Here we go again with the injuries. It has just been reported that Andres Iniesta has a thigh problem and won't be making the trip to Italy for the Champions League clash against AC Milan. The move is a precautionary one, but Iniesta will be sorely missed on the pitch. Daniel Alves is also staying behind, but he's staying in Barcelona because he received an automatic one game suspension for too many yellow cards. In happier news, Rafinha officially signed his new FC Barcelona contract until 2014. The buyout clause is set at €12 million, but it jumps to €30 million for 2013/2014 season.
Puyol: "The Milan game is the one we all want to play in" | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol was excellent against Zaragoza on Saturday at the Camp Nou. Not only did he score the third of the four Barça goals (min 53), but he played the whole 90 minutes of the game, making it clear that he's improving from the injury problems he's been suffering in recent months.
Messi has scored 46% of Barça's goals in the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Villarreal 5-0, Osasuna 8-0, Athletico Madrid 5-0, Racing Santander 3-0, Sevilla 0-0, Mallorca 5-0, and Zaragoza 4-0. These are the seven League games that Barça have played at the Camp Nou. 6 wins and a draw, with a balance of 30 goals for and 0 against. It's a record for the first seven matches of a League competition.
Barca will re-sign Abidal - Soccerway
Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bertomeu said the renewal of Eric Abidal's contract is just a matter of time. The France international's current deal with the Camp Nou outfit runs out at the end of the season, with negotiations over a new deal so far proving fruitless.
AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I knew that I'd left the best team in the world when I said farewell to Barcelona - Goal.com
"It will be a very exciting, fantastic game. We will be playing against the best team in the world, without doubt. Even when I left the team, I knew I'd left the best team in the world," Ibrahimovic said to uefa.com.
Barcelona are a conniving bunch of two-faced chisellers | Mail Online
If Tottenham Hotspur confront Rosell, however, he will play the wide-eyed innocent and claim he only said Barcelona wouldn’t buy Bale, not that they would. Clever, isn’t it? Barcelona boast of being more than a club and this is true. They’re also a conniving bunch of two-faced chisellers wrapped in a cloak of sanctimonious drivel.
Barcelona's Rafinha: It would be incredible to play alongside my brother Thiago - Goal.com
Barcelona youngster Rafinha is looking forward to playing alongside his older brother Thiago Alcantara in the Catalans' first team. The 18-year-old Rafinha recently made his first team debut for the Blaugrana in the 1-0 Copa del Rey win over Hospitalet and is hoping for more playing time in the future.
Valencia have no Rami plans | Sky Sports
Rami agreed a deal with Valencia last January, but finished the season on loan at former club Lille before moving to the Mestalla on a four-year contract in the summer. He has reportedly been watched by scouts from Premier League champions United in recent weeks, but Valencia are not worried about losing Rami.
Torres shock for Getafe | LFP
Getafe left-back Miguel Torres gave cause for concern after suffering a collision during Sunday’s meeting with Sporting. The defender clashed with an opponent and had to be carried off the pitch on a stretcher and wearing a surgical collar. Torres suffered short-term memory loss and was rushed to hospital for tests.
Granada await RFEF verdict after crowd trouble - ESPN Soccernet
The disciplinary committee of the RFEF will meet on Monday to decide what action to take. The most recent incidents have seen the offending club either penalised with the loss of the game or the remaining minutes being played behind closed doors. It is most likely that Mallorca will be handed a 3-0 victory and Granada will be fined.