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FC Barcelona News: 6 February 2011; Messi Excels, Barcelona Earn Record Breaking Win

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Messi hat-trick as Barca make history | Eurosport
Messi's strikes - his 22nd, 23rd and 24th in only 19 Liga matches this season - see Barca move 10 points clear of rivals Real Madrid at the summit of the table. That means he has scored an incredible 40 goals in all competitions this season - this in the first days of February.

Messi stresses team over individual prizes | FCBarcelona
After his fourth hat trick of the season helped see off Atletico Madrid, Messi moved to the top of the La Liga scorers table with 24 goals, but he made it clear that the important thing for him was the collective triumph more than any individual prize: “the last thing I’m worried about is winning the pichichi award – the important thing is to continue our winning run”.

Quique Sanchez Flores: "Messi Is The Di Stefano Of The 21st Century" | Goal
Following his side's 3-0 defeat to Barcelona, in which Lionel Messi scored all three goals, Atletico Madrid coach Quique Sanchez Flores heaped praise on the little Argentine, comparing him to Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano. He also admitted that Barcelona were the better side in the match.

Barcelona's Sandro Rosell: Mestalla Copa Final Possible, But Let's Go Game By Game | Goal
Speaking after Barcelona's 3-0 victory over Atletico Madrid, president Sandro Rosell spoke of the possible venue for the Copa Del Rey final, suggesting that the Mestalla is probably the most likely option.

New meeting set for 11th February | LFP
The Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) held a general extraordinary meeting on Thursday to discuss a number of issues including the proposed new Gambling Act and the live broadcast of matches on public networks. The assembly has decided to continue this debate at a new meeting, scheduled for Friday 11th February.

Atletico Madrid Defender Filipe Luis Suffers Thigh Strain In Defeat To Barcelona | Goal
Club medics confirmed that the injury was a strain to the hamstring in the left thigh, and that the recovery period could not yet be determined.

Aranburu fails fitness test | LFP
Real Sociedad captain Mikel Aranburu was unable to take part in the squad’s final training session ahead of their trip to Madrid and has been dropped from the list of players who will take on Real Madrid on Sunday.

Gago and Canales return | LFP
The big surprise in the Real Madrid coach’s list was the addition of Canales and Gago, who both were dropped for last week’s Copa del Rey tie against Sevilla. Mourinho has also recalled youth team goalkeeper Tomás Mejías. Injured trio Pepe, Higuaín and Dudek do not feature, neither does Sergio Ramos who is serving a one-match suspension while Pedro León has been omitted for technical reasons.

Real Madrid Reignite Interest In Liverpool Captain Steven Gerrard - Report | Goal
Jose Mourinho wishes to sign the 30-year-old Kop hero, and Real are apparently ready to mount a £25 million bid for the midfielder. The Portugese coach is looking to add to his squad in the summer, and has long admired the Englishman’s ability, regarding him as a worthy addition to his Madrid squad.

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