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Luis Enrique congratulates players for all-out effort

April 18, 2015 – 19:07 | Comments Off

Luis Enrique cheers on his men in Saturday's 2–0 win over Valencia at Camp Nou. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Barça coach says team deserve praise, especially after playing so impressively on short rest

 


After Saturday’s 2–0 victory over Valencia, FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique feels that his team in now in a much stronger position, making it clear that the win will undoubtedly have a positive impact on his team as they face the final six matches of the league season. While the triumph was far from easy, Luis Suárez got things headed in the right direction early on in this one.

“We had a wonderful start, but we made mistakes when they brought the pressure. In the second half we had more control over the game. The win puts us where we want. For us it’s a great result. It’s a day to congratulate all the players who gave it their all, despite playing with little gas in the tank,” Luis Enrique said after the game.

Here are a few of the highlights of what Luis Enrique had to say:

“The victory is well-deserved because effectiveness is the key to football.”

“I am pleased with the attitudes of my players every game. The attitude is superb. And this is a key requirement for us.”

“These players are winners. From the first day I saw that they want to win titles and work hard to do it.”

“Some players didn’t play today due to a high risk of getting injured. Now we have a few days to rest until Tuesday.”

“Today we were, once again, very supportive of each other. The attackers gave us what we always ask them for. They need help in attack and the defence needs help to defend. The key is to be supportive.

 

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Luis Enrique congratulates players for all-out effort

April 18, 2015 – 19:07 | Comments Off

 Luis Enrique congratulates players for all out effort
Barça coach says team deserve praise, especially after playing so impressively on short rest

 


After Saturday’s 2–0 victory over Valencia, FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique feels that his team in now in a much stronger position, making it clear that the win will undoubtedly have a positive impact on his team as they face the final six matches of the league season. While the triumph was far from easy, Luis Suárez got things headed in the right direction early on in this one.

“We had a wonderful start, but we made mistakes when they brought the pressure. In the second half we had more control over the game. The win puts us where we want. For us it’s a great result. It’s a day to congratulate all the players who gave it their all, despite playing with little gas in the tank,” Luis Enrique said after the game.

Here are a few of the highlights of what Luis Enrique had to say:

“The victory is well-deserved because effectiveness is the key to football.”

“I am pleased with the attitudes of my players every game. The attitude is superb. And this is a key requirement for us.”

“These players are winners. From the first day I saw that they want to win titles and work hard to do it.”

“Some players didn’t play today due to a high risk of getting injured. Now we have a few days to rest until Tuesday.”

“Today we were, once again, very supportive of each other. The attackers gave us what we always ask them for. They need help in attack and the defence needs help to defend. The key is to be supportive.

 

Five keys to FC Barcelona’s 2–0 victory over Valencia

April 18, 2015 – 18:39 | Comments Off

Luis Súarez scored the game-winning goal on Saturday — in the first minute of the match. / MIGUEL RUIZ
The big crowd, Suárez’s early-bird goal, Bravo’s riveting performance, and the team’s depth were the big factors at Camp Nou

Huge attendance: In Friday’s press conference, Luis Enrique asked the fans to come to Camp Nou. And they did, as 92,915 spectators filled the stadium, energetically supporting the team throughout the game. It was the second best mark of the season, only surpassed by the 98,760 that attended El Clásico.

Luis Suárez: A test as demanding as Valencia got off to an excellent start, thanks to a quick goal by Suárez just 54 seconds into the game that gave the team both the lead and a dose of confidence. The players regularly broke down the second-best defensive team in the league.

Claudio Bravo: The Chilean goalkeeper played a prominent role throughout the game with two decisive saves. The first was the Dani Parejo penalty kick he stopped on 9 minutes. The second, and with the score 1–0, was when he rejected another dangerous shot from Rodrigo in the area. Bravo once again demonstrated why he is the Zamora Trophy favourite.

Lionel Messi: He scored his 400th goal at the age of just 27. When the team was most under pressure from Valencia, the Argentinian displayed his incredible skills and ability to read the game by coming back to midfield to help in build-up plays and setting the pace for his teammates. He has no equal.

Team depth: Luis Enrique has always been committed to giving playing time to the whole team to keep his players in top condition at this most crucial stage of the season. This week was a good example, as 18 different players got minutes in wins against Paris Saint-Germain and Valencia.

