FC Barcelona News: 15 February 2014; Barca Look to Maintain La Liga Lead Against Rayo Vallecano

Juan Manuel Serrano Arce

Martino: "Rayo will be a difficult game and we have to win to hold on to our lead" | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou welcomes Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, a club that out-possessed FC Barcelona earlier this season. Although Barça ended up winning 4-0, the Madrid-based club did a lot to impress FCB manager Gerardo Martino, who told his press conference today that "Paco Jémez seems a very brave coach to me.

FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano: Ignoring distractions | FC Barcelona
The decisive stage of the season continues with Barça at home to Rayo Vallecano, just days after ensuring passage to the Spanish Cup Final and with a crunch Champions League fixture against Manchester City to come on Tuesday. But it is not yet time to think about the European campaign, for there is a crucial game in the domestic championship to worry about before.

15 FC Barcelona finals in 5 years | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have been playing finals non-stop for the last five years. Since May 2009 the team has appeared in 14, while will become 15 in April on occasion of the Spanish Cup Final against Real Madrid. No other major European club can boast anything to compare with such an outstanding achievement.

Fun training session | FC Barcelona
Highlights from the FC Barcelona training session on Friday February 14, including Neymar’s ball skills and the players having fun during the warm-up exercises.

Chelsea, Bayern & PSG to join Barcelona in Cruyff tribute on 40th anniversary of 5-0 win at Real Madrid - Goal.com
Former players from Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid will meet a Barcelona Dream Team XI later this year to pay tribute to the club's former player and coach Johan Cruyff. The game will take place on November 14 and marks the 40th anniversary of Barca's famous 5-0 win at Real Madrid, when Cruyff scored one of the goals and was instrumental as the Catalans ran riot at the Santiago Bernabeu.

FIFA 'won't release Neymar Barcelona deal details' - report - ESPN FC
Spanish news agency EFE now say it has been told that FIFA has declined to provide the documents to the Spanish investigation as the Geneva-based ruling body only discloses information which is private and sensitive if requested to do so by a Swiss court.

Gerard Piqué: Manchester City shouldn't get too hung up on Lionel Messi, Neymar and Pedro can do the damage - Telegraph
Gerard Piqué is the one who got away. But he is heading back to Manchester, with Barcelona, to face opponents he remembers from reserve team football in his United days. "The Pointings Cup?" he asks. He means the old Pontins League Cup for reserves. He has touched the stars since then.

Pellegrini without trio for visit of Barcelona - ESPN FC
Manchester City will be without top scorer Sergio Aguero, midfielder Fernandinho and defender Matija Nastasic for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona. Manager Manuel Pellegrini does not expect the trio to return in time to face the Spanish champions at the Etihad Stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo remains suspended for Real Madrid visit to Getafe - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo will not have his current three-game suspension lifted in time to face Getafe in La Liga on Sunday, so Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez are expected to start the match on each wing.

Atletico Madrid escape with token fine over Cristiano Ronaldo incident | Sky Sports
Atletico could have been fined up to 30,000 euros and be forced to play up to three games behind close doors. However, the club escaped with a token punishment as the disciplinary committee took into account that a lighter is not a prohibited item in a stadium and that Ronaldo was not seriously injured and was able to play on.

Thibaut Courtois to meet with Chelsea in March to discuss future | Football News | Sky Sports
The Belgian number one has been wonderful for Atletico Madrid during his near three-year loan spell with the Spanish club. After signing for Chelsea in 2011 from Genk, he was immediately loaned to Atletico - where he has stayed ever since. During his time in Spain, Courtois, 21, has established himself as one of the finest young goalkeepers in world football.

Keepers rule in stalemate | ESPNFC.com
Elche and Osasuna remain locked together in the middle of the Primera Division after playing out a goalless draw on Friday night. It was a game of few chances with goalkeepers Antonio Tono and Andres Fernandez both proving equal to what was thrown at them. Both teams now sit on 26 points, just five above the relegation zone ahead of the rest of the weekend's fixtures.

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