FC Barcelona News: 24 September 2013; Cesc Fabregas Out of 19-Man Squad, Andres Iniesta Expected to Sign Extension

David Ramos

Sergio in squad for Real game, but Cesc rested | FC Barcelona
With the games coming thick and fast, boss Martino has announced a 19-man squad for Tuesday's visit of Real Sociedad, with Sergio Busquets recalled and Cesc Fàbregas rested.

Two league games this week | FC Barcelona
With the next Champions League game against Celtic on the horizon, FC Barcelona have two league games this week – against Real Sociedad on Tuesday at the Camp Nou and then away to Almeria on Saturday. The squad will have Wednesday off.

Pedro's brilliant goalscoring form | FC Barcelona
Swapping the No. 17 for the No. 7 was a good move for Pedro Rodríguez. His start to the season has been spectacular as he’s netter five goals from seven matches. In addition, this Saturday, away to Rayo, he scored his first hat-trick in the Blaugrana strip.

Andres Iniesta's father says son will sign new deal | Football News | Sky Sports
Iniesta's current deal expires in 2015, but talks are ongoing over a new deal for the influential 29-year-old. Reports in England and Spain claim both Manchester United and Manchester are monitoring the situation - although the player's father has added to the opinion held by Barcelona's hierarchy, that Iniesta will sign a fresh deal at the club.

Martino reckons second halves against Ajax and Rayo are the way to go | FC Barcelona
Martino was questioned about the possession stats for his team, which have been the source of a lot of speculation recently: "for Barça – just like for Newell’s – possession is very important, but it is also true that we have to look at certain characteristics of our opponents too, as well as recent games between us and if necessary their coach".

Menotti: Martino not reinventing the wheel at Barcelona - Goal.com
"Tata isn’t trying to introduce a revolution. It’s about building concentration back up, keeping the philosophy going and not reinventing the wheel," he told Cadena SER. "I think it would be madness to attempt to change a work of art like the one that Guardiola put together, but certain things have to be rebuilt.

Perez: £86m Bale was 'cheap', United interest sparked bid - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"Bale's signing has been cheap" Perez told radio station Cadena SER. "He was the best player available on the market allowed us to bring in more money than we've laid out." "His signing was in line with the model of Santiago Bernabeu, that is of having the best players. This is a wise move as we've shown before with Figo, Zidane and Ronaldo. We went from losing money to winning it.

Valencia's stray dogs come out fighting after Swansea kicking | Sid Lowe | theguardian.com
But that was then and this is now. That was Thursday night; three days on and things look different. There is relief on Monday morning, a new life; "good vibrations", one pundit says. On Thursday night, Valencia lost 3-0 to Swansea and it was a crisis. On Sunday night they won 3-1 and it was a collective catharsis.

Ricardo Costa out for 10 days | Football Espana
Valencia will be without Ricardo Costa for the next couple of games, after he was ruled out with a thigh injury. The centre-back was a second-half withdrawal against Sevilla on Sunday evening and posted via his Twitter account that he had suffered a thigh muscle issue.

Victor Sanchez bags a brace as Espanyol beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 | Sky Sports Football
Sanchez broke the deadlock midway through the first half and then put the home side ahead again in the opening stages of the second after Oscar De Marcos had levelled proceedings just before the interval. Sergio Garcia then gave Espanyol a two-goal cushion in the 66th minute and while Ibai Gomez narrowed the deficit in injury time, his strike proved too little too late.

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