Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has praised Pep Guardiola by saying that he has changed Barcelona completely. The Spanish goalkeeper was part of Rijkaard's squad when the Blaugrana were conquering Spain and Europe and has been a vital presence between the sticks for Guardiola's widely heralded team.
Barcelona managed to keep their incredible from going despite resting high profile players like Victor Valdes for the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. The Spanish La Liga table toppers were playing a traditional 4-3-3. Victor Valdes was rested so Jose Manuel Pinto took his position as the goal stopper for the Catalan club.
Victor Valdes broke the records set by himself when playing against Espanyol. The Barcelona number 1 played a great part to help his side keep such a strong defensive record. He proved it when he made an extraordinary save during the first half of the Espanyol game when their striker Jose Maria Callejon was on target.
Victor Valdes has impressed Pep Guardiola very much in the champions league win over Rubin Kazan. B-team players Fontas and Victor Vazquez scored the goals that will give the Catalans a huge morale boost and allow them to look to the future with optimism.
With the group leadership already assured, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola rested key players, giving a chance to several B-team players as well as reserve goalkeeper Pinto, who was preferred to first choice keeper Victor Valdes. Bojan Krkic was also given a run out.
Barcelona Goalkeeper Victor Valdes has revealed that he once thought about quitting the game in the initial stages of his career. The Spanish international spoke to publication DT about his development at the Camp Nou and how he was forced to enter therapy in his teenage years.
He also spoke of the advice that has helped him progress his career, saying, “If you think positive, it's always easier, to think of good things, and leave aside the negative aspects of your thoughts.
Victor Valdes has called for referres to offer protection to Messi. The Argentine suffered ankle ligament damage after a roughhouse tackle from Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi last night.
Speaking after the 2-1 win, Victor Valdes said: "We're worried about him (Messi) and want to know what injury he has. I hope it is not an important thing.
"We must protect such players, not only him but footballers who play in such a fashion because the tackling can be a disgrace if referees are so permissive as what happened today."
Victor Valdes has provided his perspective of Jose Mourinho's arrival at Real Madrid. The former Chelsea, Inter and Porto coach has been at loggerheads with the press already, insisting that he is “no Harry Potter, capable of magic” in the wake of criticism at his side's performance and his team selection in the 0-0 draw with Mallorca on Sunday evening.
Valdes, currently part of the Spain squad ahead of their clash with Liechtenstein, told Cadena COPE: “He will give you much to talk about, and will sell a lot of papers. The press are beginning to know him.
Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina and Andres Iniesta have all been recalled to the Spain squad by Vicente Del Bosque.
The trio missed the friendly with Mexico earlier in the month with injuries but are now set to feature in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein on 3rd September and a friendly against Argentina in Buenos Aires four days later.
Spain will be looking to retain the European Championship in two years time, and, if they do, it will mean three major international competitions in three attempts following their World Cup triumph this summer.
The Manchester United manager and 15 other elite European coaches, including Arsène Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, were asked by Uefa to vote for the club goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward and footballer of the year.
Arsenal goalkeeping legend John Lukic believes that manager Arsene Wenger should have signed Liverpool's Pepe Reina, Inter's Julio Cesar or Victor Valdes from Barcelona, as the Gunners failed in their hunt to land a 'keeper this summer.
The north London club went on a public pursuit of Fulham shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer during the transfer window - that is now closed - but returned fruitless in their efforts to replace Manuel Almunia.
"There’s an old saying that you don’t win the championship with a bad goalie," said Lukic, according to The Mirror.