Bravo, que ha aturat un penal important: “Es tracta que el rival pensi i tingui dubtes”

April 18, 2015 – 18:30 | Comments Off

Claudio Bravo stops Dani Parejo's penalty kick in minute nine of FC Barcelona's 2–0 over Valencia at Camp Nou on Saturday 18 April 2015.  / VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
The Barça goalkeeper says working hard everyday is what fuels his performance

FC Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo delivered one of the key highlights in Saturday’s 2–0 victory over Valencia at Camp Nou. In the first half Bravo stopped Dani Parejo’s penalty kick along with other big saves, like Rodrigo’s try on 74 minutes. “I work hard every day to improve and make plays like today,” said Bravo, who also admitted one of the keys to stopping penalty kicks: “You have to make the shooter think and have some doubt. It worked out wonderfully.”

Talking about the game, the Chilean keeper said, “We suffered a bit because Valencia are very strong. We’re happy about the victory. They came close a few times; we won a tough match.”

Here are more highlights from the post-game reactions to the triumph over Valencia:

Sergio Busquets

“We are playing against very good teams and winning and that makes us very happy.”

It’s clear that we played better in the second half than in the first. They were tactically better in the first half.”

This victory isn’t decisive for the league title, but a winlike this is very big.”

About Messi I can only say that we have to keep enjoying him. He’s the best in the world and he shows it every day.”

Ivan Rakitic

“We’re where we wanted to be — in first place in La Liga with a good result in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and we’re in the Spanish Cup final.”

Reactions on social media to FC Barcelona’s victory over Valencia

April 18, 2015 – 18:29 | Comments Off

Highlights of commentary about the win at Camp Nou and Leo Messi’s 400th career goal.

Match report – FC Barcelona v Valencia CF: Big plays early—and late—deliver victory

April 18, 2015 – 17:50 | Comments Off

El FC Barcelona ha guanyat per 2-0 al València / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Luis Suárez scores in opening minute, Bravo follows with penalty stop

Messi scores 400th career goal on a breakaway on game’s final play

It was one of those gorgeous, sun-soaked Mediterranean afternoons. The temperature was just right, neither a tad too cool nor a tad too warm. The fans filed in early to stroll around the grounds, perhaps to buy a souvenir or just do some people watching. Inside the stadium an hour before kick off the seats were already sprinkled with supporters eager soak up the rays. An occasional breeze and the faint sound of a vuvuzela could be sensed. Players from both sides ambled out to loosen up on the alternating thick bands of tea and forest green that are the Camp Nou pitch. The final countdown to the afternoon’s main event was football heaven.

The game itself was just as heavenly, a thrilling end-to-end affair for all 90 minutes, even if the biggest plays of the day—a first-minute Luis Suárez goal, a saved penalty kick by Claudio Bravo, and a record-breaking 400th career goal by Leo Messi—came at the very beginning and at the very end. While Valencia put in a back-breaking effort in between, it wasn’t enough to slow down FC Barcelona, which secured a 2–0 victory at Camp Nou. The win puts Barça five points clear at the top of the league table, pending Real Madrid’s home match with Málaga later on Saturday evening.

Early drama

When the match started, though, those who had taken their seats were quickly drawn forward. In the very first minute, on FC Barcelona’s first attack of the game, Luis Suárez put Barça up, much to the delight of the home crowd. Lionel Messi collected a pass just across midfield, looked up, and darted in towards the Valencia penalty area, drawing a pair of defenders. When he looked up he saw Suárez darting in from the right. Messi dished off smoothly to Suárez, who one-timed past Diego Alves for an early-bird goal.

After that, things only got more fired up. Three minutes later Rodrigo Moreno just missed pulling one back. Then, in the ninth minute, with Rodrigo threatening again, Barça’s Gerard Piqué was ruled to have fouled Rodrigo in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Valencia captain Dani Parejo stepped up and fired low and to the left, Barça keeper Claudio Bravo guessed correctly and pounced, smothering the ball and preserving the early lead.

It was a scintillating first 20 minutes that saw the visitors—relentlessly fighting for a coveted spot in the UEFA Champions League—go after every contested ball with hustle and gusto.

Paco Alcácer had chances on 33 and 39 minutes, but hit the post and, six minutes after, sent a wide-open shot just wide. The most dangerous blaugrana chance came with five minutes to play in the first half when Messi one-timed just wide from the doorstep.

