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FC Barcelona News: 13 February 2011; Barcelona Slip, Mestalla To Host Cup Final

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Sporting end Barca's run of wins | Eurosport
Poor defending from Gerard Pique and Gabriel Milito let Gijon striker David Barral in to score in the 16th minute at El Molinon before David Villa equalised against his former club with an exquisite chip 10 minutes from time.

February slip ups nothing new | FCBarcelona
February can indeed be the cruelest month for this Barça team, with Saturday night’s draw against Sporting following on from last year’s single league defeat away to Atletico Madrid (14th February) and the three game run without a win against Betis, Espanyol and Atletico Madrid in the same month two seasons ago.

Barcelona Striker David Villa: Sporting Gave Us One Of Our Toughest Games Of The Season | Goal
"I give them credit, they are the team who have given us one of our hardest matches this season, and they have been very tough throughout the game. The crowd deserve a 10 out of 10. "I am glad that we were able to get at least a point, I am happy to be a Barcelona player and this is transmitted into the game."

Guardiola: "We can draw if that’s how it is" | FCBarcelona
Pep Guardiola was unhappy to have to settle for a point, but was pleased at the way his players had battled. The game has served to show Barça are not unbeatable and Guardiola was also impressed with the way Sporting had approached it.

Sporting Coach Manuel Preciado: Our Performance Against Barcelona Deserved More Than One Point | Goal
"For us the point is gold, and our recent performances have been much improved, but I tend to think that to play like that against the best team in the world should be worth a little more than a point. We know that we will fight until the end, to welcome some of the smaller teams here and to also visit some of the great teams."

Arsenal Want €65 Million For Cesc Fabregas - Report | Goal
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal have thus-far managed to hold onto the 23-year-old, and in an attempt to fend off any future suitors have placed a €65m price-tag on his head. Additionally, they will only accept a bid of straight cash, rejecting any offers of a player trade.

Mestalla to host final | Sky Sports
The Spanish Football Federation confirmed that the two clubs had agreed to play the match at the 52,000-capacity ground. Anticipation has been building since the two-legged semi-final ties were concluded earlier this month.

Racing's new Indian owner taking on Barca, Real | Reuters
Racing Santander's new Indian owner believes the club can one day compete with La Liga behemoths Barcelona and Real Madrid and is ready to invest whatever it takes to return the club to European competition.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo: Jose Mourinho Is The Best Coach In The World | Goal
"We'll have to fight to the end. Barcelona are very strong, but so are we. We are going to fight." "I think we are going to win the Copa del Rey final. We have to think we will; it would be better to stay home if we didn't. Barcelona are a great team, but we will do everything we can to win the Copa.

Real Madrid Assistant Coach Aitor Karanka: Jose Mourinho Is Not Prioritising Champions League Over La Liga | Goal
Mourinho passed media duties onto his assistant, and fielding questions ahead of the crucial Primera Division meeting with Espanyol, Karanka claimed that his presence at the press conference does not mean that the coach is now more focused on European fixtures.

Aranburu and Sutil return | LFP
Real Sociedad coach Martín Lasarte revealed his squad list for Sunday's match against Osasuna. The big news was the return of skipper Mikel Aranburu and midfielder Paco Sutil while suspension keeps out Xabi Prieto and Mikel Labaka is ruled out for tactical reasons.

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