FC Barcelona News: 17 March 2013; Carles Puyol's Recovery Time Unknown, Real Madrid Demolish RCD Mallorca

Angel Martinez

Roura about Rayo Vallecano Match: "An especially complicated match" | FC Barcelona
"It’s very important and especially complicated. We’ve just had a very intense game which was a huge psychological and physical effort. After such a big boost we have guard against a drop in our intensity. We have to be very careful". With the objective in mind of winning the league title, he believes it is vital "to win all our home games".

"The recovery period will be set by Puyol" | FC Barcelona
Dr Cugat told the press conference: "The recovery period will be set by Puyol. It could be a month and a half, or two or three". At the same time he stressed the player’s positive attitude and described himself as "optimistic" for the 34 year old’s continued career in the top flight.

Xavi and Puyol unable to train | FC Barcelona
The players continued their preparations for Sunday’s home league clash with Rayo Vallecano (9 pm kickoff) with another training session on Saturday morning. Xavi is still recovering from a hamstring problem that will force him out of Sunday’s line-up and took no part in the session. Also missing was Carles Puyol, following his knee operation on Friday.

Modric scores stunner as Madrid beat Mallorca - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Real Madrid produced a stunning second-half response to come from 2-1 down to defeat Real Mallorca 5-2 at the Bernabeu in La Liga. Goals from Emilio Nsue and Alfaro, sandwiching an effort from Gonzalo Higuain, gave relegation-threatened Mallorca the most unlikely of half-time leads in Madrid, but they were blown away by a blitz of three goals in only five minutes after the game restarted.

Valencia down 10-man Betis - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Roberto Soladao put the hosts ahead with a 16th-minute penalty, visiting defender Antonio Amaya dismissed for a goal-denying foul on the Spain striker. Paulao's own-goal ended any hopes of a Betis comeback with five minutes remaining, the Brazilian defender turning Sergio Canales's cross past keeper Adrian. Brazil striker Jonas added a third in stoppage time after arriving unmarked at the far post.

Griezmann double helps rampant Sociedad up to fourth - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The club from San Sebastian extended their unbeaten run to 10 games with a devastating display of attacking football that keeps them on course for a shot at European football next season. Philippe Montanier's side moved to 47 points with 10 games left and into the last Champions League qualification berth, 10 points behind third-placed Atletico Madrid, who visit Osasuna on Sunday.

Getafe keep European hopes alive | Sky Sports Football
Borja Fernandez claimed the only goal of the game as Getafe kept their Europa League hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. The decisive moment came in the seventh minute when the midfielder lashed the ball home following Pedro Leon's corner.

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