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FC Barcelona News: 9 April 2011; Barcelona Ready to Face Almería, Pinto in Full Training

There is no official word if Pinto will play against Almería
There is no official word if Pinto will play against Almería

Worth the same as a classic | FCBarcelona
Manager Pep Guardiola said at the press conference prior to the match today against Almeria that Barça can’t afford to drop any points in this crucial game. Almeria come to the Camp Nou a week before Barça will be playing for the title in Madrid. That’s why it’s essential to preserve at least the eight-point margin that they now hold over the whites.

The options without Valdes | FCBarcelona
Valdés received a yellow card in the Villareal game, almost in stoppage time, and will not play in the Almeria match due to suspension. It’s not exactly a new situation. In fact, this season, Valdés has missed 14 games: 8 in the Cup, 3 in the League, 2 in the Champions League and the first leg of the Spanish Supercup. Guardiola has three options as goalkeeper: Pinto, Miño, or Oier Olazábal.

United Scouts Advise Sir Alex To ‘Snatch Striker Prospect From Under Barca’s Nose’ | The Transfer Tavern
A young man by the name of Muhammed Demirci is quietly setting the world alight. Or at least he’s getting a good few football scouts hot under the collar in Spain. This 16 year old is currently trialling with none other than Barcelona, but the young striker has already debuted for Besiktas, with whom he has a contract until 2013 with.

Barcelona's Sandro Rosell holds meeting with Pep Guardiola over club future | Goal
Mundo Deportivo and Sport report the coach, Rosell, vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu, sports director Andoni Zubizarreta and director-general Antoni Rossich held a three-hour conference at the club's Ciutat Esportiva. Among the topics discussed were Guardiola's recent comments to Italian broadcaster RAI over his future.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola: Carles Puyol must be patient in his return from injury | Goal
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has commented on the progress of Carles Puyol's return from injury, explaining that the defender is eager to get back on the field as soon as possible. However, according to Spanish mastermind, the tendinitis from which the Blaugrana captain is suffering must be treated with patience.

Barcelona's Pep Guardiola: La Liga more important than Champions League | Goal
"La Liga is the most important competition of the year. The Champions League has glamour, but the league is better for me, it makes me more excited," he told the press. And with the league title clearly edging closer, the coach is formulating the plan against Almeria as they try to maintain their advatange over Madrid.

Barcelona B 4-0 Granada ... Jonathan dos Santos 72 'and made goal pass | Daily Soccer Buzz
In the Mini Stadium, the team led by Luis Enrique had no mercy on this date 33 of the Second Division to clinch the victory that allows him to reach 57 units and placed on the third step just behind the Rayo Vallecano (62) and Real Betis (60).

Reds linked with pair | Setanta
Affelay, meanwhile, is a player that Liverpool have been linked with before. He joined Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven in January but has not enjoyed regular first-team football with eight appearances and may relish the chance of a move from the Nou Camp to kick start his career.

Luis Figo: El Clasico clashes are unpredictable and are decided by small details | Goal
Former Barcelona and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo admits nobody can call the winners of the quartet of upcoming El Clasico clashes. A Copa del Rey encounter, a La Liga six pointer and a likely two legged Champions League tie would see the biggest names in Spanish football played each other four times in the space of less than three weeks.

Benzema out of Bilbao clash | Eurosport
Benzema injured himself on duty with France last month and missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Sporting Gijon and Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Germany midfielder Sami Khedira is suffering from flu and will also miss the game at the San Mames, Real said on their website.

Hierro to quit Spain job | Eurosport
The former Real Madrid and Spain international, who with coach Vicente del Bosque helped the country win Euro 2008 and last year's World Cup, told local media that he had decided to spend more time with his family.

Season over for Rodriguez | Sky Sports
Villarreal defender Gonzalo Rodriguez has suffered a fracture to the left fibula and will not return to action until next season. The Argentine suffered the problem in Thursday's Europa League game against FC Twente and had to be taken off midway through the second half.

Osasuna suffer Shojaei blow | Sky Sports
Osasuna have announced that midfielder Masoud Shojaei will miss the remainder of the season due to a broken foot. The Iran international picked up the problem in Sunday's 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid, when he only came on as a substitute 14 minutes from time.

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