Goals from Messi (2), Alexis, Keita, Pedro (2) and Thiago gave Barça a record win at Vallecas

The game proved to be the perfect opportunity to react positively following the disappointments against Madrid and Chelsea as the team swept Rayo aside with a demonstration of attacking brilliance which saw them three up at the break. Goals from Messi (2), Alexis, Keita, Pedro(2) and Thiago gave Guardiolas team a comfortable win which beat their previous best result at Vallecas(1-4 in the 1989-90 season)in their first visit to this ground in the last nine years.

The result was another demonstration of the teams character, bouncing back from a difficult week with painful defeats and the announcement of Guardiolas farewell with a seven goal show that keeps them seven points off the leaders.

Messi starts the scoring

It was pretty clear from the start that we were in for a game full of goals, with Messi opening his account by rounding off a good team move and then winning the ball in midfield to set up Alexis for the second. To add, literally, injury to insult, Rayo defender Rober banged into the post in the goal and was stretchered off.

Three up at the break

Rayo were playing a high line and Bara were happy to take advantage, looking for the runs of Alexis and Pedro in behind and after laying siege to Cobeos area, it was really no surprise when they went three up through a Keita goal once again set up by Messi to deservedly send them three up at the break.

Pedro joins in

There was no change in the second half, with Messi firing an early chance from an Alexis cross at the bar and the ball falling to Pedro who simply had to knock it back in to make it four. Ahead of his probable game in the Cup Final, Pinto got a rare start and made a number of classy stops, whilst Afellay came on for Busquets on 73 minutes to make a welcome return after his long injury layoff, which has seen him miss most of the season.

Three more

Bara then got three more in the last quarter of an hour, as Thiago headed in a great cross from Alves for the fifth and Pedro got his second after more great work from Messi, who rounded off the rout with his second on 90 minutes. It was a great performance from the Argentinean, who is now just two short of Gerd Mullers record of goals in a season, and indeed from the whole team who were once again at their very best !

Afellay: "I’m very happy to be playing again"

“We won’t change

Afellay also talked about Guardiolas decision to leave the Club at the end of the season: Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world but Tito is almost the same. Theyve worked together all these years. I believe everything will be the same. The Dutch player, who spoke to the press in Spanish, said I hope to speak to you in Catalan next year.

His last minutes played in the Bara strip were at the Camp Nou during the 8-0 thrashing of Osasuna, and today, he did his part in another Bara exhibition (7-0). After a long time on Baras injury list, Ibrahim Afellay returned to competitive football today against Rayo Vallecano.I really like to play football. Ive worked hard during the teams training session and Im very pleased, said the Dutch footballer, who also said that hes been looking forward to this moment with a lot of enthusiasm: you know the moment will come someday but you dont know when. Im happy to return.

Afellay, therefore, has left behind the ACL injury that he picked up on September 22nd during training. On October 3rd he underwent surgery to mend the torn ligament and he started his long road to recovery the following day. On April 11th, after six months of work and rehabilitation, he was given medical clearance to play and this Sunday he stepped out onto the pitch to help his teammates claim another victory.

Afellay was subbed in for Sergio Busquets on 72 minutes, with 0-4 on the scoreboard. In the 20 minutes he was on the pitch he participated in 10 collective plays and was involved in 21 overall plays. However, beyond the numbers, this Sunday will be remembered as the day of his return. The Dutch player hadnt played in an official game since the Bara-Osasuna match on September 17th. He played 24 minutes that game.

Guardiola: “Each game serves as preparation for the final”

Cardoner: This is a present for the fans and for Guardiola

The Social Area vice-president considers the 0-7 result at Vallecas a good present for Bara fans and for Guardiola. It was a perfect game where Bara played with tranquility. The team emptied itself and they were very comfortable on the pitch. Spectacle once again won this Sunday. On Guardiolas goodbye and the news that Tito Vilanova will be Baras new manager, Jordi Cardoner explained that, we were discrete on the matter, and we managed the change naturally. Tito Vilanova is looking forward to the challenge with excitement. Hes excited and the fans are behind him.

