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FC Barcelona News: 2 February 2011; Barcelona Aiming For Final, Real Madrid Tired and More

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Objective: another final | FCBarcelona
Barça go out to defend a convincing 5-0 first leg win over Almeria as they seek to qualify for yet another final. Guardiola is taking his full squad, and only the injured Puyol, Jeffren and Iniesta have no chance of playing.

Pinto and Keita: cup regulars | FCBarcelona
Pinto has started every cup game this season, and Keita has started four. No other member of the squad has appeared in every game. Pep Guardiola has always insisted that for a squad to work, all of the players should get their chance to play and feel they are making a contribution to the collective effort.

Whole squad heading for Almeria | FCBarcelona
All of the first team players, even the injured ones, will be travelling to the Juegos Mediterraneos Stadium on Wednesday for the cup semi final second leg against Almeria, hopefully to celebrate passage to the Copa del Rey final.

Almeria Coach Jose Luis Oltra Jokes: We Have Practiced Penalties Ahead Of Cup Visit From Barcelona | Goal
Almeria coach Jose Luis Oltra addressed the media yesterday ahead of tonight’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Barcelona, and joked that his team have been practicing penalties, despite trailing 5-0 from the first match at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona And Manchester City Are Among The European Giants Tracking Esporte Clube Vitoria Teenager Arthur Maia - Report | Goal
Esporte Clube Vitoria Bahia youngster Arthur Maia has been linked with a move to Barcelona among several other big clubs in Europe, according to In Brazil the 18-year-old is regarded as a huge talent with bags of potential due to a suprising turn of speed, great vision and technical ability.

Guardiola: "There is no point thinking about the treble in January" | FCBarcelona
First, he made it very clear that the league is anything but won, despite Madrid faltering in Pamplona to leave FC Barcelona seven points clear at the top of the table: "7 is better than 4 and 4 is better than 2, but there are still 51 points to play for. There’s a lot left".

Messi aiming to be top scorer | FCBarcelona
Other achievements may have overshadowed this, but Leo Messi is currently the leading goalscorer in the Copa del Rey with seven goals, one more than fellow Argentinian Ulloa (Almeria) and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (Madrid).

A perfect January | FCBarcelona
Barça have played a massive nine official matches in January. The draw at the Camp Nou against Mallorca seems a long time ago now, and many sports papers have started describing Pep Guardiola’s team as simply unbeatable.

Sevilla Coach Gregorio Manzano: We Can Defeat Real Madrid To Reach Copa Del Rey Final |Goal
Gregorio Manzano has told the media today that he feels his Sevilla team have the capability of overturning their first leg deficit against Real Madrid and qualify for the Copa del Rey final. Los Nervionenses trail 1-0 courtesy of a Karim Benzema goal in the meeting at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last week.

Fixture pile-up taking its toll | Eurosport
Real Madrid are not mentally prepared for a hectic fixture programme at this time of year following early exits from the Champions League and King's Cup in recent seasons, according to coach Jose Mourinho.

Osasuna Striker Walter Pandiani: Cristiano Ronaldo Has A Screw Loose | Goal
Osasuna striker Walter Pandiani has branded Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo "cocky" and claimed that the Portuguese "has a screw loose". Both players were involved in an altercation during Los Rojillos’ 1-0 victory at the Reyno de Navarra on Sunday evening, which extended into a confrontation after the final whistle.

Real Madrid Duo Pedro Leon And Fernando Gago Involved In Training Ground Altercation - Report | Goal
Marca comments that Leon was displeased by a vigorous challenge from his Argentine compatriot during a bounce match, which left the winger in pain, and subsequently the pair exchanged  insults.

Tottenham 'bid £35m for Rossi' | Eurosport
Redknapp spent most of Monday at the club's training ground hoping to land a big name to add to a strikeforce that has struggled in front of goal in the Barclays Premier League this term.

Real Madrid Tried To Sign Napoli's Edinson Cavani - Report | Goal
Napoli rejected a last-minute attempt from Real Madrid who were eager to sign Edinson Cavani. Il Mattino reports Jose Mourinho made a serious move to sign the 23-year-old Uruguayan international on the final day of the transfer window after seeing him in action against Sampdoria as he smashed in a hat-trick.

Atletico Madrid's David De Gea: I Have Yet To Be Offered A Contract Extension | Goal
The 20-year-old shot stopper has established himself as the first-choice in goal for los Colchoneros in the past twelve months, forcing former number one Sergio Asenjo to go out on loan to Malaga to seek first-team football.


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