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FC Barcelona News: 20 October 2013; Barça No Longer Perfect After Osasuna Draw, Squad Named for Milan Game

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Barça hit the buffers in Pamplona (0-0) | FC Barcelona
Barça failed to match La Liga’s best ever start to a season, drawing in Pamplona to put an end to an eight game winning run, though 25 points from a possible 27 represents a great testimony to Tata Martino’s beginning at the Club.

Gerardo Martino: "We weren't accurate in front of goal" | FC Barcelona
The Blaugrana were not able to equal Real Madrid’s 1968/69 record, when they won their opening nine matches of the competition, but they managed to get a point. "We should have won given the chances we created. I’m pleased with the team’s performance," explained Martino, who lamented his men’s accuracy in front of goal: "We weren’t accurate in front of goal."

Puyol: "I’m pleased with how I felt on the pitch, but not with the final result" | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona captain, Carles Puyol, was the center of attention as he returned to competitive play after nearly seven months on the sidelines due to injury. He was named to the starting line-up in his first match back with the team and after the match he admitted that he felt comfortable on the pitch.

Barça alone at top of the table | FC Barcelona
The draw at El Sadar (0-0) combined with Atlético Madrid’s loss at Cornellà–El Prat (1-0) leaves Barça top of the table with 25 points, one more that Atético and three more than Real Madrid, who come to the Camp Nou next week.

Martino names 22 for Milan | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino is taking 22 players to Milan. That means he’s taking everyone he can to Italy for the third game in the Champions League apart from the dropped Isaac Cuenca, in addition to the injured Jordi Alba and Ibrahim Afellay. That means returns for Alves, Piqué and Alexis, who were rested on Saturday for the 0-0 draw in Pamplona. Oier Olazábal is back in the selection.

Zubizarreta to pen Barca extension - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Catalunya Radio have claimed that the sporting director has been in talks with the club, and has come to an agreement to extend for another two years. Zubizarreta has been in the board room since 2010, working as a director of football at Camp Nou.

Milan win ahead of Barça clash (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Barça’s next rival in the Champions League are AC Milan. The two teams will face off this Tuesday at the San Siro. This Saturday, the Italian team defeated Udinese in Serie A thanks to a goals from the top of the box from Birsa on 22 minutes. The match also saw Kaká return to the San Siro, he was subbed on in the second half and thus featured in his first home game since returning to the Italian team.

Alavés – Barça B: The best place to start winning again (2-3) | FC Barcelona
Barça B returned to its winning way this afternoon at the always difficult Menditorroza stadium. Goals from Edu Bedia, Sandro and Joan Román were enough to overturn the opening goal from Borja Viguera, who finished the match with a brace. This was Barça B’s first win on the road this season and, in addition, it cuts short the team’s four-game losing streak.

Bale wins disputed penalty in Real victory - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Gareth Bale earned a controversial penalty for Real Madrid as they defeated Malaga 2-0 at the Bernabeu. The Welshman returned from injury as he came off the bench to win a spot-kick after stumbling under a challenge from Weligton in injury time. The penalty looked soft, with Bale making the most of minimal contact, but Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to fire past the outstanding Willy Caballero who had kept Real at bay with a string of saves.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has hit out at rumours over his fitness | Sky Sports
"It was just a little thigh strain that was blown massively out of proportion," Bale Real Madrid TV. "It is just a minor injury and I'm back now. "I've not had a lot of game time, pre-season, training or running so you pick up little niggles. "I have to take one step at a time. I've not had much training or games. It's all about building me up now."

CBF to take Diego Costa case to FIFA - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Once the Spanish Football Federation submits the certificate it received from the CBF which acknowledges that Costa has never played an official match for Brazil to the Players’ Status Committee, FIFA should, in theory, grant the player permission to be called by Spain. But the CBF are within their right to appeal at the Dispute Resolution Chamber and for the RFEF that is the problem.

Sociedad sink Valencia | Sky Sports Football
Antoine Griezmann and Ruben Pardo scored either side of half-time to pave the way for a much-needed three points. Dorlan Pabon grabbed a consolation goal for Valencia in injury-time as they lost for the first time since their shock 3-0 defeat by Swansea in the Europa League.

Rayo's Ze Castro suffers muscle tear - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The Portugal international arrived from Deportivo this summer, but has so far failed to cement a first team place at the Franjirrojos. And he won’t be able to impress Coach Paco Jemez for at least the next month after club medics confirmed that he suffered a slight hamstring tear in training on Friday.

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