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Barca set for overhaul, says president
« on: June 18, 2007, 03:14:13 PM »
Barca set for overhaul, says president

MADRID, June 18 (Reuters) - The Barcelona squad will undergo a major overhaul in the close season after the players failed to show the required levels of commitment and professionalism, club president Joan Laporta said.

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'This season we played with fire and got burned,' Laporta was quoted as saying in the Spanish media on Monday. 'The time for analysis has now come and I have to admit that we have all made mistakes.'

'We need to carry out a thorough renewal of the squad in terms of professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm.'

Strong favourites to win a third successive league title at the halfway point in the season, Barca let the opportunity slip from their grasp and surrendered the championship to arch-rivals Real Madrid.

They suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Getafe in the semi-finals of the King's Cup and also failed to live up to expectation in the Champions League when they went out against Liverpool in the first knockout round.

'I detected a certain lack of commitment because the players were saturated,' said Laporta. 'But it's understandable given the successes we've had in recent years.'

Barcelona's season was also marked by a series of dressing room disputes with rumours of a split between leading players Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o.

Laporta admitted that the club had been too slow to deal with the problems but insisted that he wanted to keep both players at the Nou Camp.

'My main mistake was in not taking action with respect to certain attitudes and situations,' he said.

'Our intention is that Ronaldinho and Eto'o should stay with us and that they will be key players next season. We still have confidence in Frank Rijkaard but I want to reiterate that we need to overhaul and adjust the squad.'

Barca are reported to have targeted Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, AS Roma defender Cristian Chivu, Olympique Lyon left back Eric Abidal and Monaco midfielder Yaya Toure to strengthen their squad.

Argentine striker Javier Saviola is the only player certain to leave the club in the close season, but several others including Eidur Gudjohnsen, Edmilson, Silvinho and Ludovic Giuly are reported to be on the club's exit list.



Monday training focussed on South Africa

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The players trained on Monday morning ahead of Wednesday’s friendly in South Africa.

The league may have finished but training continues for the Barça squad. On Wednesday they have a friendly match against the current South African league champions Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria (8pm, Barça TV).

The session

After the huge disappointment of the previous evening, long faces and long silences were the predominate feature of Monday’s session, the last of the season. The players went through the usual post-match routine for an hour and then returned to the dressing room.

Edmílson, Gudjohnsen and Sylvinho, who are all sidelined by injury, did not take part in today’s session while Deco and Márquez, who both picked up knocks in the match against Nàstic worked out separately from the rest of the squad in the gym. Goalkeeper Victor Valdés also worked separately from the group with fitness coach Albert Roca. The rest of the senior squad were joined by Barça B players Jesús Olmo and Marc Crosas.
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Re: Barca set for overhaul, says president
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2007, 03:29:37 PM »

The session

After the huge disappointment of the previous evening, long faces and long silences were the predominate feature of Monday’s session, the last of the season. The players went through the usual post-match routine for an hour and then returned to the dressing room.

Edmílson, Gudjohnsen and Sylvinho, who are all sidelined by injury, did not take part in today’s session while Deco and Márquez, who both picked up knocks in the match against Nàstic worked out separately from the rest of the squad in the gym. Goalkeeper Victor Valdés also worked separately from the group with fitness coach Albert Roca. The rest of the senior squad were joined by Barça B players Jesús Olmo and Marc Crosas.

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Dats kinnda harsh lol

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Re: Barca set for overhaul, says president
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2007, 07:45:19 PM »
i think its rather professional though
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