FC Barcelona News: 3 February 2014; Atletico Madrid Take Over La Liga Lead, Adama Traore Leads Barça B to Win

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

"I have completely recovered from my injury" | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi admitted this Sunday that "it was a very bad day" due to yesterday’s defeat to Valencia at the Camp Nou. The Argentinian added that he’s "content" with the fact that he’s back with the first team. "I’ve played a couple of games and I’m doing well mentally. It was tough when I picked up two consecutive injuries but today that’s all forgotten," he explained.

"We shouldn't be negative. It's all in our hands" | FC Barcelona
He's a player who speaks his mind and this Saturday was no exception. Javier Mascherano appeared on the program ‘El Marcador’ on Barça TV and explained the feelings from the dressing room: "It hurts a lot to lose the 3 points at home. It's possible that we won't stay top but there are still 16 matches left and we have to change things so that what happened on Saturday won't happen again".

Double commitment in the first week of February | FC Barcelona
A new week with the Spanish Cup and League in the spotlight. On Monday and Tuesday, Barça will prepare for Wednesday's match against Real Sociedad, in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup (10.00 PM CET). On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday they will prepare for Sunday's away game at Sevilla in the League (9.00 PM CET).

Real Zaragoza – Barça B: Show of force at La Romareda (0-2) | FC Barcelona
Magisterial display from Barça B at La Romareda. Eusebio’s men were impeccable in the first half and a goal from Denis at the six-minute mark gave Barça B the lead. In the second half, Adama doubled Barça’s advantage.

Ronaldo sees red as Real held | ESPNFC.com
Cristiano Ronaldo was controversially sent off as 10-man Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday at San Mames. The forward was sent off for reacting to a shove by Carlos Gurpegi and then a confrontation with Ander Iturraspe in the 75th minute, although he appeared to be more sinned against than sinner.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo facing three-game ban for red card - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo could be banned for three La Liga games after being sent off during Sunday night's tough 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao at the new San Mames. Ronaldo raised his hands while involved in a confrontation with Athletic's Carlos Gurpegi and Ander Iturraspe late in the second half, as players from both sides bundled in when Madrid's Karim Benzema had a penalty claim turned down.

Four-star Atletico sink Sociedad | Sky Sports Football
In a fitting way for the club to pay tribute to club legend Luis Aragones, who passed away a day earlier, David Villa opened the scoring late in the first half and then dedicated his goal to the late coach, with whom he won Euro 2008 with Spain. Diego Costa settled Atletico's nerves by scoring the second goal with 18 minutes remaining, and then Joao Miranda and substitute Diego Ribas each scored later on to round off an emotional night.

Castro at the double for Betis | Sky Sports Football
The 2-0 success against Espanyol meant new head coach Gabriel Calderon's first home match in charge was one to remember, and allowed Betis to see a glimmer of light through the relegation trap door. Betis have looked doomed to the drop, having become increasingly marooned at the foot of the table while their winless stretch has continued.

Elche earn some breathing space | ESPNFC.com
Elche moved four points clear of the Primera Division relegation zone after earning a narrow but deserved win at home to fellow strugglers Almeria. A fortuitous goal from Cristian Herrera after 59 minutes was all it took for Fran Escriba's side to take all three points, although they had to endure a nervy few minutes of injury time after Damian Suarez was sent off in the 90th minute for picking up two yellow cards.

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