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FC Barcelona News: 20 September 2012; Barça Survive Spartak Moscow Scare, Gerard Pique Out for 2 - 3 Weeks

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FC Barcelona-Spartak Moscow: Messi leads fightback (3-2) | FC Barcelona
Unai Emery’s ultra-conservative Spartak Moscow caused Barça a few problems as they managed a 1-2 lead on the hour, with two goals from Messi then turning the result round and giving Barça a win in this season’s Champions League debut.

Tito Vilanova: "The fight back proves that this team is eager to win" | FC Barcelona
"I would have preferred to have won more easily and suffered less. However, I think these types of games are good for all of us. Football is not easy. The comeback proves that this team is eager to win," said Tito Vilanova in the Richard Maxenchs press room. The manager praised the ambition his players showed throughout the match.

Gerard Piqué to miss two to three weeks | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué will be sidelined for two to three weeks after picking up an injury shortly after kick off against Spartak Moscow. According to the Club’s Medical Services, the player has spain in his left foot. Piqué went forward to contest a corner kick on seven minutes and received a knock on his left foot.

Tello: "The team went all out against Spartak" | FC Barcelona
Cristian Tello put in a brilliant performance this Wednesday evening against Spartak Moscow. The Auzlgrana forward said that "I’m very happy we won and that we got the three points, the first Champions League match is always important. The team went all out and everyone saw it."

FCB-Spartak Moscow: FC Barcelona's standout players | FC Barcelona
Tello was named to the starting line-up for the first time in a Champions League match, and he didn’t disappoint. On 13 minutes, the youngster received the ball from Xavi, skipped past his mark and nailed a low, hard right-footed shot to Dikan’s far post. It was Barça’s first, and his first for the senior Azulgrana side in sixth months.

Defenceless Barcelona escape in game of Russian roulette - but they may not be so lucky next time -
It started with a win. Tito Vilanova's team kicked off their Champions League with victory at home to Spartak Moscow on Wednesday, coming from behind to win 3-2, just as Real Madrid had done 24 hours earlier against Manchester City. As usual, Barcelona's midield was majestic, and their attack astonishing. But it was hard to make a case for the defence.

Luís Alberto a new leader for Barça B | FC Barcelona
Barça B’s number 9 is a technically gifted player, he dominates the ball with both feet, and he’s confident in front of goal. Standing 182 centimeters tall, he’s one of the tallest players on the roster. According to Eusebio, "he’s ideal for our style of play. He’s very good technically and he has good field vision, he’s also a strong lad and he uses his body well."

Mourinho sues Marca editor -
Jose Mourinho has filed a civil lawsuit against Marca editor Roberto Palomar for making defamatory comments in an article about Real Madrid coach. The journalist published a story on September 17, where he referred to the Portuguese coach as "the type of person who leaves after causing a car crash".

Bayern overcome Valencia | ESPNFC
Bastian Schweinsteiger fired the hosts into the lead seven minutes before half-time and Toni Kroos doubled their advantage with a sweet strike from outside the area with 14 minutes remaining. The visitors had offered very little in an attacking sense but were given hope in stoppage time when Nelson Valdez headed home Jonathan Viera's cross.

Mauricio Pellegrino philosophical after Valencia's loss to Bayern - ESPNFC
"We gave the ball away a lot, especially in the first half," Pellegrino said. "We had no support when we brought the ball out, and we were not in the right positions. In the second half we improved, but against a team like Bayern mistakes like these make things very difficult. Football is like that - against a team with that much quality, you are going to pay dearly for errors."

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