Song pulls out of Cameroon game

Alex Song. FOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB
The Cameroon international has a knee problem and will not be playing in this week’s international game

Barça midfielder Alex Song has pulled out of this week’s international game after the Club Medical Services released a statement explaining: “Song has felt a twinge in his left knee and as a precaution, he will not be travelling with the Cameroon squad”.

Alex Song was one of the 16 Barça players called up for international games this week and had been due to join up with his national side for their game against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.

Week with national match and morning debut

Mascherano and Villa / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Players have holiday on Monday and Friday and Saturday, the team will focus for the game Sunday against Getafe 10

Barça will only play one match this week. It will be against Getafe, at the Camp Nou, at a time that isn’t normal for the Blaugrana: 12.00 in the afternoon. It will be the first time this season that the Blaugrana will play at this time. The first team will also enjoy two days off – Monday and Friday.

Monday, February 4

Day off

Tuesday, February 5

11.00 Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva

Wednesday, February 6

11.00 Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva

Thursday, February 7

12.00 Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva

Friday, February 8

Day off

Saturday, February 9

11.00 Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva
20.30 Depart for the team hotel

Sunday, February 10

12.00 Liga match, Barça – Getafe

Monday, February 11

Day off

Setmana amb els partits de seleccions i el debut matinal

Mascherano and Villa / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Els jugadors tenen festa aquest dilluns i divendres, i dissabte l’equip es concentrarà de cara al partit del diumenge 10 contra el Getafe

Barça will only play one match this week. It will be against Getafe, at the Camp Nou, at a time that isn’t normal for the Blaugrana: 12.00 in the afternoon. It will be the first time this season that the Blaugrana will play at this time. The first team will also enjoy two days off – Monday and Friday.

Monday, February 4

Day off

Tuesday, February 5

11.00 Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva

Wednesday, February 6

11.00 Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva

Thursday, February 7

12.00 Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva

Friday, February 8

Day off

Saturday, February 9

11.00 Training session at the Ciutat Esportiva
20.30 Depart for the team hotel

Sunday, February 10

12.00 Liga match, Barça – Getafe

Monday, February 11

Day off

Jordi Alba: “Either team could have won”

Jordi Alba and Xavi Hernández / PHOTO: ARCHIVE FCB
The defender says “it’s always been difficult for Barça at Mestalla”

Training session on Tuesday

Barça will return to training on Tuesday at 11.00, at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Up to 10 FC Barcelona players, who will be with the Spanish national team, and Alexis, will miss the session.

Jordi Alba played at Mestalla once again but this time he donned the FC Barcelona strip. Barça were held to a one-all draw, but the defender put in a fantastic performance. After the hard-fought match, Jordi Alba said, “it was a very even match and either side could have won because both teams created chances.” After the Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid, Alba explained that “we were a bit tired because the Cup match was very demanding.”

“It has always been difficult”

The Barça defender also noted that “it’s always been difficult for Barça to come to Mestalla.” He added: “Valencia are very strong since Valverde arrived at the club and I’m sure they will up in the table at the end of the season.” The home team made it difficult for Barça, but the defender considers the one-all draw a fair result.

On his return to Mestalla, Jordi Alba explained that “I really enjoyed my time at Valencia, I can only say good things,” and “I noticed that a lot of fans still care for me, not all of them, but all opinions are respectable.”

Barça’s next match is scheduled for next Sunday at noon. On the scheduled kick off time, Jordi Alba noted “I think it’s a good time to play, we’re used to training in the morning and we’ll also have our fans on our side, and a lot of kids will be able to come.”

“If we can’t win, we must at least get a point,” said Alves

The Brazilian player considers that Barça did well to earn a point from tonight’s match. Alves was very clear that “we were not on form today, and when you can’t win you must at least get a point.” The Blaugrana was very direct when he was asked about the team’s form: “we should look for excuses. Valencia were very intense and we should be happy that we won a point.”

With that said, Alves noted that Barça “controlled certain parts of the match, despite Valencia’s pressure.” He also talked about the advantage over Real Madrid (16 points). “We shouldn’t look to the team in third place because there’s a team in second, they are closer and if we don’t pay attention they’ll could surprise us.”