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Inside view: Barça v Ajax build-up

October 20, 2014 – 20:54 | Comments Off

Dani Alves was among the players that trained on the day before meeting with Ajax. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
There was plenty going on at the Ciutat Esportiva and the Camp Nou on the day before the Champions League clash

Barça and Ajax face each other in the Champions League on Tuesday evening at 8.45 PM CET, so there was plenty going on at the club today, and our cameras were there to record it all.

Barça trained in the morning and then Neymar and Luis Enrique gave a press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva. In the afternoon, Ajax manager Frank de Boer spoke the media before taking his team out for a training session in the Camp Nou.

So sit back and enjoy our exclusive video of the day before game three in the Champions League group stage!

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Inside view: Barça v Ajax build-up

October 20, 2014 – 20:54 | Comments Off

 Inside view: Barça v Ajax build up
There was plenty going on at the Ciutat Esportiva and the Camp Nou on the day before the Champions League clash

Barça and Ajax face each other in the Champions League on Tuesday evening at 8.45 PM CET, so there was plenty going on at the club today, and our cameras were there to record it all.

Barça trained in the morning and then Neymar and Luis Enrique gave a press conference at the Ciutat Esportiva. In the afternoon, Ajax manager Frank de Boer spoke the media before taking his team out for a training session in the Camp Nou.

So sit back and enjoy our exclusive video of the day before game three in the Champions League group stage!

VIDEO – Frank de Boer’s goals for Barça

October 20, 2014 – 17:30 | Comments Off

Frank de Boer scored ten goals for Barça. PHOTO: ARXIU FCB.
The Dutchman featured in the Barça defence from 1999 to 2003, and here’s a reminder of his goals

Current Ajax manager Frank de Boer was at Barça from 1999 to 2003, playing in defence at the Camp Nou in the same team as his twin brother Ronald, and with their compatriot Louis Van Gaal on the bench.

A specialist in the air and at long-range shots, he scored ten goals in his time here and this video is a reminder of those. Look out for Barça manager Luis Enrique, who also appears. He and De Boer played alongside each other for four and half years, and meet again on Tuesday, this time as rivals.

“I have a very good relationship with him” said De Boer in his pre-match press conference on Monday. “He lived in Gavà, where I live. I’m looking forward to saying hi to him and I hope he doesn’t make life too difficult for us.”

Neymar: “I want to score against Ajax and in the clásico”

October 20, 2014 – 16:36 | Comments Off

Neymar was speaking after the Monday morning training session / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The Brazilian looked ahead to an important week in which FC Barcelona face Ajax and Real Madrid

He also agreed that he’s feeling much more settled than he did last season

Neymar was asked today whether he would prefer to score against Ajax in the Champions League or against Real Madrid in Saturday’s clásico. But why choose? He wants to score in both games. And with the Brazilian firing in goals from all angles this season, there is no reason to believe that that won’t be the case.

Speaking at his Monday lunchtime press conference, he preferred to skip around questions regarding the trip to the Santiago Bernabéu, correctly insisting that all that should matter for now is Ajax at the Camp Nou on Tuesday. “It is a very important game because we need to win” he stressed. “At FC Barcelona we always play to win. But Ajax are a very well organised team both in attack and defence. They’re dangerous all over the place. We will have to do things very well to win. And only after that will our minds turn to Madrid”.

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Neymar has scored eight goals in La Liga and one in the Champions League this season, a considerable improvement on his return at this stage of his first season at the club. He’s also providing assists, to the extent that he has been involved in the vast majority of Barça’s goals in the ten games he has started. “I don’t know what’s changed, but I feel better now” he said when asked to explain this turn for the better. “I have adapted to the team more. I feel more at home. And I’m very happy at this club. Very happy.”

Neymar also seems to have developed a wonderful understanding with strike partner Leo Messi. “It’s incredible to play with him” he commented. “I think he’s the best player I have ever seen play” And from next week, Luis Suárez will be added to the mix. “With Suárez, I think we’ll be able to do even more for the team” said the Brazilian. “He always seems to play for the good of the team and every player. We are really looking forward to him playing with us.”

I have adapted to the team better. I feel more at home. And I’m very happy at this club

Luis Enrique: “Home games are the key to qualification”

October 20, 2014 – 16:03 | Comments Off

Luis Enrique was speaking after the Monday morning training session / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The manager stressed the importance of winning at the Camp Nou and called on the fans for their support

“Ajax is a well structured team” he said. “They know how to attack and take risks in defence”

Luis Enrique knows that Barça need to win all their home games in the Champions League, because with just six games to play, the group stage doesn’t leave much margin for error. “After winning one game and losing another, the third game is very important” he told his press conference before Tuesday night’s game with Ajax, which kicks off at 8.45 PM CET. “Home games are the key to qualification. We’ll need all of the fans’ support [[CITA_1]]”But Ajax are a difficult opponent” he continued. “We’ll need to play a complete game. They’re a well-structured team that knows how to attack and to take risks in defence.  They create a lot of pressure out of defence. Last season they made things very difficult indeed for Barça.”

