First session of the week with the internationals | FC Barcelona
The players, with the exceptions of Messi, Mascherano, Busquets and Xavi - all of whom worked with the team physio - trained on Field 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva. The Barça B players Oier, Muniesa and Deulofeu also took part in the session.
Xavi Hernández, right hamstring strain | FC Barcelona
Club medical services have announced that Xavi Hernández is suffering from a strained hamstring in his right leg. On Thursday, he received treatment from the Club physios and according a press release, "His availability for the next match will depend on his evolution".
Xavi: I will be fit for Paris Saint-Germain clash - Goal.com
Barcelona midfielder Xavi has stressed that he will be match fit in time for the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. "I will not play against Celta at the weekend, but I will be ready for the game against Paris Saint-Germain," Xavi was quoted as saying by Sport.
First team players total 2,480 minutes of international football | FC Barcelona
Mascherano. 180 minutes. Playing as a defensive midfielder for his team, Mascherano was one of the stars of the win over Venezuela (3-0) and the draw at altitude in Bolivia (1-1). Argentina are now even further ahead in the Conmebol tournament after Colombia lost 1-0 in Caracas.
Leo Messi could come full circle in Vigo | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is on the verge of making history again. If the Argentine forward scores this Saturday away to Celta, he’ll set a record that no other footballer has achieved: scoring against 19 league opponents in consecutive matches. Messi’s scoring streak has seen him find the back of the net in 18 consecutive league games, Celta are the only team that haven’t conceded a goal to the Argentine this season.
Crucial month awaits FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The month of April is packed with important matches: six league games and at least two Champions League games. If Barca defeat PSG in the quarter-finals of the continental tournament, they’ll close out the month of April with the Champions League semi-finals.
Cristian Tello: "I'm very pleased with Tito's return. We need him" | FC Barcelona
"I’m very pleased with his return. We need him. He’ll ease in to his time with the team. The important thing is that he recovers well." He added, "his absence has been noticeable because the presence of the head manager is always very important. We were very united when he was gone."
Five great goals at Balaídos | FC Barcelona
Barça fans have plenty of fine memories of Balaídos. The Celta stadium has seen its fair share of Barça magic, and these five goals are clear examples. Romania’s Gheorghe Hagi scored probably the most spectacular goal of his career there in a league match in 1994/95, in which he struck home from the middle of the park, the ball floating as if suspended on the heavy fog that day.
FC Barcelona Legends: Ronald Koeman | FC Barcelona
Ronald Koeman was one of the leaders of FC Barcelona’s legendary Dream Team. He played a total of 345 matches for Barça from 1989 through 1995 and he scored 102 goals, an extraordinary feat considering he was a full back.
Philippe Montanier remains coy on Real Sociedad future - ESPN FC
"We haven't talked about it yet," the ex-Valenciennes boss, who signed a two-year deal with the Baque side in summer 2011, told RMC radio. "We'll sit down calmly with the board at the end of the season. We're not at that stage yet."
Carlos Vela cools Arsenal return talk by saying he wants to stay at Real Sociedad | Sky Sports
Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela says he wants to stay at the Primera Liga club next season to cool talk linking him with an Arsenal return. Vela joined Sociedad on a permanent deal from Arsenal last August, having spent the 2011-12 season there on loan after failing to cement a regular first-team place with the Gunners.
Betis agree Juanfran deal | Football Espana
Real Betis have reportedly already agreed a three-year deal with Juanfran Moreno, but will not confirm it until his departure from Real Madrid. The 24-year-old versatile midfielder has not developed at Madrid beyond the Castilla team and, with his contract expiring this summer, has previously been reported as on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu.