FC Barcelona News: 9 March 2014; Barça Lose Consecutive Away Games, Javier Mascherano Reaches Milestone

Denis Doyle

Valladolid v FC Barcelona: Disappointing defeat (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Saturday afternoon saw FC Barcelona lose their fourth league game of the season. Relegation-troubled Valladolid beat the defending champions 1-0 thanks to a solitary goal from Fausto Rossi in the 16th minute, and it was an especially painful defeat because it denies Barça the chance to go back to the top of the table, at least provisionally, to add to the pressure on Real Madrid, who host Levante on Sunday.

"It's a painful defeat," says Xavi | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona were defeated at the Nuevo José Zorilla by Valladolid thanks to a goal from Fausto Rossi in the first minutes of the match. After the game, Xavi Hernández admitted his team played poorly: "It was a tough game, we didn’t find the right dynamic. We were a bit better at the beginning of the second half, but our aim was off."

Tata Martino: We lacked ideas but not attitude | FC Barcelona
"The team lacked ideas but not intensity. We completely failed in generating play and that’s what stopped us from getting the result," explained Tata Martino after this afternoon’s defeat away to Valladolid. The FC Barcelona manager added: "We lacked what makes us Barça: good elaboration in our build-up, finding spaces, breaking through on the wings and having depth. But we didn’t lack attitude."

'Fans who don't trust Barca can get off the boat' - Dani Alves - Goal.com
"We will fight as long as there's a chance of us winning La Liga," Alves told reporters. "Those who cannot trust in us should get off the boat. "Our feelings are like those of having lost La Liga in the dressing room. It impacts our chances very negatively, but we will continue to fight.

Javier Mascherano makes his 100th appearance for FC Barcelona in La Liga | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano has played 100 La Liga games in the FC Barcelona strip, his most recent match was this Saturday against Valladolid at Nuevo José Zorrilla. The Argentinian arrived to FC Barcelona from Liverpool in 2010. His first league match for the Blaugrana was at home against Hércules – the match ended in a 0-2 defeat.

Xavi tells Daily Mail that FC Barcelona are as strong as ever | FC Barcelona
Today’s edition of the Daily Mail features an exclusive interview with Xavi Hernandez, in which the questions are asked by former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher. Among other things, the Barça midfielder was quizzed about the current situation at Barça, Spain’s World Cup hopes and his plans for the future.

Unbelievably bad Barcelona give Man City a glimmer of hope | Pitchside - Yahoo Eurosport UK
In a football universe governed by logic, a team could not go into a second leg against Barcelona, trailing 2-0, possessed with anything over than a profound sense of fatalism, but if Manchester City were desperately casting around for a glimmer of hope, the Catalans’ utterly bemusing 1-0 defeat to Real Valladolid on Saturday may just have provided it.

FC Barcelona v Manchester City tickets on sale from Monday | FC Barcelona
On Monday at 10.00 AM CET, tickets will go on sale for the Champions League game between FC Barcelona and Manchester City (Wednesday 12, 8.45 PM CET). These are the seats released by the Seient Lliure system and are only for sale to Barça supporters.

Atletico top after Villa brace | Sky Sports Football
Two quickfire second-half goals from David Villa lifted Atletico Madrid to the top of the Primera Division standings with a 2-0 victory at Celta Vigo on Saturday evening. With Barcelona having suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid earlier in the day and Real Madrid not in action until Sunday, Diego Simeone's side headed into the game at Balaidos knowing a win would put them at the summit.

Yellow Submarine upset at Granada | ESPNFC.com
First half goals from Fran Rico and Youssef El Arabi gave a dominant Granada a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Villarreal on Saturday evening. Rico scored from the penalty spot midway through the first period and then provided El Arabi with a key pass so the Moroccan could double the lead 10 minutes later.

Welcome win for Betis | Sky Sports Football
Rock bottom Real Betis claimed their fourth Primera Division win of the season as they secured a 2-0 victory against Getafe. Struggling Betis took the lead in the 16th minute through Leo Baptistao before Ruben Castro made sure of the points before half-time.

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