It's much later than usual, but here's the news.
With classification for the Champions League Final sorted, Guardiola’s men turn their attention back to the league and their derby clash with Espanyol on Sunday night. The squad trained behind closed doors at 11 this morning, their second preparatory session ahead of the game. As happened on Friday, Puyol and the injured Adriano and Maxwell, all trained apart from the rest of the players under the watchful eyes of the first team physios.
Josep Guardiola’s side will be the home team in the Champions League final on May 28th at Wembley and, therefore, will wear the first team kit, red and blue, against Manchester United.
FC Barcelona will appeal the decision by the Control and Disciplinary Committee of UEFA, which announced, this Friday, a three-match ban for goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto. Furthermore, the Control Panel also decided today to ban Real Madrid manager, José Mourinho, for 5 games, and fined him 50,000 euros, for his statements after the first leg of the semi-final of the Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid defender Pepe has also been banned for 1 game, which he served in the second leg.
FC Barcelona hope to be able to assure their third consecutive Primera Liga title when they entertain city rivals Espanyol in the Camp Nou Stadium on Sunday night. Should Real Madrid draw away to Sevilla on Saturday, a win will give Barca the title, but if Sevilla beat Madrid, a draw will give Barca the crown 24 hours later
The German-born Turkish international has a clause in his contract stipulating that he can leave Signal Iduna Park for €10 million (£8.7m) if he moves outside Germany.The report states that Sahin, his agent Reza Fazeli and Die Borussian officials will announce the transfer of the player to the Bernabeu at a press conference at the start of next week.
It may not be a football story, but FC Barcelona lost one of it's most famous fans this morning, as Seve Ballesteros passed away. He revolutionised European golf, and hopefully the guys can dedicate a title win to him tomorrow evening.
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