FC Barcelona News: 25 March 2014; Xavi Left Out of Celta Match Squad, Barça Ready for Spending Spree

Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona: intelligent players find space in a crazily open match | Zonal Marking
Both fielded roughly their first-choice starting XI, and played attacking football throughout. Often the the pattern of these games has been rather stunted because everyone knows the situation – Barcelona will try to dictate the game, Real have to work out how to respond. That wasn’t the case here. Barcelona still had more possession, but Real did little to alter their regular tactics, and the first half, in particular, was simply about who could play better football.

Xavi missing from 18 to face Celta | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have a midweek league fixture at the Camp Nou against Celta on Wednesday evening (8.00 PM CET), and the 18-man squad announced for the match is the same as the one that travelled to Madrid at the weekend, apart from Xavi, who is replaced by Tello. That means there are once again no places for any of Oier, Afellay or Montoya, in addition to the injured Puyol, Cuenca and Dos Santos.

Squad back to work after Bernabéu win | FC Barcelona
Following the win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night, the squad were back in training at the Ciutat Esportiva this lunchtime. The starting XI from the game had a warm down session, whilst the rest of the squad, plus the B team player Bagnack, began preparations for Wednesday’s league game at the Camp Nou against Celta.

FC Barcelona pass 2,000 league goals on the road | FC Barcelona
This Sunday’s game at the Bernabeu was Barça’s 2,639th league game and it saw Barça pass the 2,000 goal mark in away games in the competition. The total number of goals home and away that Barça have scored in the competition is 5,547, with 3,545 at the Camp Nou.

Facts and Figures from the Bernabeu win | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta reached his half century of goals with the first team when he opened the scoring last night. Iniesta has scored 22 League goals, 10 in the Champions League, 1 in the Spanish Super Cup and 6 in the Spanish Cup. Sunday’s was his first ever goal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Nine thrilling matches to decide Liga title | FC Barcelona
The 3-4 in the Clásico changed the landscape at the top of the table. After 29 rounds, Atlético are first level on points with Real Madrid (70), but they have the head-to-head advantage over Los Blancos, and have one point over Barça (69). The remaining nine games, 27 points, won’t be for the faint of heart. Barça and Atlético Madrid will face off at the Camp Nou in the final match of La Liga.

999 league games at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
On Wednesday 26 March (8.00 PM CET, Canal+, GolT), FC Barcelona entertain Celta Vigo in what will be the 1000th home fixture since the Camp Nou was inaugurated in 1957. By bizarre coincidence, if Barça win, it will also be their 1000th home win in the domestic championship, which was first contested in 1929.

Barça-Betis tickets at 50% off | FC Barcelona
Tickets for the Barça-Betis match scheduled for April 5 will be half off. Starting this Monday, 24 March, the Club will offer discounts of up to 50% to Club members who do not have seasons tickets; limit two tickets per member. Season ticket holders will have the usual discount of 20%.

Barcelona could spend €120m on transfers, says Bartomeu - Goal.com
"Each year we have an EBITDA [Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation] of about €120 million," Bartomeu told El Periodico. "We generally use half of that to fund transfers and the other half to reduce our debts. But there could be a year where we spend the entire €120m on transfers."

#clàssicFCB: Fans rally behind Barça in the Clásico | FC Barcelona
Fans from around the world show their love for the Blaugrana during the Clásico against Real Madrid.

Barcelona join chase for Brazil prospect - [football] direct news
The 20-year-old looks an outstanding prospect after establishing himself in the Brazilian side's first-team in the last few years, and earned high praise for an eye-catching display to thwart current Barcelona star Neymar in 2012, while he was still at Santos.

Real Madrid rants better served on the pitch after etiquette forgotten by Nick Rigg - ESPN FC
After seven goals, some brilliant individual performances from some of the best players in the world and one of the most enthralling Clasico contests for some time, it was a shame that bitterness, blame and bad blood prevailed in the immediate aftermath of Real Madrid’s 4-3 defeat against Barcelona at a thoroughly entertained Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos complaints dismissed - ESPN FC
The Comite Tecnico de Arbitros [CTA] reportedly made the official complaint to La Liga’s disciplinary committee on Monday. The players could be fined up to 3,000 euros, although there is no precedent of match bans ever being handed out for public comments after a game. The disciplinary committee is due to meet on Wednesday, just hours before Madrid’s next Liga game at Sevilla.

Almeria out of dropzone | Sky Sports Football
Carlos Vela opened the scoring for Sociedad from the spot but Oscar Diaz levelled for the hosts before the break. It set up an action-packed second half, which saw Imanol Agirretxe restore the visitors' lead, only for Verza to score two penalties in quick succession to put Almeria ahead for the first time. Markel Bergara looked to have grabbed a point for La Real when he headed home with five minutes remaining, but a fortuitous goal by substitute Hicham Khaloua in injury time gave Almeria all the points.

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