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FC Barcelona News: 4 February 2011; Mascherano Speaks, Barcelona The Indestructible

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 01:  Argentina's captain Javier Mascherano speaks to the media on June 1, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 01: Argentina's captain Javier Mascherano speaks to the media on June 1, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Mascherano: "There are important games before the final" | FCBarcelona
The Argentinean midfielder made it clear that: "there’re still two months to go to the final. We’re very happy, but there are important games to play before then, starting with the game against Atletico Madrid this Saturday". Although he admitted that the possibility of a game against Madrid is clearly an exciting prospect.

Former Real Madrid Striker Ivan Zamorano Claims Barcelona Are Indestructible | Goal
"Barcelona is a team that does not forgive. All the major teams suffer ups and downs, and what is happening to Real Madrid is due to an imbalance of the whole team. We all thought it would be a great because of the strength showed at the start of the season, until the defeat to Barcelona.

Barcelona Have What It Takes To Define An Era - David Villa | Goal
"The good results we’re getting are thanks to a combination of the players’ immense individual talent, the right preparation and the level of confidence we have. What’s more, we’re really happy to see how much everyone enjoys how we play the game."

Tiago: We've nothing to lose at Barca | ESPN
Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago believes this weekend's trip to mighty Barcelona provides the ideal opportunity for his side to regain some much-needed confidence, insisting they have "nothing to lose'' against the Primera Division pacesetters.

Spanish Inquisition: Forget Real Madrid - Barcelona's Battle Is Beating Their Own Brilliance | Goal
Jose Mourinho won’t admit it. Iker Casillas won’t admit it. Hell, even Pep Guardiola won’t admit it. But subconsciously everyone is sure of it - Barcelona will be crowned champions for the third consecutive season in May.

Spanish league threatens strike | Eurosport
Spain's Socialist administration is preparing legislation on betting and the LFP, which groups the nation's professional clubs, said after a meeting in Madrid it was unhappy with the draft proposals.

Defender Pepe Will Not Renew Real Madrid Contract - Report | Goal
Real Madrid defender Pepe has made up his mind not to renew his contract with the club and will walk away from the Santiago Bernabeu when his current deal expires, reports from Spain today suggest.

Real Madrid Will Recall Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo To Seal A Swap Plus Cash Deal For Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero - Report | Goal
Los Blancos sold Negredo to Sevilla in 2009 but have the option of a buy-back deal in the first two years set at €17 million. Negredo is reported to be a player Atleti admire a lot and Madrid may excercise their clause to offer Negredo as part of the deal to tempt their city rivals to part with Aguero, according to Marca.

Monreal returns to face Mallorca | LFP
Osasuna defender Nacho Monreal has been given the okay by the doctors to return to action and could play in the next Liga BBVA match which brings his team up against Mallorca. "I've been out for a month with this injury but I'm over it now and I really want to earn my place in the team again, or at least to be among those the trainer can choose from", he confirmed.

Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque Names Squad For Friendly Against Colombia | Goal
The only omissions are Valencia winger Juan Mata and Barcelona defender Carles Puyol, both of whom are suffering from slight injuries and will not be risked in the match.

Valencia To Appeal Red Card Issued To David Navarro Against Racing | Goal
The central defender was dismissed eight minutes into the second half of the match for words spoken to the official, Alvarez Izquierdo, despite not being on the pitch at the time.

Striker Julio Baptista: I Am Focused Only On Helping Malaga Avoid Relegation | Goal
Malaga striker Julio Baptista has claimed he is nothing thinking about facing former club Sevilla this weekend, and is more concerned with collecting three points.

Llorente reveals Liverpool contact | ESPN
After winning the World Cup with Spain, the 25-year-old has scored 12 goals in 21 La Liga games this season and also attracted interest from Tottenham at the end of January. However, he has revealed that it was Liverpool who made official contact regarding a possible transfer.

Cani commits to Villarreal | Sky Sports
The 29-year-old, whose existing deal was due to expire in the summer, has committed his future to the Yellow Submarine until June 2014.

Mallorca Signing Akihiro Ienaga Desperate To Make La Liga Debut | Goal
The 24-year-old stated: “I want to make my debut but the most important thing is to train hard every day. The coach [Michael Laudrup] has told me how the club works and that I will play inside or as the left midfielder.

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