Pep Guardiola, coach for FC Barcelona has admitted he didn't think his team would win and called it an unexpected victory after beating Real Madrid 3-2 at Camp Nou in the second leg of the Supercopa (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Guardiola said that Real Madrid are the "worst possible rival" but refused to comment on Madrid's coach Mourinho's physical attack on Tito Vilanova which occurred in the final minutes of the tightly contested match. The Portuguese coach was seen poking his finger in the eye of Vilanova, Pep Guardiola's assistant, in a brawl which ended the game and saw three players being sent off. Guardiola remained tight lipped over the shocking attack saying only that the "images speak for themselves". He did go on to say however that the matches between the two teams can not continue in this way, admitting that we are all a little responsible. Speaking of the fact that the defeated team refused to stay and see the winning side lift the trophy Guardiola said, "If they do not feel like it, or if they don't want to stay for the trophy that isn't our problem." On newly-signed Fàbregas, the coach said, "I'm happy for him because in a short time he has been able to lift [the teams] first title."
Spain moves towards finalising their new financial programme with cuts being approved tomorrow and the employment package being discussed next Friday (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The Cabinet plan to meet again tomorrow to finalise plans that include an increase in payments of corporation tax for large companies and to impose a greater use of generic drugs. As predicted by Elena Salgado, the economic vice president, some 10 days ago, these two measures are thought to bring around €2,500 million to the state each, an equivalent of 0.5 percent of the GDP. According to government sources in addition to these measures there are others under consideration and in recent days there have been rumours about the possibility of higher taxes on petrol and tobacco. However José Manuel Campa, the secretary of the Economic State denied this saying that the adjustments will focus on structural expenditure. After these measures are approved by the cabinet they will be subject to approval by the Chamber of Deputies. The government are also looking to amend its own labour reform and are looking to encourage more part-time hiring by allowing employers more flexibility.
Calle Fraternitat has won the competition in Gràcia for the best street, winning with their Peter Pan themed decorations (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). Fraternitat has been chosen as the best decorated street, winning for the first time since the competition began. This decision unbroken run of Calle Verdi, which in the last five years has won first prize four times. This year, Verdi had to settle for sixth place out of a total of 19 participants. Second place went to Berga which created a chicken coop with Calle Mozart winning third with their Mozart-themed street. Residents who worked on the winning street said that they have been working on the decorations since last December. The street is split in two with the first recreating London and then turning into a lush Neverland. The awards ceremony, which was held in the Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia, contained an appeal to visitors to not damage the hard work that has gone into every one of the 19 streets. During the ceremony, residents complained about the incivility of some of the visitors, stating that Calle Tordera had already suffered significant damage thanks to two young men who hung from a replica Yellow Submarine. A spokesperson from the winning street said that the prize was most welcome after only securing third place since the start of the competition. Click here to see photos of the decorations.