Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Barca looks to prove Hercules loss was fluke
by Paul Kennedy, September 13th, 2010 10:16PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Following an improbable 2-0 loss at home to promoted Hercules on Saturday, Barcelona will look to have better luck at the Camp Nou on Tuesday when it hosts Greek club Panathinaikos.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admitted his players "lacked pace and intensity" in their first match back from the league break for a double fixture date that saw six Barca Spaniards and three Barca Argentines fly to Buenos Aires and back for Tuesday's Spain-Argentina friendly.

Playmaker Xavi said Barca still had "a good team -- no, we have a great team,'' both others have already questioned some of the club's offseason moves.

Argentine Javier Mascherano, acquired from Liverpool, had an unhappy debut in midfield in place of Sergio Busquets against Hercules and was taken off at the half after picking up a yellow card.

Lionel Messi wasn't a factor in a game, and the attack missed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, shipped to AC Milan late in the summer market.
 
Andres Iniesta said the Hercules game was an anomaly.

"With the players we have, if the team plays with quickness and clear ideas, we can score goals," he said. "With goals, things change."

Guardiola admitted the pressure of expectations could be a problem at Barcelona. After all, it won six trophies in 2009 and captured La Liga with only one loss in 2010.

"Winning everything last year could turn out to be dangerous," Guardiola said. "The day my players don't want to play anymore means there are two problems: either half the team has to go, which is impossible, or the coach."



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Wright scores hat trick in 5-2 win over Costa Rica    
[USA UNDER-17 MEN] Striker Haji Wright continued his hot form for the USA this year with ...
U.S. women headed to Brasilia in December    
[DATEBOOK] The U.S. women's national team will travel to Brazil for the first time since 1977 ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Midweek] After junior Joel Salmeron scored in the sixth minute, UIC held off No. 25 ...
Las Vegas developers handed another lifeline    
[MLS EXPANSION] The effort to secure an MLS expansion team in Las Vegas was handed another ...
Arsenal's U.S. boy gets first goal for Gunners    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Gedion Zelalem, who was born in Germany to Ethiopian parents but raised in ...
Eastern Conference clashes kick off busy week    
[MLS PREVIEW: Week 30] A Thursday-Friday double-dip is rare in MLS but just such a setup ...
Stars take CSA and FIFA before tribunal    
[2015 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP'] A day after FIFA's Tatjana Haenni said there was no Plan B ...
What They're Saying: Peter Vermes    
"He was talking to me about the team and about winning [MLS Cup] as both a ...
What They're Saying: Toronto lawyer Ted Charney    
"[T]here's no downside since the loser at the tribunal does not have to cover legal costs ...
UEFA Champions League Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Wednesday] Just three teams -- defending champion Real Madrid and 2013 finalists Bayern Munich and ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives