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FC Barcelona News: 9 November 2013; Copa del Rey Draw Pits Barça Against Cartagena, Squad Focused on Real Betis

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FC Barcelona to face FC Cartagena in the cup | FC Barcelona
Friday morning’s draw in Madrid has paired FC Barcelona with FC Cartagena in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. The first leg will be played on December 7 or 8 at the Cartagonova, a stadium based on the same design as Barça’s own Miniestadi. The return leg at the Camp Nou will be on December 18.

Barcelona and Real Madrid kept apart in cup draw | Sky Sports
Real Madrid cannot play Barcelona until the final of the Copa del Rey after the draw for the late stages of this season's competition was made on Friday. Carlo Ancelotti's Madrid were drawn to face minnows Olimpic Xativa in the last 32 of the competition, while on the other side of the draw Barcelona will play Cartagena. The matches are to be played over two legs, on December 7/8 and December 18.

Fully focused on Betis | FC Barcelona
Barça continued preparing for Sunday’s game away to Betis with a training session this morning in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Like on Thursday, Gerard Piqué worked separately due to the groin trouble he has been suffering this week. Sergio Busquets, however, was able to join in with the complete session as normal.

Facts and figures ahead of Real Betis v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Out of 48 Liga matches in green-and-white territory, FC Barcelona have won 19, drawn 13 and lost 16. And the last eight visits by Barça to the Benito Villamarín have produced two wins apiece and four draws. Víctor Valdés, Iniesta and Xavi have featured in all of those games.

Ten statements from Xavi Hernández's press conference | FC Barcelona
"Iniesta and me are fine, we’re both fully fit. My role hasn’t changed at all. The footballing idea hasn’t changed, neither has the system. In fact, I feel even more important and participative than before".

Personalised Coca-Cola for the players | FC Barcelona
Before training on Friday morning, the Barça players all received bottles of Coca-Cola with their names on. It’s all part of the ‘Share a Coke With’ campaign, through which the company wishes to show its support for football and its fans. An total of 550 million containers have been produced bearing the most common names in Spain, as well as generic names and expressions.

Leo Messi heads into the basket | FC Barcelona
We thought we had seen it all from Leo Messi. But the Argentinian continues to surpass even his own extraordinary self. He displayed his latest skill in training on Friday in a game in which the players had to head to head the ball back and forth without it touching the ground, and then try to head it into a basket.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo fit to face Real Sociedad - ESPN FC
Sources close to Ronaldo’s camp had told the Spanish press that the attacker was unhappy at the physical treatment Juve dished out during Wednesday's 2-2 Champions League draw, and the Portugal international had trained indoors in the gym on Thursday to help him recover from the bumps and bruises he had picked up.

Madrid without Marcelo, Khedira doubtful - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Los Blancos, who have Ramos suspended and Coentrao still recovering from injury heading into Week 13, have also lost Marcelo after he picked up a knee injury in training today. Set for tests later today, the Brazilian has been left out of the squad to face La Real, whilst Khedira is included but is a doubt after suffering with discomfort in his leg.

Forget La Liga. Can Atletico Madrid win the Champions League? by Sid Lowe - ESPN FC
The question got asked so many times that it became almost a running joke, but what if it's the wrong question? After every game, Diego Simeone came into the press room and was asked if Atletico Madrid could win the league. And after every game, Diego Simeone said no. No they couldn't win the league. "Partido a partido," he repeated, over and over: game by game.

El Arabi stars in Granada win | Sky Sports Football
The home side were on top for the majority of the game but neither team could break the deadlock in a goalless first half. El Arabi scored after 48, 59 and 77 minutes and Juanmi Jimenez's equaliser after the first only levelled matters up for four minutes before El Arabi handed his side the lead again.

Almeria continue winning run |
A solitary goal by Rodri guided Almeria to their third successive Primera Division victory and ensured Osasuna remained firmly mired in trouble at the bottom of the table. On-loan Barcelona B striker Rodri pounced after Andres Fernandez fumbled Sebastian Dubarbier's corner in the 18th minute. It means Osasuna now have just one win in five games and could find themselves bottom of the table at the end of the weekend.

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