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FC Barcelona News: 3 February; Barcelona, Real Madrid Earn Spot In Final, Andrés Iniesta Back In Training

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Barcelona coast to Copa del Rey final | Eurosport
Barcelona booked their place in the Copa del Ray final with a comfortable 3-0 win over Almeria at the Juegos Mediterraneos to seal a comprehensive 8-0 aggregate victory over two legs.

Real set up Barcelona Copa final | Eurosport
On a night when Real missed a glut of chances, Mesut Ozil’s goal eight minutes from time and an injury-time effort from substitute Emmanuel Adebayor proved enough to send Jose Mourinho’s men into the April 20 showdown.

Barça’s 35th Copa del Rey final | FCBarcelona
Barça, the team that has won the trophy the most times, are into their 35th Copa del Rey final. For coach Pep Guardiola this is already his seventh final since taking his place on the bench, and his second appearance in the domestic cup final.

Andoni Zubizarreta tips Ibrahim Afellay for bright Barcelona future after scoring first goal for club | Goal
"Afellay offers Barcelona many new options and we will provide him the opportunity to play. He is very dangerous when he breaks into the opponents' penalty area and generally has a great impact on the game. He will do well if he continues to evolve," Zubizarreta was quoted as saying by Sport.es.

The Mestalla Is Preferred Venue For Real Madrid - Barcelona Copa Del Rey Final | Goal
Valencia’s Mestalla stadium is the leading candidate to host the 2011 Copa del Rey final, to be played on April 20 between Barcelona and Real Madrid, but both the Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabeu are being considered as alternatives.

Adriano: "I’m delighted with the final and the goal" | FCBarcelona
"I am pleased that we have qualified for the final, for the job done by the team, and to have scored. We got what we wanted out of a great game" said the FC Barcelona star after it was over. But he knows that they still have to "work and work a bit more."

Iniesta back in training | FCBarcelona
Midfielder Andrés Iniesta was back in training this morning with the rest of the squad for the first time this week, after he’d been laid up with a back sprain picked up during last weekend’s win over Hercules.

Almeria Coach Jose Luis Oltra Pleased With Record-Breaking Copa Del Rey Run | Goal
"The Copa has allowed us to escape our league classification, and we have enjoyed it more, which is why we have done so well. But now, we must refocus. This match should not cause us any problems because everyone did well.

Sevilla Striker Alvaro Negredo: My Goal Against Real Madrid Was Legal | Goal
The former Merengue scored a neat lob midway through the opening 45 minutes, only to be flagged by the assistant referee, despite replays showing him to be level with the last defender.

Barcelona Spokesman Toni Freixa Hopeful Of Progression In Contract Negotiations With Pep Guardiola And Dani Alves | Goal
Barcelona’s board spokesman Toni Freixa has briefly discussed the protracted contract negotiations with Pep Guardiola and Dani Alves, maintaining that the club are confident of reaching an agreement with both individuals.

Barcelona monitor Brazil Under-20 stars Neymar & Lucas - report | Goal
The stellar performances of Brazil duo Neymar and Lucas in the South American Under-20 Championships have attracted attention from across the Atlantic, with Barcelona reportedly keeping close tabs on the pair's exploits in Peru.

Arsenal Plan Summer Swoop For Barcelona Youth Team Players Sergi Samper & Ballester Pol - Report | Goal
Samper and Pol are currently in Barcelona's youth academy but seem to have made names for themselves already, with talkSPORT now reporting that the Gunners are ready to lure the duo to north London at the end of the season.

Liga's lesser lights struggle to compete | Eurosport
If you take away the big two, wages in Spain fall away sharply. Valencia used to be able to enter the ring with the heavyweights. The disparities have always been huge, but in 2007 their annual budget was €120m to Barça's €290m. Valencia's budget has stayed the same, while Barça's is €450 million and Madrid's even more.

Ramon Calderon: The Current Situation At Real Madrid Is A Powderkeg Waiting To Go Off | Goal
“The situation is a revolt, and there are unnecessary confrontations. The current president’s policy, to prove that he is smarter, taller and more handsome than anyone else, brings problems.

Zaragoza Reach Preliminary Agreement To Sell Club To Dubai Consortium - Report | Goal
It is understood that the group have offered €3 million to assume control along with guarantees that they will service the club’s debt, which is believed to be in the region of €130 million.

Atlético can beat Barça, he insists | LFP
Atlético de Madrid winger Juanfran Torres believes that his side can come away from Saturday's meeting with Barcelona with all three points.

Torres hails Levante progress | LFP
Levante midfielder Xavi Torres praised the team for taking maximum points from their last Liga BBVA outing against Getafe and told reporters that he hopes the side can string together a run of similar results.

Racing drop Zigic interest | Sky Sports
Racing Santander have declared they will not look to re-sign Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic as a replacement for the injured Oscar Serrano.

Dos Santos seizes Racing chance | LFP
The 21-year-old said that returning to the Liga BBVA is a chance not to be missed. "This is a huge opportunity for me and I have to make the most of it. I am completely focused on my football and outside of that is not something that I am worried about. I have come here to work and deliver the goods," he said.

Hercules Loanee Royston Drenthe Misses Training With Suspected Thigh Problem | Goal
Marca reports that the Dutchman claimed to be in discomfort and immediately vacated the field, returning straight to the dressing room.

Sprain sidelines Antonio Tomás | LFP
Deportivo midfielder Antonio Tomás was subjected to an MRI scan on Wednesday which detected a sprain to his left hamstring. The player picked up the injury during Saturday's meeting with Sevilla and underwent tests after the game at the Riazor

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