Guardiola: "Fighting back from four points down is tremendously difficult" | FC Barcelona
The manager is very aware of the enormity of the challenge before his squad seeing that no team in the history of La Liga have ever fought back to overturn a Real Madrid 10-point lead. "It seems as though we already have it [the title], but the reality is that four points are a lot of points. There’s a lot of work to do."
Alves joins team-mates in training | FC Barcelona
The players trained on Monday afternoon ahead of Tuesday’s Camp Nou clash with Getafe (9 pm). Dani Alves, who picked up a slight thigh strain in the game against Zaragoza, was able to follow part of the session with the other players. The Brazilian was one of 18 available first-team players who took part in the session together with Ibrahim Afellay, who is still working his way back to fitness.
Getafe, one of two teams that have defeated Barça | FC Barcelona
November 26, 2011. An unlucky Barça lost its first game of the season when the Catalans visited Gefate. The Madrid-based side, with an incredible defensive display and a solitary goal from Valera, handed Barça their first defeat of the season. Half a year later, both teams meet again, this time at the Camp Nou. The defeat to Getafe put Barça six points behind Real Madrid. Now, the gap is only four.
FC Barcelona - Getafe: Keep the engine running | FC Barcelona
The players are determined to keep up a superb run of form and results with another win in the Camp Nou against Getafe – it would be the 10th league win in a row - which would lift Barça to within a point of Real Madrid pending the result of the league leader’s visit to local rivals Atletico Madrid. It won’t be easy as Getafe, along with Osasuna, are one of only two sides to beat Barça in the league this season.
Barcelona will play in black at Stamford Bridge - Goal.com
Barca had proposed sporting either the pink or yellow jerseys from previous years; the latter of which was worn in 2008/09 when Andres Iniesta's late winner at Stamford Bridge booked the Blaugrana a spot in the final. However, the European football governing body told the club that their black kit will be sufficient to provide a noticeable difference between the two sides.
Deulofeu, with a sprained ankle, doubtful for Girona clash | FC Barcelona
After undergoing medical tests, the team’s Medical Services have confirmed that Gerard Deulofeu has sprained his right ankle. His recovery will mark his availability for the upcoming match this Saturday against Girona (18:00). The player, who scored the first goal against Córdoba, had to be carried off the pitch after a late tackle.
Mourinho is somewhat hateful, but Guardiola is a gentleman, says Jorge Solari - Goal.com
Former Argentina international Jorge Solari has drawn comparisons between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, saying that his preference goes to the Barcelona coach. "Mourinho is somewhat hateful; he is not a nice person," Solari told COMRadio. "I say this in the sense that he shows no charisma with his rivals. "Pep Guardiola is a gentleman when he talks. That makes you feel better and is more convincing.
Courtois plays down Real link | Sky Sports
The Belgium international joined the Blues last summer from Racing Genk, but he was loaned out immediately to Atleico Madrid for the season. Courtois has performed admirably in La Liga and his performances have reportedly brought him to the attention of Real, who are said to be considering signing him to be the long-term successor to Iker Casillas.
Malaga take third place - Yahoo! Eurosport
Isco, Santi Cazorla and Ruud van Nistelrooy earned Malaga a 3-0 home win over 10-man Racing Santander that put them up to third in La Liga. The big-spending Qatari-owned club knocked Valencia out of the last automatic Champions League qualification slot, climbing to 50 points from 31 games with seven left to play.