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FC Barcelona News: 22 April 2011; Adriano Out for a Month, Barcelona Focusing on Osasuna

Another defender goes down with injury
Another defender goes down with injury

Adriano blow for wounded Barca | Eurosport
Barcelona defender Adriano Correia has been ruled out for four weeks with a torn thigh muscle. Adriano's absence adds to coach Pep Guardiola's problems with Eric Abidal and Bojan Krkic already out of action, and captain Carles Puyol struggling with a muscle strain.

This team always picks itself up | FCBarcelona
Barça have become, in recent years, a team that always react well to adversity The reaction of Guardiola's players has always been strong and effective, showing great resilience and total confidence in their abilities.

The Puyol puzzle: How Pep Guardiola’s Copa del Rey decision backfired | Yahoo
Carles Puyol is a man for the big occasion. The Barcelona captain has played in a World Cup final, a European Championship final and two Champions League finals – and won them all. He is a natural leader on the pitch; a warrior with a never-say-die attitude, making up for what he lacks in technical ability with hard work, drive and sheer determination. So naturally, he has been missed.

Time for Barca to prove they're the best |Eurosport
Whereas Barca coach Pep Guardiola chooses his words carefully and is prone to compliment rather than criticism, Pique allegedly left a note in the Bernabeu tunnel after last Saturday's 1-1 Liga draw saying: "We've won your league and now we're going to win your Copa del Rey." Pique is a staunch Catalan - his grandfather was a former Barca vice-president - and as such prone to be suspicious of the perceived establishment status of Madrid.

Jonathan Soriano- 24 goals in 29 appearances for the Barca B star | IMScouting
The prolific forward, who spent most of his career at Barcelona's most bitter rivals Espanyol, has so far managed 24 goals in 29 Segunda Division outings and has been in particularly sizzling form to score 13 goals in his last 10 showings.

Barcelona's David Villa admits goal drought is worrying him | Goal
Barcelona attacker David Villa has admitted that his lack of goals for the Catalans in recent weeks is slowly beginning to bother him. The prolific striker hasn't found the net since his brace for Spain in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Czech Republic on March 25, while his last goal at club level was scored against Real Mallorca on February 26.

Analysis: Real Madrid 1-0 Barcelona (AET) | Zonal Marking
The game started off very scrappy – there were a lot of free-kicks early on, a few scuffles amongst players, and a stop-start nature to the contest as a whole. This, of course, favoured Real Madrid – who were keen to break up Barcelona’s natural rhythm and make the game more of a battle.

Barcelona 2011 vs. AC Milan 1990 | Sports Illustrated
Ask anybody who's done it, and they'll tell you that sustaining success is much harder than achieving it in the first place. The great Hungarian coach Bela Guttmann refused ever to spend longer than three years at a club because he felt that after that he could no longer motivate players.

Barcelona's Pep Guardiola is a great example for other coaches - Ajax's Frank de Boer | Goal
"I have followed the career of Guardiola as Barcelona coach very closely ever since he started the job. He's a great guy and a superb example for other young coaches in the game," De Boer was quoted as saying by Don Balon.

Real calls up sub for damaged cup | SuperSport
"It was a fall of five metres, a bus ran over it, it has lost pieces, the base is destroyed and the rest is dented. I am not sad or even angry. These things happen, it will be another anecdote that will be told in the future." Real said in a statement that the replacement cup was already on display at the museum at its stadium, which houses a "trophy" room with all the cups the club has won.

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira doubtful for Champions League first leg against Barcelona | Goal
The Germany international sustained a muscular problem in the closing stages of Real Madrid's 1-0 Copa del Rey win over Barcelona on Wednesday evening and was forced to leave the pitch after 104 minutes of play.

Royal Emirates Group buy Getafe | Eurosport
Royal Emirates Group signed a deal to buy La Liga club Getafe for up to 90 million euros (£79.1m) with the Dubai firm targeting a top six finish next season for the relegation-haunted Spanish outfit. The club will be renamed "Getafe Team Dubai" following the acquisition by Royal Emirates, an investment firm chaired by Sheikh Butti Bin Suhail Al Maktoum.

Banega not thinking of future | Sky Sports
Ever Banega has insisted he is happy at Valencia and will not consider his future until the end of the season. The Argentine midfielder, 22, was heavily linked with a switch to Everton last summer but a move failed to materialise.

Trezeguet targets homecoming | Sky Sports
David Trezeguet has reiterated his desire to secure a switch to his French roots this summer. The 33-year-old striker has spent the last 11 years away from his homeland, with a decade of service given to Italian giants Juventus and the current campaign spent with Primera Liga outfit Hercules.

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