FC Barcelona News: 23 September 2012; Barça Extend Perfect La Liga Start, General Assembly Held Yesterday

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 22: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (L) celebrates with his teammates Christian Tello and Xavi Hernandez after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Granada CF at Camp Nou on September 22, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona won 2-0. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

FC Barcelona-Granada: Saint Xavi (2-0) | FC Barcelona
It took 86 minutes for Barça to break down a surprisingly resistant Granada. An absolute cracker of a goal from Xavi finally rewarded the Catalans for their insistence, and won a match that looked to be slipping away from them. The Andalusians did a terrific job of containing the Barça onslaught.

Xavi: "These three points are very important" | FC Barcelona
"These three points against a well-organised Granada team are very important, they were very disciplined. It was a very complicated match but we won the three points and that’s what’s important." The Catalan midfielder praised the visiting side’s goalkeeper: "Toño was spectacular, he saved nearly everything."

Tito Vilanova: "The key was scoring the first goal" | FC Barcelona
After the victory over Granada by 2 goals to 0, Tito Vilanova noted, keeping in mind the effort put in this Wednesday in the Champions League against Spartak Moscow, that his team "took a while to get into the match." The Azulgrana manager recognised that his players had to take risks to win the three points and keep the team’s perfect record in the Liga intact.

Barcelona boss Vilanova plays down Messi-Villa row - ESPNFC
"There is nothing to gather [from what happened between Villa and Messi]," Vilanova stated at his post-match press conference. "Whoever plays football knows discussions are a normality, and part of the game.

FCB-Granada: FC Barcelona's standout players | FC Barcelona
With three minutes to go before the full 90, the fans at the Camp Nou started digesting the possibility that their team might not win its fifth consecutive match in La Liga. But then Pedro slotted in a low, hard cross from the right wing that was scooped up by Xavi. The midfielder unleashed a powerful right-footed shot that nicked the crossbar before settling into the back of the net.

Fabregas cannot imagine Barcelona without Xavi - Goal.com
"I cannot imagine Barca without Xavi," he confessed to reporters after the match. "Someday he will [no longer be here] as with all players ever but he is a fantastic player. "He has spent decades here at the club and is the most capped player in the club's history."

12/13 budget and 11/12 accounts approved | FC Barcelona
After President Rosell gave his overview of the 2011/12 season, vice-president Javier Faus presented the Club’s year-end accounts "without uncertainties and free of exemptions." The accounts, which were audited by Deloitte, show record profits of 48.8 millions euros.

Mallorca beat Valencia to continue fine form - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Casadesus put the Balearic Islanders ahead in the eighth minute at the Iberostar Estadi before Arizmendi, a former Valencia player, doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half moments after coming off the bench. Valencia had their chances but Mallorca's Israel goalkeeper Dudu Aouate was on superb form and produced several fine saves to deny the visitors.

Primera Liga round-up | Sky Sports
Real Zaragoza recorded their first win over Osasuna in five years with an entertaining 3-1 victory at La Romareda. On-loan Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young came off the bench to score the winner as Celta Vigo defeated Getafe 2-1 at Balaidos. Real Betis responded to the pressure placed on them by club president Miguel Guillen with a narrow 1-0 win over 10-man Espanyol.

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