Chelsea midfielder Oscar has said that the England national team players should be warned enough about the threat posed by new Barcelona signing Neymar. The Santos striker recently sealed a spectacular move to Barcelona after agreeing a contract for five years.
The 21-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the world. Even though he has not been at his best in recent international matches with Brazil, Oscar believes that he will be able to show his true form against England.
Barcelona have been one of the strongest teams in the world over the last few years. They have also been extremely successful since 2005. The success in recent years, though, has been built on a strong foundation of passing and possession football.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have been the dominant force in the Spanish la Liga ever since the decline of Valencia. They have been able to win all the league titles for the last eight seasons, which is a source of major concern.
There has even been talk of the la Liga being not very competitive when compared with the likes of the English Premier league and the Italian Serie A. Only this season, there has been a change in the fortunes of the Spanish clubs because Atletico Madrid have been able to get past their arch rivals Real Madrid into the second position.
The Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has said that he cannot be more delighted following the return of David Villa, who has been one of the impressive goal scorers for Barcelona since arriving from Valencia for more than £ 30 million.
However, he suffered a major injury last season when he was playing for the club in the Club World Cup in Japan. This kept him out of the action for Barcelona until the start of this new season. Even though he has been used sparingly by the manager, Tito Vilanova has said that he is extremely delighted with the way he is approaching full fitness.
A win for FC Barcelona against Atletico Madrid would certainly help the club to further stamp its dominance of La Liga, but it is not very likely that Madrid will make it easy for La Liga’s number one club; when the two top teams in La Liga come together, you can expect some exciting action. The gap between them is currently six points, and Atletico Madrid is determined to reduce it.
The midfielder of Barcelona, Xavi, has said that Lionel Messi is the best footballer that the game of football has ever seen. Messi has scored 8 goals in the ongoing La Liga so far. Real Madrid’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has also scored the same number of goals, but, Xavi believes that Messi is a bit better than Ronaldo.
The Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has said that a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid was probably the ideal result. His comments were also echoed by his Real Madrid counterpart José Mourinho after the match. Barcelona and Real Madrid were facing each other in the league for the first time this season.
Due to the fact that Real Madrid were trailing Barcelona by a massive eight point in the table, José Mourinho said that it was one of the crunch matches of the season. However, Real Madrid could not get the win that they hoped that would reduce the lead for Barcelona at the top of the table.
The new manager of Barcelona, Tito Vilanova, wants to sign the Manchester City defender Kolo Toure. According to some reports, Vilanova wants a defender who is versatile and can play in the midfield as well. Toure has been performing well for Manchester City since the last three seasons. He is an experienced player and can also guide the younger players. That’s why Vilanova wants to bring him into the squad.
Lionel Messi was not able to play for Barcelona in the exhibition match against Hamburg due to an injury. Due to the absence of Messi in that match, Barcelona has to suffer a great loss. The Barcelona authorities have said that Messi’s absence in that game has cost the club a total of 360,000 Euros. However, Barcelona was able to win the match 2-1. Dani Alves and Gerard Deulofeu scored the goals for Barcelona.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that manager Pep Guardiola, who will be stepping down from his post as the Barcelona manager following the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, is the greatest manager in the history of Barcelona. Guardiola has guided Barcelona to an unprecedented 13 trophies in four years, while he has the opportunity to claim his 14th title with the club he used to captain.