Josep Guardiola said that this Sundays match against Rayo Vallecano was a demonstration of what type of team Bara have been in recent years. A football game is always useful for a lot of things. We know that Madrid are champions [of La Liga], and that this match was a demonstration of what this team is and have been. My players played a very serious game and they were on form throughout the whole match, he said.

He added: the team ran a lot, and they played a serious game against a team thats fighting to stay in the Primera Divisin. The players know that were preparing ourselves for a final and that everything has its worth. Every match counts. Guardiola also said that his players are pleased after having scored seven goals in todays game. I have the impression that we have scored a lot of goals over the years. They are all welcome, he said.

Praise for Pedro and Pinto

Pedro, with two goals, was one of Baras most lethal men in tonights match. The Bara manager highlighted the Spaniards performance: I appreciate him a lot. We started in Third Division together, and I know him well. Its true that his injuries have stopped him from playing more this season. Im very pleased with his performance, for his two goals, and for the passes he gave. Also, for the way he moved on the pitch.

He also talked about why he included Jos Manuel Pinto in todays starting line-up: if hes on form hell play the final. Therefore, I prefer that he gets a bit of playing time on a pitch thats not very easy to interpret. Like always, he played very well.

Bara will stay on top

On his decision to leave the Club next season, Guardiola said that Bara is his home: its my home, and in the end I knew that it was over. The Club is healthy, and the team is young, Tito knows them perfectly and Im convinced that Bara will compete for everything.

Lastly, the Bara manager apologized to Rayo Vallecanos fans for Thiago and Alves celebration after Baras fifth goal. It wont happen again, said Guardiola.

Pedro: "The team is strong and eager"

Training session on Monday

Bara will train this Monday at 12:00 at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Desp. Pinto will hold a post-training press conference.

Pep Guardiolas team put in a spectacular performance in Madrid as they thrashed Rayo (7-0) to take the three points from Vallecas. The players highlighted the teams commitment and professionalism as key factors in todays victory.

After a difficult week because of ourelimination from Champions League and the game against Real Madrid, this match was proof that the team is strong and eager, said Pedro Rodrguez, who scored a brace against Rayo.

With Guardiola to the end, excited that Tito will be next

The Spanish striker said that the team is with Guardiola 100% until the end of the season, but that the squad is optimistic about Tito Vilanovas appointment as manager for next season. It was a hard blow for the players, after everything Guardiola done for the Club, but we have to respect his decision. However, were very pleased that Tito will be manager. We wish him the best, said the player.

Wed like to present the Kings Cup title to the fans and to Guardiola. Well see how we come into that match, said Pedro. The canterano also evaluated Lionel Messis insatiable goalscoring appetite: he demonstrates game after game that hes the best in the world. We all have to help him finish the season as top scorer.

Congratulations to the futsal team

Pedro also analyzed the game against Rayo: we found the goals very quickly, we pressured them high up the pitch. It was an open match and were pleased with the victory.

On the other hand, the footballer said that hes fighting to be included in Spains Euro Championship squad. He also congratulated Bara Alusport for their conquest of the Clubs first European Cup. Its a very big joy, he said.

Here are some of the statements made by Bara players after the match (some of them were made on Twitter):

Vctor Valds:

The team played a great game and we showed a lot of ambition and perseverance. Now we have to focus on our next match.

Dani Alves:

I want to apologize to the Rayo fans if I offended them with my goal celebration. I never wanted to offend anyone.

Sergio Busquets:

The most important thing is the team, but we have to do everything we can so that Leo Messi finishes the season as top goalscorer. Hes broken all the records, hes the best in the world.

Pinto is the keeper in the Cup and this match was a good opportunity for him to get a bit of game rhythm. The game we have left [Cup final] is very important, I hope Pep can leave the Club with the Cup title.

Thiago Alcntara:

Before anything else I want to congratulate Afellay for his return. He deserves the best.

I want to apologize if I offended Rayos fans with my goal celebration. I made a mistake when I was overjoyed with my goal. It wont happen again.

