Pep Guardiola’s move to Manchester City will be completed when the current Premier League season ends as the Spanish manager is going to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium and Sergio Busquets has recently said that he could be tempted to join the Premier League club as the highly rated defensive midfielder would like to work alongside Guardiola once again.
Andres Iniesta says that Barcelona are intent on reaching the Copa del Rey final. The club will be up against Valencia in the semi-final.
Luis Enrique has decided to give midfielder Andres Iniesta some much-needed rest. Hence, the midfielder will not be part of the Champions League group match against Bayer Leverkusen.
Barcelona’s midfield maestros Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta believe that manager Louis van Gaal will be a success at Old Trafford despite struggling in his first season at the club.
He is, and will forever be, a Barcelona icon and a man whose achievements will be discussed long after the day comes to finally hang up his boots.
He is not the headline maker, the Lionel Messi or Neymar, and for a long time he was not even the Camp Nou stalwart, the skipper and on-field leader, with the presence of Carles Puyol and Xavi casting sizeable shadows.
Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has categorically stated that he would never play in the Premier League in his career.
The midfielder is regarded as one of the finest in the world, but his form with Barcelona has dropped off late. This is largely down to the importance given to players like Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Iniesta does not occupy a major role in the tactics of Luis Enrique as he did under Pep Guardiola. This has raised suggestions that the player might consider a move to the Premier League just as other Barcelona stars like Pedro and Cesc Fabregas in recent memory.
Barcelona star Andres Iniesta says that he is confident of being fit for the Champions League final in Berlin. The midfielder is understood to be a doubt for the match against Juventus.
A victory for Barcelona will see them move level with Liverpool as the five-time European champions. They have had four victories up until now but a majority of them have come since 2006. While Frank Rijkaard’s team started the run with a win in 2006, Pep Guardiola continued this form with two more trophies under his regime. Iniesta has been a lucky footballer to have been part of three title winning teams already.
Andres Iniesta faces a bit of difficulty while playing in pair with Xavi in Barcelona midfield.
The 30-year old player has admitted it himself.
To hear something like this from Iniesta is definitely a bit of a surprise because Xavi is supposed to be in his closest of mates.
The duo has had a great coordination over the years and they have seen a number of seasons pass by at Camp Nou playing alongside.
Their presence is probably the reason why Barcelona’s midfield has been one of the most solid ones in the world in the last decade or so.
But, for some reason, Iniesta is starting to believe that he and Xavi are not that effective playing together anymore.
According to Iniesta, his relationship and tuning with Xavi is still the same, but, things aren’t working out as well on the field as the two would have liked.
Andres Iniesta who picked up a calf injury on the 72nd minute during Barcelona’s league match against Real Madrid has not managed to play for his club in their latest games against Celta de Vigo and Almeria.
The Spanish midfielder is far from being the same fast pace player that scored the winning goal for Spain during the 2010 World Cup. Iniesta still remains playing an influential role Barcelona but his impact is not the same as it was some time ago.
Not only has the influence of Andres Iniesta been diminishing recently but it’s also occurring with Xavi Hernandez as the experienced midfielders are not as reliable or consistent as they once were but despite this, Iniesta was still included in the shortlist of 23 players that are contenders on winning the 2014 FIFA Ballon D’Or.
Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has backed Luis Enrique to be a success at the Catalan club.
After unsuccessfully having a spell under Gerardo Martino, Barcelona went back to their roots once again by appointingEnrique is the replacement in the summer. The former Barcelona captain had failed spell at Roma a few years ago, while he has not been at the top level of management since then. Despite this, he was not brought in as the new Barcelona manager. Even though results at the start of the season were extremely good, the form has plummeted of late.