UEFA Champions League
Previous
Aktobe Lento
Dinamo Tbilisi
3:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
FK Ventspils
Malmo FF
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Rabotnicki Kometal
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Steaua Bucuresti
Stromsgodset
5:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
NK Maribor
Zrinjski Mostar
6:00 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
St Patricks
Legia Warsaw
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
FC Aarau
FC Sion Sitten
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Zürich
FC Thun
5:45 PM GMT
Game Details
San Jose
Chicago
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Antonio Scorpions
Carolina RailHawks
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Lorenzo
Bolívar
10:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Arsenal de Sarandí
Instituto de Córdoba
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
Defensa y Justicia
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Ceará
Chapecoense AF
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 2 - 1
Game Details
Avaí
Palmeiras
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
ABC
Novo Hamburgo
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Santa Cruz FC
Botafogo da Paraiba
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 2. Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
CR Vasco da Gama
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Corinthians
Bahia
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Alianza Lima
Sport Huancayo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
U. Católica
Mushuc Runa
Postp
Game Details
Emelec
Deportivo Quito
Postp
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Club Deportivo Cuenca
Postp
Game Details
Olmedo
El Nacional
Postp
Game Details
Liga de Loja
LDU Quito
Postp
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Barcelona
Postp
Game Details
Albirex Niigata
FC Tokyo
0
1
FT
Game Details
Gamba Osaka
Shimizu S-Pulse
4
0
FT
Game Details
Kashima Antlers
Omiya Ardija
2
2
FT
Game Details
Sagan Tosu
Kawasaki Frontale
0
1
FT
Game Details
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Kashiwa Reysol
5
2
FT
Game Details
Tokushima Vortis
Urawa Red Diamonds
0
2
FT
Game Details
Vantforet Kofu
Cerezo Osaka
0
0
FT
Game Details
Vegalta Sendai
Nagoya Grampus Eight
3
3
FT
Game Details
Yokohama F. Marinos
Vissel Kobe
1
1
FT
Game Details
Washington Spirit
Portland Thorns FC
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Dec 20, 2012

Roura takes Barca reins in Tito absence

With Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova recovering from Thursday's operation to remove a tumour from his parotid gland, assistant coach Jordi Roura is to take charge of first-team affairs, starting with the Primera Division leaders' visit to Real Valladolid on Saturday.

• Marcotti: Get well soon, Tito
• Blog: Open letter to Vilanova

Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said on Wednesday that the club had at no time considered bringing in more experienced options such as former boss Pep Guardiola or ex-Barca B and Roma manager Luis Enrique as interim coaches to cover Vilanova's absence.

Roura, along with physical coach Aureli Altimira, oversaw training on Wednesday evening and Zubizarreta said he was confident that the coaching structures in place at the club would allow things to continue as before.

"With Jordi, Aureli and all the staff we are in extraordinary hands," he said. "With them we will continue down this path and show up in Valladolid [with them]. Tito is not here [but] we have Jordi and the coaching staff."

Catalan-born Roura, 45, came through Barca's famous La Masia academy with both Vilanova and Guardiola in the 1980s, when he was reportedly nicknamed 'greedy-guts' due to his big appetite. A centre-forward who was given his debut by Johan Cruyff, his playing career was badly affected by a knee injury suffered against AC Milan in the 1989 edition of the European Super Cup. He played just 10 games for Barcelona and, after short spells at lower-division sides Murcia and Figueres, was forced to retire aged just 25.

Guardiola brought him back to Barcelona in 2009, when his job involved tactical analysis of opponents. After Vilanova took the top job last summer, he chose Roura from a number of candidates to be his second-in-command. When Tito was suspended for two games after being sent from the bench earlier this season at Osasuna, Roura took the team for the wins over Valencia and Getafe.

Zubizarreta joked on Wednesday that Vilanova would surely watch Saturday's Valladolid game from his hospital bed, but was more serious when saying that winning matches was not the main priority at present.

"We want to win in Valladolid, of course, and Tito has said that in the dressing-room," he said. "We are a football team, who play football, but today that is not so important. Today we are not thinking about the sporting side, among other things as we cannot win Saturday's game today. Today our priority is Tito."

Barca's initial statement on Vilanova's illness suggested he may be able to return to work within weeks. Zubizarreta was at all times clear that Tito remained the club's first-team coach and the idea was he would return to the job once he had recovered.

"Jordi will sit on the bench, but the coach is still Tito," he said.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.