FC Barcelona News: 14 October 2012; Eric Abidal's Stay in Vall d’Aran Comes to an End, Xavi Hails Lionel Messi

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Abidal’s stay in Vall d’Aran coming to an end | FC Barcelona
Éric Abidal’s training regime up in the Pyrenees will come to an end this Sunday following a few days work with physio Emili Ricart, who has put the Frenchman through a series of aerobic exercises, mountain climbing and ball work.

Xavi hails Messi as 'the best ever', also taking a swipe at 'speculative' Mourinho - Goal.com
"Tito has surprised me, because he looks very prepared, with clear ideas and [keeping] the philosophy of the club intact. Without detracting from Tito, [I] miss Pep. For me, he was a reference as a player and a coach. [He] helped me, and has been a leader in the locker room, and he also gave very strong leadership.

FC Barcelona's Corner: What Has Changed at the Club Under Tito Vilanova
The squad is pretty much identical (with Alba and Song as the only new additions), as is the basic way of playing football – Barcelona’s famous tiki taka style. But by watching any of the matches Barcelona played this year, it is evident that this is not the exact same team that dominated football under Pep Guardiola for four seasons.

The complete speech of Kyle Maynard on La Masia | FC Barcelona
This is the speech he made last October 1 at FCB La Masia one of the most admired athletes with disabilities in the world, an example of overcoming.

Iker Casillas takes to Facebook to address recent criticism - Goal.com
"Another day, that I do not support my team-mate Cristiano (I am a fan of his game to all extents). Another, that I'm a snitch and leak things. (At this point in my career, after 13 years in the biggest club in the world, this is out of place. I think I know all of the sporting press, but to say I am a snitch, I think, it is made for their interests.

Coentrao set for injury layoff after suffering groin injury - Goal.com
Portugal and Real Madrid have been handed a blow after Fabio Coentrao picked up a groin injury in Friday's World Cup qualification defeat to Russia. The defender featured from the start in the Seleccao's defeat, but was forced to leave the pitch after only 20 minutes as a result of his problem.

Khedira injury not serious, claims Low | Football Espana
Germany Coach Joachim Low has played down fears that Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira could be out for some time with a muscle strain. "We took him off at half-time before it got worse," he told a Press conference after the game. "Khedira still has a problem, but nothing is broken. "We will have to wait two or three days before we know more."

Chelsea wary of 'massive prices' amid Falcao link - ESPNFC
The Blues have been strongly linked with an interest in Falcao, with a £48 million asking price mooted, but the Champions League holders are conscious of UEFA's Financial Fair play rules. Regarding the Torres deal, a source told ESPN: "Chelsea will never pay such massive prices for a player again."

Pellegrino blames himself for poor Valencia start - Goal.com
Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino has blamed himself for his side's poor start to the season and says everyone at the club must pull together if they are to rescue their ailing campaign. The 41-year-old was only installed in the hotseat last May but has already come under fire just months into his reign at Mestalla.

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