Parting gift

After the break the pace backed off, but only slightly. Messi—still looking to score his 400th career goal and make progress in the race for the pichichi—hit the crossbar on a 25-metre free kick at the 64-minute mark. Bravo made a diving stop on Rodrigo in the 75th when the Valencia striker enjoyed an open look following a pinball-esque sequence in the Barça area.

The 92,915 on hand gave Camp Nou the second biggest crowd of the season and had been treated to wonderful display of attacking football by both sides. The sideline referee held aloft the digital sign indicating three minutes of stoppage time. The crowd didn’t know it, but their parting gift had yet to come.

With Valencia taking their last gasps to try and restore equilibrium to the scoreboard, Barça were standing tall in their defensive end. The cheers became louder as the final minute of stoppage time ticked away and, with one final defensive stop, victory was at the doorstep. But it ended in unexpected, record-breaking fashion as Messi collected the final booming clearance near midfield and raced out on a breakaway, the referee—whistle in mouth—struggling to keep up. Messi’s first attempt was stopped by Diego Alves, but Messi regrouped and tapped it in. Another win, another milestone.

Leo Messi scores goal 400 for FC Barcelona

April 18, 2015 – 15:10 | Comments Off

 Leo Messi makes history with his 400th goal for Barcelona / FCB
In 471 appearances, the Argentinian has an astonishing record of finding the net 0.85 times a game

Leo Messi never stops breaking records! His goal against Valencia made him the first player ever to score 400 goals for FC Barcelona, and he only took 471 games to get there. Deep into injury time on Saturday he was one-on-one with Diego Alves and tried to chip the visiting keeper. The trick didn’t work, but Alves failed to hold onto the ball and it fell at the Argentinian’s feet, who left-footed it into the back of the net.

Incredibly, Messi has a career average of 0.85 goals a game, the kind of record very few elite players have ever come close to. Those goals include 278 in La Liga, having dwarfed the legendary tally set by Zarra that most people thought would be impossible to beat in the modern era. He is also the highest goalscorer in Champions League history with 75, and has a further 32 in the Spanish Cup. His other goals came in the Spanish Super Cup (10), European Super Cup (1) and the Club World Cup (4).

46 goals in 2014/15

Messi is enjoying yet another stellar season. He’s scored 46 goals in 46 games, 35 in the league, three in the cup and eight in the Champions League.

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FC Barcelona roller hockey win 26th league title in Club history

April 18, 2015 – 13:58 | Comments Off

FC Barcelona roller hockey win their second straight league title on Saturday.
With a Liceo loss, Barça mathematically win their second straight title before beating Patí Vic, 3–1

It is the team’s third title this season after the Spanish Super Cup and the Continental Cup, with the European League still in play

MATCH STATISTICS

Patí Vic, 1
FC Barcelona, 3

Patí Vic: Carles Grau, Mia Ordeig, Titi Roca, Ferran Font and Romà Bancells (starting five), Cristian Rodríguez, Burgaya and Roger Presas. 

FC Barcelona: Sergi Fernández, Barroso, Reinaldo, Marín and Pablo Álvarez (starting five) Gual, Panadero and Ignacio Alabart.

Goals: 1-0, min 7, Marín (penalty); 1-1, min 10, Romà Bancells; 1-2, min 12, Torra; 1-3, min 44, Marc Torra.

Referees: José Juan Melero and Jonathan Sánchez.

Fouls: 14 and 9.

FC Barcelona’s roller hockey team are champions for 26th time in their history. Another season culminated with success by being the best team over the course of the league season. With two games still to play in the league, Ricard Muñoz‘s squad were proclaimed this year’s champions before even playing Saturday’s match at Vic. Before the match, second-place Liceo fell to Reus, making Barça the mathematical champs. It is the 26th league title in team history and the second in a row. The Catalans became the first team to repeat since the playoffs were abolished.

With Liceo Reus losing 5–4 in a must-win game at Riazor, the match between FC Barcelona and Vic was a mere formality. Muñoz’s men could have easily celebrated the title and brushed off the ensuing match, but they went out and defeated Vic thanks to Raül Marin‘s penalty shot and a pair of goals from Marc Torra.

