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FC Barcelona News: 5 February 2011; Barcelona Prepare For Atlético Madrid, Set Another Record

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Football in its purest state | FCBarcelona
In recent years, Barça games at home to Atletico Madrid have been staying faithful to the tradition of producing plenty of goals, but the vast majority of these have been coming from the home side. The last three games against the red-and-whites at the Camp Nou have ended in resounding wins for FCB: 3-0, 6-1 and 5-2.

Guardiola: "Anything can happen against Atletico" | FCBarcelona
Guardiola was asked about the captain’s condition. "There are no time limits. He’s making progress. When things get better, we’ll see how things are developing". And as for Bojan, he said "we need him a lot this year and over the coming years".

Winning At Barcelona Is Not Impossible - Atletico Madrid Coach Quique Sanchez Flores | Goal
He stated: "We play a landmark world rival, winning is difficult but not impossible. Barcelona are close to perfection and are artists. We have made things difficult for them before, and can do so again.

19 players in the penultimate session | FCBarcelona
Iniesta, who trained with the squad for the first time on Thursday after straining his back on Monday, seemed able to cope with all of the regular demands of a session that was held behind closed doors.

Another record: 22 scorers | FCBarcelona
The 3-0 cup semi final win at Almeria saw goals from three of the few players who had yet to open their goalscoring accounts this term, namely Adriano, Thiago and Afellay. That means that 22 players have now found the net this season.

Atletico Madrid's Fran Merida: We Can Beat Barcelona At Camp Nou | Goal
"We have had a difficult week, but the manager [Quique Sanchez Flores] has been giving us his ideas and although Barca are a strong side at home, we have great weapons and great players," said the 20-year-old, according to ESPNSoccernet.

Mario Suárez and Raúl García out | LFP
Three Atlético players are out of Atlético de Madrid's squad to face Barcelona on Saturday, they are Perea, who is suspended, and Mario Suárez and Raúl García who are both injured.

Barça top the scoring in Europe | FCBarcelona
Barça is the highest scoring team in any of the main European soccer leagues. Guardiola’s side has scored 67 goals in the domestic championship, more than other league leaders like Manchester United, Milan, Lille and PSV.

Spain coach honoured as 'Marquis Del Bosque' | Eurosport
Del Bosque, who was honoured for his contribution to sport and sporting values, admitted to being a little embarrassed during some light-hearted banter with reporters after announcing his squad for next week's friendly against Colombia.

Jose Mourinho: I Am Happy At Real Madrid & I Intend To Respect My Contract Here | Goal
The coach, who has recently come under scrutiny after Madrid fell seven points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after last week's 1-0 loss at Osasuna, rubbished reports that he was facing a perfect storm of unrest at the club.

Pepe Boost For Real Madrid Ahead Of Real Sociedad Meeting - Report | Goal
The Portuguese centre-back has been missing for several weeks due to injury problems, but he came through Saturday morning’s hour-long training session unscathed and could be recalled into the side for the forthcoming fixture at the Bernabeu.

Valencia Coach Unai Emery: Form At The Mestalla Will Be Key To Top Four Finish | Goal
He remarked: "The Mestalla is the best play to play, and we want to win by playing well. The victories that we have seen lately here have been difficult and even agonising. There needs clarity in these results, we want to find the right chemistry with the fans because when we give them something they respond.

Laudrup wary of Osasuna | LFP
Mallorca coach Michael Laudrup warned against complacency ahead of this weekend's visit from Osasuna, who will be feeling confident after their victory over Real Madrid.

Sevilla Midfielder Renato Doubtful For Sunday's Encounter With Malaga | Goal
The Brazilian was forced out of training yesterday in discomfort from the problem, and the club’s medical team today confirmed that his participation in the match against the Boquerones would be difficult.

Atletico Madrid Plan Summer Move For Manchester United Midfielder Anderson – Report | Goal
The Spanish club look set for a summer of upheaval with striker Diego Forlan likely to leave the club along with goalkeeper and United target David De Gea, and possibly even Sergio Aguero if Chelsea mount a big enough bid, though the Argentine recently signed a contract extension.

Manchester United Given Go-Ahead To Swoop For Atletico Madrid Goalkeeper David De Gea – Report | Goal
The Red Devils are currently searching for a permanent replacement for the Dutchman, who retires at the end of the season, and De Gea, incidentally nicknamed ‘Van De Gea’ in reference to the United goalkeeper, is one player under consideration.

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