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FC Barcelona News: 11 October 2011; Spanish Cup Dates Set, David Villa Praises Lionel Messi

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Andres Iniesta really likes to play against Barcelona's next opponent.
Andres Iniesta really likes to play against Barcelona's next opponent.

First leg of Spanish Cup for November 9th | FCBarcelona.cat
This morning, the Spanish Federation published the dates for the two legs of the last 32 of the Spanish Cup. Barça will play on November 9th, whilst Atletico Madrid and Seville will play on December 8th, with the other games set for 13th December.

Villa - Messi has improved me | Sky Sports
Villa, who arrived at Camp Nou from Valencia in summer 2010, scored 23 goals for Barca in all competitions on his debut season. The Spaniard has also netted six times for the European champions already this season and he credits much of his success to playing with two-time World Player of the Year Messi.

Racing are Iniesta’s favourite victims | FCBarcelona.cat
Scoring goals isn’t really Andres’ main function, but he chalked up eight last season, seven in the league and one against Shaktar in the Champions League, his best total so far. Two of those league goals came against Racing Santander, the second season on the run that he has scored against them.

Spain's Sergio Ramos delighted with Carles Puyol return - Goal.com
The Real Madrid right-back's club have had a number of well-publicised fracases with Puyol's side, but Ramos is delighted that the 33-year-old is back in the international fold after recovering from a troublesome knee injury.

Real welcome duo back | Sky Sports
Real Madrid received a double boost on Monday as Portugal international duo Pepe and Fabio Coentrao returned to training. The pair have been unavailable for Jose Mourinho for the past three weeks after picking up injuries in the 1-0 defeat to Levante.

Real Madrid following Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze - report - Goal.com
The 19-year-old sensation has established himself as one of the hottest prospects in Europe since breaking into Borussia Dortmund's senior ranks in 2009. Reports in Spain suggest Madrid will be keeping a close check on the German international before deciding whether to make a move for the player..

Real Madrid have been watching Lille's Eden Hazard, claims agent - Goal.com
John Bico, the agent of Lille attacker Eden Hazard, has stated that Real Madrid are monitoring his client's progress. The 20-year-old has already netted four goals and provided three assists in nine Ligue 1 appearances so far this season.

Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido gets vote of confidence - ESPN Soccernet
Villarreal president Fernando Roig has backed under-fire coach Juan Carlos Garrido to turn round the team's poor early-season form. Villarreal finished fourth in the Primera Division last season but have stumbled out of the blocks this year, winning just one of their opening six league games.

Ángel eyes prompt return | LFP
Villarreal defender Ángel López is close to returning to playing after his long knee injury: "I'm feeling strong and in good spirits. Now I'm feeling good about my recovery and hope to get into tip-top condition as soon as possible to make up for the lost time". The defender suffered his injury in January, but his rehabilitation has taken longer than expected.

Miguel Angel Nada to leave Mallorca - ESPN Soccernet
Miguel Angel Nadal is to leave his position on the Real Mallorca coaching staff, the Primera Division club have announced. The former Spain defender took over interim charge for the 2-2 draw with Osasuna on October 1 before the club unveiled Joaquin Caparros as Michael Laudrup's successor.