FC Barcelona News: 12 March 2014; 23 Players in Squad for Manchester City Clash, Barça Prepared to Spend Over Summer

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All 23 players called up for City clash | FC Barcelona
Barça coach Tata Martino has called up all his available first team players for the Champions League Last 16 second leg tie against Manchester City at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night, including keeper José Manuel Pinto, who has been given the medical all clear after his bout of lumbago.

FC Barcelona – Manchester City FC: It's time to focus on the Champions League | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will play the most important match of the season this Wednesday evening. Barça will host Manchester City at the Camp Nou for the second leg of the Champions League knock-out round at 3:45 EST; 8:45 PM CET. The 0-2 from the first leg is an important advantage, but it’s better to not focus too much on that result and go into this evening’s game as if it were 0-0.

Gerardo Martino: "if we have that 0-2 score in mind, we are risking the whole tie" | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino spoke to the media ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League game against Manchester City at the Camp Nou and warned that the first leg win in England shouldn’t lead to complacency: "if we have that 0-2 score in mind, we are risking the whole tie. We have to thInk of this game as the second half of a game and we are still goalless. We can’t sit back and wait and see what happens".

FC Barcelona v Manchester City: Did you know… | FC Barcelona
It is the first time Manchester City have played an official match at the Camp Nou, but they have played two friendlies.The first was in 1974, for FCB’s 75th anniverdsary, with the home side winning 3-2. The second was the Gamper in 2009, which Man City won, 1-0. They also met twice at the old Les Corts stadium in 1952 and 1957, with Barça winning both times, 5-1 and 3-2, respectively.

Leo Messi, a sharpshooter in the Champions League knock-out round | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is especially comfortable playing in the first knock-out round of the Champions League. The Argentinian has scored 16 goals in 17 matches in this round of the competition, an all-time record. He could add to that tally when FC Barcelona host Manchester City at the Camp Nou.

Inside view of how FC Barcelona prep for the Champions League clash with Manchester City | FC Barcelona
The Champions Leauge has returned to Can Barça. The first team held its penultimate training session at the Ciutat Esportiva ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Manchester City at the Camp Nou. A total of 23 players, all of whom will spend the night the team hotel this evening, participated in the session.

Pellegrini and Kompany are confident Manchester City can fight back | FC Barcelona
Pellegrini is suspended for tomorrow’s match against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou, but the Chilean is confident in his team’s chances of reaching the next round of the Champions League: "We have a lot of confidence that we can fight back. If we have a good day we can do it." He added: "We will play to win the match, we can get our revenge."

Mascherano: "We're not dead yet" | FC Barcelona
"Despite their slip ups in the league, Javier Mascherano reckons it’s far too early to write the team off, insisting: "we’re not dead", and reminding reporters that the team are still very much in the hunt for the League, Cup and Champions League titles.

Barcelona ready to spend big in summer window | Sky Sports
An agreement has already been reached for Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but cover will be required for departing skipper Puyol at centre-half. Faus told El Mundo Deportivo on the club's transfer plans: "We will be making some big investments in the transfer market this summer. "Our financial situation will not be an obstacle.

Barcelona captain Puyol is one of Spain's greatest ever, says Hierro - Goal.com
"He will go down as one of the best three centre-backs in the history of Spain. I have the upmost respect for him. He'll go down in history. "It's always difficult to replace a player like Puyol. Barca will try and search for a replacement for Puyol at home. It's not that easy to find good centre-backs who can adapt to Barca's game, when you have to defend high up."

Applications for Cup Final tickets from March 13 | FC Barcelona
From 10.00 on Thursday March 13 through to Monday March 17 at 7.00 pm CET Club members can make their applications for tickets to the Spanish Cup Final against Real Madrid(16 April, 9,30 pm CET), exclusively via the club website.

FC Barcelona Statement concerning Neymar signing | FC Barcelona
In response to various stories published over the last few hours, FC Barcelona would like to categorically deny that they have communicated to the Public Prosecutor a commitment to reach an agreement confirming the existence of any misdemeanour in relation to the tax authorities, in order to close the case brought before the National Courts relating to the signing of Neymar.

FC Barcelona presents the first 'simpsonized' players | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products have unveiled the "Simpsonized" versions of Messi, Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta as part of a first-of-its-kind campaign featuring a collaboration between the US based company and the football club. FC Barcelona will co-create a broad line of branded merchandise that will be available to consumers in 2014.

Hristo Stoichkov: Barcelona need two or three players - Goal.com
The poor results of late have seen coach Gerardo Martino come under a great deal of pressure but Stoichkov insists the Argentine is not the only one to blame. "It's very easy to lay the blame at his door," the Bulgarian told Marca. "He doesn’t hide from it. I don't think he's overwhelmed. "These bad results can be fixed in the dressing room. That's where the team can get a lift.

Man United transfer blow: Barcelona target Roma pair | talkSPORT
With Nemanja Vidic set to leave this June, United must reinforce their central defensive unit - and Morocco star Benatia is one option. Meanwhile, Moyes has also been linked with his team-mate Pjanic, the 23-year-old playmaker who is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain too. But it looks like United will have to compete with Barcelona to sign the duo after reports in Spain revealed that the Catalan club have now targeted them.

Atletico Madrid ease past AC Milan to reach quarter-finals | Sky Sports Football
Diego Costa broke the deadlock for Atletico as early as the third minute with an acrobatic effort from close range after Koke had put in a good delivery from the right. Kaka scored the equaliser for Milan on 27 minutes when he headed home Andrea Poli's cross past Thibaut Courtois. However, the Italian giants' hopes of a comeback were extinguished five minutes before the break when Arda Turan's shot from outside the box was deflected into the net.

Levante: €10m for Navas | Football Espana
Levante will not accept any bids for Keylor Navas lower than the €10m release clause in the goalkeeper’s contract. AS reports that Levante have attempted to extend Navas’ contract, which ends in 2015, but the Costa Rica international has so far resisted over the minimum release fee clause.

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