VALDES HAILS LIONEL MESSI

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that superstar Lionel Messi is capable of defining a new era in world football.

Lionel Messi is widely regarded to be the best player in the world right now, while many are also of the opinion that he is comparable with the likes of Diego Maradona and Pele.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that superstar Lionel Messi is capable of defining a new era in world football.

Lionel Messi is widely regarded to be the best player in the world right now, while many are also of the opinion that he is comparable with the likes of Diego Maradona and Pele.

Even though these players for not comparable with Lionel Messi in absolute sense due to the different conditions of playing, Victor Valdes has said that Messi is so good that he is capable of becoming the benchmark for defining greatness in the future.

Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award three times in a row now, while he has already scored 54 goals for Barcelona in all competitions this season. It is very much expected that Messi will go on to surpass the 75 goal mark, while he may also come close to the 100 goal mark as well.

Messi recently broke the record within Barcelona when it came to the most number of goals scored by any player. Messi has now 234 goals in all competitions for Barcelona, which becomes even more impressive when you consider that he is only 24 years old. Messi exemplified the dominance Barcelona had over Granada in a match between the two clubs recently, as he scored two goals to reduce the deficit at the top of the table to just six points.

“He has now surpassed Cesar’s record and if he goes on like this, he will define an era. This [the performance against Granada] is what we have to do now each week. The only thing we can do is win all of our own games,” Valdes said after the match. Messi is also the top scorer in the Spanish league now after having found the net 34 times so far.

VALDES DEDICATES WIN TO ABIDAL

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he is dedicating his team’s victory over Sevilla in the recent Spanish league encounter to fellow teammate Eric Abidal.

Eric Abidal has been diagnosed with a major problem in his liver, which may subject him to a liver transplant. This shocking news comes after just a year when Eric Abidal underwent heart surgery in order to correct a problem. Barcelona won the match against Sevilla 2-0 to keep the pressure on the leaders Real Madrid, but Victor Valdes was more focused on ensuring that Eric Abidal came back fit and ready.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he is dedicating his team’s victory over Sevilla in the recent Spanish league encounter to fellow teammate Eric Abidal.

Eric Abidal has been diagnosed with a major problem in his liver, which may subject him to a liver transplant. This shocking news comes after just a year when Eric Abidal underwent heart surgery in order to correct a problem. Barcelona won the match against Sevilla 2-0 to keep the pressure on the leaders Real Madrid, but Victor Valdes was more focused on ensuring that Eric Abidal came back fit and ready.

Victor Valdes has also said that Barcelona will not be focused on the distance between them and Real Madrid at the top of the table, as the leaders have a great lead at the moment. Hence, they will be focusing their attention on winning the matches at hand and hoping that Real Madrid will falter at some stage of the season. The latest online betting makes Real Madrid firm favourites to walk away with their first league title in years.

Valdes also said that Barcelona have been in this mentality because they are professionals. Meanwhile, the football world has been wishing Eric Abidal a speedy recovery in his attempts to overcome a liver transplant surgery. Barcelona players have been carrying messages wishing Eric Abidal a speedy recovery in their T-shirts.

“We have to keep on doing out part, we have to win all of our matches and hope that the distance is reduced. They have a big advantage, our obligation is to go out and try to win all of our matches and wait for Real Madrid to falter.This victory is for Abidal. These are difficult times that we must overcome. However, with the strength and confidence that Abidal has, I’m sure that he’ll come out of this one” Valdes told the official Barcelona website after the match against Sevilla in the Spanish league.

VALDES IMPRESSED WITH YOUTH TEAM

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that Barcelona easily have the best youth system in the world right now.

Barcelona have produced a number of world-class players over the years. One of the most recent one who springs to the mind is Lionel Messi, who joined the club in at the age of 14.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that Barcelona easily have the best youth system in the world right now.

Barcelona have produced a number of world-class players over the years. One of the most recent one who springs to the mind is Lionel Messi, who joined the club in at the age of 14.

Lionel Messi was also part of the incredible youth team, which include the likes of Iniesta, Xavi, and Victor Valdes himself. Even after the production of players of such calibre, the Barcelona youth team has not shown any signs of weakness over the years. In fact, it has been producing an even more high-quality youngsters, who has since left to play for other clubs like Chelsea and Roma.

