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FC Barcelona News: 22 September 2012: Barça Confident About Defensive Issues, Tito Hopes To Remain Perfect in La Liga

Will Bartra get some playing time today?
Will Bartra get some playing time today?

Perfect fifteen Vilanova’s only concern | FC Barcelona
"What I’m concerned about is getting 15 points out of 15, something that hasn’t been done very often" he said. And although they are at home against a side that hasn’t won yet this season, "people shouldn’t think that it will be an easy match, because they are a well organised team, very strong on the counter attack and good at strategy".

21 players prepare for Granada match | FC Barcelona
On Friday, the first team trained for the second to last time before their Liga fixture with Granada on Saturday night, which kicks off at 10.00 in the Camp Nou. There were 19 first team players involved in today’s workout, including Jordi Alba, who has been missing from recent games with the flu. Barça B’s Tello and Sergi Roberto also joined the session.

Coping well without Puyol and Piqué | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova will be missing Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué for the next few games. That means a complete reworking of his back line, but not for the first time in recent years, and the team has such strength in depth that it has generally managed quite nicely without its two most experienced centre backs.

Spanish football could 'kill itself' in five years - ESPNFC
Spanish football must change course drastically or it will "kill itself" within five years, according to Jose Maria Gay de Liebana, Spain's most prominent football economist. Gay de Liebana, an economics professor at the Universidad de Barcelona, was in the city on Thursday making his fifth annual presentation on financial issues facing Spanish and European football.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti has announced his retirement | Sky Sports
Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti wants to coach the club's youth team one day after announcing his retirement from playing. The 35-year-old ex-Spain international, who made almost 400 first-team appearances in almost 25 years at the Bernabeu, has been without a club since leaving Besiktas in November.

Valencia stadium project hit by woes - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"The latest events do not affect the foundations of this club," Llorente, who declined to provide details about the financing operation, said at a news conference. The club was "working with Bankia to seek solutions" and "the goal is still to restart and complete the new stadium", he added.

Pallardo out for three weeks | Football Espana
Levante have announced that midfielder Miguel Pallardo faces three weeks on the sidelines after suffering a muscle tear in training. The former Getafe player, who appeared as a late substitute in the 1-0 Europa League win against Helsingborgs on Thursday, suffered the injury to his left thigh in training on Friday.

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