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FC Barcelona News: 14 October 2013; Barça Face Difficult Schedule, Barcelona B Lose Fourth Straight

Stanley Chou

Five games over 14 days coming up | FC Barcelona
Once the international break is done and over, Barça face a gruelling five games in the space of just 14 days, with what could prove to be key games in both La Liga and the Champions League against Osasuna, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Celta and Espanyol.

Barcelona close to signing Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen - report - ESPN FC
Barcelona are reported to be closing in on a deal for Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Spanish radio station Cadena SER claims an agreement is in place with the 21-year-old and the two clubs are close to deciding on a fee, which is reported to be in the region of eight million euros.

Gerard Piqué: "Martino is very clear about what he wants" | FC Barcelona
In an interview with the Catalan daily La Vanguardia, Gerard Piqué reckons: "the start which we have made to the season gives us plenty of hope". Much of that must be down to new boss Gerardo Martino and the Catalan defender was quick to make it clear that the Argentinean’s arrival had been a pretty smooth affair.

Xavi defends Neymar over 'diving' accusations - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The Spanish international believes he knows exactly where the finger should be pointing instead of at Neymar. "This is happening because we have a lot of rivals and in Madrid they are looking for things they do not like and putting labels on them," he told RAC-1. "All the focus is on Neymar but he is not an actor."

Song's Cameroon get a draw in Tunisia (0-0) | FC Barcelona
Tunisia and Cameroon will have to wait for the second leg of their qualifying play off to see who goes to Brazil after teh two played out a goalless draw in Rades. Barça's Alex Song played the full 90 minutes for the visitors.

Adriano: "physically, I'm really at my best right now" | FC Barcelona
After coming on for the injured Jordi Alba after a quarter of an hour of the game against Seville, Adriano has put in six straight starts at left back and he admitted: "Jordi’s injury has given me the opportunity to get a run in the first team" and with Alba picking up another injury in training on Thursday, it looks as if the Brazilian could be in for an extended run.

Ten news items to sum up Barça's week | FC Barcelona
Isaac Cuenca and Javier Mascherano grabbed the headlines this week, with their return to training – a positive new item contrasting with Jordi Alba’s latest injury, reported on Thursday. Below, we look back at the ten top stories of the last week.

First minute goal condemns Barça B to defeat against Deportivo | FC Barcelona
Victory doesn’t always go to the brave and in front of the watching Tata Martino at the Mini Estadi this afternoon, Barça B saw all their dominance and initiative come to naught as an ultra-defensive, well organised and practical Deportivo made good their first minute goal – virtually their only chance all game – to take the points.

Carlo Ancelotti admits the Real Madrid job could be his last | Sky Sports
The Italian joined the Spanish giants this summer from Paris St Germain, signing a three-year deal with the nine-time European champions. "A lot of people have asked me about the possibility of coaching Roma or the (Italy) national team in the future," Ancelotti said to Sky Sport Italia. "I don't know - I could even decide to retire after my experience at Real Madrid."

Top doctor: Real may have 'committed error' in signing Bale - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"If Real Madrid have signed Gareth Bale knowing about this protrusion, they have committed an error," said Dr Parajon. "That is not to say that tomorrow it can be operated on and he can continue playing, like has happened many times. "But if he already has problems with protruding discs, that indicates that it is not a one-off.

Real Madrid expect Gareth Bale to return for Clasico - ESPN FC
The head of Real Madrid’s medical services says he expects Gareth Bale to be "120 percent" fit for Oct.’ 26’s ‘Clasico’ at Barcelona’s Camp Nou, as the winger can continue to play while his back problem receives treatment.

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