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FC Barcelona News: 11 September 2011: Barca drop points, Real Madrid retain top spot

Ronaldo grabbed the headline Saturday evening for all the wrong reasons
Ronaldo grabbed the headline Saturday evening for all the wrong reasons

Two points dropped |

Barça have drawn at Real Sociedad in a game that seemed under control after Xavi and Cesc had scored early goals. However, the Catalans lost control of things in the second half, and allowed the home to score twice in a minute.

The midfielder admitted that his team had made silly mistakes in the second half of the game with Real Sociedad that cost them two points. He felt they had the game under their control until the two shock Real goals stunned them.

Guardiola also commented that if Montanier’s side had managed to get a point out of the game, it was not because Barça had thrown it away but "because they did things well. Of course, we got things wrong, but they deserve the credit … we were playing a good team who have every right to score goals. In fact, we were only saying at half-time that the game was anything but over".

Following the 2-2 draw against Real Sociedad, the team got up early on Sunday to carry out some recovery work, and to start thinking about Milan. The players who started against Real Sociedad did some recovery work. 4 B Team players, Oriol Rosell, Lobato, Gustavo, and Masip, who weren’t called up by Eusebio to face Deportivo this Sunday evening (20.00), joined the session.

He insists the reigning European champions, who drew 2-2 with Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday and have lost Alexis Sanchez to a thigh injury, are not invincible. And Boateng feels that stopping Pep Guardiola's playmakers is the key. "Barcelona unbeatable? If I believed that then I wouldn't be playing football. Every team can be beaten," the midfielder told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Real Madrid were run close by Getafe as they ran out 4-2 winners at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to go two points clear of Barcelona.

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Asked directly if City could emulate Barcelona, Martinez said: "Only time will tell. I think Barcelona, three years ago, when they started with Frank Rijkaard, they had little flashes like Manchester City showed. Three years down the line, you'll be able to compare to a side like Barcelona. Nobody can be compared to Barcelona yet. You have to win many titles, you have to play many games together.

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