Thursday January 3 2019
'Santi Cazorla is a phenomenon!'

Villarreal boss Luis Garcia hailed Santi Cazorla as a ‘phenomenon’ after the midfielder’s brace against Real Madrid on Thursday.

“I believe that right now, this is a result that has to strengthen us,” he said after the former Arsenal midfielder salvaged the Yellow Submarine a 2-2 draw.

“We have to be more consistent. We did good and bad things, but we can’t lead games for just two minutes.

Thursday August 2 2018
Luis Garcia: ‘Coutinho like Neymar’

Barcelona ambassador and former player Luis Garcia believes Philippe Coutinho can have the same impact at the club as Neymar.

Brazilian midfielder Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool in January 2018 for a reported fee of €105m after some protracted negotiations.

In addition, Garcia – who spent three years on Merseyside between 2004 and 2007 and won a UEFA Champions League, European Super Cup and FA Cup – feels Coutinho can make up for the loss of Andres Iniesta.

Wednesday March 7 2018
Luis Garcia recalls career highlights

Having represented 12 clubs including Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool alongside winning 20 caps for Spain, Luis Garcia enjoyed a fascinating career.

Speaking to La Liga Lowdown, the former forward talks about life at the top in both Spain and England, and how he adapted to life abroad.

Saturday March 3 2018
Luis Garcia looks ahead to Barca-Atleti

As a former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid player, not many are better placed to preview tomorrow’s Liga showdown than Luis Garcia.

Speaking to La Liga Lowdown, the ex-Liverpool attacker touched on a number of issues ahead of the Camp Nou clash, from where Philippe Coutinho fit in at Barca to whether Atleti had stolen the Catalans’ thunder in youth development…

Friday July 21 2017
Sevilla sign Brighton's Garcia

Sevilla have completed the signing of highly-rated Brighton youngster Luis Garcia, who had just a year left on his deal at the Premier League club.

The 18-year-old began his youth career at Las Palmas before moving to the South Coast club in 2014, and he now qualifies to play for both England and Spain.

"I thank Brighton for the way they have treated me," Garcia is quoted as saying by Marca.

"As a person I have matured a lot and, in addition, I have improved in many aspects both physically and tactically."

Tuesday March 8 2016
‘Benitez wasn’t Madrid’s problem’

Former Liverpool forward Luis Garcia has defended Rafa Benitez after his unsuccessful Real Madrid spell. ‘He wasn’t the problem…’

Benitez was appointed in summer 2015 and sacked in January 2016 to make way for Zinedine Zidane and Garcia, who played under Benitez at Anfield, felt the hire was the right one.

“When his arrival became official I thought he was the right man. He knew the club, had been there for many years and knew how the institution functions,” Garcia said, AS reports.

Sunday March 9 2014
Garcia doesn’t fear Getafe sack

Getafe Coach Luis Garcia has said if the President decides to sack him, he won’t argue with the decision.

El Geta lost 2-0 to Real Betis on Saturday and are now only a point outside the bottom three, without a League win since beating Levante 1-0 in late November.

Garcia told his post-match Press conference that if President Angel Torres wields the axe, he won’t have any complaints.

“If the President decides that’s what is best then I won’t have any problems with it,” Garcia said.

Monday February 17 2014
Garcia: No margin for error

Luis Garcia has insisted that there is ‘no margin for error’ as his Getafe side went down to their ninth match without a win.

The Azulones lost 3-0 to Real Madrid on Sunday, slipping down to 16th in the table. And the Coach has conceded that his men are firmly in a relegation battle now.

“There is no margin for error,” he told a Press conference. “The remaining 14 games are almost all finals for us.

“The performance in the first half against Madrid was one I did not like. I don’t want that repeated.

Sunday January 26 2014
Garcia: Football is about goals

Luis Garcia has admitted that his Getafe side were always going to struggle against Almeria, with his men so profligate up front.

The Azulones lost 1-0 to the promoted team this afternoon, and the Coach has claimed that, without goals, his side are going to find it difficult.

“If you do not score, then it’s always tough,” he told a Press conference. “Football, although it’s a cliché to say, is about goals.

Tuesday January 14 2014
Luis Garcia announces retirement

Former Barcelona, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid forward Luis Garcia has announced his retirement.

Garcia was a graduate of the Barcelona academy and joined Liverpool in 2004, having spent a year at Atletico.

He made more than 100 appearances for the Reds, scoring 33 goals and winning the Champions League in 2005. He also claimed a runners-up medal in 2007, and the FA Cup in 2006.

Garcia’s performances under Rafael Benitez led to a call-up to the Spain squad in 2005 and he went on to win 20 caps, travelling to Germany for World Cup 2006.

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