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FC Barcelona News: 31 October 2011; Alexis Sanchez Travels to Czech Republic, Levante Lose

Alexis is back!
Alexis is back!

As I mentioned yesterday in the Weekly Review, Alexis Sanchez is back with the team and will make the trip to the Czech Republic. While, at the moment, it is still unknown if he will be in the 18-man squad for the game against Viktoria Plzeň, this is a good sign for FC Barcelona and Pep Guardiola as Alexis will surely ease the burden on youngsters like Isaac Cuenca and Gerard Deulofeu. Alexis' techique was sorely missed against teams that parked the (air)bus in front of the goal and having the young winger back will prove to be a enormous boost now that Pedro is out with an injury and David Villa is struggling.

"We know that we can’t always win 5-0" |
After over 150 appearances with the first team, Sergio Busquets already seems like a veteran when discussing these exhibitions by the team and is calling for caution: "We’ve got people so used to winning. We know that we can’t always win 5-0. The main thing is to know what we’re doing well and what we’re not, and try and improve.

Injury doubt Alexis travels to Prague |
Alexis Sánchez has been added to the squad for the first time since picking up his muscle injury on 10th September. He will travel to Prague on Monday despite not yet having been given the all clear by Club doctors. The players will train on Monday in the Eden Stadium and then a decision will be taken on the South American star’s fitness.

Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo Head-To-Head: Leo extends lead over CR7 in Pichichi race -
October was a roller-coaster month for Messi. His saved penalty against Sevilla and a three-game goal drought (two in La Liga and one in the Champions League) prompted cries of crisis in the media. But was there really a crisis?

Dani Alves: The media try to destabilise Barcelona, but nothing will affect us -
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has made it clear that media criticism cannot destabilise the Champions League holders as he feels nothing can affect them. The Catalans' form has been questioned in recent weeks after a goalless draw against Sevilla and a narrow 1-0 win over Granada.

'Spain are naturally favourites at Euro 2012, but then come Germany,' says Thomas Strunz -
"Spain are naturally favourites, but then come Germany. Behind them come teams like England, Italy, and the Netherlands. All have great players, but are not as strong as Germany."

Manuel Pellegrini has no doubts about Malaga 'project' - ESPN Soccernet
After bringing in nearly €60 million worth of new talent over the summer, Malaga had been expected to mount a serious challenge in La Liga, with a place in next season's Champions League thought to be the minimum requirement set out by billionaire owner Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Thani.

Osasuna halt Levante, Atletico win - ESPN Soccernet
Shock La Liga pacesetters Levante suffered their first defeat of the season, 2-0 to Osasuna, as they dropped into third place after wins for Real Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday. Osasuna's Alvaro Cejudo smashed in the first in the 40th minute and it was not long before the second arrived in somewhat scrappy fashion from Nino.

Athletic hit by injuries | LFP
The game between Athletic and Sporting ended up with several of Marcelo Bielsa's players nursing injuries. David López, Borja Ekiza and De Marcos all needed attention from the club's doctors at the end of the game, owing to all problems they all suffered during the match.

Villarreal's Marcos Senna ruled out of Manchester City clash -
Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido will have to make do without the services of experienced midfielder Marcos Senna in Wednesday's Champions League game at home against Manchester City after the former Spain international picked up an injury.

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