Let's start the news with injury related stories. It has been confirmed that Alexis Sanchez and Marc Bartra are making the next step on their way to full recovery. Both have started some light training apart from the group. Adriano, however, is not training because he has the flu. Further test will be done tomorrow.
FC Barcelona - Alavés: Comeback and into last sixteen (3-1) | FC Barcelona
Alavés opened the scoring through Borja after 15 minutes, and never left their heads drop at any point, just as they had done in the first leg. Adriano finally got Barcelona back on level terms shortly before the break, and in the second, two terrific goals from Villa, in his first full game since getting injured a year ago, tipped the balance nicely in Barça’s favour.
Barça to face Córdoba in the Spanish Cup | FC Barcelona
Córdoba will be FC Barcelona’s rival in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, the return leg will be at the Camp Nou. The Andalusian side produced one of the surprise upsets of the tournament when they defeated the Primera División side Real Sociedad by an aggregate score of 4-2 (2-0 and 2-2).
David Villa passes the 300 goal mark | FC Barcelona
David Villa is turning out to be one of the best additions to this FC Barcelona side. The Blaugrana forward has scored 8 goals from 16 matches so far this season. After fully recovering from an injury that sidelined him for eight months, Villa returned to competitive play with bang.
Tito Vilanova:"I want to thank the fans for coming to the game" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova started his post-match press conference this Wednesday by admitting that Alavés’ approach to the match wasn’t what he expected: "At first they surprised us by how they played. We had to make a few adjustments in the first half. Alavés’ tactical change forced me to use Thiago in a position he’s not used to, but he played at a very high level."
Víctor Valdés, defending FC Barcelona's goal for 12 years | FC Barcelona
Twelve years ago today, Víctor Valdés made his debut for FC Barcelona’s senior side under Radomir Antic. The Catalan-born player, who joined Barça’s youth programme in 1992, slowly took ownership of Barça’s goal from the Argentine Roberto Bonano. Two years later, now as the team’s first choice keeper, he was part of the team that ended FC Barcelona’s six-year La Liga title drought.
FC BARCELONA-REAL MADRID 5-0 (2010/11) | FC Barcelona
Guardiola’s team celebrated FC Barcelona’s 111th anniversary with a brilliant victory over Cristiano Ronaldo and Mourinho’s Real Madrid. All pre-match estimates pointed to a close and hard-fought game, but Barça outplayed Real Madrid from the start. The Catalans were up 2-0 up at the break, and Guardiola’s men came out swinging in the second half..
Deulofeu must keep his feet on the ground, says Pinto - Goal.com
"If Deulofeu continues on this path he’ll consolidate himself as good player. He’s already proving his worth," Pinto was quoted as saying on the official Barcelona website. "However, he needs to have a good head on his shoulders and keep his feet on the ground, like all the players."
Planas: "It's impossible to describe what it feels like to make your debut for FC Barcelona" | FC Barcelona
La Masia is proving to be a seemingly limitless source of talented footballers, and today it was Carles Planas, a 21-year-old left back, that joined the long list of La Masia senior side debutants. He came in for the Brazilian Adriano and he played his first minutes at the Camp Nou.
Atletico Madrid seeking Real scalp - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Europa League champions are three points behind leaders Barcelona after 13 matches and, unbelievably for many of their long-suffering supporters, eight ahead of stuttering Real, who slipped to a third defeat of the campaign at Real Betis last weekend that left their title defence in serious peril.
Mourinho has one eye on post-Madrid career | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
An embattled Mourinho will be thinking about his future. He's at a club he's described as the biggest in the world, but he's fighting battles on every front and often seems ill at ease with the role. His side didn't win in Manchester and they lost again at the weekend. That's 13 league points dropped in 13 games. Barca have dropped just two — ironically to Mourinho's team.
Levante part company with Theofanis Gekas | Sky Sports
The Greece international joined the Primera Liga club in the summer on a two-year contract, but failed to make more than one appearance this season. The Spanish outfit have now decided to part company with the 32-year-old, who has featured for Bayer Leverkusen and Bochum among other clubs in his career.