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FC Barcelona News: 14 December 2013; Tata Martino Expects Difficult Match, Toni Sanabria Close to Joining Arsenal

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Gerardo Martino looking for top quality football | FC Barcelona
The Argentinian manager knows that this will be one of the hardest home fixtures of the season, because the visitors "play the same way at home or away. They are playing the best football in this competition and have players that can tip the balance in every position." But he has insisted that "I’m expecting Barça to play football of the very finest quality … We have to get the team playing at that kind of level, because that will give us a much better chance".

Training at the Camp Nou and off to hotel | FC Barcelona
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has taken the final training session before FC Barcelona meet Villarreal this evening at 20.00 in the Camp Nou. The workout was in the same venue as the match and involved the eighteen players named in the squad.

Toni Sanabria close to joining Arsenal, according to his agent | Sky Sports
Toni Sanabria's agent claims Arsenal are closing in on a deal for the Barcelona youngster. The 17-year-old is a full Paraguayan international, but is yet to make his debut for Barca - although he has trained with the first-team on a number of occasions.

Giant Polish banner on show in the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
"I have no words to describe how I feel to see our banner in the Camp Nou" said a visibly emotional Tomasz Lasota, president of the Fan Club Barça Polska. After a 26 hour journey by coach, more than fifty members of this club from Poland unfolded their enormous 80x30 banner on the Camp Nou terraces.

Interview with Miguel Cardenal, Spain’s secretary of state for sport by Sid Lowe - ESPN FC
The problem is not the law; it is the four thousand million euros that is owed by the clubs. We have to ask: why do they owe so much money? You can’t allow the application of that law to adulterate the competition, damaging equality of opportunity, but the time to take that decision has gone.

Ancelotti: Falcao not right for Real Madrid - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"He is a great player but at the moment we are very happy with the strikers that we have as they are scoring a lot of goals," Ancelotti said about reports linking Real with a January move for the Colombia international, who has scored nine goals in 14 league outings but has not played since Nov. 24. "I don't think at the moment Falcao would be the right player for us."

Real Betis rocked by Xavi Torres injury blow | Sky Sports
Real Betis midfielder Xavi Torres is likely to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on an Achilles injury. Torres went under the knife on Friday morning after spending the night in hospital and is expected to be sidelined for up to five months.

Late Barral winner ends barren run |
A late goal from David Barral saw Levante end a miserable run of form with a much needed 2-1 come-from-behind home win over Elche. Levante had lost five in a row in all competitions coming into the match but got three points to stop their slide down the table.

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