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FC Barcelona News: 24 February 2012: Barca B take on Hercules, Alexis wants to continue improving

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Alexis thinks he can still improve? Well, I'm looking forward to it!
Alexis thinks he can still improve? Well, I'm looking forward to it!

Barcelona B are in action tonight against Hercules, looking to extend their run of eight home matches unbeaten, and three consecutive wins at the Mini Estadi. However, in their way are one of the only teams to leave the Camp Nou triumphant since Pep Guardiola took charge of the senior team, so it will be far from straight-forward. Elsewhere Alexis Sanchez gave an enlightening interview with the official website, in which he describes Tello as an "amazing player". The start of a budding partnership? Oh, and the Mail have fabricated another story, as Barca are supposedly interested in Matias Suarez, despite the fact that David Villa will have recovered by then, along with Afellay, while the club may well have signed Neymar by this point...Basically, it's unlikely.

A confident Barça B will face off against Hércules at the Miniestadi tomorrow (21:00, GolT and Canal + Liga). Last weekend’s defeat at the Riazor (2-1) hasn’t relegated Barça’s winning streak at home to obscurity. Eusebio will be without two heavyweights, Dos Santos and Muniesa, for tomorrow’s match. The first was given marching orders at the Riazor last weekend and he’s suspended for this match, the defender is struggling with injury. "It’s a shame that we can’t use him, but we have other players in that position that can get the job done," said Sacristán on the midfielder.

Alexis: "I never settle for less" | FC Barcelona

"I haven’t finished a game where I say to myself ‘I played well today.’ I’m not at my best level, I know I can give more of myself. I didn’t want the last game to end, I really wanted to score, play better... I’m never satisfied."

Thiago: "This Barça will be around for a while" | FC Barcelona

Thiago Alcántara talked to the Masía’s budding stars this afternoon. The first-team player believes that Barça’s philosophy will allow the team to continue at the highest level of play for many years thanks to "the bold, hard-working and humble players that want to reach the first team." Thiago made the statements during the presentation of the MIC tournament, a World Cup that brings together the best Club youth systems from around the world. The tournament is played from April 4th through the 8th.

France boss Blanc: Real Madrid's Benzema out for two weeks - Goal.com

However, Les Bleus boss Blanc claimed during his squad announcement for next week's friendly against Germany that Benzema is facing two weeks on the sidelines. "Unfortunately, I saw his injury live and it seemed right away that it would difficult to call on him," the former Bordeaux coach is quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

Barcelona's hold over Arsenal in the transfer market is set to rear its head once again with the Spanish club fighting the Gunners for highly-rated Argentine striker Matias Suarez. Pep Guardiola's side are keen to strengthen in forward areas having seen their form suffer since striker David Villa was ruled out for six month with a broken leg.

Iniesta knows that Madrid have a considerable lead in the league, but has not given up the chase, saying that "if they drop any points, we have to be there just in case" The midfielder thinks taking things game by game will "make us more competitive in the Champions League and the final of Copa del Rey"

Real Madrid's Jese Rodriguez unlikely to join Fulham | Mail Online

Fulham's hopes of adding Real Madrid youngster Jese Rodriguez to their ranks have been scuppered by Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager had been considering allowing the 18-year-old attacking midfielder to leave the La Liga leaders on a temporary basis, but now appears to want him in and around the first team.

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo is arrogant and a bad loser, says Racing's Domingo Cisma - Goal.com

"In our first game against Madrid earlier this season, he [Cristiano Ronaldo] completely ignored me when I greeted him. He has a bit of an arrogant attitude, and does not know how to lose," Cisma was quoted as saying by Marca. "When we met again last weekend, I returned his action and did not shake his hand at the Santiago Bernabeu either."

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