After seeing 20-year-old Cristian Tello score for Barcelona in the match against Real Sociedad, Victor Valdes has said that it is quite easy to see that Barcelona have the best youth system in the world right now. Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan Dos Santos where the other players who scored in this match to give Barcelona a famous victory.

Despite the presence of these highly rated youngsters, Barcelona have significantly fallen behind Real Madrid in the title race. Barcelona are now 10 points behind Real Madrid and it will be tough to close this gap from this position.

“I want to congratulate him [Tello] for his first goal with the first team. We have the best youth system in the world. It’s been a hard day, it’s very cold, but we played well. It was a very close result, the supporters were suffering because of us but we fought until the end,” the Spain international told the club’s official website.

In spite of the ever increasing gap, Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he will want to fight until the league is mathematically impossible to win.

Valdes also has the European Championships to look forwards to – according to the Euro 2012 betting online sites, Spain are the hot favourites to retain their European title.

VALDES STILL BELIEVES

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that there is every chance that Barcelona could still win the league.

Barcelona has dropped behind from Real Madrid at an alarming pace in recent weeks. After the loss to Osasuna, Real Madrid managed to extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points, thus casting a real doubt on the ability of Barcelona to win the title for the fourth consecutive season.

However, their goalkeeper Victor Valdes is of the opinion that Barcelona are still good enough to win the league, but will have to rely on the results elsewhere.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that there is every chance that Barcelona could still win the league.

Barcelona has dropped behind from Real Madrid at an alarming pace in recent weeks. After the loss to Osasuna, Real Madrid managed to extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points, thus casting a real doubt on the ability of Barcelona to win the title for the fourth consecutive season.

However, their goalkeeper Victor Valdes is of the opinion that Barcelona are still good enough to win the league, but will have to rely on the results elsewhere.

The Spanish league has been in such a way that both Real Madrid and Barcelona rarely drop points. Hence, many have been considering that the domestic league is all but over after Real Madrid have 10 point advantage at the top of the table. In order to relinquish the 10 point advantage, Real Madrid have lose at least three matches from now till the end of the season. So far in the campaign, Real Madrid have lost only two matches, and hence the possibility of them losing three matches till the end of the season seems extremely improbable.

“Away from home we have not achieved the expected results, so we’re 10 points behind. But now, we cannot give up. We must keep believing in ourselves and the wins will come. I still believe we can win the league. We are professionals and we must accept victories and defeats in equal measure,” said Valdes at a press conference just before the Valencia match on Thursday.

Barcelona will be facing Valencia on Sunday in another crunch match. If Real Madrid once again manage to extend their lead even by the slightest margin, then one can be sure that Barcelona cannot win the title this season.

VALDES BACKS BARCA

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has become one of the best rated goalkeepers in recent times. Even though he was accused of the occasional faults a few years ago, Victor Valdes has become a truly exceptional goalkeeper in the last few years.

He has been responsible for Barcelona winning a number of trophies in the last few years including the Club World Cup, and he is now hoping to lead them to glory, and the title of being the best club in the world again, after winning the title two years back.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has become one of the best rated goalkeepers in recent times. Even though he was accused of the occasional faults a few years ago, Victor Valdes has become a truly exceptional goalkeeper in the last few years.

He has been responsible for Barcelona winning a number of trophies in the last few years including the Club World Cup, and he is now hoping to lead them to glory, and the title of being the best club in the world again, after winning the title two years back.

Barcelona will in the World Club Cup Final again this year, playing against the Brazilian club Santos, who come as the Champions League winners of South America. Even though this is going to be a battle between the two clubs, many are predicting that it is going to be a battle of two players – Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Neymar is adjudged to be the best young talent in all of the world right now, with a number of clubs including Barcelona queuing up for his signature. It is one of the reasons for Victor Valdes predicting a very close final on Sunday. Barcelona come into the final having beaten Al Saad 4-0 in the semifinals.

“It is the final everybody expected. [Both] teams have very similar qualities, and styles as well. It will be a thrilling final, with lots of goalscoring chances for both teams. He [Neymar] is an important player. He has so much talent, so it will be important to analyse him and be careful with their attacking moves,” Valdes told Barca’s official website.

Following this match, Barcelona will be returning to domestic action where they will be facing L’Hospitalet for the second leg of the Copa del Rey, after which they will be heading into the winter break.

