The Spanish and European champions say Cuenca agreed to a three-year extension that will run until the close of the 2014-15 season. Barcelona quoted Cuenca as saying that "no one could have told me this months ago. A player on the best team in the world. The dream starts today.''
"In the changing room, they were (complaining). They're unbelievable — they don't know how to lose," the Spain midfielder said. "I said to him, you just showed (Lionel) Messi a yellow card and now the second one, what happened to it? Send him off," Xavi said he told referee Fernando Teixeira, adding: "It's the player who is responsible, especially if you challenge like an animal."
"Madrid had a very good match and this always leaves a good taste in your mouth," Guardiola told a press conference. "We focus on the good things we did and the fact that we are in the semi-finals. We did some good things, some not-so-good things, but we knew that in those 180 minutes, Madrid would have their moment, would play their game and create chances to score. With a rival like this, you always suffer."
The leaders enter the weekend with a five-point advantage over rivals Barcelona, but after losing out to Pep Guardiola's men in yet another competition - Madrid was eliminated by Barcelona in Copa del Rey on Wednesday - Real will be focused on preserving its first-place position to edge the Catalans in the title race.
Sevilla have ruled out the possibility of joining the race for Tottenham forward Giovani Dos Santos. Villarreal and Granada both claim to have lodged bids to sign the 22-year-old and it had been suggested that Sevilla could re-ignite their interest in the player, but will not be returning with another bid, according to club president Jose Maria del Nido.
"Simeone knew me from us having worked together at River," Falcao told AS. "He knew how to get the best out of me, how to realise my potential. He's a very passionate coach in everything he does. He has very clear concepts of how he wants to manage the team and gives us a lot of intensity. The message is effort and that we are a whole, and we do everything together in terms of attack and defence."
Jorge Pulido will play for Rayo Vallecano on loan until the end of the current season after Atlético de Madrid and the franjirrojos reached agreement on Friday. The Atlético academy product, one of the rojiblancos' most promising defenders, will thus get the opportunity to play more regularly, which will help his development.
Málaga player Sebas Fernández told the media that he was aware of the importance of his team's match against Sevilla and that he wants to "give the fans a present" of a good performance: "We hope to play well and that we are able to win", he said.
Spanish giants FC Barcelona Regal had to work hard to collect their first victory of the top 16 against the resilient Bennet Cantu last week. Their second outing though was smooth sailing as they cruised to a 14 point 71-57 win over the Maccabi Electra, improving their record to 2-0.
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