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FC Barcelona News: 1 May 2011; Barcelona Lose To Real Sociedad, Milito and Montoya Injured

Milito's diving header; result: 4 weeks on the sidelines because of a hamstring injury
Milito's diving header; result: 4 weeks on the sidelines because of a hamstring injury

Barcelona and Real beaten | ESPN
Barcelona missed the chance to move 11 points clear at the Primera Division summit after going down to a surprise 2-1 defeat at Real Sociedad. After title rivals Real Madrid lost earlier in the day, Barca could have moved to the brink of La Liga glory had they picked up all three points.

Thiago: “We came out too relaxed” | FC Barcelona
Thiago Alcántara, who scored Barça’s only goal at Anoeta on Saturday, believes the team “came out too relaxed” for the second half and that allowed Real Sociedad back into the game to take the three points. Although he could be pleased with getting on the score sheet himself, Thiago Alcántara knows that that scoring means nothing if you don’t get the points.

Arsenal and Liverpool battle for Barcelona's young Spain striker | Sportingo
And, as a result, the forward has now decided that enough is enough and will, according to reports in the Spanish media, decide to finally call it a day with the club come the end of the season, with both Liverpool and Arsenal said to be at the head of the queue to sign Krkic.

Montoya out between 4 and 6 weeks | FCBarcelona
Martín Montoya’s debut ended with a really unlucky injury, as he was carried off after just 10 minutes, following a tackle from behind by Raul Tamudo which saw him fall awkwardly. Montoya was quickly replaced by Dani Alves and Club doctors examined him at the ground, concluding he had a dislocated left shoulder and a fractured collarbone and will now be out for between 4 and 6 weeks.



All signs point to Barcelona defeating Real Madrid again to confirm a trip to Wembley | 101 Great Goals
After “Hell Clasico” comes the second leg of the Champions League semi-final and Barcelona are heavy favourites to secure their place in the Wembley final following Lionel Messi’s brilliance in the 2-0 win at Real Madrid last Wednesday night.

Barcelona chase Lanus goalkeeper Esteban Andrada - report | Goal
Barcelona are keen to bring Lanus goalkeeper Esteban Andrada to Camp Nou, according to reports from Ole. The La Liga champions have been scouting the 20-year-old keeper, currently Lanus' third-choice behind Mauricio Caranta and Agustin Marchesin.

Mourinho blames himself for loss | FootballFanCast
“Our rivals fought hard. It was a decisive game for them to stay in the Primera (Liga) and that is what happens when a team goes into a game well and the other side doesn’t,” Mourinho said.

Enough mind games - Jose Mourinho must pick up the dressing room to get Real Madrid back on track | Goal
Jose Mourinho has lost another home match, but despite Sporting Gijon having already obliterated one of the most fabled records in world football almost a full month ago, Zaragoza's 3-2 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening remains unexpected for all concerned.

Gurpegui extends Athletic stay | LFP
Athletic Club midfield player Carlos Gurpegui confirmed on Saturday that he has extended his contract with the Bilbao-based club for two seasons, taking him until June 2014. "Due to certain circumstances, I haven’t had the chance to actually sign but the agreement was sealed a while ago."

Atletico offer De Gea new deal | Sky Sports
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed they have offered Manchester United target David de Gea a new deal. Atletico have continually played down suggestions that a deal has been agreed with United and now they have offered the keeper a new improved contract to try and keep him at Vicente Calderon.

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