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.