FC Barcelona News: 13 October 2013; Neymar Scores in Brazil Friendly Win, Barça B Take on Deportivo La Coruña

Chung Sung-Jun

FC Barcelona top in almost every statistical category | FC Barcelona
Barça have made 72 shots on target so far, a considerably better tally than second ranked Real Madrid (61) and Atlético Madrid (54) in third. Barça are second in overall attempts, 116, behind only Real Madrid (129), who despite taking more shots have hit the target far fewer times.

Neymar scores as Brazil see off South Korea (0-2) | FC Barcelona
Neymar and Alves both started a game in which Brazil threw everything they had the Korean defence straight from the kick-off. But this had the counter effect of leaving gaping spaces at the back, which the Koreans were quick to exploit to their advantage.

Incredible draw for Chile and Spain virtually qualified | FC Barcelona
It was a lively night for the FC Barcelona internationals. Chile drew in Colombia (3-3), after leading 3-0 at one stage, meaning Alexis Sánchez must wait for World Cup qualification, while Spain struggled to beat Belarus (2-1) in Mallorca, but are now all but mathematically through to Brazil 2014. Alexis and Xavi scored two goals and one goal respectively.

New managers: Martino at Barcelona | Zonal Marking
In an ideal world, Gerardo Martino wouldn’t be coaching Barcelona this season. Whereas the majority of Europe’s top clubs were after a new manager this summer because of footballing reasons, Barca were forced to turn to a new coach because of Tito Vilanova’s health problems.

Adriano: "We still have to improve" | FC Barcelona
Adriano Correia has looked back at the season so far and feels that Tata Martino has intensified the team’s desire "to create pressure and win balls from our opponents". Speaking to Barça TV and the club website, he also spoke about Neymar’s adaptation and Puyol’s imminent return.

Barça B v Deportivo la Coruña: Barça B take on a team seeking to return to the top flight | FC Barcelona
For the second week running, a team that was in the first division last season is visiting the Mini. On Sunday (12.00, Canal Plus) Deportivo la Coruña are in town. Barça B have just lost three games on the trot. "We have to carry doing the same and playing with the same intensity" said manager Eusebio. "But we need more determination over the final meters in order to end this negative run".

Madrid deny Bale 'slipped disc' claim - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"In response to the information that the newspaper Marca has published today regarding the player Gareth Bale, Real Madrid would like to state the following," the La Liga club said on their website. "The information published, claiming that the player has a slipped disc on the L5-S1 vertebrae and a bulge on two others, is completely false," the statement said.

Valencia's Rami 'passes Milan medical' - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The defender flew in to Italy on Friday accompanied by FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti and had dinner with Rossoneri Vice-President Adriano Galliani. Sky Sport Italia report Rami underwent a medical today and passed with flying colours, as he is 1kg below his ideal weight. However, Valencia sources pointed out the deal on loan with option to buy for €7m was not completed yet.

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