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FC Barcelona News: 26 February 2011; Barcelona To Play Last Game In February, Guardiola Confident

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Barcelona's Black Month: February Is Never Kind To Pep Guardiola And His Players | Goal
Their unadulatered dominance in recent times means that a month that includes two consecutive matches without victory triggers alarm bells, but under the charge of Pep Guardiola, the Blaugrana's invincibility has generally came under most scrutiny in February. Injuries become more predominant, and expected wins become surprise scorelines.

More epic than ever | FCBarcelona
After a rare week without any midweek football, Barça have a packed schedule from now on with games every three or four days. And there is very little room for error. Mallorca is the first test, but after that they have another tough away trip to Valencia, and then entertain Zaragoza and Arsenal before going to Sevilla and the Sanchez Pizjuán. That’s quite some schedule.

Real Mallorca Coach Michael Laudrup Believes Barcelona Will Win La Liga | Goal
"I believe they will be champions because they have more points and will be able to slip up several times, unlike Madrid," he told Sport. However, the Danish legend added, "I've been in Spanish football for 20 years and I've never seen a title decided at the end of January or in February. It will be decided in May."

Guardiola: “We are who we are and I’m sure we’ll respond” | FCBarcelona
The Barça manager know that titles are won by the full squads and not just a handful of individuals. So although FC Barcelona are going to Mallorca without any of Valdés, Puyol, Jeffren, Xavi or Alves, Guardiola is not losing any sleep. “We are going to Mallorca with the players we have, and I think I have a lot more faith than other people do … we are who we are and I am confident that they’ll respond”.

Pep Guardiola Is More Suited To Barcelona Than Jose Mourinho - President Sandro Rosell | Goal
"Every day that goes by, I like our model more, and I like it even better with Pep," Rosell told Tv3. "We are delighted to have him here. Pep represents Barca sentimentally, while Mourinho only represents Madrid professionally. And Mourinho is a lot more expensive than Pep."

Walcott 'unlikely' for Barca clash | Eurosport
"I would say today it is very unlikely he will be fit for the second leg of the Barcelona game. I imagine the worst so maybe I will be surprised in a positive way but I just give you my gut feeling at the moment."

Manchester City Target Daniel Alves And Gregory Van Der Wiel For Summer Defensive Swoop | Goal
“Dani is one of the best defenders in the world and the big clubs desire his services,” said the agent Joaquin Macanas recently. “We only ask that Barca value him in reality for his work and development during these years.”

Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola: I Don't Receive Preferential Treatment From The Media | Goal
The tactician addressed the media today ahead of Saturday evening’s Primera Division fixture against Mallorca, and responded to recent remarks from Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho that he is ‘protected’ by the press.

Wenger firm on Toral deal | Sky Sports
Barca president Sandro Rosell described the Gunners' approach for the 16-year-old prodigy as "a little immoral" in the Spanish press, with Toral set to follow in the footsteps of current Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas.

Argentina Legend Diego Maradona To Be Represented By Jorge Mendes; Wants To Coach In Spain | Goal
Maradona, who coached Argentina in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa in the summer, also revealed his intention to manage a club in Spain and told Madrid-based sports daily Marca, "My desire [to coach] remains intact and I believe I could do it in Spain.

Antonio Cassano: Only Barcelona's Lionel Messi Is Better Than Milan's Alexandre Pato | Goal
"Only one player is greater than him, Messi. Both would compliment each other and it would be exceptional to see them in the same team."

Injury blow for Canales | LFP
Real Madrid's young attacking midfielder Sergio Canales was injured during Friday's training session and was excluded from the Real Madrid list for Saturday's game against Deportivo in Riazor. Apart from Canales, Sami Khedira, who was injured during training on Wednesday, and Gonzalo Higuaín, who has a long-term injury, are also absent from the list.

Muscle fatigue rules out Kanouté | LFP
Sevilla striker Frederic Kanouté is the main absentee from Gregorio Manzano's side who face Atlético on Saturday. The Malian player is suffering from fatigue in his right soleus muscle. Palop, Romaric and Cáceres are also excluded as they are all recovering from injuries.

Ancelotti plays down Drogba/Kaka swap | ESPN
Ancelotti has been linked with the former AC Milan midfielder, who has struggled to adapt to life in Spain, while Drogba is being repeatedly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after the £50 million purchase of Fernando Torres.

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