BUSQUETS HOPES FOR VICTORY

Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets has said that his side have to win the Copa Del Rey final. In a season where their only trophy so far has been in the World Club Cup it is a chance to save their season and to ensure Pep Guardiola’s final season and Barcelona career are not remembered as an entire flop.

Barca have failed in the defence of their La Liga and Champions League titles, finishing a distant second to Real Madrid in the league and losing to eventual winners Chelsea in the Champions League. Saturday sees Barca’s season come to a close with the Copa Del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao.

“We won our first final under Guardiola against Athletic, and he will leave with this exact same match, collecting many titles and installing a new philosophy”. Busquets shows that Barca are eager to ensure they get something out of a season that has been incredibly disappointing by their high standards.
Busquets and his Barcelona team mates are under no illusions that Guardiola’s tenure has been “one of the best periods in the history of the club.” And Busquets has described Guardiola as “a very special coach”.

He was also keen to stress that the change of coach is not going to affect their attitude. “We have a young team, with a lot of ambition” he told reporters, “the coach will leave and we must keep working, whether or not this coach is around.”
Busquets also spoke about his disappointment with the timing of the cup final, which falls 13 days after Barca’s league campaign came to an end against Real Betis.

“We would have preferred to play the match at an earlier date so that some of us could go on holiday, others could join their teams for Euro 2012 and others to prepare for their teams World Cup qualifiers.”

Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets has said that his side have to win the Copa Del Rey final. In a season where their only trophy so far has been in the World Club Cup it is a chance to save their season and to ensure Pep Guardiola’s final season and Barcelona career are not remembered as an entire flop. Barca have failed in the defence of their La…

EVERYONE IS PLAYING WELL

Mikel Arteta has said that even though Robin van Persie has been scoring all the goals for Arsenal, the club are not relying on this one player alone.

Mikel Arteta has done his bit in reviving the form for Arsenal in recent weeks. Arsenal struggled immediately after the loss of both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in a matter of a few months, but the arrival of Mikel Arteta seems to have worked their magic for Arsene Wenger’s men. Even though he has been struggling with a number of injury problems of late with Everton, Mikel Arteta has adapted brilliantly to Arsenal’s way of play.

As a result, the Spanish midfielder says that there’s no need for Arsenal to be relying only on Robin van Persie to help them win matches. Of course, Robin van Persie has been extremely brilliant for Arsenal in the last year, with the Dutchman just a few goals short of equalling the all-time record for number of goals scored in the calendar year set by Alan Shearer almost a decade ago.

Still, Mikel Arteta says that the club has a number of good players worthy of winning the game on their own. The interview comes after Arsenal’s huge victory over Wigan on Saturday, in which Robin van Persie scored his 32nd goal of the calendar year.

“For me, it was good the other players scored to take pressure off Robin. You cannot rely on Robin to score the goals all the time. He is on a terrific run and hopefully he can keep it up. He has so much natural quality. He is so good he makes it look as though he is not trying. He scores goals and makes them, he works hard, he is a superstar,” said the Spanish midfielder.

Mikel Arteta has said that even though Robin van Persie has been scoring all the goals for Arsenal, the club are not relying on this one player alone. Mikel Arteta has done his bit in reviving the form for Arsenal in recent weeks. Arsenal struggled immediately after the loss of both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in a matter of a few months, but…