VALDES PRAISES GUARDIOLA

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has praised Pep Guardiola by saying that he has changed Barcelona completely. The Spanish goalkeeper was part of Rijkaard’s squad when the Blaugrana were conquering Spain and Europe and has been a vital presence between the sticks for Guardiola’s widely heralded team.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has praised Pep Guardiola by saying that he has changed Barcelona completely. The Spanish goalkeeper was part of Rijkaard’s squad when the Blaugrana were conquering Spain and Europe and has been a vital presence between the sticks for Guardiola’s widely heralded team.

“We tried to play the ball, pressure all over the pitch and play with a high defensive line, [while now under Pep] we are more prepared to take risks at the back and if that works then there are more goals to be had. Barca have prospered under Guardiola,” Valdes told the club’s official website.

Victor Valdes also gave his take on the possibility of Barcelona winning the treble this season.

BARCA WIN WITHOUT VALDES

Barcelona managed to keep their incredible from going despite resting high profile players like Victor Valdes for the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. The Spanish La Liga table toppers were playing a traditional 4-3-3. Victor Valdes was rested so Jose Manuel Pinto took his position as the goal stopper for the Catalan club.

Barcelona managed to keep their incredible from going despite resting high profile players like Victor Valdes for the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. The Spanish La Liga table toppers were playing a traditional 4-3-3. Victor Valdes was rested so Jose Manuel Pinto took his position as the goal stopper for the Catalan club.

Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique combined as centre backs while the two Brazilian full backs Maxwell and Daniel Alves took their positions on the left and right respectively. Sergio Busquets played as the holding midfielder for the Spanish Giants as Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta featured in their favourite midfield positions. Lionel Messi featured on the right flank as Pedro Rodriguez featured on the left with the Spanish goal-scoring machine David Villa in the centre as a striker.

On the other hand, Real Betis played a traditional 4-4-2. Casto was the one who featured between the two poles as a goal stopper and he was helped by Isidoro, Miki Roque, Arzu and Nacho at the back. Salva Sevilla and Iriney featured in the midfield while Benat Etxebarria Urkiaga and Israel David Bascon Gigato featured on the wings. Ruben Castro and Jorge Molina featured up front as strikers.

Barca might have some new faces in the team themselves, with Theo Walcott and Branislav Ivanovic linked in recent weeks.

VALDES BREAKS RECORDS

Victor Valdes broke the records set by himself when playing against Espanyol. The Barcelona number 1 played a great part to help his side keep such a strong defensive record. He proved it when he made an extraordinary save during the first half of the Espanyol game when their striker Jose Maria Callejon was on target.

Victor Valdes broke the records set by himself when playing against Espanyol. The Barcelona number 1 played a great part to help his side keep such a strong defensive record. He proved it when he made an extraordinary save during the first half of the Espanyol game when their striker Jose Maria Callejon was on target.

However, later during the second half of the game, the Argentinean striker Karim Benzema found himself on target as Victor Valdes broke his own record of keeping a clean sheet by six minutes.

The last player who was able to beat Victor Valdes was the Villarreal’s Brazilian striker Nilmar. It was one month ago as the game took place in the home ground of Barcelona, the Nou Camp. The Spanish Champions won it 3-1 to take all three points but there was no other striker who was able to beat the Catalan goal stopper until Pablo Daniel Osvaldo got the ball past him after a month.

VALDES IMPRESSES IN THE WIN

Victor Valdes has impressed Pep Guardiola very much in the champions league win over Rubin Kazan. B-team players Fontas and Victor Vazquez scored the goals that will give the Catalans a huge morale boost and allow them to look to the future with optimism.

With the group leadership already assured, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola rested key players, giving a chance to several B-team players as well as reserve goalkeeper Pinto, who was preferred to first choice keeper Victor Valdes. Bojan Krkic was also given a run out.

Victor Valdes has impressed Pep Guardiola very much in the champions league win over Rubin Kazan. B-team players Fontas and Victor Vazquez scored the goals that will give the Catalans a huge morale boost and allow them to look to the future with optimism.

With the group leadership already assured, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola rested key players, giving a chance to several B-team players as well as reserve goalkeeper Pinto, who was preferred to first choice keeper Victor Valdes. Bojan Krkic was also given a run out.

The Catalans had failed to beat Ruben in their previous meeting this season and lost twice when the two sides played last year.

Barcelona meet Real Madrid next week, and may have been resting their stars for that big Classico match.

VALDES CONSIDERED QUITTING

Barcelona Goalkeeper Victor Valdes has revealed that he once thought about quitting the game in the initial stages of his career. The Spanish international spoke to publication DT about his development at the Camp Nou and how he was forced to enter therapy in his teenage years.

He also spoke of the advice that has helped him progress his career, saying, “If you think positive, it’s always easier, to think of good things, and leave aside the negative aspects of your thoughts.

Barcelona Goalkeeper Victor Valdes has revealed that he once thought about quitting the game in the initial stages of his career. The Spanish international spoke to publication DT about his development at the Camp Nou and how he was forced to enter therapy in his teenage years.

He also spoke of the advice that has helped him progress his career, saying, “If you think positive, it’s always easier, to think of good things, and leave aside the negative aspects of your thoughts.

