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FC Barcelona News: 6 November 2013; Adriano Included in 20-Man Match Squad, Juvenil A Qualify for Next Round

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20 players named to the team for the match against AC Milan | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino named 20 players to the team for tomorrow’s match against AC Milan. Oier Olazábal and Isaac Cuenca didn’t make the team for technical reasons, while Jordi Alba, Ibrahim Afellay and Jonathan dos Santos are all injured.

FC Barcelona v AC Milan: Did you know... | FC Barcelona
The referee for this evening’s match is the Serbian Milorad Mazic. He’s refereed Barça on one occasion, when the Blaugrana hosted Spartak Moscow (3-2) in the 2012/13 edition of the Champions League. He has never refereed AC Milan before.

Tata Martino: "The match against Milan is of vital importance" | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino reminded the journalists gathered in the Ricard Maxenchs press room of the importance of tomorrow’s Champions League clash with AC Milan. "It’s of vital importance to us seeing that we’re on the verge of qualifying [for the next round]." A victory over the Italian team would give FC Barcelona passage to the Round of 16, which would "give us a certain tranquility" ahead of of the last two matches of the group stage.

Alves: "We will defend our style of play to the death" | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves focused on Barça’s style of play in the pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s match against AC Milan. "We will defend our style of play to the death because it’s what made us the best team in the world," declared the right back. He also admitted that Barça are employing alternatives to how they play.

Allegri: "We'll have a chance if we play well defensively" | FC Barcelona
In any case, the match at the Camp Nou is a welcome break for AC Milan given their recent form in the Italian league. "It’s stimulating to play here. We don’t have to motivate ourselves," said the manager. The keeper Abbiati, who missed the match in Milan, agrees with his manager: "The match comes at a good time. It’s a challenge."

Javier Mascherano happy at Barcelona after praising Napoli coach Rafa Benitez | Sky Sports
Mascherano, himself, is not looking to leave Barcelona, but confirmed he retains great affection for Benitez following their time together at Liverpool. "I like Serie A very much, the level is high and you can see beautiful games," Mascherano told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I'm often in touch with Rafa Benitez, we have a great relationship.

Juvenil A – AC Milan: FC Barcelona qualify for the Round of 16 (1-1) | FC Barcelona
Unlike the match two weeks ago when Barça scored six goals (2-6), this Tuesday’s match saw Jordi Vinyals’ men score only one. The goal scored by Godswill was enough to secure the a draw against the Italians. Ajax’s victory over Celtic Glasgow means that Barça’s captain’s header sealed a spot in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Youth League.

22 years on from Bakero’s miracle goal in Kaiserslautern | FC Barcelona
There are still plenty of fans and players who continue to find it hard to believe that Barça pulled it off and won their way through to the next round of the final edition of the European Cup, before it changed its name to the Champions League.

Pep's Bayern equal Barca record -
Bayern Munich have equalled Barcelona's record of nine consecutive wins in the Champions League with their 1-0 away victory over Viktoria Plzen, which saw them qualify for the last 16. Pep Guardiola brought on the Bavarians' top goalscorer this season, Mario Mandzukic, who scored the only goal of the game against the Czech side.

Groningen confirm Barcelona interest in Zivkovic - Soccer News
Eredivisie side Groningen have moved to confirm reports linking Barcelona with a move for forward Richairo Zivkovic. The 17-year-old has already impressed at senior level and he is widely regarded as one of hottest prospects in the Netherlands.

Ronaldo and Gareth Bale score as Real Madrid hold Juventus | Sky Sports Football
Juventus face a struggle to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages after Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid earn a 2-2 draw in Italy. A victory in Turin would have sealed Madrid's spot in the next phase but they had to content themselves with a point against a Juve side who now find themselves propping up Group B after FC Copenhagen beat Galatasaray 1-0.

Valencia sack Vazquez - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Los Che were speculated in recent days as considering both Braulio and Coach Miroslav Djukic’s position at the club, on from a poor start to the season that has already yielded six defeats in La Liga. With rumours suggesting that President Amadeo Salvo was keen to keep faith with the Serb, it is the sporting director who has exited.

Manchester United have to settle for point against Real Sociedad | Sky Sports Football
Robin van Persie missed a penalty and Javier Hernandez shot over from point-blank range as Manchester United had to settle for a 0-0 draw away to Real Sociedad. David Moyes' side knew victory in their UEFA Champions League Group A clash in San Sebastian would put them on the brink of qualification for the knock-out phase and eliminate the Spanish strugglers.

Betis defender faces 50 days with his mouth closed - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"We are happy because it has reduced the double fracture," Doctor Fernando Manso explained to reporters this week. "For the bone to harden he must have his mouth closed for a month-and-a-half, perhaps a little sooner he can return to sporting activity, but we have to assess him.

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