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FC Barcelona News: 13 February 2012; Squad for Champions League Game Set, Real Madrid Extend La Liga Lead

Sergio Busquets isn't ready to play yet, but he is going to travel to Germany.
Sergio Busquets isn't ready to play yet, but he is going to travel to Germany.

Spanish Football Federation to decide venue for Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on Monday -
However, the current La Liga leaders are believed to be reluctant to host this year's edition of the cup final, although they have not officially approached the RFEF, as they have scheduled maintenance during the week of the game. Therefore, the RFEF is considering moving the final to another venue, and both Sevilla's Estadio de la Cartuja and Valencia's Mestalla are candidates to host the fixture.

Puyol: "The League is complicated, but not lost" | FC Barcelona
"Clearly we're not happy with the match at Osasuna, but the League is not lost yet. We must be realistic and accept that it's complicated, but if this team has anything, it's that we will not give up, and we'll fight to the end". In this way Carles Puyol expressed the feelings of the squad after the defeat in Pamplona, ​​but also said how they'll face up to the rest of the season.

The night Barcelona threw away La Liga - Osasuna setback leaves Guardiola's side needing a minor miracle to catch Mourinho's Madrid -
Barcelona fans went back to blaming the referee on Saturday night. Some pointed to Alexis Sanchez's disallowed first-half goal which should have stood; others pointed out that Dejan Lekic was offside as he scored Osasuna's second in the Catalans' 3-2 defeat. The conspiracy theorists were out in force.

22 in the squad to travel to Germany | FC Barcelona
For this game, Pep Guardiola has called up all the available players from the first team, amongst them Sergio Busquets, who is travelling without medical clearance. The Barça midfielder has missed the last two games due to the knee injury sustained against Real Sociedad. This Sunday, though, he was able to take part in the group training session.

Motivation not a problem for Friedrich –
Leverkusen are competing in the round of 16 for the first time since 2004/05, and they could have hardly asked for a tougher test on their return to the knockout phase. Playing the European champions is a test that excites Friedrich, though. "There are two reactions you can have to the draw," he said. "On the one hand, 'oh no!', and on the other hand 'that's great'. In my eyes they are the best team in the world, so what better draw could you get?"

Real blast ten points clear - ESPN Soccernet
Jose Mourinho's men took full advantage of Barcelona's defeat at Osasuna last night to move into a commanding position in the title race. Gustavo Cabral headed Levante into a surprise early lead, but the 43rd-minute dismissal of Vicente Iborra, who picked up a second booking for handling in the area, swung the game in the hosts' favour.

Real Madrid's Pepe: The media has portrayed me like I'm a murderer -
The powerful defender has received a fair share of criticism for his aggressive style of play, in particular when Los Blancos face bitter rivals Barcelona, and the 28-year-old feels that the Spain's reporters have been too harsh on him. "The press has portrayed me like I am a murderer," said Pepe in an interview with Canal+.

Roberto Carlos: Jose Mourinho told me he will stay at Real Madrid -
Reports in Spain have suggested that Mourinho is keen to cut short his stay at Madrid after receiving whistles from the club's fans in the wake of the Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Barcelona. However, Roberto Carlos, whose club Anzhi have long been credited with an interest in Mourinho, says the Portuguese coach will not step down in the summer.

Levante sign Navarro | LFP
Levante have reached agreement with David Navarro, who has signed to add strength to the azulgrana defence. Navarro has previously played for Valencia and Mallorca, among other clubs, and arrives on a free transfer after a spell at the Swiss club Neuchâtel.

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