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FC Barcelona News: 22 October 2013; Barca Train at San Siro in Preparation for Champions League Game Against AC Milan

Stanley Chou

FC Barcelona train once again at the San Siro | FC Barcelona
The first team trained this Monday evening on the pitch of the San Siro, where [today] they will face Milan in the third round of the Champions League group stage (20.45). Tata Martino led all 21 of his his men in a light session, the only player to not participate was Oier Olazábal due to a knock on his right thigh.

Tata Martino warns that Milan will not be easy to beat | FC Barcelona
"This week has important games but they are not decisive. They are matches against historic rivals and we’ll try to do our best," said the FC Barcelona manager this Monday in the San Siro press room. "We will very nearly be qualified for the Round of 16 of the Champions League if we get a positive result on Tuesday. It’s a decisive for our hopes of qualifying and that’s why I thought it best to bring all 22 players [to Milan]," said Martino.

Milan - FC Barcelona: Did you know… | FC Barcelona
Milan and Barça will face off this Tuesday (20.45, TV3/La1) in the third round of the Champions League group stage. The Blaugrana come into the match as group leaders on six points and the Italians are second on four points.

Allegri planning same tactics as last year | FC Barcelona
Massimiliano Allegri already knows what it is like to beat FC Barcelona. Last year in the second round of the Champions League, Milan won 2-0 at the San Siro, although ultimately went out after losing the second leg 4-0 at the Camp Nou.

No goals in 11 games: Kaka's worst opponent is Barcelona -
The 77th minute of Saturday's game against Udinese marked the return of Kaka to San Siro, with the Brazilian's entrance accompanied by a standing ovation from the AC Milan fans who had been waiting for this exact moment ever since he re-joined the Rossoneri. The 31-year-old again feels the affection that he never experienced at Real Madrid. There's no doubt about it: in Milan, people are counting on Kaka again.

Alexis claims to have learned from criticism | FC Barcelona
Alexis Sánchez is in his third season at FC Barcelona, and things have started well for him this term, scoring four times in ten matches. And that is why he feels people have a higher opinion of him than ever this season, for "what has changed has been goals. I have always worked the same, but when you score, everything changes".

Are Barcelona moving away from Tiki Taka? -
Slaves to Tiki Taka? Strong words - and a great headline. But Pique also qualified his statement, by adding: "Now 'Tata' (Martino) has come in from outside; he has the same football vision, of keeping the ball, but he can count on other options as well. And that is something very positive because we have variations."

Rosell: "We have 20,000 members under the age of 8 and we want them to continue to have free access to the stadium" | FC Barcelona
This Sunday, Sandro Rosell explained in an opinion-editorial article published by La Vanguardia that the Club wants "the 20,000 children under the age of 8 to continue getting free access" to the Camp Nou and that the Board of Directors is working "towards a solution that will address three challenges" that will resolve the issue outlined by Toni Freixa on Monday.

Strategic investment in Sant Joan Despí | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona closed out a strategic investment as the Club signed a private purchase agreement for a 26,811 m² estate in Sant Joan Despí. The land, which is adjacent to the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, current houses ‘Tennis el Forn.’ The cost of the acquisition is 8,270,000 euros, plus VAT, and it will be paid within the next five years.

FC Barcelona launches website in Portuguese | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is continuing to expand the number of languages on its website. From Friday, Portuguese has been added (, meaning there are now a total of nine languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, Chinese, Arabic, French, Indonesian, Japanese and Portuguese). The next project is to add Turkish to the list.

Bilbao halt Villarreal's charge | Sky Sports Football
Two quickfire goals a little after the half-hour mark were all Athletic needed as they edged a game of few chances 2-0. Moreno Mikel Rico headed in the opener in the 33rd minute and two minutes later Aritz Aduriz fired in a second. Villarreal's comeback hopes were hampered by a red card for Bruno Soriano moments before half-time.

Celta made to pay by Levante | Sky Sports Football
A floodlight failure at the start of the second half delayed proceedings by about 20 minutes but it did not dim Celta's attack, who forged a number of scoring opportunities which were each wasted in turn. Papakouli Diop then made Celta pay for their lack of a clinical finish when he snatched an 89th-minute winner to claim what had seemed an unlikely three points for the visitors.

Getafe's Pedro León on the way back to being Pedro León again |
This was the week in which Diego Costa didn't score, Lionel Messi didn't score, and Cristiano Ronaldo did score but apologised for it. The week in which Valladolid's Patrick Ebert scored a belting free-kick in the 85th minute to extend Sevilla's run without an away win to a year and a month and Rayo's Alejandro Gálvez hit an even better one to extend Almería's two-and-a-half-year wait for a first division victory by another week.

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