Barca All The Way

Barcelona edged their way into the Copa del Rey semi-finals with a 2-2 draw over Real Madrid. The cup holders, who were reduced to 10 men late on, lost 4-3 on aggregate in a pulsating affair. Despite Real Madrid looking the better side for the majority of the first-half, the home side grabbed the lead in the 43rd minute when Pedro coolly slotted home after an excellent Lionel Messi run….

January 26, 2012

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 Coach Hits Back

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has leapt to the defence of his players ahead of the Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid, claiming they are examples of professionalism. Dani Alves, Pedro and Sergio Busquets were all accused of unsporting conduct by Madrid in a fiesty first leg at the Bernabeu, while the latter is reported to have racially abused Real full-back Marcelo. However, UEFA decided against taking additional action against…

May 3, 2011

UEFA Charge Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid and Barcelona

Jose Mourinho is in the dock after UEFA hit Real Madrid and Barcelona with a total of six charges relating to their hate-fuelled Champions League clash. Mourinho faces an extended touchline ban for his sending-off during the second half of Wednesday’s game at the Bernabeu and post-match comments which implied there was a conspiracy to help Barca get through. Real also face charges of missiles thrown from the crowd and…

April 29, 2011

José Mourinho Provokes Response From Pep Guardiola

This time it’s personal. Barcelona’s coach, Josep Guardiola, finally exploded, sending a year of pent-up anger and frustration gushing forth as he responded to José Mourinho on the eve of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. The question now is whether Mourinho will feel that he has won the mental battle, dragging Guardiola into territory that is not his own, or if Guardiola will feel a release at having…

April 27, 2011

Barcelona 3 Arsenal 1; agg 4-3: full match report

BARCELONAARSENAL Tuesday, March 08 19:45 Champions League Camp Nou Messi (45+3, 71) Xavi (69) (HT 1-0) Busquets (OG) (53) For three minutes here Arsenal dared to dream. For three minutes after Sergio Busquets’ own goal, levelling Lionel Messi’s opener and restoring Arsenal’s aggregate lead, reverie danced through Arsenal minds. The dream then dissolved into the darkest nightmare. Controversy and calamity engulfed them after 56 minutes. For all the folly staining…

March 9, 2011