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FC Barcelona News: 2 March 2011; Barcelona Travel To Valencia, Mourinho Talks Nonsense

Vilanova: "We have always found Valencia tough" | FCBarcelona
Today, Tito Vilanova stood in for Josep Guardiola, who is having back trouble. He explained the situation. "Pep has been getting pain for several days and has been coping as well as he can, but he just couldn’t bear it any more this morning. We’ll have to see how he feels tomorrow.

Barcelona's Dani Alves Wary Of Valencia Test | Goal
Looking ahead to their clash against Valencia, Alves noted, "They are definitely going to be in high spirits after winning at a ground as difficult as Athletic's but we need to keep concentrating on ourselves and we know that seven points is not a particularly big lead.

Valencia v FCB. Did you know… | FCBarcelona
It is third against first in La Liga tonight and there are all kinds of trivia associated to the game. Here are some of the juiciest nuggets

Valencia Haven't Missed David Villa This Season - Thanks To Unai Emery | Goal
Many feared for the fate of Valencia when coach Unai Emery was forced to endure the transfer of David Villa last summer: after all, the prolific striker had finished as the club’s top scorer in each of the previous five seasons, positioning himself in fifth on their all-time scorers list in the process.

Spot The Difference - Barcelona's Record-Equalling Away Run Vs Real Madrid's 41 Points In 19 Games | Goal
Undoubtedly the difference between these two great clubs this term has been their ability to play on the road. While los Blancos have been utterly flawless at home under Jose Mourinho, not so much as drawing a match under the stewardship of the Portuguese coach at the Bernabeu, they’ve often been posed problems on the road that Barca have simply battered their way through.

Valencia's Hedwiges Maduro Doubtful For Barcelona Clash | Goal
La Liga outfit Valencia have received some disappointing news from the treatment table in the build-up toward the highly anticipated league game at home to table toppers Barcelona, with the Dutch utility man Hedwiges Maduro likely miss the match through injury.

Van Persie officially out of Barcelona clash | Eurosport
"Unfortunately, we had bad news on the scan and he will be out for the next three weeks for sure,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal TV. "It could be longer. The shortest delay we can imagine is three weeks (so) he is definitely out for Barcelona."

Pep Guardiola Wanted Zlatan Ibrahimovic At Barcelona - Former President Joan Laporta | Goal
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said Pep Guardiola has only himself to blame for things failing to click for Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Camp Nou, after the coach pleaded with the club to land the striker two years ago.

Barcelona Scouts Watching Napoli's Marek Hamsik - Report | Goal
Barcelona are keeping their eyes fixed on Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik with a view to signing him in the summer. Sport.es and Il Corriere dello Sport are both claiming scouts from Camp Nou were at San Siro for Monday night's Scudetto showdown between Milan and Napoli as Hamsik played for the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 home win.

Jose Mourinho's conspiracy theory | ESPN
Jose Mourinho has cut an increasingly paranoid figure during his first season at Real Madrid. Convinced that match officials are always biased against his side, the Portuguese has also seen daggers hidden beneath cloaks in the corridors of the Bernabeu.

TV boss mocks Mourinho calendar claims | Eurosport
"Mourinho says 'they laugh behind my back' and the truth is when I hear him putting up all these excuses I laugh because it's amazing how someone can talk such nonsense and throw up so many excuses," he said.

Real Madrid's Pepe Ruled Out Of Malaga Clash - Report | Goal
According to a report by publication Marca, the 28-year-old centre-back missed Wednesday's training session due to illness and won't have recovered in time to feature in tomorrow's fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid's Pepe Has Yellow Card Rescinded By Competition Committee | Goal
Real Madrid's official website have confirmed defender Pepe has had his yellow card from the match at the Riazor against Deportivo rescinded after consultation by the Competition Committee. The Merengues no. 3 was absurdly booked for an offence during the Primera Division clash.

Rubin deny Kaka bid, want Martins back | Eurosport
Russian side Rubin Kazan denied reports that they offered Real Madrid 45 million euros for Kaka, and insisted Obafemi Martins will return to the club after his loan spell at Birmingham. "Of course, we've heard these rumours, it's absolutely ridiculous," a club spokesman told Russian media.

Finishing Second Makes You The Best Loser - Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho | Goal
"In my philosophy, finishing second just makes you the best loser. Pellegrini partially told the truth when he said that Madrid did pretty good last year," said Mourinho during today's press conference ahead of Thursday's home game against Malaga.

Gurpegui doubtful for Zaragoza clash | LFP
Athletic trainer Joaquín Caparrós has left Fernando Amorebieta out of his list for technical reasons while Carlos Gurpegui remains doubtful. New names in the list are Iraola, Iñigo Pérez and Ustaritz.

Pandiani sidelined for a month | LFP
Osasuna striker Walter Pandiani will be out for approximately a month owing to a pulled hamstring. His fifth muscular injury of the season was shown by an MIR scan on Tuesday. So far this season he has also suffered injuries in his calf and thigh muscles.