FC Barcelona News: 18 February 2012: Koeman praises Alexis Sanchez, Barca B to face Deportivo

Least some of the B team have experience of facing the once-Super Depor

Alexis Sanchez is the perfect player for Barcelona, says Ronald Koeman - Goal.com

"I did not know much of him, because I didn't see him often at Udinese last year. He has pleasantly surprise me, though. Alexis is the perfect player for Barcelona," Koeman was quoted as saying by Sport. He has adapted very well to Barcelona's style of play and fits in perfectly. He offers a lot of variation to Barca's game. He really gives the team something extra with his pace, close control and good runs.

Barça B trained at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí for the last time before heading off to A Coruña. Eusebio Sacristán’s men finalized preparations for the upcoming match against Deportivo de la Coruña (18:00, Esport3). "It will be an attractive match, we’re very motivated for it. We’re excited about the prospect of doing a good job and earning a victory," said Sacristán.

The Azulgrana Roundup, week 4 | FC Barcelona

Check out what journalists and fans had to say about FC Barcelona after a week of Champions League football, the King’s Cup final qualification and La Liga action

Mourinho: It would be a success even if we beat Barcelona to La Liga title by just one point - Goal.com

"It is clear that the advantage we hold over the second-placed team in the table is very good for us, and it puts Barcelona in a complicated situation," Mourinho said in a press conference. We have to keep on working in the same way, because our rivals are a great team who can put together a string of good results. "

Sergio Canales eager to return to action for Valencia - Goal.com

"I am very eager to work with the ball again," he told reporters. "I do not want to set a date for my return because I do not want to put too much pressure on myself. Let us hope it will happen as soon as possible and that I recover completely."

Unsurprisingly, there were some completely stupid stories as well...

Ibrahim Afellay might make a surprise entry into Liverpool | Soccer | Liverpool | Barcelona

Barcelona manager hailed Afellay as the latest prodigy to have adorned a Catalan jersey but Afellay failed to impress with the Spanish giants. Afellay is also overshadowed by players like Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas etc. Grown out of favor in the eyes of Guardiola, Afellay has spent most of his time on the bench.

Those last two might be worth a discussion...simply too ludicrous to be true...right?

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