Posts tagged Pep Guardiola
Posts tagged Pep Guardiola
Iniesta, Messi and Xavi!
FIFA coach of the year finalists: Del Bosque, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho
Pep Guardiola and Vicente Del Bosque are featured in the 2011 calender of the Talita foundation, which supports children with the Down syndrome. How great is Pep with the baby?
Unfortunately the “making of” clips of Del Bosque’s photo is unavailable.
Pep: “How we did it - that makes us proud. Now just let us sit back and enjoy that win - we’ll reflect and look at the whole game, but now it would be wrong not to revel in the win. Games like that happen very rarely indeed. There are still a lot of games left to play in this league. We were the better team tonight, but both teams are at a very high level. We are only two points ahead and Real Madrid remain an impressive team”.
Puyol: “I wanted to defend my teammate because I think it’s a very hard tackle. We have many friends in the Real Madrid dressing room, and we do not have problems with it. Whatever happens on the field let’s finish it in the field. I have a good relationship with Ramos, and the incident had been forgotten. There’s other important things I should think. This victory gave us a confidence. The team played well and we want to defend it.”
Iniesta: “We have played a great game. We had to play with great intensity and the team has put on a great performance. It was a very big margin, as they almost had no attacking options. We know that this is not winning the league, but just a small step. We have been spectacular and put on a show for both the players and public.”
David Villa: “It was very important to win. We looked for the victory and we succeeded. We wanted to get ahead and secure a lead. And what better way than the way we have done it. We could not have asked for more. We must now continue to work hard as we are only in November. The title wasn’t lost prior to the match, and neither is it won. We have an advantage, but we now have to keep on winning.”
Dani Alves: “This team is capable of anything. The League doesn’t end here and we must continue with the same modesty.”
Mourinho: “I am not humiliated at all. This is the biggest defeat I have ever suffered in league play. It is hard to swallow because we never had a chance of winning. It wasn’t one of those defeats that leave a bad taste in your mouth because we didn’t deserve to lose or because the referee performed badly or because the ball hit the post. One team played as well as it could and the other played badly. It is a deserving win and a deserving defeat, which makes it easy to swallow.”
Xabi Alonso: “Barcelona were the better team in all facets and we must look back to understand the mistakes we made. Their two early goals made things a lot easier for them and much more complicated for us. We did not expect thins, but there is still a lot of season left and nothing has finished. We are not happy, but we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. We must only look towards the future.”
Since 2009, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have met 4 times in the UEFA Champions League, and Pep has the advantage with overall 2 wins and a draw.
Recap: The 4 meetings
Their first meeting took place on September 16 at the San Siro in what was Barcelona and Inter Milan’s first group stage game of the 2009/10 season in Europe. A poor game didn’t produce much entertainment, and in the end, both sides’ unfruitfulness led the game to a disappointing 0-0 draw.
Both clubs met again in November 2009 at Camp Nou and Barcelona got 2 first half goals from Gerard Pique and Pedro.
A bigger moment arrived 5 months later, when Barcelona and Inter Milan again fought each other at the San Siro in the first leg of their semifinal battle. Inter made an unpredictable come back with goals from Sneijder, Maicon, and Milito; despite being down 1-0 after a goal from Pedro earlier in the match.
The second leg was powered by a fiercer combustion as Barcelona fans vowed to intimidate the Italians in revenge of their approval of the referee’s unfairness at the Giuseppe Meazza in the first leg. After Milan’s Thiago Motta was shown a red card after 28 minutes, Pique scored an opener for Barcelona in the second half, but they were incapable of clutching a second goal, and had to leave their place in the final to their rivals.
New team for Mourinho, new challenge for Pep
Mourinho has precious memories of dramatic victories over Barcelona which took place in his great days at Chelsea, or in his recent days at Inter. However he is yet to impose himself in Camp Nou.
Since Pep took-over Barcelona, he has never lost a game to Real Madrid. With 4 victories out of 4 in La Liga and a total score line elevated at 11-2, he has reasons to feel confident when the classic of the decade takes place at Camp Nou on Monday.
Barça boys arriving in Athens. The players were seen with a new tracksuit featuring yellow tops and black bottoms.
Pep Guardiola: “Xavi has recovered well. We have had five days to recover and that’s a bonus. His travelling and I’m sure he’ll play. If Barça play better or worse, it’ll have nothing to do with fitness… we just have to maintain the same rhythm of previous games”
The winners will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala on 10 January 2011.
The following 23 players (in alphabetical order) are candidates for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2010:
Xabi Alonso (Spain), Daniel Alves (Brazil), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Diego Forlán (Uruguay), Asamoah Gyan (Ghana), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Júlio César (Brazil), Miroslav Klose (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Maicon (Brazil), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Müller (Germany), Mesut Özil (Germany), Carles Puyol (Spain), Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), David Villa (Spain) and Xavi (Spain).
(Seven Spanish internationals and six Barcelona players have made the list.)
The following ten coaches (in alphabetical order, first nationality and then team) are candidates for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football 2010:
Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/Chelsea FC), Vicente del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Barcelona), Joachim Löw (Germany/Germany national team), José Mourinho (Portugal/FC Internazionale Milano and Real Madrid CF), Oscar Tabárez (Uruguay/Uruguay national team), Louis Van Gaal (Netherlands, FC Bayern Munich), Bert Van Marwijk (Netherlands/Netherlands national team) and Arsène Wenger (France/Arsenal).
Who will win the Ballon d’Or?
Pep’s adventures in a helicopter…
Xavi and his comeback: “He made a great effort. We will see what is to be done. We want him to play and not to lose him. He made so much effort and we shall see how he evolves. I feel that he cannot play every week, but we shall see. We will see how he is when he gets up tomorrow, but we won’t take any chances.” (Xavi asked to be changed in the 78th minute because he felt a twinge, and he limped off the pitch last night.)
Iniesta: “He has unimaginable ability to play in so many positions. He has it all.”
David Villa: “He has scored so many goals in his career. He has the will and the determination to be a big success and he’s working very hard - I’m pleased with him.”
A day in the life - La Masia:
7am: Get up.
7.30am: Communal breakfast.
8am: Minibus takes them to school in the city.
2pm: Return from school and have a communal lunch.
2.30pm: Some boys have a siesta while others do homework.
4pm-6pm: Intense training sessions.
6.30pm: Fit players head to the gym, while those carrying knocks or injuries have physio.
9pm: Communal dinner.
10pm: Bed time. Some players go straight to sleep but they are allowed to read, listen to music or do homework before lights out.
“We used to spend hours in the hall. We’d play football, using the doorways as goal. It was banned so when the director heard the noise, we’d all run off into our rooms.” -Andres Iniesta
“As a kid they teach you not to play to win but to grow in ability as a player.” -Leo Messi
”The player who has passed through La Masia has something different to the rest, It’s something that only comes from having competed in a Barcelona shirt from childhood. It is vital for the club. ” -Pep Guardiola
Pep with his ex-team mate, Michael Laudrup, coach of Mallorca before the game.
“He (Laudrup) played so well, I’m sure he’s got to be a good manager too. He played his best football when he was here and when I played with him we always tried to give him the ball as we knew he’d just do something special” -Pep Guardiola