The latest Champions league football betting places Barcelona as favourites to win the Champions League again in 2011/12, especially now that the team they met in the Final last year has crashed out.

You would have bet on Manchester United making it through to the Final Stages, but they failed to qualify from what was a relatively easy group.

VALDES HAILS BARCELONA

FC Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes does not want his team-mates to rest on their laurels and wants to keep winning, stressing that the Catalan giants are still as hungry and driven by the urge to succeed as they were before, maybe even more!

According to Valdes, the search for more and more silverwear is what keeps that club going, it is what drives each and every player in the team and in Pep Guardiola, they have a manager who is the ideal person to motivate a side that has won everything there is to win in club football over the last three years, but still keep wanting more.

FC Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes does not want his team-mates to rest on their laurels and wants to keep winning, stressing that the Catalan giants are still as hungry and driven by the urge to succeed as they were before, maybe even more!

According to Valdes, the search for more and more silverwear is what keeps that club going, it is what drives each and every player in the team and in Pep Guardiola, they have a manager who is the ideal person to motivate a side that has won everything there is to win in club football over the last three years, but still keep wanting more.

The 2011-12 season started in a familiar fashion for the Claret and Blues as they won the UEFA Super Cup beating Portuguese side FC Porto and recently won the FIFA Club World Cup, decimating South American champions and Brazilian powerhouse Santos 4-0 to become World Champions.

The additions of Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas at the beginning of the season has added further firepower to a side that was already firing on all cylinders and this means that other sides will need to be wary of the threat they pose even more. The experienced goalkeeper also added that with the additions, there is increased competition in the side for a place in the starting lineup with each and everyone giving their absolute best, trying to impress the manager. Looking at the online football betting, Barcelona seem favourites to win each and every competition then enter!

Victor Valdes believes that other clubs need to be very wary of the threats that this new and improved Barcelona now pose and with the Catalan giants signaling their intent with the emphatic victory against arch rivals Real Madrid, there is every scope that Valdes will get the chance to build on his already bulging trophy cabinet.

VALDES WANTS MORE TROPHIES

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he is keen to see Barcelona lifting more trophies in the future. Since 2008, Barcelona have been extremely successful in the domestic and European competitions.

Not only have they dominated the domestically by winning a hat-trick of League titles, but they have also dominated the European front with two Champions League titles in just three seasons.

Guardiola has totally transformed the strength at Barcelona, while retaining the same philosophy of the club that has been in place since Cruyff. Victor Valdes was initially regarded as a goalkeeper not capable of being on the same level as Casillas, but he has proven his doubters wrong by becoming one of the greatest goalkeepers in recent seasons.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said that he is keen to see Barcelona lifting more trophies in the future. Since 2008, Barcelona have been extremely successful in the domestic and European competitions.

Not only have they dominated the domestically by winning a hat-trick of League titles, but they have also dominated the European front with two Champions League titles in just three seasons.

Guardiola has totally transformed the strength at Barcelona, while retaining the same philosophy of the club that has been in place since Cruyff. Victor Valdes was initially regarded as a goalkeeper not capable of being on the same level as Casillas, but he has proven his doubters wrong by becoming one of the greatest goalkeepers in recent seasons.

He says that despite Barcelona winning all the major trophies in the last few years, he is very much looking forward to many more trophies with the Catalan club. Barcelona have just returned after their latest trophy this season – and Club World Cup. They beat Brazilian club Santos 4-0 in the final, thus lifting the crown of being the best club in the world twice in three seasons. Only Inter Milan have been able to stop the domination by Barcelona since 2008. Real Madrid seem closer to winning their first title since 2007 only now.

“We have shown that we want to win a lot of titles. When we lift a trophy, we do it as if it was our first. We want to win more. The Club World Cup is a title that’s really important to us. We all must respect this title a bit more, because it’s difficult to win it,” Victor Valdes said on Barcelona’s official website. Victor Valdes also praised the Guardiola by saying that he is responsible for the huge changes at Barcelona.

VALDES ADMITS IT WILL BE DIFFICULT

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been the first to admit that Real Madrid now have a sizeable advantage in the title race. After the 1-0 loss against Getafe, Barcelona face an uphill task to catch Real Madrid, who are six points better off the Catalan giants.