For the time being, he would rather not comment on Saturday’s trip to the Santiago Bernabéu. “The only important game that we have right now is the one with Ajax” he insisted. Rather than call this a ‘decisive’ week, he preferred to use the adjective ‘important’. “It’s what happens come March that I would call decisive” he said. [[CITA_2]]Asked about Sergio Busquets’ fitness, Luis Enrique limited himself to saying “we’ll see how he feels on Tuesday morning and whether he is in condition to play.” And as for Luis Suárez, the FCB manager commented that “he is a very important player in training sessions. He places a lot of importance on his day-to-day programme. He’s getting better every day.”

This week is important, but It’s what happens in March that I would call decisive
Luis Suárez is a very important player in training sessions. He’s improving every day

Frank de Boer: “Luis Enrique set an example as a professional”

October 20, 2014 – 14:25 | Comments Off

Frank de Boer was speaking at a press conference in Barcelona. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB.
The Ajax manager commented on his FC Barcelona past and on his admiration for Leo Messi

“It is hard for any team to get points here” he said. “We’ll try using our style and confidence”

Frank de Boer is back at the Camp Nou in search of better fortune than his last visit as Ajax manager, when the Dutch lost 4-0. He’s also back at the club where he played from 1999 and 2003, in the same team as colleague turned rival Luis Enrique: “I have very fond memories of him” said de Boer. “He was the second captain and was a good lad both on and off the pitch. He was a fighter and a winner, an example as a professional”.

So he is more than aware of how tough it is to play at the Camp Nou. “It is hard for any team to get points here” he said. “We’ll try using our style and confidence. We have a very young team and they need to learn how to play games like these.”

Frank de Boer is one Leo Messi’s many admirers, telling his pre-match press conference that “He’s broken so many records. It’s incredible because he’s still so young. For me, he’s the best player in the world, not just because of the goals he scores but also because he gives assists. He’s very complete.” And as for Luis Suárez, he said “I like that fact that he’s at Barcelona, because he’s fought hard and ever since he was at Groningen he has tried to get better every year”.

Dutch absences

De Boer left the pressroom to head straight for training with his Ajax players in the Camp Nou. As he confirmed to the media, he’s missing all of Serero, Boilesen and Fischer to injury.

Vinyals looking for good feeling

October 20, 2014 – 13:03 | Comments Off

Jordi Vinyals trained with his U19 team on Monday. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA/FCB
U19 team manager Jordi Vinyals was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game with Ajax (4.00 PM CET / Eurosport) in the UEFA Youth League

After beating Apoel in the opening match, FC Barcelona drew with PSG in Paris

The U19 team entertain Ajax at the Miniestadi on Tuesday (4.00 PM CET, Eurosport) in what promises to a be a cracking game between two of the world’s leading clubs in terms of youth football.

The Barça manager, Jordi Vinyals, spoke to the media on Monday to say that “all games in the Champions League are difficult. Ajax scored a lot of goals against PSG and we found it hard to get a draw in Paris”.

Quality opponent

The coach continued that “they play the classic Dutch 4-3-3 system, getting the ball quick down the wings, dominating possession and man marking … But I am more concerned about ourselves than I am about Ajax. We have to start controlling the ball in games again and working hard in defence. I’m starting to get a good feeling about the team and trying to get them to do the best they possibly can. Ajax will be a big test for us. They have quality players. We have to get back to being ourselves.”

Champions League training session

October 20, 2014 – 12:22 | Comments Off

Final preparations before the Champions League match versus Ajax with 20 players

Douglas and Vermaelen did side work, and Adriano sat out
Luis Enrique had 20 players available for today’s session ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash …

When and where to watch the Champions League match between FCBarcelona and Ajax

October 20, 2014 – 12:00 | Comments Off

When and where to watch FC Barcelona-Ajax / FCB
Don’t know where to watch Tuesday’s Champions League game? We have you covered

Tuesday’s game at the Camp Nou will face FC Barcelona against Ajax in the third game of the group stage of Champions League. The rival, Ajax, has not yet met the victory and is in the third position of the group with 2 points. The following is a guide of TV channels showing the game around the world. If the game isn’t being shown in your country or region, remember that you can listen to live commentary in English on Radio Barça and the international web sites. There will also be constant updates here at fcbarcelona.com, on Twitter (@fcbarcelona) and on all of the club’s usual social networks.

