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FC Barcelona News: 18 February 2011; Messi Forgets How To Score, Barcelona Looking To Bounce Back

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Messi’s goals back soon | FCBarcelona
This is the first time this season that Messi has gone two games in which he’s played the full 90 minutes without a goal. Messi missed out in El Molinon and at the Emirates, but the figures seem to ensure that he’ll soon be back on the scoresheet –watch out Bilbao!

History on Barça’s side | FCBarcelona
Coming back from the 2-1 defeat in London certainly isn’t impossible for Guardiola’s men and the Club’s history has plenty of examples of similar comebacks. Since the Club first took part in European games in 1955, they have faced a 2-1 deficit from the first leg on five occasions and in three of them they have come through the tie.

Group stage shows the way forward | FCBarcelona
Barça have a job on their hands to turn round the result from London, that’s true, but Wenger, Cesc and co know what Guardiola’s team can do at home and the memories of last year’s thrashing must still be fresh in their minds. 90 minutes at the Nou Camp can seem like an eternity when you are on the receiving end of one of Barça’s exhibitions and trying to hold onto a result.

Spanish Inquisition: Barcelona Must Bounce Back Against Athletic Bilbao, Or Real Madrid Will Be Smelling Blood | Goal
Barcelona's away draw last week with a fearless, resolute Sporting side followed by Real Madrid's narrow victory over Barca's city rivals Espanyol has seen that gap closed to just five points. If seven points is home and dry, then five points is still surely a safe bet, right? Wrong.

Arsenal Captain Cesc Fabregas Hails Bracelona Game As The Best He's Ever Played In | Goal
The win was Arsenal's first over their Spanish opponents in six attempts and will boost the confidence within the squad ahead of the second leg. Fabregas appreciates the one-goal lead but is uncertain as to whether or not the advantage will help them dispose of the team he believes are the best in football history'.

Facts and figures from the Arsenal game | FCBarcelona
The game at the Emirates lived up to expectations and although the Gunners won the match, it was Barça who dominated the stats.

Bojan: “Guardiola is making me a better player” | FCBarcelona
In a wide ranging interview, the young Barça striker accepted the difficulty of establishing a place in the team: “obviously the best moment for a player is when he’s getting lots of game time and enjoying himself on the pitch. It’s not like that for me right now, but I’ll continue to fight to try and achieve the happiness that will bring me”.

Marcelo: I would take Pedro over Messi | ESPN
Pedro has not claimed the headlines that his more senior team-mates have, but has been in fine form alongside Messi and David Villa in Barcelona's three-pronged attack and has bagged 12 goals in 23 starts for the club this season.

Real Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho Celebrates Nine Years Since Last Home League Defeat | Goal
The Portuguese coach last tasted defeat domestically during his spell in charge of Porto, on February 23, 2002 when Beira Mar overcame the Dragons courtesy of a 3-2 victory, and since that encounter, Mourinho has notched 147 league games without loss, through spells at Chelsea, Inter, and now Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho Expects Big Improvements At Real Madrid Next Season | Goal
"The natural development of a team suggests that there will not be titles at the beginning. It's a long cycle which will hopefully lead to many great victories. Next season I expect much more than we have produced this year from the team. Myself and the players are now thinking alike and producing the same philosophy of the game I want," said the Blancos coach.

Milan To Use Alexandre Pato To Lure Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos To San Siro - Report | Goal
Corriere dello Sport have today reported that under-fire los Blancos striker Karim Benzema will be out of the Santiago Bernabeu door come the summer, meaning Pato's diminished status at Milan could pave the way for a swap deal with the 24-year-old versatile Spaniard to satisfy both clubs' needs.

Athletic still flying flag for Basque country | Eurosport
Alongside Barca and Real Madrid they are one of three teams never to have been relegated from the top flight. That proud record has been in danger in recent years, partly because of the self-imposed rule which makes Athletic unique in world football - they only use Basque players.

Mallorca Striker Pierre Webo Rejoins Training Following Ankle Injury | Goal
The Cameroon international scored the winning goal against Athletic Bilbao last weekend, but has been suffering from discomfort in his left ankle, and appeared to be a doubt for the match.

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