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Barcelona has to travel to the Santiago Bernabeu on March 23 as they will face off against Real Madrid on a match that has the potential of deciding which team is going to win the Spanish League in this season.
Andres Iniesta has urged his teammates and insisted in saying that they must win the match against their rivals in order to keep the Spanish title hopes alive.
‘’The truth is that if we want to maximize our options of retaining the league title, we have to win at the Bernabeu. Madrid are leaders and have some of the best players, but form doesn’t always count in these games’’. Iniesta said.
During the last few ‘’El Clasico’’ matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona, it have been characterized by red cards, fighting and diving rather than actual football but Iniesta believes that this time around there is going to be less tension than previous years.
‘’They are always a difficult team to beat, but I don’t think that we’ll see the same tension of a few years back on the pitch. It’ll be a war, but a footballing war and we mustn’t step over that line’’. Iniesta added.
Andres Iniesta is going through a rather different season from the rest of his teammates as he recently had to cope with the misfortune of his wife, Anna suffering a miscarriage which even forced the Spanish of having to miss out from a few training sessions and matches for his club but Iniesta has thanked his fans from all the support they have given him in these tough times.
“When you’re having a hard time, feeling really down, you then realize all the affection that you get from people you don’t even know, and this gives you the strength to carry on. My wife, my family, we are all grateful for the affection we have received’’.
“Yes, I have received messages of support from the Real Madrid players; some things are more important than a football match.” Iniesta revealed.
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Andres Iniesta is one of the stars of Barcelona and the Spanish midfielder insisted in praising Lionel Messi as he stated that the Argentinean superstar does not need to win the World Cup in order to be considered as the best player of all time.
Lionel Messi has always been a subject of discussion and most typically its usually when some start talking about his accolades as he has already won 4 Ballon d’Or awards which is more than anybody else but even though he has accomplished this feat as well as many other, some fans and coaches still insist in stating that in order for him to be regarded in the same caliber as Zinedine Zidane, Pele or Ronaldinho, the thing he needs is a World Cup trophy.
The performances that the Argentinean does with Barcelona are simply mind-blowing as he is consistently breaking records each season, each year. But his performances with his national team, Argentina are not on the same level as his club but despite this, Iniesta still considers Messi to be one of the best players in history.
“Leo doesn’t need to win the World Cup to be considered the best player ever. I say that for those who demand he wins the World Cup to be considered the greatest ever in history. He’s decisive in every game he’s played in for six or seven years.”
“Messi always responds. He never misses and in just a few minutes he can change a game. He’s a fundamental player,” the Spanish midfielder told the club’s official website.
Lionel Messi is expected to be the driving force behind Argentina in the upcoming 2014 World Cup as the star of Barcelona was given the captain armband and he has already stated his desire on winning the trophy for his 1st time.
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Barcelona will be meeting Manchester City in the last 16 stage of the Champions league and it is one of the standout fixtures of the competition. Even though this is the first time City will be appearing at this stage of the competition, they are considered as one of the favourites for the title after having spent in excess of £ 1 billion on the squad in the last few years. They already possess some of the best players in the world like Sergio Aguero and Yaya Touré in their respective positions. As a result, Barcelona need to be at their best in order to beat City according to midfielder Andres Iniesta.
The future of the Spaniard was finally sorted after he signed a new contract with the club. It was heavily speculated that he would leave Barcelona, where he has been playing for the entirety of his career, at the end of the season. City were rumoured to be one of the destinations since they would be one of the few clubs who could afford his astronomical wages. Iniesta is regarded as one of the finest creative midfielders in the world, but he has been marginalised after the arrival of Cesc Fabregas.
The first match will be at the Etihad stadium.
“We know Manchester City and they are powerful, especially this season. To defeat the English, it is necessary that we are at our best. We have two hard matches. The danger against City is not only the physical power of English clubs but also the good touchline team with Pellegrini on the bench. But we respect the rivals and we are prepared to fight. Barca arrive in 2014 with a positive atmosphere,” said Iniesta. Barcelona are likely to be at their full strength after the return of Messi following a long injury absence.
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Following the 4-0 victory of Barcelona over Granada, Gerardo Martino was impressed by his teams’ performance but he singled out Andres Iniesta for a particular praise as he was chosen to captain the team for that match.
Despite having a noticeable amount of injuries ranging from the goalkeeper to the offensive lines of Barcelona as it includes: Valdes, Alves and Messi but that did not seem to be any problem for the Catalan side that remain at the top of La Liga.
“We controlled the pace of the game, knowing when we had to play more directly and when we had to slow the match down,” he said at his post-match press conference.
“This side knows how to play in different ways when they need to. We have a commitment to play attractive football and I think the fans enjoyed themselves. Granada want to play the ball around and if you don’t press these teams well, you can have problems’’.
“Iniesta was the best player on the pitch today. He did everything well.”
The 29 years old midfielder is waiting for Barcelona to offer him an improved contract offer as he already rejected the initial one that was proposed to him recently also claiming that he is expecting to be paid more than Neymar who currently is on a basic wage of on a basic wage of €7m.
David Moyes has already shown interest in signing Iniesta as he is one of his top targets in the upcoming transfer window but this is a player that is clearly out of the reach of Manchester United as Iniesta has not displayed any signs of leaving the club in which he grew up at their youth academy, La Masia and them team he has been playing for over 10 years, Barcelona.
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