Tuesday, october 21, 2014

Los Angeles – 11:45 AM (WST) / Nova York – 2:45 PM (EST)
Directv, Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Sports 1 USA, Fox Deportes, Fox Soccer Plus, SiriusXM FC, Fox Sports GO

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


Brasil – 4:45PM (Brasilia)

ESPN Cono Norte, ESPN + Andina, ESPN Play Latin America, ESPN + Sur
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_br i www.fcbarcelona.pt


Sud-amèrica – Buenos Aires 4:45 PM / Santiago Chile 2:45 PM / Mexico City 1:45 PM

ESPN Play Latin America, ESPN Cono Norte, ESPN HD Latin, ESPN + Sur, ESPN Play Argentina, ESPN + Andina, ESPN Mexico
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es i www.fcbarcelona.es


Regne Unit – 7:45 PM
Sky Go Extra, Sky Sports 5/HD, Sky Go
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


França – 8:45 PM (CET)
beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beIN Sports 1

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra i www.fcbarcelona.fr


Espanya – 8:45 PM (CET)
TV3, TVE La 1
FCBarcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cat, www.fcbarcelona.es, @fcbarcelona_cat i @fcbarcelona_es


Països Àrabs – 9:45 PM (Mecca Time / GMT+3)
beIN Sports Arabia 1 HD, beIN Sports Connect Arabia
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_ara i www.fcbarab.com


Rússia – 10:45 PM (MSK)
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


 

Wednesday, october 22, 2014

Índia – 00:15 PM (IST)
Ten HD, TEN Sports LIVE
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


Indonèsia – 1:45 AM (WIB)
Liputan Champions, SCTV
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_id i www.fcbarcelona.co.id


Xina – 2:45 AM (CST)
CCTV-5, Sina Sports, PPLive, CNTV Sports, QQ Sports Live, CCTV 5+ VIP
FC Barcelona: Tencent Weibo, Sina Weibo and www.fcbarcelona.cn


Japó –3:45 AM (JST)
SKY PerfecTV LIVE, Sukachan 1
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_jap i www.fcbarcelona.jp


Austràlia – 4:45 AM (Sydney)

ESPN2 Australia, ESPN3 Australia
FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona i www.fcbarcelona.com


*Source: Live Soccer TV

From the Miniestadi to the Champions League

October 20, 2014 – 11:00 | Comments Off

Sergi Samper made his UCL debut against APOEL. PHOTO. MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
In February 2012, five current Ajax players were in the Miniestadi for the NextGen Series quarter final

Striker Viktor Fischer got two of the Dutch goals that day

The FC Barcelona team included Samper, Grimaldo, Dongou, Bagnack and Patric

From Ronald to Frank

The Ajax U19 manager in 2012 was none other than former FCB man Ronald de Boer, while the current manager of the Ajax first team is his brother who played alongside him at Barça, Frank de Boer.

Barça host Ajax at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night at 8.45 PM CET, after the two sides met in a competitive match for the first time ever this time last year. But their respective U19 sides met back in 2011-12 for the quarter finals of the NextGen Series, with Ajax owning the Miniestadi to the tune of a 3-0 win.

Some of those Ajax youngsters are now in the first team, and are therefore back in Barcelona to play on the other side of the road, inside the Camp Nou itself.

Barça representation

FCB midfielder Sergi Samper was also involved in that game in 2012, and has since made his Champions League debut at the age of just 19 years when Luis Enrique used him for 90 minutes against Apoel. Other familiar faces in the U19 team of two years ago are Grimaldo, Bagnack, Dongou and Patric, all of whom now play for Barça B. Patric also has Champions League experience, and against Ajax no less, in the 2-1 loss at the Amsterdam Arena last year.

Five from Ajax

Five of the current Ajax first team appeared in that NextGen Series quarter final, namely defenders Joël Veltman, Stefano Denswill and Ruben Ligeon, midfielder Davu Klaassen and striker Viktor Fischer. The Dane was the star of the show that day, scoring two goals and setting up the other. Fischer played for the first team last season against Barça at the Amsterdam Arena, after being left out the side that came to the Camp Nou.

Adriano out versus Ajax

October 20, 2014 – 10:59 | Comments Off

The FC Barcelona player has tightness in his right adductor muscleLuis Enrique won’t be able to count on Adriano Correia for Tuesday’s 8.45 PM CET Champions League match against Ajax at the Camp Nou. The Brazilian has been feeling a bit of tig…

At 12.45 PM CET, Neymar Jr and Luis Enrique press conference

October 20, 2014 – 10:35 | Comments Off

Neymar and Luis Enrique press conference before Champions League match between FC Barcelona and AjaxNeymar and Luis Enrique press conference before Tuesday’s Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Ajax.