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FC Barcelona News: 25 August 2012: Barca B Take On Real Madrid Castilla, Nuri Sahin Joins Liverpool

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Roberto Di Matteo had his say on the David Luiz rumours yesterday...
Roberto Di Matteo had his say on the David Luiz rumours yesterday...

Last seven results in Madrid would win the Supercup | FC Barcelona

In 2011/12, the last of the four seasons, Barça visited the Bernabeu no fewer than three times, in the Spanish Supercup first leg (2-2), la Liga (1-3) and in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter finals (1-2). The season before, 2010/11, Barça drew in the Liga fixture and eleven days later got a famous win the Champions League semi finals (0-2). The good run at the Bernabéu started with the unforgettable 6-2 win in 2008/09, and was continued a year later with another convincing win in the domestic championship, which ended 0-2.

This is the only preview of the match that I could find on the net; the match starts at 21:00 CET for all those who are interested, and a review will be up on the site soon after.

Having had time to digest the events of the first leg at the Camp Nou, Xavi explained how "we have a strange feeling of unfairness. We played a great game and were far superior, but only won by a single goal". A wider margin would have all but settled the tie, but as far he is concerned "we still won and now we have to go there to play for the title. We are confident that when we go to the Bernabéu, we can produce the same football that we did here".

It’s time to switch attention back to the league. The FC Barcelona first team returned to training on Friday evening on pitch 4 at the Ciutat Esportiva, with Tito Vilanova using everyone he has available plus Tello and Miguel Bañuz of Barça B. The players that started against Real Madrid worked at a gentler pace than the others, but everybody’s minds were fully focused on Saturday’s trip to Pamplona.

Iniesta in positive mood | FC Barcelona

Iniesta played a key role in Barça’s win over Madrid (3-2). He forced a penalty to make it 2-1 and provided the assist for Xavi to score the third. "I am happy with my game" he said in an interview with ‘El Marcador’ on Barça TV. "But I hope there is much more to come." Asked about Jordi Alba and Alex Song, the two summer signings, Iniesta was full of praise for both of them. "Alba was here for years, he is a player like us, and I don’t think he’ll have any trouble adapting" he said on the former, and on Song he commented that "he is a great reinforcement for this season and those to come".

Toni to get Getafe gig? | Football Italia

According to suggestions in the Spanish media, Getafe are ready to sell Dani Guiza to Malaga and bring in the Italian veteran as a replacement. Toni is available on a free transfer and, according to AS, is on the verge of an agreement with the Azulones. However, it is also reported that Getafe hierarchy are biding their time before completing the deal, as they are slightly reluctant to sign the 35-year-old.

BBC Sport - Real Madrid's Nuri Sahin to join Liverpool on season-long loan

Liverpool have reached an agreement for the season-long loan of Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin after Arsenal ended their interest. The Reds offered to pay a larger proportion of the 23-year-old's £115,000 a week wages, swinging the deal in their favour.

Football | La Liga | PREVIEW: Getafe test for Real Madrid |

Jose Mourinho's men now face a potentially tricky trip to local rivals Getafe, and Lacen believes his side are more than capable of causing an upset having last season beaten the likes of Barca, Valencia, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. "Last year we won here against a lot of big teams and we want to continue like that. I have very good feelings about the game against Madrid. It will be difficult but hopefully we can get the three points," he said in AS.

Roberto Di Matteo says Barcelona cannot bully Chelsea over David Luiz | Mail Online

'There have been no approaches for Luiz and he's not for sale at any price. It doesn't concern me, the player will be here for the long term. I believe we can withstand Barcelona. Personally we don't feel any pressure from them. This club has been very successful in the past. I don't see why any players would want to leave us for anywhere else.'