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FC Barcelona News: 8 March 2013; Training Focused on Deportivo, Marc Bartra Strains Knee Ligaments

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Training with an eye on Deportivo | FC Barcelona
The 22 available players of the first team squad trained on Thursday evening at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper with their thoughts very much on Saturday’s match against Deportivo de la Coruña. Dos Santos and Pedro, who returned to the main group on Wednesday, took a full part in the session directed by Jordi Roura.

Barça hosts a struggling Deportivo still looking for first away win of the season | FC Barcelona
The team managed by Fernando Vázquez hasn’t had much luck on its travels this season. They haven’t won a single game away from their own Riazor stadium, drawing five and losing eight. Along the way, Depor have conceded 35 goals away from home and scored just 15.

Cesc Fabregas: "When there are important matches, the players and the fans get stronger" | FC Barcelona
One of the keys to overturning the adverse result of the first leg is to know how to keep a cool head from the kick-off and not be in too much of a hurry. "If we don’t play with our heads it will go badly for us because getting over-excited isn’t good. We have to be clever and we can’t just play with our hearts, but with our heads as well. This generation (of players) is due a historic comeback".

Messi played his first game with the boys’ team on 7th March 2001 | FC Barcelona
It was March 7th, but in 2001, when the Barça history of Leo Messi began. Messi played his first game for Barça 12 years ago today. The Argentine, who got his license from the Catalan Football Federation on March 6th, played his first game with the boys’ team managed by Xavi Llorens just a day later.

Bartra out for between 7 and 10 days | FC Barcelona
The Club’s medical services have announced that Marc Bartra has suffered a grade 1 ligament strain in his left knee and will be out of action for between 7 and 10 days. Bartra felt a twinge in training on Thursday evening and tests carried out this morning revealed the full extent of the injury.

Spotlight on Deportivo de la Coruña | FC Barcelona
Week 8 of La Liga pitted Deportivo de la Coruña against FC Barcelona at Riazor Stadium. It was one of the most thrilling games of the season, as the Balugrana narrowly edged the home team by five goals to four. Leo Messi grabbed a hat trick while Tello and Jordi Alba scored one goal apiece, Deportivo’s goal scorers were Pizzi (2), Bergantiños and Jordi Alba (og).

Marcelo fined for driving without valid licence - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Brazilian was pulled over on the afternoon of February 12 on the M-12 highway and it was discovered he had previously been stripped of all his points, rendering his licence invalid, the authorities said. Marcelo is the latest Real player to fall foul of Spain's traffic laws after their France striker Karim Benzema was clocked driving at 216 kph in the early hours of February 3, more than twice the speed limit of 100 kph.

Copa Final set for Friday | Football Espana
The Spanish Football Federation have reportedly determined that this season’s Copa del Rey will be held on Friday May 17. The date and venue for the final to be played between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are set to be officially determined in a meeting this afternoon between the two clubs at the RFEF.

Valencia to push for Valverde deal | Football Espana
The 49-year-old replaced Mauricio Pellegrino in December, provisionally signing a deal until the end of the season. Having turned around Los Che’s form in the League that has seen them rise from mid-table to Champions League qualification candidates, the club are believed keen to now extend his stay beyond this summer.

Swansea want full-time De Guzman deal - ESPN FC
De Guzman, 25, has starred for the Welsh club since arriving from Villarreal on loan in the summer, and scored two goals as they lifted the Capital One Cup with victory over Bradford at Wembley last month. Laudrup said he was keen to make the Netherlands international’s switch full-time.

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