FC Barcelona News: 18 March 2012; Barcelona Win in Sevilla, Words of Encouragement for Eric Abidal

The two goalscorers.

Messi and Xavi net in Barca win - Yahoo! Eurosport
Xavi curled a shot over wall after 18 minutes and World Player of the Year Messi bagged his 31st of the league campaign soon after. The Argentine started the move deep in midfield playing a one-two with Andres Iniesta, he nutmegged a defender as he skipped into the area, and calmly lifted the ball over the advancing Andres Palop.

Guardiola: "We place great value on this victory" | FC Barcelona
"In general we played a good game, especially in the first half. We’re pleased that we won in such a difficult stadium." Josep Guardiola recognised that the team had difficulties in the second half, which, he said, gives the 0-2 win more value: "Sevilla have a fantastic team. We won because we did things well. We give this victory a lot of value. The only sour aspect of the match was that we didn’t convert on all the chances we created.

Víctor Valdés: "This victory is for Abidal" | FC Barcelona
Valdés, along with the rest of his teammates, wanted to encourage Éric Abidal. "This victory is for Abidal. These are difficult times that we must overcome. However, with the strength and confidence that Abidal has, I’m sure that he’ll come out of this one," said the keeper. Valdés also talked about Messi’s spectacular goal. "Another one for Messi. It was an amazing goal," said Valdés.

Iniesta achieves 50-match unbeaten streak in La Liga following Barcelona's win over Sevilla - Goal.com
Andres Iniesta has reached Emilio Butragueno's record of featuring in 50 unbeaten La Liga matches consecutively after Barcelona's 2-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday. The attacking midfielder has now tasted victory in 42 of the past 50 matches in the Primera Division in which he has featured, with the remaining eight ending in draws.

Goalscoring record month for Messi | FC Barcelona
Between February 19th and March 13th, he’s scored 13 goals in 6 six matches. The streak started with four goals against Valencia (5-1), he opened the scoring against Atlético Madrid (1-2), he missed the match against Sporting because he was suspended, he returned to score five against Leverkusen (7-1) and then two more against Racing Santander (0-2). He kept his run alive with an amazing goal at the Sánchez Pizjuán tonight.

Messi stars in Barcelona’s win at Sevilla, but the eyes of the football world are on Abidal & Muamba - Goal.com
During Barcelona’s visit to Sevilla in Saturday’s Liga clash, the crowd in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan held up banners and placards as well-wishers from Cordoba to Cadiz in Andalucia, and all the way back up to Catalunya sent their support to the Frenchman. Just less than an hour earlier, some 1,300-odd miles north of Seville in Tottenham, London, the football community was rocked to its core after it learned that Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba had collapsed on the field during his side’s FA Cup encounter with Spurs.

Encouraging Abidal and remembering Basora | FC Barcelona
Éric Abidal, who will undergo liver transplant surgery, and Estanislao Basora, who passed away this Friday, were remembered by FC Barcelona’s first team before kickoff in Seville. Before the match, the Barça players came out onto the pitch with a shirt that read ‘Abi! You’ll win once again!’ as a show of support to their teammate. Sevilla also sent a message of encouragement to the Frenchman with a shirt of their own that read ‘Courage, Abidal!’

Mourinho wishes Abidal 'a long and happy life' - Goal.com
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has put sporting rivalries to one side and wished Barcelona defender Eric Abidal a speedy recovery from his liver transplant operation. "We all know that we are all together. Our players will show it this morning, without words, without public demonstrations," he told reporters at a press conference. "There is no Real Madrid or Barca, no colours, just a young man who everyone hopes will have a fantastic life.

1,000 paper cranes to aid David Villa in his recovery | FC Barcelona
The FCB Japan Supporters Club and David Villa are the focus of this story. Everything started on the 15th of December, during the semi-finals of the Club World Cup. Villa fractured the tibia in his left leg. "There are a lot of Villa fans in Japan and the injury affected all of us. The day after his injury, the fans wanted to do something for him," said Hiroki Nakano, the president of the supporters club.

Butragueno backs Jose to stay | Sky Sports
The self-titled 'Special One' has made clear his desire to move back to England and the Premier League and has even been photographed in London in recent months. But Spain legend Butragueno, nicknamed El Buitre (The Vulture), is hopeful that the 49-year-old Mourinho will honour his contract.

Real Madrid's Di Maria to return to training next week - Goal.com
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that injured winger Angel Di Maria will return to training next week. The Argentina international spent six weeks on the sidelines with a thigh problem earlier this year only to suffer a recurrence of the injury in his comeback game against Racing Santander at the tail end of last month.

500 la Liga games for Clemente | LFP
The game at the Los Cármenes stadium will mark the 500th in la Liga BBVA for the Asturian team coach: "the value I take from reaching 500 games in la Liga is that I am a veteran who started very early and has worked for many years. I have been very happy and get a lot of satisfaction from football.

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