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FC Barcelona News: 7 February 2011; Messi Suffers Muscle Strain, Treble a Possibility

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Argentina Take Precautionary Measures As Barcelona Star Lionel Messi Suffers Muscle Strain | Goal
According to Marca, Messi remained in the hotel with Argentina's physio Ruben Araguas after picking up a muscle strain. Aragaus confirmed that the move was a precautionary measure.

The Treble Is A Possibility For Barcelona - Andres Iniesta | Goal
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has admitted that securing a second treble in the space of three seasons remains a real possibility for the club. In 2008-09, the Blaugrana became the first ever Spanish club to win La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League in a single campaign.

Messi out of this world | FCBarcelona
Three more and now he’s on 24. Leo Messi is the new pichichi of La Liga following his hat trick against Atletico Madrid and the reigning Golden Boot winner has done it after playing in 19 of the season’s 22 games so far. There are still 16 games to go, but Messi is already closing in on the total he managed last season (34) and the La Liga record(38).

"48 points from 48 has a lot of merit" | FCBarcelona
Responding to the record 16 wins on the run that beats the record set by Madrid in the 1960-61 season, Guardiola told the media at his post match press conference: "this is a fantastic record because it’s 50 years since it was set", whilst stressing: "you need to play really well and also run a lot" to set such a record.

Barcelona Are Playing Total Football For The 21st Century - Johan Cruyff | Goal
He stated, "More than 30 years after losing the 1974 World Cup final, that Holland team are still praised and remembered. The term ‘Total Football’ comes from that team, in which defenders attacked and attackers also defended.

Barca consider Neymar move | ESPN
Barcelona's chief scout, Alberto Valentin, has hinted at an interest in Santos forward Neymar. Neymar, 19, is one of the most highly rated youngsters in Brazil and has already made his full international debut.

Valdano: Ronaldo is new Di Stefano, not Messi | Eurosport
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the true heir of Alfredo Di Stefano, not his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, according to Real director general Jorge Valdano. World Player of the Year Messi was compared to Real great Di Stefano by Atletico Madrid coach Quique Sanchez Flores on Saturday after the Argentina forward netted his fourth hat-trick of the season in a 3-0 win over Atletico.

There Is Nothing Wrong In Finishing Second To Barcelona But We Mustn't Give Them Gifts - Jose Mourinho | Goal
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was delighted after the comprehensive weekend victory over Real Sociedad. The trainer took time out to praise his squad but also revealed that finishing second to Barcelona in la Liga would not be a complete disaster.

Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo Admits Poor Results Are Becoming A Major Concern | Goal
“I do not know what’s wrong, I do not think that they have forgotten how to win, I always said that if we do not get in the top four, then the season would be a failure. Hopefully, we can get out of this situation with pride.”

Milan Want Real Madrid Winger Pedro Leon On Season-Long Loan In 2011-12 - Report | Goal
The Italian club are confident that Leon has burned his bridges with coach Jose Mourinho after a series of run-ins, the most recent occurring after a training ground incident with Fernando Gago. As a result they believe that a loan deal would be possible with a view to a permanent transfer at the end of next season.

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