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FC Barcelona News: 20 November 2012; Barça Look to Qualify for Next Round, Players Ready for the Cold/Pitch

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Denis Doyle

Vilanova: "You can't beat anyone easily in the Champions League" | FC Barcelona
This Tuesday (18.00) FC Barcelona will have a new opportunity to qualify for the next round of the Champions League. Tito Vilanova, during today’s pre-match press conference, admitted that the game against Spartak is important but he also played down the importance of clinching qualification tomorrow.

Spartak Moscow - FC Barcelona: Three golden points up for grabs | FC Barcelona
Barça have a golden opportunity to qualify for the next round of the Champions League this evening. Despite losing away to Celtic FC two weeks ago, the first team will be in the round of 16 if they draw or win against Spartak Moscow. It won’t be easy. The freezing temperatures and the artificial turf at Luzhniki Stadium are two factors to keep in mind in addition to the quality of Unai Emery’s men.

Cesc Fàbregas: "The pitch and the cold won’t be a problem or an excuse" | FC Barcelona
Barça can expect freezing temperatures, an artificial pitch and a tough opponent on Tuesday, but in his press conference this afternoon, Cesc Fàbregas declared that the team is ready to compete in what will certainly not be the conditions they are used to.

Team checks out Luzhniki Stadium pitch | FC Barcelona
The first team squad trained at Luzhniki Stadium ahead of tomorrow’s game in Moscow and were able to get their first taste of the artificial pitch, a surface which the team are certainly not used to, but which Cesc Fàbregas made clear in his press conference: "we can’t use as an excuse".

Barça have never lost in Russia | FC Barcelona
Barça face Spartak Moscow in Russia this Tuesday in a game that could see them book a place in the knock out stages of the Champions League. It’ll be the second time that Barça have faced Spartak in Moscow, having played in Russia on six occasions – with five draws and one win so far.

Spartak-FCB a guarantee of goals | FC Barcelona
The three games between Spartak Moscow and Barça all featured plenty of goals and excitement, with an average of five goals a game. The first meeting between the two in the group stages earlier this season saw Barça win 3-2 with goals from Tello and Messi (2), whilst Alves scored an own goal and Romulo got the second for the Russians.

Spartak-FCB: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
Barça will be through to the next round if they win in Moscow. Second place at least will be guaranteed with a win and if Celtic (currently on 7 points) draw or lose away to Benfica in the group’s other games, they will virtually ensure first place.

Llorente explains news conference no show - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The La Liga side took the unusual step of publicising the fact that Llorente had refused to attend a media event after training in the morning, stirring up further speculation over the 27-year-old's future at the club."They told me just as I was leaving training and I didn't have time," Llorente told local television station Telebilbao, to whom he said he had already agreed to speak.

Vela inspires Sociedad to rout of Vallecano - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Former Arsenal man Vela scored two goals in the first half before Mikel González and Gonzalo Castro finished the job in the second half for Sociedad. Vela's attacking prowess gave his team a boost, and his goals came within three prolific minutes, in the 31st and 33rd. The Mexican international also accumulated three shots over the course of the match, and completed 32 passes as well.