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FC Barcelona News: 26 August 2012; Tito Gives Valdes a Vote of Confidence, Barça B Lose Mini Clasico

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Barça killer Dejan (Leka) Lekic is no longer playing for Osasuna
Barça killer Dejan (Leka) Lekic is no longer playing for Osasuna

Tough task in Pamplona | FC Barcelona
Osasuna are traditionally an uncomfortable opponent for Barça and with the game falling between the two legs of the Spanish Super Cup, with all the effort the players put in on Thursday night, this is an awkward game for what is Barça’s first away trip of the season.

Vilanova: "I’m surprised anyone could doubt Valdés" | FC Barcelona
"I’m surprised that at this point in his career anybody could question him. The Club has 4 Champions League and he has been decisive in 3 of them. He is the best keeper in the world and the best keeper for Barça by a mile". He also revealed that the pressure wouldn’t affect Valdes himself: "he’s very strong mentally".

Positive record at the always difficult El Sadar | FC Barcelona
El Sadar is one of the most feared stadiums for any FC Barcelona fan. The matches between Osasuna and Barça in Pamplona are almost always marked by vibrant and intense exchanges that demand the most of FC Barcelona’s players. Barça’s largest margin of victory at the Navarre grounds in its 34 visits is only 0-3 (2010/11 and 1998/99).

R. Madrid Castilla-FCB B: Defeat in Valdebebas (3-2) | FC Barcelona
The mini-clásico was reminiscent of the versions that are graced by Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Iniesta and Casillas. There were goals – some of them not very orthodox – there were two clearly defined styles of play on the pitch, there was tension and excitement, and there was controversy. In the end, Madrid Castilla’s efficiency won out over Barça B’s control and patience.

Pepe ruled out of Getafe clash -
Real Madrid defender Pepe has been forced out of his side's clash with Getafe on Sunday because of the concussion he sustained during Los Blancos' season opener against Valencia on August 19.

Spotlight on Osasuna | FC Barcelona
The compact Reyno de Navarra ground – previously called El Sadar – is a cauldron of noise and support for the home team on any occasion, but particularly against the big teams like Barça and as Tito Villanova made clear on Saturday, the crowd, coach Mendilibar’s tactics and his players ability to put them into action pose a real threat to Barça on their first away trip of the season.

Agirretxe nets twice in Sociedad win | Sky Sports Football
Imanol Agirretxe scored twice as Real Sociedad came from behind to secure their first three points of the season in a 2-1 win against Celta Vigo. Kike de Lucas had given Celta the lead against the run of play four minutes into the second half but a fine jinking run from Antoine Griezmann set up Agirretxe to bring the Basques level just five minutes later.

Postiga pinches the points | Sky Sports Football
Juan Albin received his marching orders for a second booking after the interval and Antonio Apono levelled the tie from the penalty spot. A constant menace in the second half, Postiga chipped away at Espanyol's resolve and eventually got his reward two minutes from time to earn Real their first points of the season.

Vallecano edge to victory | Sky Sports Football
Leo Baptistao scored his first senior goal for Rayo Vallecano as they continued their 100% start to the season with a 2-1 win at Real Betis. The visitors went ahead within two minutes as Leo's cross was tapped home by Piti, but Betis responded immediately and Jorge Molina headed in his third goal of the campaign moments later.