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FC Barcelona News: 9 December 2011; El Clasico Rules in the Press, Mourinho Won't Take Press Conference

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Will Pep remain unbeaten at the Bernabeu?
Will Pep remain unbeaten at the Bernabeu?

Josep Guardiola has never lost at the Bernabeu | FC Barcelona
The Bernabéu has been pretty good to Josep Guardiola. At the eternal rivals' ground, Pep hasn't lost in five visits. The balance is more than positive, with three wins and two draws. If you only take into account the League matches, it's also really positive: two wins and a draw.

Lionel Messi, seven goals at the Santiago Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi returns to one of the stadiums that he loves to score in, the Santiago Bernabéu. He has scored seven goals in his last five visits to Real Madrid's stadium, and he has a total of 13 goals in 15 games against ‘Los Blancos,’ a goal every 104.5 minutes.

Johan Cruyff: Clasico not title decider for Barcelona, Real Madrid - ESPN Soccernet
But Cruyff, who won the league with Barcelona once as a player and four times as a manager, believes there are plenty of twists and turns ahead, no matter what the result at the Bernabeu on Saturday night. "The favourite to win? I can only say that Barcelona always play to win against Madrid," Cruyff told AS. "We'll see on Saturday who comes out victorious.

Philosophy clash in Clasico - Yahoo! Eurosport
The most dangerous team without the ball, counter-attack kings Real Madrid, host lords of possession Barcelona on Saturday in a titanic clash of footballing philosophies.The world's two richest clubs by income will lock horns for an eighth time since Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho took the helm at the Bernabeu a year and a half ago and they could be forgiven for being sick of the sight of each other.

Frank Isola: Barcelona with Cristiano Ronaldo would never lose - Yahoo! Sports
The one thing most can agree upon is that Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, by way of Portugal, and Barcelona’s Messi, by way or Argentina, are the two best footballers in the world. Their respective club teams are rich and powerful and when either player has the ball at his feet they strike fear into the opposition.

Robinho - Neymar suits Barca | Sky Sports
AC Milan forward Robinho has advised friend and compatriot Neymar to choose Barcelona over Real Madrid when he decides which club to join. "He should go to Barcelona, without doubt, because his style of play would suit them much more," Robinho is quoted as saying by Sport.

Mourinho to prove power shift - Yahoo! Eurosport
Real's form ahead of the clash that could go a long way to deciding the title has been hugely impressive. They have won their last 10 league games -- and their last 15 in all competitions, equalling a club record -- and lead Barca by three points with roughly a third of the season played and with a game in hand.

Aitor Karanka takes Jose Mourinho's place at press conference ahead of Real Madrid's Clasico clash with Barcelona - Goal.com
The Portuguese coach will be replaced by his assistant Aitor Karanka at the press gathering at the Ciudad Real Madrid, which will take place after Friday morning's training. It's not yet known why Mourinho has decided to let Karanka do the talking at the press conference, but it's not the first time that the former Inter boss has opted to do so.

Copa del Rey round-up | Sky Sports
Atletico Madrid have work to do in the second leg of their tie against Albacete after losing 2-1 away from home, while Athletic Bilbao beat Real Oviedo 1-0. Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano decided to rest most of his first-choice players for the first leg of their fourth-round clash, and third-tier Albacete took full advantage to pick up an impressive victory.

For more on El Clasico, check out the SBNation coverage of Real Madrid vs Barcelona

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