FC Barcelona v FC Porto – Preview, Prediction, TV Listings, Betting Odds – UEFA Super Cup – 26 August 2011
UEFA Champions League winners FC Barcelona face Europa League winners FC Porto in the UEFA Super Cup. The match will take place at the Stade Louis II in Fontvielle, Monaco on Friday, August 26, 2011. Kickoff is scheduled for 19:45 BST (UK time), 20:45 CET (Central Europe), and 14:45 EST (USA Eastern)
FC Barcelona v FC Porto TV Listings
It will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel (USA), ITV 4 (UK), RAI 1 (Italy), Sky Sport (Germany & Italy), Sky Sports 1 (UK), TV3+ (Denmark), TVE La Primera (Spain), Viasat (Norway), C+ (France), TV10 (Sweden), SuperSport (Africa), RTE Two (Ireland), ESPN (Australia), Rogers Sportsnet (Canada), and Al Jazeera Sport (Middle East).
FC Barcelona v FC Porto Preview
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola
“It is an excellent final between two teams that deserve it. We won the right to be here by winning the Champions League, and that’s what counts. We have had just enough time to prepare. At first we were worried about getting ready for the Spanish Supercup and having this game so soon after”.
“We are lucky to be here and we have to think of the difficulties as a challenge. We always get through and we have to make sure this time is no exception”.
“They are a team that comes at you with intensity, they play well up front and all know how to play good football. There is a lot of sense to what they do. We’d love to do the things they do … They change players and managers and keep on winning. Last year they won the league without losing a match. It’s a very strong team, in all senses, they are well put together. We’ll have to perform very well to beat them”.
“we always go out one hundred per cent. When you play in finals you wonder if you’ll ever get the chance again. In part we have to enjoy it and in part we have to suffer.”
“we are better than we were ten days ago but poorer than we will be ten days from now. You can’t expect to be at your peak at this stage because there’s a lot of competition ahead. If we were able to overcome such a tough test as Madrid then we have to go into tomorrow’s match believing we can win it”.
“I was surprised. For a B team player to be picked for the national team is a very nice surprise. I know they’ll treat him well and he won’t feel alone”.
Barcelona player Cesc Fabregas
“this is my first trip away with the team and I’m happy to form part of this great squad. Until now, they have treated me very well. I don’t know if we’ll win or lose, but with this team we can go all the way”.
“I think they have a similar style to our own. They like to hold onto the ball and don’t to play long balls. They play well and it’ll be hard. We know they won everything last year and they scored five goals against Villarreal in 45 minutes”.
Porto manager Vitor Pereira
“You can’t stop Messi with any special tactic. You stop him with a strong team performance, by concentrating defensively, covering each other and anticipating intentions. You will see our own game plan and identity; you don’t adapt to your opponent.”
“We’re here on our own merit following a great season. We know Barcelona are a great team, but we’re not here to see them play. We came here to win this game so we have the ingredients for a great spectacle.”
FC Barcelona v FC Porto Prediction
Barcelona wins 3-0
FC Barcelona v FC Porto Odds
Barcelona win – 4/11
Draw – 7/2
Porto win – 13/2