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FC Barcelona News: 30 April 2011; Barca Visit Real Sociedad, Puyol and Iniesta Don't Make the Trip

Pep was again listening to Barca Blaugranes staff and will rest the tired Carles Puyol
Pep was again listening to Barca Blaugranes staff and will rest the tired Carles Puyol

Barça visit Real Sociedad in what could prove a vital weekend in their challenge to regain the league title. Guardiola’s team will also match a long lasting record of the most games unbeaten in the league if they avoid defeat.

The full squad for the game at Anoeta is: Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Xavi, Villa, Messi, Mascherano, Keita, Sergio, Pedro, Milito, Afellay, Jeffren, Fontàs (26), Thiago (30), Montoya (40), Sergi Roberto (28) and Gerard Deulofeu (41).

At first glance it appears as if Mourinho is the man to blame for turning a once great game into a huge anticlimax, employing as he has some of the most negative tactics ever seen at Real Madrid and then rambling incoherently about red cards, phantom Catalan power and, most bizarrely of all, the charity Unicef.

"The club are being totally abducted by the figure of Jose Mourinho. "What worries me about their press release is that it could be construed that Real Madrid as an institution supports the statements made by Mourinho and that would provoke a serious institutional conflict between the two entities."

Jose Mourinho insists the images from Wednesday's loss to Barcelona back up his claims of foul play. "An image is worth more than 1000 words and there are so many images and those who criticise those images think they come from Photoshop or are a video montage. But they are real."

It has been reported in Marca that the ex-defensive midfielder Guardiola has imposed a code of silence on the Blaugrana staff and banned appearances in front of the media in order to prevent any further sanctions or damming reports ahead of El Clasico number five of the season.

"The key point is that we are two Argentines who were able to conquer European football, when many could not even cross the Rio de la Plata. I love Leo and whenever I see him on the pitch it is a joy to watch. Two Argentines at the top, imagine what [Pele] must be thinking!"

The Belarus international claims that he is unsure quite where his future lies, as he is still under contract at Barcelona, but that he definitely wants to return to Germany. "I would love to be rejoining a club in the Bundesliga," he told Bild.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has been told he must earn his place in his starting eleven back, by coach Quique Sanchez Flores. "It's my job to train the player and to make decisions,'' he told AS. ''I haven't lost faith in any of my players, but I have to make sure I field the best players."

Pablo Piatti and Leo Ulloa will be doubtful until the lasttraining session before this weekend's game between Almería and Sevilla. The Argentinian forwards were partially involved in the preparation session on Friday and on Saturday, in the last training session, a decision will be taken on their fitness.

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