Marín’s penalty shot opened the scoring on seven minutes. Vic, led by Romà Bancells, found the equalizer, also from the penalty spot. But Torra responded with Barça’s second, slipping one past Carles Grau.

18 in squad for Valencia

April 18, 2015 – 09:41 | Comments Off

Dani Alves has received medical clearance / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Dani Alves has been declared fit and included in the team for Saturday’s game at 4.00pm CET at the Camp Nou

Luis Enrique has named his squad for the Barça v Valencia game on Saturday at the Camp Nou (16.pppm CET). The big news is the inclusion of Dani Alves, who has been declared fully recovered from his sprained ankle.

There are no places for Masip, Montoya and Douglas or the injured Iniesta, who picked up a back injury against PSG, and Vermaelen.

The full squad of eighteen is therefore as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Alves, Adriano, Piqué, Bartra, Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Rafinha, Pedro, Suárez, Messi and Neymar Jr.

Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Valencia

April 17, 2015 – 23:22 | Comments Off

Leo Messi playing against Valencia last season at Camp Nou / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Luis Enrique’s side take on one of the most in-form clubs in the First Division in a vital league clash that rounds off a week that has seen the blaugranes draw in Seville and claim victory in Paris

After consecutive away games in Seville and in Paris, Luis Enrique’s team return to Camp Nou for the third of a trio of testing fixtures in just under seven days. Nuno Santo’s Valencia are the visitors in the league in a match that kicks off at 4.00pm CET on Saturday. Barça saw their lead at the top of the league table cut to two points last weekend when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sevilla in Andalusia. Nevertheless, the blaugranes bounced back to record a superb 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final and now they will be looking to move one step closer to the league title with a victory over an in form rival.

Team news

The blaugranes trained on Thursday and Friday following their return from Paris. Andrés Iniesta is almost certain to miss out after picking up a pelvic injury in the victory over Paris Saint-Germain. Dani Alves missed that game through suspension but he could return to the squad for Saturday’s clash with Valencia if he can shrug off an ankle problem. Luis Enrique will name his squad for the game on the morning of the match.

Nuno Santo has named an 18 man squad for Valencia’s trip to Camp Nou. The coach welcomes back teenage defender José Gayà after two matches out with a hamstring problem and Nicolás Otamendi also returns after sitting out the 3-0 win in the city derby against Levante last weekend due to suspension. Argentineans Pablo Piatti and Enzo Pérez are still missing due to injury,

Coaches’ viewpoint

Barça coach Luis Enrique made a plea for a packed Camp Nou to help his side in the league clash with Valencia: “It is a key game and we need to have 90,000 or 100,000 fans who can make Camp Nou rumble.” The blaugrana boss was also fulsome in his praise for Saturday’s rivals Valencia: “Their team dynamics are spectacular. They’re very hard working and very hard to beat and, without a doubt,one of the best teams in the league.”

Luis Enrique’s opposite number Nuno Santo sees the trip to take on the league leaders as “..a challenge. We are up against a great team, with great quality, but we are going there with ambition to compete and challenge.”

Form guide

The blaugranes have lost just once since the league defeat against Real Sociedad in Anoeta back in early January. Barça have won 12 of their last 14 matches in the league, losing to Málaga and drawing with Sevilla the only times they have failed to pick up all three points. Valencia are also in good form with Nuno Santo’s team on a 10 game unbeaten run in the league which has seen them rise to fourth place in the table. The last team to beat Barça’s opponents on Saturday in the league was Málaga back on 2 February. After successive draws against Villarreal and Athletic, los ché got back to winning ways last weekend with a win in the Valencian city derby against Levante.

History

Last season Valencia won 3-2 at Camp Nou in the league, ending a run of six consecutive defeats away at FC Barcelona. Blaugrana defender Jérémy Mathieu was in the Valencia side that day. Earlier this season, Sergio Busquets’ late goal gave Barça a vital 1-0 win in the league at Mestalla.

Coverage

No matter where you are in the world we have you covered. And remember, you can enjoy live commentary in English on Radio Barça. The link will appear at fcbarcelona.com just before kick-off. Twitter users can follow @FCBarcelona for a liv

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Valencia

April 17, 2015 – 17:00 | Comments Off

Jordi Alba, in the match against Valencia at Mestalla/ MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
We offer you a guide to kick-off times and TV channels around the world for Saturday’s league match

The league game between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF will be shown on a multitude of TV channels worldwide — however, if it is not being shown in your country do not worry because you can always follow it from anywhere in the world with LIVE English commentary on Radio Barça. Remember, on the Club’s website you can follow minute-by-minute coverage of the game as well as team and player statistics.

