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FC Barcelona News: 3 November 2013; Barça on Top of La Liga for 50 Straight Weeks, Lionel Messi Not at 100%

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50 weeks on the top of the league | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have led La Liga since August 19, 2012. They have played 50 games since then, 38 in last season’s championship and 12 in the present. First under Tito Vilanova, and now under Tata Martino, they have been top of the table for all that time.

Messi: I'm not at 100% yet -
In a post on the social networking site Weibo, Messi discussed Friday’s Catalan derby with Espanyol, which the Blaugrana won 1-0 thanks to an Alexis Sanchez goal, before touching on the issue surrounding his fitness. "Games against Espanyol are always difficult," reported. "Physically, I am not 100% yet, but with games under my belt I’m sure I’ll get into my stride."

Gerardo Martino's first 100 days in numbers | FC Barcelona
10. The number of FC Barcelona clean sheets this seasons. Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Supercup, Ajax and Celtic in the Champions League and Levante, Malaga, Rayo, Almeria, Osasuna, Celta and Espanyol in la Liga all failed to score against FCB.

Mascherano: "The possession debate is absurd" | FC Barcelona
Hovering over FC Barcelona’s impressive string of results is the ever present debate about the evolution of the team’s style of play under the direction of Gerardo 'Tata' Martino. Despite the manager’s insistence that his focus is to recover aspects of play that have been lost in seasons past.

FC Barcelona warming up before the derby | FC Barcelona
Impossible control, pinpoint passes, limb stretching and maximum concentration. Thos are some of the details that Barça fans in the stadium can enjoy in the build-up to matches. This three-minute collection of highlights give you an idea of what it all looks like from pitch level. This was Barça warming up for the derby.

Madrid survive Vallecano fightback - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale starred as Real Madrid survived a second half fight back to beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2 in La Liga. A brace from Ronaldo and a Karim Benzema strike handed Carlo Ancelotti’s side a three-goal lead, with Bale grabbing two assists. But two quick-fire goals from Jonathan Viera from the penalty spot forced Real Madrid to hold on to three vital points in order to keep pace with Barcelona and city rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.

Coentrao a doubt for Juve | Football Espana
Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao suffered an ankle injury last night, and could miss the match with Juventus on Tuesday. The Portugal international twisted his ankle in the 16th minute of Los Blancos’ 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night. The left-back was able to continue, but was subbed off on the stroke of half time for Marcelo.

Real Sociedad thrash Osasuna |
Real Sociedad gave themselves the perfect lift ahead of next week's Champions League clash with Manchester United by thrashing Osasuna 5-0 at home. Jon Ansotegui headed the hosts in front after 33 minutes, while Inigo Martinez doubled the lead, heading in a corner two minutes into the second half.

Beto mistake costs Sevilla | Sky Sports Football
Lopez struck in the 47th minute after the Sevilla keeper made a complete hash of a clearance as he put the ball at the feet of the Celta midfielder, who beat him one-on-one to fire home. The result, Celta's third league win of the season, lifted them up into 13th place in the overall standings, one point adrift of Sevilla who are 11th.

Rodri gives Almeria controversial win | Sky Sports Football
The Barcelona B loanee decided the game by netting the only goal shortly before half-time, but Valladolid were incensed it was allowed to stand. Despite the controversial manner of the goal, the hosts just about deserved the win, creating the better of the chances.

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