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FC Barcelona News: 17 September 2011; Team Prepares for Osasuna, Cesc Fabregas Denies Badmouthing Arsenal

Sergio Busquets and company will try to get back to winning ways against Kike Sola and the rest of his Osasuna teammates.
Sergio Busquets and company will try to get back to winning ways against Kike Sola and the rest of his Osasuna teammates.

Preparing for Osasuna |
After a day off, the FC Barcelona squad met again today to start getting ready for the match with Osasuna. Josep Guardiola had 21 players under his orders, the 18 available from the first team plus Espinosa, Lobato and Muniesa of the B team, They started on pitch 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva and ended on pitch 2.

Barcelona target Valencia striker Paco Alcacer - report -
The Spain Under-19 international has emerged as one of the most promising talents of his country and made headlines last month when he scored a goal in Valencia's 3-0 friendly win over Roma. Alcacer has a contract with Valencia until the summer of 2013, and both parties have been locked in talks regarding an extension, so far to no avail.

Cesc denies Arsenal criticism | Sky Sports
He posted on his Twitter account: "Id never speak 1 bad word abt AFC, here there's once more prove that so many people put in newspaper wtv they want and its not professional. "I want Arsenal to be successful as much as every single fan. Thats not why i left, it was never in my mind. AFC made me who i am today.

Manchester City, AC Milan and PSG Set for Seydou Keita Tussle | insidefutbol
Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita is set to be the subject of a three-way battle between Manchester City, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser


La Liga - Real's Ronaldo doubtful for Levante - Yahoo! Eurosport
Midfielder Hamit Altintop, who joined from Bayern Munich in the close season, trained for the first time with the rest of the squad while his Turkey team mate Nuri Sahin and Spain centre back Raul Albiol remain sidelined, Real said.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid will win under Jose Mourinho - ESPN Soccernet
Mourinho came under heavy fire after Madrid's loss to bitter rivals Barcelona in the Spanish Supercopa in August, with the manager becoming involved in an ugly sideline altercation following Marcelo's tackle from behind on Cesc Fabregas. Ronaldo, though, says the nine-time European champions are on the cusp of adding to the vast trophy cabinet at the Bernabeu under Mourinho's leadership.

Carvalho: refs must protect Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo - ESPN Soccernet
Real Madrid defender Ricardo Calvalho has urged referees to give team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo more protection. Ronaldo branded official Svein Moen "shameful" in the wake of Madrid's 1-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday - a game that left him needing stitches to a leg injury.

Topal blow for Valencia | Valencia Football News, Fixtures, Results, Table | Sky Sports
Valencia midfielder Mehmet Topal will spend up to a month on the sidelines after picking up a shoulder injury in UEFA Champions League action this week. The Turkey international fell awkwardly during Valencia's Group E opener against Genk on Tuesday night, which ended in a goalless draw.

La Liga - Garrido remains calm after poor start - Yahoo! Eurosport
"The season has just begun and the start has been very tough. The team are very eager to show that we can do things much better and we are all working hard to achieve that. We are going to show that we are still a great team," he said.

Málaga boosted by Baptista | LFP
The appearance of Julio Baptista for this weekend’s meeting with Mallorca was the big surprise in Manuel Pellegrini squad list on Friday. The Brazilian forward enters at the expense of reserve team player Portillo, who has been used by the coach in recent outings.


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