Spain teammate Cesc Fabregas shortly before halftime at the Nou Camp, before Barca conceded a stoppage-time goal to draw 2-2 with the seven-times European champions. “Tests have…

September 14, 2011

Pep Guardiola: Puyol Makes Us So Much Stronger

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes his side are a step above the rest with Carles Puyol in the team following his return from injury. Puyol is ready for action this weekend against Real Sociedad after recovering from knee surgery he underwent in June. The Spain international missed the 5-0 thrashing of Villarreal in the opening round, but he is finally back and ready to go. “Puyol gives us something that…

September 9, 2011