Villa: "I’m not too far off from being able to play the full 90 minutes" | FC Barcelona
"I’ve spent a lot of time training with the team, I started on the first day of the pre-season, and little by little I’ve gotten into the rhythm of the competition," said the Asturian on Barça TV’s El Marcador. "I’ve started three games in a row and that makes me happy. I don’t think I’m too far off from being able to play the full 90 minutes," he added. "As a forward, goals are important on an individual level but they also help the team," said Villa.
Week marked by two matches away from the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Barça will travel to Glasgow on Tuesday, a full 24 hours before the Champions League match against Celtic FC. In addition to the clash against the Scottish team, Barça’s schedule this week will conclude with another match away from the Camp Nou. Tito Vilanova’s team will face Mallorca on Sunday at 17.50.
Heldt: Afellay could stay at Schalke - Goal.com
The 26-year-old has struggled with form and fitness during his time at Camp Nou, and made a temporary switch to the Veltins Arena on transfer deadline day in August. He has since scored four goals in all competitions, and Heldt is delighted with his performances for his side so far. "Will we keep him after the season? If his performances remain as good, then there is a good chance," he told Bild.
Real Madrid third on rich list | Football Espana
Real Madrid have been named as the world’s third-richest sporting institution in a list compiled by Forbes magazine. The list is headed by the New York Yankees baseball team, who are valued at $363m, with Manchester United in second spot on $293m. The Spanish champions are third on $255m ahead of the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Sevilla held by resolute Levante - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Los Rojiblancos finished with a clean sheet courtesy of the strong play of the team's defence and goalkeeper Andrés Palop, who finished with one save. But there was little else of consolation as the visiting side picked up the point they came for on an evening of much huffing and puffing without any finished product.
Athletic Bilbao hang on to beat Granada - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Bilbao, Europa League and Copa del Rey finalists last season, have made a dreadful start to the latest campaign and Sunday's victory leaves them in 14th on 11 points from 10 matches. Aduriz opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 12th minute in rain-lashed Granada and doubled the visitors' lead 15 minutes later with a low drive from just outside the area.
Deportivo edge Real Mallorca - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Deportivo de La Coruña's Bruno Gama bagged the game-winner in the 30th minute. Gama slotted home into the lower left of the net after intercepting Anderson Conceição's pass and finishing the move with a right-footed shot. Deportivo de La Coruña finished with a clean sheet thanks to the strong play of the team's defence and Daniel Aranzubia, who finished with five saves.
Real Valladolid down Osasuna - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Real Valladolid earned a nervy win over Osasuna as Patrick Ebert provided a late strike at Reyno de Navarra to secure a 1-0 victory. Ebert scored thanks to a strong individual effort and put a right-footed shot into the low centre of the net. Gorritxo now sit in 20th in the table with a record of one win, seven losses and two draws. Real Valladolid are in seventh place with a record of four wins, four losses and two draws.
Guiza nears Getafe exit | Football Espana
Getafe striker Dani Guiza is close to a move to Malaysian outfit Johor, according to AS. The 32-year-old is in his second spell at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez after joining from Fenerbahce in August, 2011, yet has not been part of boss Luis Garcia Plaza’s plans this season and is still to feature.