FC Barcelona News: 20 October 2012; Tito Sees Room for Improvement, Lionel Messi Could Get Some Rest

Even Marc Bartra got some playing time against Deportivo the last time these two sides met - David Ramos

Tito Vilanova: "We’ve got to improve, but I’m happy with our results" | FC Barcelona
Speaking at a press conference this Friday, boss Tito Vilanova expressed his satisfaction with the team’s progress, whilst insisting: "I still think we have to improve, but I’m happy with our results and how we are playing". Vilanova also reckons there’s not much difference between this year’s team and that of recent seasons.

Barcelona may rest Messi against Deportivo - ESPNFC
Vilanova looks likely to shuffle his pack for the game at El Riazor, with Celtic to come in the Champions League on Tuesday. After the last international break Tito left a jet-lagged Messi on the bench for Barca's game at Getafe, with the Argentine playing just the last 30 minutes but still scoring twice in a 4-1 win

Winning record at Riazor over the last 9 years | FC Barcelona
After a year down in the second division, Deportivo are back in the top flight this season and Barça once again make the trip over to Riazor, where they have recorded four wins, three draws and just a single defeat since 2003.

Why Barcelona & Madrid's defensive difficulties could decide the outcome of La Liga - Goal.com
Forwards, it is often claimed, decide games, but it is defenders who win championships. So while all eyes are on the amazing array of attacking talent at Barcelona and Real Madrid, including the usual suspects Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, it may be the men further back - or lack thereof - who will define the destiny of La Liga in 2012-13.

Marcelo operated on | Football Espana
Real Madrid defender Marcelo has went under the knife in Amsterdam as he begins his recovery from a fractured metatarsal. The surgery was carried out by Dr. Van Djik, who has operated on various other footballers including Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo. Real's chief of medical services Carlos Diez was present.

Jose Mourinho says Real Madrid should get good fee for Nuri Sahin after Liverpool loan | Sky Sports
The 24 year-old Turkey international is spending the season at Anfield and many expected him to return to the Bernabeu to win a place in the team there, but the coach has other ideas. Despite only joining Madrid in 2011 from Borussia Dortmund, Mourinho already has plans to make his club money by ensuring that they sell Sahin for a high price, possibly next summer.

Manchester City scout admits Radamel Falcao is on club's radar for January | Sky Sports
Radamel Falcao is a player who could make a difference to Manchester City and may be their top target in January, according to the club's chief scout. Falcao has enhanced his reputation as one of the finest strikers in world football since joining Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011 and is reportedly now being coveted by a number of clubs.

Athletic reluctant to bid for Benat | Football Espana
The midfielder is currently in negotiations with his Andalucian employers over terms for a new contract with Los Beticos. However, the club’s admission that those talks have not as far progressed, combined with strong transfer links last summer has led to speculation of the player’s future returning.

Liga: Deportivo, Celta hoping to relive the glory days - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Ten years ago, Galician sides Depor and Celta were both up there competing for the top spot and finished third and fourth respectively. Vicente del Bosque's Real team took the 2002-03 league title, with Barca finishing sixth. That season, Depor triumphed 2-0 over Barca in the corresponding fixture at the Riazor, just a few months after beating Real 2-1 to win the King's Cup final the previous season. Celta held Real 1-1 at the Bernabeu.

Granada looking for new home | Football Espana
Granada are in negotiations with Malaga, Sevilla and Real Jaen to ground share from next weekend, as a dispute with their council continues. The Andalucians do not own current home ground Los Carmenes and an agreement with City authorities that do own it to continue to use it expired weeks ago.

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