FC Barcelona News: 14 January 2013; Barça Victorious In Malaga, Set Record for Most Points in Season's First Half

David Ramos

Record amount of points halfway through La Liga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s first half of the season was almost picture perfect. With this Sunday’s win over Málaga, Tito Vilanova’s men closed out the first half of the domestic competition with 55 out of 57 possible points, a new all-time high record in the history of the La Liga. The previous record was set in the 2010/11 season (52 points).

Tito: "We can't stop here" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova’s Barça closed out the first half of the season with a record amount of points - 55 out of 57 possible points. The Blaugrana manager, who led his team from the bench at La Rosaleda, is pleased with the record. "We’re very pleased with how we’ve done in the first half of La Liga. It’s fantastic that we’ve won 10 games away from home."

Iniesta: "We want to be just as good in May" | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta was simply magnificent against Málaga this evening at La Rosaleda. "The individual talent that each player brings to the table helps the team, and with hard work and sacrifice we get the desired results," said Iniesta.

FC Barcelona’s standout players against Málaga: Tito Vilanova, Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova’s men finished the first half of the La Liga with a record 55 out of 57 points - beating out the record set in the 2010/11 season. Tito’s return to the bench was yet another incentive for the Blaugrana in their match against Málaga this evening. After tonight’s victory, Vilanova’s team wrote another page in the Club’s history books.

Zubizarreta: Valdes has not told us that he wants to leave Barcelona - Goal.com
"Victor Valdes has not told us that he wants to leave the club. We have not discussed a contract renewal yet with his agent, but we sat down to talk about some other things," Zubizarreta told reporters. "We will open talks when the time is right. We have a lot of love for Victor Valdes and we want him to stay at this club."

With 55 points out of 57, Barcelona are set to obliterate Real Madrid's record 100-point haul in La Liga - Goal.com
It was an astounding achievement. Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid lost only twice in La Liga last season and claimed an unprecedented 32 victories on their way to winning the Primera Division with a historical high of 100 points. No team had ever reached three figures before in Spain's domestic competition, but just eight months on, Barcelona seem set not only to beat their rival's record - they look likely to obliterate it.

Copa del Rey and Liga matches await Barça this week | FC Barcelona
This upcoming week will be an intense one for Barça and Tito Vilanova. After this Sunday’s game at La Rosleda, the Málaga and Barça will meet again at the Camp Nou on Wednesday for the away leg of the Copa del Rey quarter finals. The team will prepare for the match on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Ronaldo: I won't quit Real Madrid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Rumours that the Portuguese superstar has been unhappy at the Bernabeu have been circulating for several months and have only intensified as Real have fallen 18 points behind Barcelona in the league. But the 27-year-old is adamant that he will not walk away from the club - at least not yet.

Atletico coast past Zaragoza - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The victory at the Calderon means Atletico have won 10 La Liga home games on the trot for the first time in almost 40 years. They stretched their advantage over third-placed city rivals Real Madrid to seven points after the stuttering champions were held to a 0-0 draw at bottom side Osasuna on Saturday and had Kaka sent off.

Simeone aiming to renew contract at Atletico - Goal.com
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone expects he will extend his contract at the club as he revealed that both parties involved are eager to agree a deal. The Argentine coach has led his team to second place La Liga at the halfway stage of the season, and los Rojiblancos are well clear of their major rivals Real Madrid in third, with Jose Mourinho's team dropping more points in a 0-0 draw at Osasuna on Saturday night.

Betis boost Euro hopes | Sky Sports Football
Real Betis boosted their European hopes as goals from Joel Campbell and Ruben Castro handed them a 2-0 win over Levante. Campbell opened the scoring after just seven minutes as he swept home Castro's pass at the end of a flowing counter-attack for just his second Betis goal.

Real Sociedad held by Depor - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Carlos Vela scored on the stroke of half-time for the hosts to cancel out Pizzi’s 27th minute effort. Former Arsenal striker Vela put a left-footed shot into the lower left of the net from the right side of the box. Struggling Depor had taken the lead when Pizzi converted a pass from Alex Bergantinos.

Lamah expected to join Swansea - ESPN FC
Ivory Coast-born Belgium international Lamah missed his side’s spirited 0-0 draw with Real Madrid on Saturday evening as he was reportedly in the UK with his agent discussing a move to join Michael Laudrup’s growing ex-La Liga contingent at the Liberty Stadium.

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