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FC Barcelona News: 23 February 2013; Barça Look to Bounce Back Against Sevilla, Real Sociedad Win Basque Derby

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Jordi Roura: "This team has always known how to bounce back" | FC Barcelona
"Saturday’s game is important for us to take another big step in the league and get back some good feelings. We have to focus exclusively on the Seville game and nothing else. It’s true that at certain moments against Milan we were lacking consistency, but that game is finished and I don’t want to talk about Milan until the second leg".

22 players in session ahead of Seville game | FC Barcelona
The squad continued preparations for Saturday night’s game against Seville on Friday evening when Jordi Roura led a training session with 22 players, including Eric Abidal, who was given the medical all clear on Thursday. Adriano, who is recovering from a hamstring injury he picked up in the first half of the game against Granada and missed the trip to Milan in midweek, trained apart from the rest of the rest of the squad

Tito Vilanova unlikely to return to Barcelona bench until April - ESPN FC
"He will not be back for this game with Milan," Rosell said. "It is expected that he will be back on the bench in April." Asked whether he felt his team could overcome the two-goal deficit and qualify for the quarter-finals, Rosell was positive. "Can we come back against Milan?" he said. "I am always optimistic."

How much longer can Barcelona go on without a coach? - Goal.com
This Barcelona side have had bad nights before, of course, including another in Milan back in 2010, when Pep Guardiola's team lost 3-1 to Jose Mourinho's Inter. That Italian side, however, was far superior to the current AC Milan team, and such results were the exception rather than the norm under the Catalan coach.

Milan 2-0 Barcelona: Barca completely nullified | Zonal Marking
The key feature to Milan’s performance was their shape and discipline without the ball. Barcelona never found space in the final third, and seemed to find it impossible to create passing angles for intricate through-balls.

FC Barcelona Legends: Ronaldinho | FC Barcelona
Ronaldinho played for FC Barcelona from 2003 to 2008. The Brazilian led the Rijkaard’s team for five seasons with imaginative and stunning football. Ronaldinho scored 110 goals in 250 appearances and he was the key player in Barça’s Champions League conquest, as well as two Liga titles and two Spanish Super Cups. Here (above) is a look back at the legendary player.

Spanish football chief alleges match-fixing - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Yes it exists, we cannot deny the fact, which is very serious. It is a minority, but it is very serious," said Tebas, who intends to stand against José Luis Astiazarán for the presidency of the Spanish league. "Match-fixing in Spain is not related to betting, but the tables at the end of the season, when maybe only two or three games are important.

Alonso, Benzema out of Depor clash - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Alonso started Friday's training session with the rest of the squad but later worked alone with assistant Rui Faria, while Benzema remained in the gym, Real said in a statement on their website. Mourinho's squad list published later on Friday did not include either player and centre back Sergio Ramos is also unavailable after his sending off in last weekend's 2-0 victory at home to Rayo Vallecano.

Iker Casillas Real Madrid comeback ahead of schedule - ESPN FC
"I am feeling very positive," Casillas said. "The surgeon gave me the worst-case scenario, he said it could take three months. But when the splint was removed the other day, I was told I had four weeks left. Now I am doing active exercises to get mobility and strength back in the finger."

Sunken Adan must leave Real Madrid, says father - Goal.com
"I don't know why this has happened but the situation is fatal. I talk a lot with him and he is very concerned, we are sinking," Adan Sr. told Radio Catalunya. "He is very sad and dull. It is clear he has to go, he has to see out the next three months and then look at what options present themselves.

Sociedad end Bilbao drought | ESPNFC.com
Struggling Athletic took the lead in the Basque derby on the half-hour mark through Ibai Gomez but Primera Division high-flyers Sociedad drew level almost immediately thanks to Antoine Griezmann. The visitors then netted twice in 10 second-half minutes through Imanol Agirretxe and Carlos Vela to claim the victory.

Rayo launch sticker collection | Football Espana
Rayo Vallecano have launched a new sticker collection, where fans can collect 343 stickers of absolutely everyone at the club. The high-flying minnows confirmed in a statement on their official website today the launch of a 2012-13 album for €4, and that packs of 10 stickers will go on sale at a price of €1 each.


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