FC Barcelona News: 28 February 2013; Players Confident of Turnaround, Atletico Madrid Set Up El Madrileño CdR Final

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FC Barcelona's excellent track record of bouncing back after defeat | FC Barcelona
Barça’s ability to react will be tested this Saturday when they visit the Spanish capital. After a difficult defeat in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey against Madrid, the team needs to bounce back at the always difficult Santiago Bernabéu. This Wednesday’s was the team’s fifth defeat of the season. The previous four were all followed by victories.

Barcelona seek solutions and a lift at Bernabeu - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Holders Barca were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by their arch-rivals on Tuesday, suffering a humiliating 3-1 semi-final second-leg battering in front of their own fans, to miss out on a place in the final. With the defeat coming hot on the heels of their lame 2-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg reverse at AC Milan last week, alarm bells have been ringing at the Nou Camp as Barca's season threatens to run out of steam.

Iniesta confident that the team can pull through | FC Barcelona
After crashing out of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid, one of the team captains, Andrés Iniesta, faced the press today to explain what the team has made of it all. He was sincere and self-critical, but most importantly, he remains optimistic. "It was a very tough defeat because we were playing at home" he lamented.

Players, Roura optimistic despite Cup elimination | FC Barcelona
Despite last night’s painful elimination from the Copa del Rey, Xavi, Iniesta and Jordi Roura remain optimistic about the team’s prospects in the league and the Champions League. Here’s a selection of the top ten comments made by the players and assistant manager after last night’s defeat that should give Culés cause for optimism.

Fifth defeat of the season in numbers | FC Barcelona
The first four defeats of the season were against Real Madrid (2-1 in the Supercup), Celtic (2-1 in the Champions League), Real Sociedad (3-2 in La Liga) and AC Milan (2-0 in the Champions League). The Copa del Rey semi final produced the first loss at the Camp Nou all season.

FC Barcelona Legends: Ronaldinho (Part II) | FC Barcelona
The second installment of Barça Legends: Ronaldinho starts off with a bang: the two goals he scored at the Santiago Bernabéu to cap off the 0-3 rout in the 2005/06 season. From 2003 through 2008, the Brazilian dazzled football fans with magical and almost unbelievable goals.

Ronaldo robs Barcelona of their mojo | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Opponents are having more success; Barca refuse to change a system which has served them so well and they’ve not kept a clean sheet in 12 matches. Lionel Messi has taken a mid-season break – Barcelona had just one shot on goal in Milan last week, and that from 25 yards out.

Report: Real Madrid requested delay in Karim Benzema speeding case - ESPN FC
Real Madrid reportedly persuaded the Spanish legal authorities to postpone a speeding case against Karim Benzema so the striker would be free to play Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Atletico set up all-Madrid final with Real - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Costa, who had scored both Atletico goals from the penalty spot in the first leg, put the visitors in charge after carving an opening for himself in the sixth minute and firing low into the far corner. His seventh goal in the Cup made him the competition's leading scorer this season, one ahead of Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.

Atletico Madrid's Tiago suffers broken arm in Copa del Rey tie | Sky Sports
Tiago sustained the injury in the first half of Wednesday night's match at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan during a challenge with Sevilla midfielder Gary Medel and, after undergoing tests in Madrid, it was confirmed the Portugal international had broken a bone in his right forearm. Atletico announced on their website that the 31-year-old will now need to undergo surgery on the injury.

Transfer news: Emir Spahic joins Anzhi Makhachkala from Sevilla on loan | Sky Sports
Anzhi Makhachkala have completed the loan signing of Bosnia international defender Emir Spahic from Sevilla for the remainder of the season. A statement on Anzhi's official website read: "After the season Anzhi have an option to buy the player."


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