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FC Barcelona News: 11 November 2012; 19 Players Travel to Mallorca, Favorites Struggle on Saturday

Jasper Juinen

Andrés Iniesta: Football isn't a science. We play this way because it suits us | Football | The Guardian
"But the football that Spain and Barcelona play is not the only kind of football there is. Counterattacking football, for example, has just as much merit. The way Barcelona play and the way Spain play isn't the only way. Different styles make this such a wonderful sport. But what we do is not easy, either."

Tito Vilanova: "Caparrós always makes things difficult for us" | FC Barcelona
Speaking at Saturday’s press conference, Tito Vilanova revealed that his players were concentrating "on what we did well (against Celtic), on the things we can do better and on preparing the match against Mallorca". While admitting that Mallorca goes into the match with a lot of injuries, he warned against any complacency.

19-man squad for Mallorca | FC Barcelona
The only change from the squad that faced Celtic in the Champions League is the inclusion of Sergio Busquets, who missed the last match because of suspension. Vilanova can call on 18 fit senior players plus Cristian Tello from the reserves.

The team arrives in Palma | FC Barcelona
Barça took off from El Prat airport at 7.30 pm and are now in Palma. Given that the match kicks off at the earlier time of 5.50 pm, the coaching staff decided to change the usual routine and spend the night before the match in Mallorca.

Real Madrid buy stake in Oviedo to help keep club afloat - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Real director general Jose Angel Sanchez had informed Oviedo president Toni Fidalgo that the world's richest club by income, with annual earnings of more than €500m, had decided to help out their Asturian rivals, Oviedo said in a statement.

Valencia held by Valladolid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Valencia had drawn one and lost four of their five away games this term and they had to hang on for the final half hour with 10 men at Valladolid's Jose Zorrilla stadium after Cissokho was shown a straight red in the 64th minute. The French fullback, who had nodded his side ahead in the 14th minute, felled Julian Omar in the area and Victor Perez stroked the spot kick past Diego Alves to make it 1-1.

Sociedad stun Malaga | Sky Sports Football
Real Sociedad ended a run of four matches without a win in the Primera Division and moved out of the bottom three with a deserved victory at Malaga. Carlos Vela gave the visitors the lead in the opening minute and, although that was cancelled out by Javier Saviola, Xabi Prieto scored the decisive goal in the second half.

Rayo Vallecano down Celta Vigo - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Piti scored his goal from the penalty spot, burying a left-footed shot into the lower left section of the net. Celta de Vigo's Iago Aspas demonstrated a knack for finding the back of the net, and finished the match having scored two goals. His goals came in the 12th and 34th minutes.

Ballesteros’ secret to ageing | Football Espana
Sergio Ballesteros has reflected today on why he is still going strong in Levante’s defence at the age of 37. The former Tenerife, Rayo Vallecano, Villarreal and Mallorca man is now in the fifth year of his second spell with Levante and enjoying some of his best form.