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FC Barcelona News: 20 April 2011; Barcelona Arrive in Valencia, Cup Final at 21:30 CET

Part deux!
Part deux!

Guardiola: “We’ll try to be brave and daring” | FCBarcelona
The FC Barcelona manager knows that Real Madrid can play many different ways, and therefore doesn’t think last Saturday’s match will necessarily serve as a guide for Wednesday’s cup final. “We have spoken about what they did and what we suspect they’ll do” he said, adding that he feels the best method for Barça is “to improve in order to generate more play and more goalscoring chances”.

Puyol fit for Copa del Rey final | Eurosport
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol did not train on Tuesday but tests confirmed he is fit to face Real Madrid in Wednesday's Copa del Rey final in Valencia. The Spain central defender had not played since January 22 before Saturday's 1-1 La Liga draw at Real, when he was substituted as a precaution after feeling a twinge in a thigh muscle.

First of four clásicos only leads to more questions for Barca and Real | Sports Illustrated
The first of four Real Madrid-Barcelona clásicos in 18 days was the game that would finally decide the league title, but most seemed to have reached the conclusion that the league was already decided -- Barcelona's eight-point lead meant that it would win the title.

It was Franco’s cup, now it’s the King’s cup – what will winning the Copa del Rey mean to Barcelona? | Goal
It is the most inherently Spanish of all football tournaments. The Copa del Rey has its roots firmly planted in Castile and none of its many guises would appear to remotely connect with the politics or philosophy of Barcelona. And yet the Catalans have won it 25 times – more than any other club. So apart from silverware, what’s in it for them?

Here we go again | ESPN
So I want to know if Di Stefano and Cruyff really think that Madrid should have gone out there, "tu a tu"(me and you buddy, let's see who's better) and tried to outplay Barcelona. Really? Honestly? Nonsense.

Everyone goes to Valencia | FCBarcelona
The injured Abidal and Bojan will also travel along with all of the coaching staff and the Barça B players that have appeared in the Copa del Rey (Nolito, Montoya, Miño and Jonathan dos Santos). Sergi Roberto and Marc Bartra will not be going because they are away on Spain U20 duty.

Becks hails the derby | Sky Sports
Former England captain David Beckham believes there is no fixture on earth to match Real Madrid v Barcelona. The 35-year-old former Real midfielder, who now now plies his trade for LA Galaxy, is relishing Wednesday night's Copa del Rey final between the bitter rivals.

Ronaldo: I'm worth at least 20 points | Eurosport
Cristiano Ronaldo has told his Real Madrid team-mates that if it were not for him, they would be at least 20 points behind Barcelona. Ronaldo was reportedly involved in a row with Real captain Iker Casillas after the 3-1 win over Racing Santander back in March which the Portuguese missed due to injury.

Mourinho blasts Di Stefano criticism | Eurosport
"He is one of the most significant people in the history of Real Madrid and I am nothing in the history of Real Madrid," Mourinho said at Valencia's Mestalla stadium where Wednesday's Kings Cup final with Barca will be played. "But I am the coach and the coach is the one who decides."

Aguero won't join Madrid rivals | ESPN
Atletico Madrid have revealed Sergio Aguero cannot leave the club for Real Madrid under the terms of his contract. Aguero, 22, has regularly been linked with a move to the Bernabeu and Atletico claim they have already received an offer from their local rivals.

Spanish club set for 'Team Dubai' buy-out | Eurosport
"It is to be announced that His Highness Sheikh Butti Bin Suhail Al Maktoum and Royal Emirates Group will become the owner of one of the top 'first league' football teams of La Liga Spain," the statement said. A report on arabianbusiness.com and widely reproduced in Spanish media said the club in question was cash-strapped Real Zaragoza.

Perotti set for move | Sky Sports
Diego Perotti and Sevilla have decided that he will leave the club this summer, it is being claimed in Spain. The Argentine winger has been linked with a host of clubs in England, and reports suggest that a decision has been made that will see the 22-year-old depart.

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