Saturday 18 April 2015

Los Angeles – 7:00 AM (PST) / New York – 10:00 AM (EST)

beIN Sports en Español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports USA, Fubo TV, SiriusXM FC

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Brazil – 11:00 AM (Brasília)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_br and www.fcbarcelona.com.br

Latin America – Buenos Aires 11:00 AM / Santiago Chile 11:00 AM / Mexico DF 9:00 AM

DIRECTV Play Latin America, DIRECTV Argentina, DIRECTV Chile, Blue To Go Video Everywhere, Planeta Fútbol, Sky Mexico

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es and www.fcbarcelona.es

United Kingdom – 3:00 PM

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

France – 4:00 PM (CET)

beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 2

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra and www.fcbarcelona.fr

Barcelona – 4:00 PM (CET)

GOL T, Canal+ Liga / HD, C+ Liga Multi, Gol Stadium, Movistar TV Fútbol, Canal+ Yomvi

FCBarcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cat, www.fcbarcelona.es, @fcbarcelona_cat and @fcbarcelona_es

Arab Countries – 5:00 PM (Mecca Time)

beIN Sports Arabia 2 HD, beIN Sports Arabia 14 HD, beIN Sports Arabia 16 HD, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Arabia

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_ara and www.fcbarab.com

Russia – 5:00 PM (MSK)

NTV+ Football 3, Setanta Sports Eurasia, NTV+ Sport Online

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

India – 7:30 PM (IST)

Star Sports 1 Asia, Star Sports HD 1 Asia

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com

Indonesia – 9:00 PM (WIB)

Fox Sports 2 Indonesia, RCTI – Indonesia, Fox Sports 2 Cambodia, Orange TV Indonesia

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_id and www.fcbarcelona.co.id

China – 10:00 PM (CST)

Guangdong Sports Channel, LeTV, PPLive, QQ Sports Live, Sina Sports, Star Sports 2 China

FC Barcelona: Tencent Weibo, Sina Weibo and  www.fcbarcelona.cn

Japan – 11:00 PM (JST)

WOWOW, SKY PerfecTV LIVE

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_jap and www.fcbarcelona.jp

Sunday 19 April 2015

Australia – 0:00 AM (Sydney)

Fox Sports 3 Australia, Foxtel Play

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona and www.fcbarcelona.com.

 

                                                                                                                     *Source: Live Soccer.tv

Luis Enrique pleads for packed Camp Nou

April 17, 2015 – 14:25 | Comments Off

Luis Enrique heads to the press room at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Friday 17 April 2015. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Barça coach calls for fan support for Saturday’s league clash with Valencia

Iniesta out

Luis Enrique talked about the physical fitness of Andrés Iniesta following Iniesta’s injury on Tuesday: “Iniesta is much better, but he didn’t train and, in the absence of a miracle, he won’t be on the squad”.

FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique knows there is little margin for error in La Liga and that the game this Saturday against Valencia will be no easy task: “Our rivals are on a very good run and it’s important that Camp Nou is bursting with our supporters and that they get behind us on every play.”

In Friday’s press conference Luis Enrique emphasised that he wants to see the unconditional support of the fans: “It is a key game and we need to have 90,000 or 100,000 fans who can make Camp Nou rumble.”

Here are some of the highlights of what he had to say:

Valencia’s streak

“Their team dynamics are spectacular. They’re very hard working and very hard to beat and, without a doubt, one of the best teams in the league.

I am not surprised by their play from beginning of the season, especially with the players they have. They’re in fourth place on merit.”

“They only play one game a week, but every team would love to be playing three games a week. We have to recover as quickly as possible and face all our matches.

Positive vibes

If there is a climate of euphoria among fans it’s because they have seen what the team can do. If it’s true, then come tomorrow at 4.00pm and make Camp Nou rock ‘n roll.

I still have positive vibes, the same as on the very first day. Now that we’re closer to the end of the season, I still feel the same way.

Mentally we’re focused because of who our rivals are. But physically, it shows a little. Even I’m tired, and I haven’t played a single minute. We need the support of the fans more than ever to play like a team.”