Rayo-Barça: History on Barça’s side

FC Barcelona will face Rayo Vallecano this Sunday (21:30, Canal+) at Vallecas. The two teams have played against each other a total of 25 times, the first match was in the 1977/78 season, in the Madrid-based teams debut year in Spains top flight. History is very much on Baras side, as theyve won 13 games, tied 8 and lost only 4 against Rayo.

The last match against Rayo

The last game played at Vallecas between the two sides was played in the 2002/03 season. Rayo came away with the victory thanks to a goal from Azcoitia on the 65th minute of play (1-0). It was week 13 of the Liga, and it was also Rayos last season in the Primera Divisin until the present season; last year Rayo were promoted after finishing second behind Betis in the Liga Adelante.

Favourable stats for Bara

Bara have scored 65 times and only conceded 25 against Rayo. Baras players have been booked a total of 38 times to Rayos 56 (plus two red cards for each team). Bara have scored from the penalty spot seven times out of eight attempts, while Rayo have scored six out of nine tries.

If we focus on FC Barcelona’s numbers away from the Camp Nou, the Azulgranas have played 12 matches as visitors at Vallecas. In this case, the numbers are a bit more equal: FC Barcelona have won three times, drawn six and lost three. At the Camp Nou, however, the Catalan side won 10 times, tied 2 and only lost once (in the 2000/01 season).

Barça arrive in Madrid to face Rayo

Bara have arrived in Madrid, where the first team will face Rayo Vallecano (21:30, Canal+) in the Liga BBVAs week 36 round of matches. Guardiolas men started their journey to the Spanish capital first thing this morning. At 10:15 the teams motor coach left the Camp Nou for El Prat, the teams plane took off at 12:25.

Upon arrival, the team went straight to their hotel. FC Barcelona will remain there until its time to go to Vallecas, where at 21:30 the Catalans will play against Rayo Vallecano.

FC Barcelonas Social Area vice-president, Jordi Cardoner, the Economic and Strategy director, Jordi Moix, Social Area director, Pilar Guinovart, and Football director, Andoni Zubizarreta, accompanied Guardiola and the 19-player squad to Madrid.

After the match, the team will return to Barcelona, where they are scheduled to arrive at 2:00 AM.

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Rayo Vallecano v FC Barcelona: Barça look to bounce back in Vallecas

The team need to bounce back in the Vallecas Stadium. FC Barcelona take on Rayo Vallecano in Madrid determined to get back on track after a tough week in which the team has lost to Real Madrid in La Liga and to Chelsea in Europe. And on Friday it was announced that Josep Guardiola will be stepping down to be replaced by Tito Vilanova, a change designed to continue the successful formula of recent seasons. The match against Rayo will be the first since the news broke.

19-man squad list

Josep Guardiola has named a squad of 19 players (one player will be excluded before the match) including the 16 available members of the senior squad (everyone except the injured Fonts, Villa, Abidal, Xavi and Piqu) plus Bartra, Montoya and Tello from Bara B. This is the first time the two teams have met in the league in the Vallecas stadium since Rayo were last in the First Division in the 2002/03 season. On that occasion Rayo won 1-0.

Realistically, it will be a really tough call for FC Barcelona to renew their league title but the players will keep on competing to the end. The match will also serve to prepare for the Cup final against Athletic Club in the Vicente Calderon on 25th May.

Key players missing for Rayo

Rayo manager Jos Ramn Sandoval will go into the match without some of his regular players. In defence hell be without left back Casado and central defender central Labaka, both suspended. In midfield, Armenteros, Javi Fuego and Piti, three players who have played a key part in Rayos surprising season, are all out injured. Rayo currently sit in a relatively comfortable 15th place, six points clear of the relegation zone and with a game in hand.

Spanish League Preview – Week 35

Valencia lost their Europa Cup semi final midweek and they face another enormous game on Sunday when they visit Malaga, who are just three points behind them. Valencia will go into the game without Sergio Canales, who suffered a serious knee injury on Thursday, after just coming back from a long layoff. Malagas Managing Director, Fernando Hiero, reckons: this is the biggest game in our history, whilst their midfielder Ignacio Camacho insisted: these are three vital points.

