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FC Barcelona News: 8 September 2011; Barca Internationals Return and Start Training,

Barca players are already preparing for Saturday's game against Real Sociedad.
Barca players are already preparing for Saturday's game against Real Sociedad.

Barcelona and Real in La Liga of their own with the rest nowhere | The Guardian
The former Real Madrid general manager Jorge Valdano claimed last week that Spain's big two are reaching a crossroads. Soon, he said, Barcelona and Real Madrid will find themselves in a situation in which they have little choice but to seek out new challenges elsewhere, leaving La Liga behind for a European league.

No problems for International players | FCBarcelona.cat
The 15 international players will join in training this Wednesday in perfect condition, and Guardiola will have them all available for the game against Real Sociedad on Saturday. Besides the fitness of the players, between them they were rested in terms of minutes played. Only 4 international played the full 180 minutes.

Return of the International players | FCBarcelona.cat
Players who played for their national sides on Tuesday had a light session, focused on recovery work, while the rest, including the injured players Afellay, Adriano, Puyol, and Maxwell, all worked at one hundred percent to prepare for the game on Saturday against Real Sociedad.

Pep Guardiola has revolutionised football - Barcelona's Xavi - Goal.com
"In my opinion he's the best coach in the world," Xavi said to Sport. "There is little doubt about that for me. He has revolutionised football and has added everything to this club that we needed. "This team can achieve a lot under Pep and we all accept his decisions.

Messi hopes for Newell's Old Boys role - Yahoo! Eurosport
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has said he hopes to play club football in Argentina one day, with Newell's Old Boys his favoured team. The 24-year-old was born and raised in Rosario, where Newell's are based. He played for their youth academy from 1995 until 2000 but left for Barcelona before he could break into the first team.

"Leagues are won at grounds like Anoeta"' | FCBarcelona.cat
Puyol has been training with the other players for some days now. For Alves, this is great news, because "we all know he’s a fantastic character, and he’s vital to the team". Alves believes, however, that the level of the squad is so high "that if Puyol is missing, or Alves, or someone else, in the end it’s hardly noticeable... the bar is set very high" he said.

Atlético welcome back Domínguez | LFP
Atlético de Madrid defender Álvaro Domínguez was able to return to train with the main group on Wednesday as the capital side step up preparations for the weekend meeting with Valencia. The player worked out as normal and without any problems, taking his orders from Gregorio Manzano.

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