Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu was thrilled to see action in their 3-0 Champions League win at Spartak Moscow. Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu was thrilled to see action in their 3-0 Champions League win at Spartak Moscow.Deulofeu was handed a chance by coach Tito Vilanova after some outstanding form for Barca B.“I’m pleased that I got to play, I need to keep on working so I can get another chance.“You always have that hope that you’ll be named to the team and get to play, I’m very pleased.“I always try to give it my all. I hope things continue to work out like this.“We had to win the three points to qualify for the next round and that’s exactly what we managed to do.”
Real Madrid defender Pepe says he’s unfairly targeted by match officials. Real Madrid defender Pepe says he’s unfairly targeted by match officials.The 29-year-old was accused of stamping on the hand of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi last season and earlier this month Real issued a statement defending him over claims he goaded Levante players.Pepe said: “It is not just against Levante, I think I get a raw deal in about 60% of games.”If I foul someone, just a regular foul, it is almost like I have half-killed them.”I feel I get a raw deal from referees but as a professional footballer I have to accept it.”That is what I do, I roll up my sleeves. I am happy to wear the shirt of Real Madrid.”
Newcastle Jets star Emile Heskey feels he would also be a decent goalkeeper. Newcastle Jets star Emile Heskey feels he would also be a decent goalkeeper.The former Aston Villa, Liverpool and Wigan Athletic striker recently explained his role with new club Newcastle Jets for whom he has scored five goals in seven appearances and jokingly said he could even make it with the gloves.“On the pitch he (Jets coach Gary van Egmond) just wants me to be a number nine – stay up front, have things bouncing off you, get into the box and trying to get the goals,” Heskey told BBC Sport.“I wouldn’t say I’m a goal scorer, I’m a football player. I played in so many different positions. The only place I didn’t play was goalkeeper – I’d be good there as well.”And Heskey also addressed the issue surrounding media criticism that has plagued him for his entire career, particularly with his England selections.“I’ve played football. There’s a lot of people who haven’t played football who criticise. But you haven’t stepped in my shoes, you haven’t played,” he added.“If I wasn’t good enough, I wouldn’t be there. So that’s all I told myself. If they didn’t want me they wouldn’t pick me. A lot of the times when I got back in there was other players they could’ve picked and they picked me.” The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join the tribalfootball.com nation on Facebook today: Facebook.com/tribalfootball
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is reluctant to compare the Spanish Liga with the Premier League.Mourinho is back in England for tonight’s Champions League tie at Manchester City. Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is reluctant to compare the Spanish Liga with the Premier League.Mourinho is back in England for tonight’s Champions League tie at Manchester City.He said: “La Liga is la Liga and the Premier League is the Premier League. They have different cultures. The Spanish league has three teams who are a fair way ahead of the others, but in England it is a more competitive league. I have been lucky enough in my career to be in all the important footballing countries and I have improved as a coach.”After so much experience it is important to sit down and evaluate what you have been through to see where you are happiest.”
Pepe has called on Real Madrid to secure Cristiano Ronaldo to a new contract. Pepe has called on Real Madrid to secure Cristiano Ronaldo to a new contract.Ronaldo has been in talks with Real over a new deal since the summer, but with little progress made.”As a friend of Cristiano I hope he continues with us. Madrid also have to make a move and extend his contract. But those things are managed by your representative,” said Pepe.
Real Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno feels they’re now seeing the best of Karim Benzema.The French striker is finding his best form this month. Real Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno feels they’re now seeing the best of Karim Benzema.The French striker is finding his best form this month.Butragueno said: “He is very elegant and this is something people really like. It was very enjoyable to see him play. Besides, he looked very comfortable from the start, inspired and at ease. Everything he did had a purpose and he did it very effectively.”Our fixture list until Christmas has some very tough matches and we have to win practically all of them, so it is very important to get the injured players back. The fact that Karim has come back with this level of form allows us to be optimistic.”
Real Madrid midfielder Kaka is being linked with LA Galaxy as a replacement for David Beckham. Real Madrid midfielder Kaka is being linked with LA Galaxy as a replacement for David Beckham.Manchester United legend Beckham has announced he will leave the Galaxy after the MLS Cup final, so creating a big void in the LA squad.A Bola says Kaka is open to a move to LA – and as soon as 2013.The Brazilian’s brother, Digao, plays for New York Red Bulls and he remarked only last week: “I like the MLS and America. Someday I’d like to play there if I can.”