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FC Barcelona News: 29 January 2011; Guardiola Expects Tough Game, Xavi Speaks and Much More

Guardiola: "It's one of the toughest trips we have left" | FCBarcelona
Manager Pep Guardiola hasn't forgotten that Hercules is the only team that has beaten Barça in the league this season. He feels that a win in Alicante would be a major boost to the team. Guardiola learned an important lesson when they lost their second game of the 2010/11 season to Hercules at the Camp Nou.

Rico Pérez, a tough destination for Barça | FCBarcelona
Barça do not have the best of records at the Rico Pérez. A glance back at the history books shows that they have only won 6 of their 19 league games played at the Hercules ground. The defeat in 96/97 was the one that hurt the most. Josep Guardiola was quite right to say that Saturday's trip to Alicante won't be an easy one . History is against them.

Pedro Warns Barcelona Against Complacency | Goal
Barcelona attacker Pedro believes that the Bluagrana should not take Hercules lightly when the two sides confront each other this weekend.

Barça visit their only conquerors | FCBarcelona
Barça and Hercules meet again. The only side FCB has lost to in the league this season. The previous meeting produced perhaps the biggest shock of the tournament so far. It came on the second match day, September 11th, when newly promoted Hercules stunned the defending champions to the tune of a 2-0 win at the Camp Nou.

Xavi: Cesc's dream is to join Barca | Eurosport
The 31-year-old claimed that his fellow Spain international wants to return to the club where he was raised as a youth player before joining the Gunners aged 16.

Lionel Messi Is A Level Above Andres Iniesta And Me - Barcelona Star Xavi | Goal
"Leo is above both Andres and me. He is the best in the world and arguably one of the top five in the history of football."

Real Madrid Are Always Dangerous, With Or Without Emmanuel Adebayor - Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola | Goal
Speaking to the media today ahead of tomorrow's match in Alicante against Hercules, Guardiola said of the Togolese forward: "He is a very good player, but for me Madrid are always dangerous, with or without Adebayor.

Eric Abidal On Verge Of Agreeing Contract Extension At Barcelona - Report | Goal
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is on the verge of agreeing a one-year extension to his current contract at the Camp Nou. The French stopper's current deal with the Catalan giants expires in the summer of 2012, but coach Pep Guardiola has been keen to tie down the former Lyon man to a longer deal.

Barcelona Defender Carles Puyol Claims Knee Injury Is 'Getting Better' | Goal
Barcelona defender Carles Puyol has claimed that the tendonitis problem that is currently keeping him sidelined is "getting better" with each passing day. The Spanish international stopper had to be replaced during Saturday's comfortable win over Racing, complaining of pain in his left knee.

Alves declared fit for Alicante | FCBarcelona
Dani Alves has recovered from his muscle injury and has been included in the squad that faces Hercules on Saturday. Bojan is out with stomach bug and Barça B's Nolito and Fontàs are also named.

No English offers for Alves | Sky Sports
Dani Alves' agent insists there have no been approaches from Premier League clubs for his client. The Barcelona defender is reported to have attracted interest from England, with Chelsea and Manchester City strongly linked with a move.

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