“Mata is Pichonín, an affectionate term used in Asturias and chosen for him by Villa. But when he and Villa first met each other, they called each other Guaje (kid in Asturias). Villa is commonly known as el Guaje.”—Los secretos de la roja (via clauw)
“I remember that Puyol cleared the ball towards the bench, and I told myself, “this one is for me.” I put it under my shirt and ran towards the locker room. The police chased after me and I shouted back at them in English that I would not give the ball back.”—Pepe Reina in El mundo en nuestros manos(source: conlaroja.com)
Is el clasico breathed in the locker room? No, not yet. It’s a vital game, but we have to analyze it well. First we must try to qualify in Athens.
Would you like to score against Casillas in the Barca shirt? Of course, against Casillas and every goalkeeper. Right now I’m obsessed with doing a good job with the team and try to help at all and if I can score goals, the better.
Are you concerned about the criticism that you receive every time you go on without scoring? I am calm. What concerns me is what my coach thinks, Camp Nou or the people of Barca. The stadium has always applauded me when I leave the pitch and I know that is because I did things well.