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FC Barcelona News: 26 April 2012; Pique Discharged from Hospital, Real Madrid Eliminated from Champions League

Pep is expected to announce the decision about his future tomorrow.
Pep is expected to announce the decision about his future tomorrow.

Piqué discharged | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué was discharged from hospital this morning after his condition improved overnight at the Hospital de Barcelona where he had been under observation following his clash with Drogba and Valdés in the first half of the game against Chelsea on Tuesday. The player will be looked at again after he has had a week of rest.

Guardiola set for talks | Sky Sports
Pep Guardiola will have talks with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell to discuss how the club will bounce back from their defeat against Chelsea. The Catalan giants have now failed to win three games in succession - both legs of the UEFA Champions League semi-final - which were sandwiched by a league setback to Real Madrid.

What now for Barcelona? | Andy Mitten - Yahoo! Sport UK
The home fans had left on the whistle, not whistling or booing their heroes, but by applauding them off the field and singing the stirring 'Barça!' anthem. They applauded Chelsea too. It's easy to be magnanimous in victory, less so in defeat. The Catalan media were more critical of Chelsea, saying that the Londoners 'anti-football', their 'catenaccio' had triumphed.

Iniesta: "We’ll be back" | FC Barcelona
Iniesta explained" it hurts us as players for all the people who are suffering for the defeat – all the people that are behind us. Still feeling the fans are with you, even though we have missed out on the Champions League final, is great. All we can say right now is that we will be back and be fighting for every title again - we just fell a bit short tonight".

Spain's plan for clubs to settle tax debts - Yahoo! Eurosport
Spanish sports minister Jose Ignacio Wert, secretary of state for sport Miguel Cardenal and LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran briefed reporters on the new rules on Wednesday and the LFP said in a statement that clubs which transgressed could be barred from competition. If the LFP itself failed to enforce the rules its directors could be removed and income from lottery sales withheld, the statement added.

Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich (BM win 3-1 on pens) | The Guardian
Barcelona last night; Madrid tonight. Two incredible semi-finals have seen off two Spanish clubs. In 24 hours, the dream of an all-Spanish final dissolved in dramatic fashion. So too did José Mourinho's hopes of becoming the first coach to win the European Cup with three different clubs. There will be other opportunities but just days after all but securing the league title in a fourth different country, he will have to wait.

Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich: Bayern through on penalties | Zonal Marking
Bayern Munich will face Chelsea in the final, after overcoming Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Jose Mourinho made one change from the first leg – at left-back, where Fabio Coentrao was left out after a difficult game in Munich, and Marcelo came in. Jupp Heynckes kept the same team from the first leg, in roughly the same formation.

Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Messi, says Mourinho after Bayern loss -
"Cristiano Ronaldo is fantastic. I will not compare him with [Lionel] Messi, we're talking about two great players. I will say this year Cristiano Ronaldo has been better," Mourinho declared in his post-match press conference. "They're super men but Superman is a film. Messi missed yesterday [against Chelsea], and today three men missed because this is football, and these things happen."

Rossi out until 2013 | Sky Sports
The Italy international damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a defeat to Real Madrid in October before aggravating the problem in a training session earlier this month. The 25-year-old went under the knife in the United States - the country of his birth - last week, with the procedure performed by the famed Colorado-based surgeon Dr Richard Steadman. But Rossi will also require a second operation in the summer.

Cazorla strike rescues Malaga - ESPN Soccernet
Malaga's indifferent form continued to leave them narrowly hanging on to fourth place and the prospect of Champions League football next season after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Osasuna. The result means Malaga have taken only eight of 18 possible points in their last six league matches, and they are now only three points clear of fifth-placed Levante as they go into a difficult run-in that includes fixtures against Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

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