“At 18, I thought about quitting football, but thanks to therapy I continued and the support of my family helped me change my mind.”

He has handled the pressures of being the last line of defence for the Blaugrana for the past seven years, and he added, “I am not a person who throws in the towel.”

VALDES CALLS FOR PROTECTION

Victor Valdes has called for referres to offer protection to Messi. The Argentine suffered ankle ligament damage after a roughhouse tackle from Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi last night.

Speaking after the 2-1 win, Victor Valdes said: “We’re worried about him (Messi) and want to know what injury he has. I hope it is not an important thing.

“We must protect such players, not only him but footballers who play in such a fashion because the tackling can be a disgrace if referees are so permissive as what happened today.”

VALDES ANALYSES MOURINHO ARRIVAL

Victor Valdes has provided his perspective of Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Real Madrid. The former Chelsea, Inter and Porto coach has been at loggerheads with the press already, insisting that he is “no Harry Potter, capable of magic” in the wake of criticism at his side’s performance and his team selection in the 0-0 draw with Mallorca on Sunday evening.

Valdes, currently part of the Spain squad ahead of their clash with Liechtenstein, told Cadena COPE: “He will give you much to talk about, and will sell a lot of papers. The press are beginning to know him.

Victor Valdes has provided his perspective of Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Real Madrid. The former Chelsea, Inter and Porto coach has been at loggerheads with the press already, insisting that he is “no Harry Potter, capable of magic” in the wake of criticism at his side’s performance and his team selection in the 0-0 draw with Mallorca on Sunday evening.

Valdes, currently part of the Spain squad ahead of their clash with Liechtenstein, told Cadena COPE: “He will give you much to talk about, and will sell a lot of papers. The press are beginning to know him.

“But the thing that is important is what happens in between. Football is 11 against 11 on the field, and nothing more.”

Valdes also added that, similar to last season, he fully expects Real Madrid to be challenging for the league title until the final day of the season, adding: “Real Madrid have a good team, good players and will fight until the end.

“Barcelona’s philosophy remains to play a positive game, and hopefully the great results will continue. We will see, the season has just started.”

Valdes Makes Spain Squad

Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina and Andres Iniesta have all been recalled to the Spain squad by Vicente Del Bosque.

The trio missed the friendly with Mexico earlier in the month with injuries but are now set to feature in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein on 3rd September and a friendly against Argentina in Buenos Aires four days later.

Spain will be looking to retain the European Championship in two years time, and, if they do, it will mean three major international competitions in three attempts following their World Cup triumph this summer.

Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina and Andres Iniesta have all been recalled to the Spain squad by Vicente Del Bosque.

The trio missed the friendly with Mexico earlier in the month with injuries but are now set to feature in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein on 3rd September and a friendly against Argentina in Buenos Aires four days later.

Spain will be looking to retain the European Championship in two years time, and, if they do, it will mean three major international competitions in three attempts following their World Cup triumph this summer.

The World Cup winners who do not make the 21-man squad are Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol who is injured, while Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi

Spain squad in full:
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Victor Valdes (Barcelona), Jose Reina (Liverpool); Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carlos Marchena (Villarreal), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal); Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Pedro (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), David Silva (Manchester City); David Villa (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Liverpool).

Fergie Picks Valdes

The Manchester United manager and 15 other elite European coaches, including Arsène Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, were asked by Uefa to vote for the club goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward and footballer of the year.

The Manchester United manager and 15 other elite European coaches, including Arsène Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, were asked by Uefa to vote for the club goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward and footballer of the year.

Forbidden from selecting Edwin van der Sar, Ferguson chose Cech followed by Victor Valdes, of Barcelona, and Julio Cesar. The Inter Milan player won the goalkeeper section by a landslide (only Van Gaal and Ferguson failed to give him top points). Even Wenger, not known as a great judge of glove-men, nominated Cesar, just ahead of Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina.

Lukic: Arsenal Need Valdes

Arsenal goalkeeping legend John Lukic believes that manager Arsene Wenger should have signed Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, Inter’s Julio Cesar or Victor Valdes from Barcelona, as the Gunners failed in their hunt to land a ‘keeper this summer.

The north London club went on a public pursuit of Fulham shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer during the transfer window – that is now closed – but returned fruitless in their efforts to replace Manuel Almunia.

“There’s an old saying that you don’t win the championship with a bad goalie,” said Lukic, according to The Mirror.

Arsenal goalkeeping legend John Lukic believes that manager Arsene Wenger should have signed Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, Inter’s Julio Cesar or Victor Valdes from Barcelona, as the Gunners failed in their hunt to land a ‘keeper this summer.

The north London club went on a public pursuit of Fulham shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer during the transfer window – that is now closed – but returned fruitless in their efforts to replace Manuel Almunia.

“There’s an old saying that you don’t win the championship with a bad goalie,” said Lukic, according to The Mirror.

“I’m not saying Manuel Almunia is bad – but the ­really top keepers do win games for you.

“The game fans won’t remember is the home match where the ­opposition got through once and the goalie made a critical save. That save affects the balance of the game, and could win the three points that make you champions.