Levante still have hopes of making the Champions League spots, but with just a point from their last three games they are now three behind Malaga and need to get back to winning ways in their game at home to Granada on Sunday, before trips to Zaragoza and Mallorca and a season finale at home to Athletic Bilbao.

Europa Cup finalists chasing Levante

The two Europa Cup finalists, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, are both chasing Levante hard, just a point behind and boosted by their midweek success, they will be looking to keep up the pressure when they travel to Zaragoza and Betis respectively. Bilbao then have home games against Real Madrid and Getafe, before the Levante match, whilst Atletico host Real Sociedad and Malaga before they finish the league away to Villarreal.

Osasuna are a further point behind, but with Saturdays game at Villarreal their first of three on the road and just one more game in Pamplona, they may find it hard to retake a European place.

Seville and Espanyol live in hope

Seville are a point behind Osasuna on 46 and welcome back veteran keeper Palop for a tough trip to the Bernabeu, where Madrid will be looking to bounce back from their penalty shootout disappointment, knowing that a win could possibly hand them the title. Espanyol are on 45 points and know that their last chance to stake a claim for Europe is Saturdays visit of struggling Sporting to El Prat.

Villarreal hold key to relegation places

If Villarreal (37 points) can beat Osasuna, Clementes team (31) will be as good as down if they are beaten, as will Zaragoza level on points with Sporting- if they cant beat Bilbao, all of which led Villarreals Argentinean striker Marco Ruben to declare: we cant wait for this season to be over and we have to take the three points against Osasuna itll give us a great chance of surviving. In contrast, Zaragozas midfielder Apoo believes: if Villarreal slip up against Osasuna and we beat Bilbao, well just be a win away from salvation

Puyol: "Tito is the best news"

“Messi is very grateful to the boss”

Regarding Lionel Messis absence from the press conference in which Guardiola announced his departure, Puyol insisted: I want to clear up whats been said. When training finished yesterday, we got together and said that the four captains would go. Leo wanted to go but on seeing that the captains were going, he took a step back. Then more players appeared by their own volition. Leo is very grateful to the boss, just like all the squad, and if theres a farewell do then well all be there, because well all 100% behind him.

Carles Puyol spoke at a press conference on Saturday which was, obviously, dominated by the news that Josep Guardiola is standing down as first team manager to be replaced by Tito Vilanova. He confirmed that the players wanted Pep to continue but on learning of his decision and the reasons behind it, he explained: The fact that Tito will be the manger is the best news we could get. Hes the continuation of a project and has the support of all the players.

The project goes forward

Puyol also expressed his agreement with the thinking behind the choice of Tito Vilanova: He knows the team and our philosophy better than anybody. He knows a great deal about football and has worked hand in hand with Pep all this time. Itll be more or less the same as it has been up to now. The philosophy and the idea will be the same. Hes the ideal person to take this project forward.

As for the mood of the players now that they know Guardiola is stepping aside, Puyol spoke mainly of gratitude: Well be eternally grateful to him. He has marked a before and after in football, and thats really important. Hes given us so much, more than we could have imagined. Things like always going out to win, having great respect for opponentsNow life goes on and we will try and follow the path he has marked out for us and to do as good a job as he has done.

Puyol also revealed how the players had heard the news: If youd asked us before the Chelsea match, wed have said he was going to continue. After having two days off and, given everything that has been coming out, we were expecting it yesterday. We players have tried in our day to day work and attitude to get him to continue. Weve given our all. But when the pressure is like hes explained, its difficult. It must be really hard to be a manager, and even more so the way he lives it. He thinks about football 24 hours a day.

“Guardiola has left behind a legendary team”

Asked by reporters what he would most remember about Guardiola, Puyol didnt hesitate a moment: Ill remember everything hes given us. His way of understanding football. Hes left behind a legendary team that will be remembered for ever. I hope he gets the send-off he deserves, for everything hes given us. The players are united and keen to take this project forward.

Finally, turning to this Sundays match against Rayo, Puyol told reporters. They will be motivated to win the match, the same as us. Well try and do a good job, get out there on the pitch the way weve always done and then well see what happens.