Even though the season is only nearing its halfway stage, it is still a sizeable advantage according to Victor Valdes. He has admitted that Real Madrid now hold the advantage in the title race. Barcelona failed to find their way past Getafe in a very tight match, but they were in for a shock late on in the match when Juan Valera scored with a header to give Getafe all three points.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been the first to admit that Real Madrid now have a sizeable advantage in the title race. After the 1-0 loss against Getafe, Barcelona face an uphill task to catch Real Madrid, who are six points better off the Catalan giants.

Even though the season is only nearing its halfway stage, it is still a sizeable advantage according to Victor Valdes. He has admitted that Real Madrid now hold the advantage in the title race. Barcelona failed to find their way past Getafe in a very tight match, but they were in for a shock late on in the match when Juan Valera scored with a header to give Getafe all three points.

This was the first defeat of the season for Barcelona, but it is a crucial one given that Real Madrid had managed to win against Atletico Madrid on the same weekend. Real Madrid entered into the weekend having a three-point advantage, but this latest round of results has put them on the fantastic position to finally bring an end to the dominance of Barcelona in the domestic competitions. Even though they have a long way to go – to achieve that in the European competitions, José Mourinho can finally feel satisfied that he has been able to achieve the impossible.

Speaking after the loss against Getafe, Victor Valdes said,” “This is the first defeat of the season, and we did not expect it. We knew we had to win here and that did not happen. There are many matches left. Madrid are on a good run and they are getting victories. We have to continue and raise our heads because we have two matches coming up.”

Still, Victor Valdes believes that Madrid will also drop a few points during the course of the season.

VALDES PRAISES GUARDIOLA

Barcelona’s Victor Valdes has become the latest person to praise Pep Guardiola. The Barcelona goalkeeper has said that Guardiola is responsible for making the team almost invincible!

In just over three years since Guardiola took over at Barcelona, the team has been totally transformed into one of the meanest machines, capable of going on a long winning runs. One of the very few persons to criticise Pep Guardiola has been former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, Victor Valdes has said that Guardiola is easily the best coach he has ever worked with.

Barcelona’s Victor Valdes has become the latest person to praise Pep Guardiola. The Barcelona goalkeeper has said that Guardiola is responsible for making the team almost invincible!

In just over three years since Guardiola took over at Barcelona, the team has been totally transformed into one of the meanest machines, capable of going on a long winning runs. One of the very few persons to criticise Pep Guardiola has been former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, Victor Valdes has said that Guardiola is easily the best coach he has ever worked with.

Valdes told the club’s official website “I have been trained to believe that the coach is the figure that you have to respect within a team and that you should follow the most. He led me down the road to victory and I hope to have that mentality until I retire.”

It was only a few seasons ago that Valdes was not thought to be capable of playing for Barcelona. In these past three years, Valdes has totally demolished that notion, becoming one of the top goalkeepers in Spain and in the world along with Iker Casillas.

This season has been certainly different for Barcelona, who have been playing catch up with Real Madrid for most of the season, though currently they trail Real Madrid by just one point.

Valdes has now become the record holder for Barcelona by not conceding for almost 10 matches in a row. The previous record for not conceding for the longest time was set by Miguel Reina back in the 1972-73 season. However, after maintaining a clean sheet against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, Victor Valdes has now become the record holder.

BARCELONA READY FOR DIFFICULT SEASON

Victor Valdes has said that Barcelona will be ready for a difficult season ahead. The Spanish international stated that he is not concerned about what Real Madrid does in the transfer market this summer, and is focused only on his club.

“I do not want to talk about Real Madrid. I am only talking about Barcelona. We know that another tough and long season awaits us, but we will be up for it,” Valdes was quoted as saying by El Periodico de Catalunya.

“People know my philosophy. For me, football is all about having the ball and winning games. My personal task is not to concede goals.”

Victor Valdes has said that Barcelona will be ready for a difficult season ahead. The Spanish international stated that he is not concerned about what Real Madrid does in the transfer market this summer, and is focused only on his club.

“I do not want to talk about Real Madrid. I am only talking about Barcelona. We know that another tough and long season awaits us, but we will be up for it,” Valdes was quoted as saying by El Periodico de Catalunya.

“People know my philosophy. For me, football is all about having the ball and winning games. My personal task is not to concede goals.”

Valdes then went on to say that Barcelona’s Champions League final win over Manchester United was special for him on a personal level, as it meant that he had achieved his target of lifting the trophy on three separate occasions.