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A round-up of all the day's Barcelona and La Liga news. Today, Barcelona prepare to take on Sevilla and equal their best-ever start. Elsewhere, Jorge Jesus revealed that Oscar Cardozo is set to miss Tuesday's match with Barcelona.
After beating Real Sociedad (5-1), Osasuna (1-2), Valencia (1-0), Getafe (1-4) and Granada (2-0), Barça now travel to Sevilla in search of what would equal their best ever start to the domestic championship. The win would also ensure that they stay at least eight points ahead of Real Madrid going into next week’s clásico, where FCB will have the distinct advantage of playing at the Camp Nou.
"It has never been an easy ground. It was at the Sánchez Pizjuán where I experienced the worst 15 minutes of my managerial career since I arrived at the Club." Vilanova still remembers the 2009/10 match when the Azulgrana played away to Sevilla. Barça needed the three points to practically secure the Liga title and led by three goals to nil, but Sevilla clawed itself back into the match - the final result was 2-3.
"If you have played like that against Madrid and you have won, you know that if you play the same way against Barca, you will cause them problems too," he said. Barca have enjoyed a promising start to the season, winning five out of five in the league, but former Valencia man Palop thinks that Vilanova has not changed much since taking charge last summer, while the club's dangermen still remain the same. "The pattern of play of the team is the same as Pep's," Palop said. "They have players like Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas who can decide games, and in a way you do not expect."
"I think Cardozo has no chance to recover for the match against Barcelona," the 58-year old revealed. "We'll have to run a lot. Barcelona will wear us down with their ball movement." Jesus will likely turn to Rodrigo Lima to supply the goals when his side take on the Club World Cup holders, with the Brazilian having bagged a decisive double in his side's recent 2-1 victory over Pacos Ferriera.
Real Madrid will be hoping for a comfortable home win when they take on Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday night. Depending on Barcelona's result away to Sevilla on Saturday, Real Madrid could kick off 11 points behind Barcelona and with a visit to the Camp Nou Stadium next weekend.
Rosell has spent the last three days of his agenda examining the intense social projects being undertaken by the Foundation around the world. He has evaluated the work being done in Brazil with the ‘FutbolNet’ project. He has studied what is being done for schools in such countries as Nigeria and China in conjunction with Unicef. And he has made further advances in what Barça and its players are doing to help eradicate poliomyelitis.
Los Rojillos head into the weekend bottom of the table having collected just one point from five matches, but Flano is confident they can break their duck against a team that has been soundly beaten on their two away trips so far this term. He told the club's website: "It is certain that due to the last five results there could be a certain disappointment and discouragement in the team. However, if we are all united, we are a strong team and difficult for any opponent."
Simeone said: "We are improving all the time and I have no fear the team is going to suffer from vertigo. We do not look beyond the next game that is in front of us. It is logical that people are interested all the euphoria, but we will continue to look ahead without changing anything."
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