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FC Barcelona News: 4 October 2012; Gerard Pique Evaluated on Saturday, Real Madrid and Malaga Dominate

With the El Clasico approaching more and more eyes are focusing on Barcelona's defensive problems. Defender Gerard Pique will start training soon, but that is not a guarantee he will be ready for the game.

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FC Barcelona-Real Madrid: A Global Clásico | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou hosts another classico between Barça and Real Madrid - a match up that seems to increase its global stretch year on year. FC Barcelona offer a wide range of digital options to follow the game and give the fans the chance to enjoy the event as much as possible.

A lead of champions | FC Barcelona
An eight point lead is a good sign – firstly because it’s a big lead after just six games and secondly because historically speaking, Barça have always taken the title in the past when their great rivals have come to the Camp Nou eight points or more behind.

Pique pushing for Clasico start | Football Espana
Barcelona’s Gerard Pique is reportedly prepared to play through the pain barrier in order to make the Clasico this weekend. The match falls on the three-week mark since his injury, but it is understood that rehabilitation on the foot, which was in a protective cast for 10 days, has not gone as smoothly as first planned.

The big showdown | Sky Sports | Guillem Balague
Barcelona have come from behind four times this season and against Sevilla they came back from 2-0 down for the first time since 1999 to win 3-2 with a last-minute goal from David Villa. That is proof of their character. If anybody doubted whether they were hungry for more victories, if anybody thought that they were sitting on their laurels, well that proved they want more success and that missing out on the title to Real Madrid last season really hurt.

Recovery work ahead of El Clásico | FC Barcelona
After last night’s important win against Benfica at Da Luz Stadium, the players were back in training at the Ciutat Esportiva. With the players who figured last night recovering from the game, the rest - together with B team players Sergi Roberto, Tello, Oier, Ilie, Patric and Lobato – put in a full session as they worked on preparations for Sunday’s game against Real Madrid.

Barca won’t dip into market | Football Espana
Barcelona will not be making a move in the January transfer market to solve their defensive headache. The Catalans have been fielding Alex Song alongside Javier Mascherano at centre-back at times this season, having otherwise struggled to have a fit Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique available.

Ronaldo rampant as Real crush Ajax 4-1 - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A rampant Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second hat-trick in four days and Karim Benzema netted a spectacular overhead kick to fire Real Madrid to a crushing 4-1 win at Ajax Amsterdam in Champions League Group D on Wednesday.

Kaka working his way back into contention - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Brazilian appeared to have been discarded from coach Jose Mourinho's plans and the arrival of fellow playmaker Luka Modric from Tottenhan was interpreted by many as the final nail in the coffin of his undistinguished stint in the Spain capital.

Eliseu inspires Malaga to impressive away win - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Eliseu scored two sublime goals as Malaga impressed against a lacklustre Anderlecht side in Belgium. The Portuguese opened the scoring with a venomous volley on the stroke of half time. Joaquin scored from the spot after Nacho Monreal was fouled by Cheikhou Kouyate, before Eliseu put the shine on the win with a delectable chip.

Malaga success no miracle, says Pellegrini - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Six points from six is significant but it's not definitive because as quickly as you accumulate points in a group you can drop them too," Pellegrini said on "We maintained a good approach tonight. We were at quite a high level as a team, playing collectively as opposed to individually," added the Chilean, a former Real Madrid and Villarreal coach.

Atletico enjoying year of the Tiger | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Falcao is La Liga's seven-goal top goalscorer ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristano Ronaldo so far this season. The 26-year-old Colombian finished third last season behind the more feted pair, with 24 league goals (and 12 more in Europe) in his first season in Spain after his 40 million euro (plus extras) transfer from Porto.

Radamel Falcao is unsure what the future holds for him at Atletico Madrid | Sky Sports
"I have a contract for more years. Now my reality is Atletico and I cannot think of anything else," he told Marca. "I do not know what will happen in the future. The situation depends not only on the players and the management but also the economy of the clubs and even the country."

Muniain out of Spain contention | Football Espana
Iker Muniain reportedly cannot return to any level of international football until he apologises for his behaviour at the Olympics. The Athletic Bilbao player was seen as one of the more senior members of Luis Milla’s squad at London 2012, who were eliminated at the group stage.

Llorente open to January move to Juventus, says agent -
The agent of Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente's has made clear that his client is keen on signing for Juventus in the upcoming transfer window. The Spain international was involved in a heated debate with coach Marcelo Bielsa on Monday and was sent to the changing rooms early and expelled from training.

Pochettino staying put | Sky Sports
Mauricio Pochettino has not offered to resign as coach of Espanyol and does not think that Saturday's game against Real Valladolid will be his last. The Blanc i Blau trainer has seen his side make a poor start to the season as they have won just one point in the first six outings, but calls for him to go have been muted.

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