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FC Barcelona News: 19 September 2011; Gerard Pique Ruled Out of Valencia Match, Levante Shock Real Madrid

Gerard Pique won't be playing at the Mestalla.
Gerard Pique won't be playing at the Mestalla.

Real, Barca unlikely to relent on TV cash - Yahoo! Eurosport
However, the movement already appears to be running out of steam and Real and Barca, the world's richest clubs by revenue who earn close to 500 million euros a season, are unlikely to agree to give up their privileged position, analysts said.

Barcelona's Gerard Pique ruled out of Valencia clash - report -
The centre-back sustained a hamstring injury ahead of the European Supercup victory against Porto back in August and was initially expected to be out of action for approximately three weeks. However, Pique's recovery process has not quite gone according to plan, and the 24-year-old has now been out of action for almost a full month.

Barcelona's Dani Alves heaps praise upon Cesc Fabregas -
"Fabregas has been doing a great job for us and has already made a huge contribution to the team," Dani Alves was quoted as saying by AS. "It really is an honour to play alongside him. Him and Lionel Messi are a great duo on the pitch, and they have a great connection."

Abidal and Alves reach 100 mark in the league |
The 100th performance of the two has come a little later than expected – both finished last season on 98 appearances, but Alves missed the Villarreal game and Abidal the match in Anoeta, so it was this Saturday at the Camp Nou that they both made it 100 games.

Villa looking for an even better season |
Villa also spoke about Cesc’s progress at the Club and the great understanding he has already built with Messi: “although he has been away for a long time, he’s from here and he’s got the Club and the Masia in his blood and in his legs! Everybody knows that gives him an extra something,

Levante send Real Madrid crashing - ESPN Soccernet
Ten-man Real Madrid crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat at Levante as they lost ground on Barcelona in the title race. Kone smashed home a loose ball in the area on 68 minutes, soon after Juanlu wasted a glorious chance to punish Real's leaky defence. Khedira was dismissed for a second yellow after a shove on Sergio Ballesteros.

'Sami Khedira & the referee are responsible for the Levante defeat' - Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho -
"But we do not have to take credit away from Levante and from what they know they can do at home. I have to congratulate them for this. "They know how to provoke, to simulate, to waste time and not give the ball. This is also football and our players do not like these things. No one does it better than Levante in this league."

Neymar again denies Real Madrid deal in place - ESPN Soccernet
And reports in the Brazilian press on Friday claimed that Neymar, 19, was due to sign a contract with Real on Monday after passing a medical in Sao Paulo. But the Brazil international insisted the reports are pure fallacy and that he was merely in hospital "to solve a personal problem".

Verdú doubtful for Thursday's clash | LFP
RCD Espanyol player Joan Verdú is doubtful for Thursday's fixture against Getafe owing to second grade bruising in the quadriceps muscle of his right leg. The midfielder is to undergo various tests on Monday.


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