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FC Barcelona News: 16 September 2012: Barcelona Win Marred By Puyol Injury, Real Madrid Lose Again

Get well soon Puyi!
Get well soon Puyi!

Tito Vilanova: "The most important thing is that we've won 12 out of 12 points" | FC Barcelona

On this afternoon’s match at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, the manager said that "we controlled the match from the beginning, that’s important because we had a hard time here last year." Vilanova went on to add that his players had "enough patience" throughout the 90 minutes of play and that the team "managed to score a good amount of goals." Vilanova added: "It’s good to know that we lost last season in Pamplona and Getafe, and this year we managed to win."

The player will be sidelined for four to six weeks. Puyol will undergo further tests on Sunday to determine the extent of his injury. "We had problems with our center backs. It’s always a problem when you lose players like him. We know how important Puyol is to the team. He played well throughout the match, he brings a lot to the team. Hopefully we can get him back soon," said Tito Vilanova in the post-match press conference.

Real Madrid suffered its second straight defeat, falling eight points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga as a stunning early goal from Sevilla was enough to condemn it Saturday night. Piotr Trochowski lashed home after 69 seconds and Madrid could not find a response, instead counting itself lucky that not one but two of its players avoided red cards that easily could have been shown.

The Spanish champions have slipped eight points behind leaders Barcelona after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Sevilla. Mourinho said: "We have only really played well in the Spanish Super Cup. Nowhere else. I am worried that in this moment I don't have a team. There are very few heads who are committed and concentrated."
FC Barcelona’s forward, David Villa, was very optimistic after this afternoon’s match against Getafe. El Guaje said that "I feel better each day. I need to be patient and keep on working." Villa also explained his goal celebration: "I’m going to have another child, he's due in February and I’m very happy that I got to dedicate the goal to him." The FC Barcelona forward, who scored Barça’s fourth goal, noted that "what every player likes to do is to feel good on the pitch and the best feeling always comes when you score. I’m happy that I was able to contribute to the team’s victory."

Real Madrid need to snap out of malaise quickly, says Sergio Ramos - European - Football - The Independent

"It's rare that after four games the boss has been so tough and the team have not raised themselves," Ramos told reporters, referring to earlier comments the Portuguese coach had made about his team. "The moment has arrived for us to look at ourselves and say we can give more, that we should improve and change our attitude."

Barça turns defeats into victories | FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona has made a great start to the league season with two wins away to Osasuna and Getafe, stadiums where the team lost last year. And a win away to Getafe is a lucky omen; a victory there has always been followed by Barça taking the league title .

Saviola fires Malaga to win - Yahoo! Eurosport UK

Former Barcelona and Real player Saviola joined Malaga on transfer deadline day two weeks ago and on his first start for the side burst through on to Isco's pass to score in the 27th minute. Saviola, known as 'El Conejo' (the rabbit), then laid on Joaquin to score the second after Levante had grabbed an equaliser against the run of play when Michel ran the length of the pitch to score just after halftime. Malaga lost defender Sergio Sanchez to a red card near the end but Francisco Portillo made sure of the points with a volley in time added on.

Football | La Liga | Valencia record first win of the season |

Valencia earned their first La Liga victory at the fourth time of asking after easing past newly-promoted Celta Vigo 2-1 at the Mestalla. Sofiane Feghouli gave Valencia an early lead and although Celta equalised soon after through Michael Krohn-Delhi, the hosts claimed the points thanks to Aly Cissokho's 50th-minute winner.

Llorente makes scoring return as Bilbao draw - Yahoo! Eurosport UK

Espanyol had stormed ahead in the first half with goals from Javi Lopez and Joan Verdu. Bilbao started their fightback when Aritz Aduriz headed home in the 56th but, after Llorente levelled, Samuele Longo sprinted clear to net a third for the hosts with 10 minutes remaining. Longo was sent off for a second bookable offence as he celebrated with Espanyol fans in the stands, and Aduriz bagged his second goal with a spectacular volley soon after to earn a point for Bilbao.

A second goal in two games from Aras Ozbiliz gave Kuban a hard-won point in a 2-2 home draw with Spartak Moscow on Saturday. Ex-Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady had opened the scoring on 14 minutes with a fierce shot past Alexander Belenov following a selfless lay-off from teammate Ari. Artyom Fidler replied in style for Kuban 12 minutes later, seizing on a misplaced clearance for Juan Manuel Insaurralde and firing in a 25-yard missile of a shot that left Spartak goalkeeper Andriy Dikan with no chance. Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike restored Spartak’s lead eight minutes after the break, picking up a ball over the top from Dmitry Kombarov on the counter attack, advancing into the Kuban box and beating Belenov with a powerful strike.

"It's clear that it would be a dream for me to coach Barcelona at one point," Kluivert said to Esports COPE. "Barcelona are without a doubt the number one in my dreams, and I would like that dream to come true. I really hope to become a great coach, that's the most important thing for me. If the opportunity arose to take charge of Real Madrid? Why not... I would not turn them down."

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