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FC Barcelona News: 14 April 2013; 18 Players Make Trip to Zaragoza, Including Two Members of Barça B

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Roura: "The league for us is basic" | FC Barcelona
"The league is basic for us, it’s our first objective. It’s true that we’re a bit stretched but the squad has strength in depth and without (the contribution) of every player we couldn’t be league leaders. We hope to recover people and fitness in this final stage of the season".

Messi, Iniesta, Busquets, Alba and Pinto to miss Zaragoza clash | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, José Manuel Pinto, Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba will all miss this Sunday’s away match against Zaragoza. The Argentine had treatment from the physio this Saturday while Pinto is suffering from a painful lumbago and will also not travel to Zaragoza.

Excellent record at La Romareda for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The team managed by Manolo Jiménez have been flirting with the relegation zone for weeks now and Barça come into the match knowing that they will be league leaders no matter what the outcome of the match is. The Blaugrana hold a 13 point-advantage over Real Madrid, who are in second.

Happy birthday, Carles Puyol! | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol, FC Barcelona’s first team captain, turned 35 years old today. Puyol made his debut for the Blaugrana on October 2nd of 1999 under the orders of Dutchman Louis van Gaal. The Catalan had to wait until the 2005/06 to lift his first title – the league – but since then he’s become one of the most decorated players in FC Barcelona history.

Zaragoza with seven ex-FC Barcelona youth players | FC Barcelona
Barça will face off against a Zaragoza side that have quite a few former FC Barcelona players in its ranks. At the beginning of the season the team from Aragon had four ex-Barça youth team players on their senior side, and during the January transfer window, they picked up three more: Rochina, Carmona and Rodri. Here’s an overview of the players:

Bayern Munich thrash Nuremberg (4-0) | FC Barcelona
Bayern Munich thumped Nuremberg this Saturday afternoon by 4 to 0. FC Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final rival fielded a team full of reserve players against their German opponents; only Gómez, Ribery and Boateng - all of whom feature regularly for Bayern - were named to the starting team.

Madrid to sell Benzema or Higuain | Football Espana
Real Madrid will look to sell either Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain this summer, according to reports in France today. Le 10 Sport have claimed that Los Blancos have run out of patience with their attacking duo, and will hope to off-load one of them at the end of the season.

Sahin can play against Madrid | Football Espana
The Turkey international left Santiago Bernabeu and re-joined the Bundesliga side in January on an 18-month loan deal. But he will be permitted to face Los Blancos when the two meet in the Champions League semi-final later this month as there is no clause in his contract stating otherwise.

Malaga joy after late winner | Sky Sports Football
Malaga's week to forget ended on a high as Julio Baptista gave them something to smile about with an injury-time winner against Osasuna. Manuel Pellegrini's side were dumped out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday thanks to Borussia Dortmund's injury-time heroics, and the fall-out was unpleasant.

Last-gasp Garcia sees Espanyol hold Valencia - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Espanyol levelled with the last kick of the game to draw 3-3 at home to Valencia in La Liga on Saturday, with three goals coming in a frantic final seven minutes at Cornella-El Prat. Espanyol striker Sergio Garcia muscled his way past Victor Ruiz to shoot high into the net in the 94th minute, after Valencia looked to have snatched all three points with two quick goals at the end.

Valladolid down 10-man Getafe | Sky Sports Football
Valladolid staged a second-half turnaround to overcome 10-man Getafe 2-1 and record their first home win since January. Paco Alcacer gave Luis Garcia's side an undeserved lead moments before half-time but goals by Oscar Ramos and Javi Guerra in quick succession turned the match around, before Alexis Ruano was sent off for Getafe.

Spanish Liga - Valeron shines as Deportivo continue escape at Levante - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Deportivo 37-year-olds Valeron and Manuel Pablo combined for the opener as Depor's bid to avoid relegation from La Liga gathered pace. Valeron and Portuguese trio of Pizzi, Nelson Oliveira and Bruno Gama helped Depor out of the relegation places up to 16th in the standings with 29 points, two above the drop zone.