Barça's coach has given his first press conference since extending his contract by one more season and used the occasion to speak about motivation. “The day I lose my passion and strength, I’ll leave” he said.
La Masia-Centre de Formació Oriol Tort, the new FC Barcelona's sports residence in the midst of the Ciutat Esportiva, will be finished by next June and the building will be up and working for next season.
FC Barcelona and Josep Guardiola reach an agreement to renew the coach’s contract. The current contract was expiring at the end of this 2011 June. The club announces the agreement, to be signed in a few days.
FC Barcelona have beaten Atletico Madrid thanks to a Leo Messi hat-trick and in doing so have broken the record for consecutive wins in the league. The win leaves them momentarily ten points adrift of Real Madrid.
Barça is the highest scoring team in any of the main European soccer leagues. Guardiola’s side has scored 67 goals in the domestic championship, more than other league leaders like Manchester United, Milan, Lille and PSV.
Barça, the team that has won the trophy the most times, are into their 35th Copa del Rey final. For coach Pep Guardiola this is already his seventh final since taking his place on the bench, and his second appearance in the domestic cup final.
Barça qualified for the final of the Copa del Rey after continuing the good work in the semi final first leg by increasing their aggregate score against Almería to 8-0 following classy goals from Adriano, Thiago and Afellay.