Yesterday FC Barcelona recorded another comfortable victory at the Camp Nou, but the win would have been sweeter if another Barcelona player didn't have to leave the pitch due to a hamstring injury. Gerard Pique's pull isn't as serious as the tears Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanxhez have to deal with, but the amount of hamstring injuries is worrying. Barca said they expect to deal with 25 injuries of this type in the season, but if this pace continues that number will be greatly exceeded.
Cruyff: All great teams have home-grown players... otherwise they end up like City and Tevez | Mail Online
Johan Cruyff remembers the first time he set eyes on Pep Guardiola. The scrawny teenager was playing in Barcelona's youth team and Cruyff had just been appointed first-team manager at the club. 'He was a boy and the people said to me, "Oh, he's one of the best".
Milestone for Messi in Barca win - Yahoo! Eurosport
Messi drew level with the Hungarian - who starred for Barca between 1950 and 1961 - when scoring twice against BATE Borisov before the international break, but the 24-year-old is now clear on his own as Barca's second greatest goalscorer - behind only Cesar Rodriguez, whose tally of 235 he moves inexorably closer to.
Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara: Getting the three points against Racing Santander is most important - Goal.com
Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara has attempted to divert the focus to their 3-0 win over Racing Santander in La Liga, claiming that it is the three points that are most important, not the state of their treatment table.
Twenty-one goals in four home wins for Barcelona - but Racing were defeated before stepping out at Camp Nou - Goal.com
But, moments of Messi genius aside, this was far from vintage Barca in comparison to their own high standards, and yet the result was never in doubt. Unless opposing sides begin to believe in themselves, it's difficult to foresee anything other than a slew of big Barca wins at Camp Nou across the rest of the season.
Barca's Pique out for two weeks - Yahoo! Eurosport
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will be out for around 15 days with a hamstring strain. The Spanish international, who has had an injury-interrupted start to the season, limped out of Barca's 3-0 La Liga victory over Racing Santander after only eight minutes.
Barcelona to wear lighter shirts against Racing Santander - Goal.com
Pep Guardiola's side struggled with the problem in their 5-0 victory over Atletico Madrid three weeks ago, with heavy rain also adding to the problem. However, the team's kit manufacturer have now changed the fabric of the shirt to correct the problem for the La Liga and Champions League winners.