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FC Barcelona News: 27 April 2013; Tito Vilanova Gives Press Conference, 20 Players Travel to Bilbao

David Ramos

Vilanova feeling stronger every day | FC Barcelona
The coach was highly optimistic about the situation and also spoke frankly about his future, saying that "I feel strong, and health permitting, I’m looking forward to continuing in the job … I feel well after all that I’ve been through, I didn’t come back any earlier because there were some secondary effects. But I’m feeling better with every day and I was really looking forward to returning here."

The ten best comments from Tito Vilanova’s press conference | FC Barcelona
"To me, it doesn’t change the way we should think about the players or the squad. My approach to meetings will not change because of these results. We have won everything, some of the players are young, others are not, but they are all very keen, and that’s the best thing".

Twenty in squad for Bilbao | FC Barcelona
The first team trained on Friday in preparation for the game with Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés, the 100th and final time that Barça will play at La Catedral. Sergio Busquets, with groin trouble, is left out as a precaution, while Adriano Correia returns after missing the midweek trip to Munich through suspension.

First ‘match ball' in La Liga | FC Barcelona
Barça can win the league championship this Saturday, if the results work in their favour. First, they would have to win at San Mamés, where the game kicks off at 18.00, and then wait to see if Real Madrid lose, who are playing immediately after at third placed Atlético Madrid.

Bartomeu: "This league means a lot" | FC Barcelona
"Since the start of the season, we have said that the league is our main objective. That’s because we didn’t win it last season" said vice president for sport Josep Maria Bartomeu in an interview on Thursday with Catalunya Ràdio. "Winning that competition always has to be the target for a team like Barça."

Centenary and farewell to San Mamés | FC Barcelona
Athletic Club v Barça on Saturday will be the last ever meeting between the Basque and Catalans clubs at the legendary stadium, which is being demolished this summer after almost a century of existence. It also happens to be the one hundredth time that Barça will have played there.

Ronaldo out of Madrid derby but should be ok for Dortmund - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Before the Dortmund game he had physical problems and he won't be in the squad (on Saturday)," Karanka said. "He did not train today," added the former Real player as he again stood in for Jose Mourinho who rarely gives the customary news conference the day before a league game. "He has a muscle problem and he cannot help us but we are hopeful he can play on Tuesday," said Karanka.

Piszczek doubtful for Real Madrid second leg -
Borussia Dortmund full-back Lukasz Piszczek is a doubt for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid on Tuesday. The Poland international featured from the start in BVB's 4-1 win at Signal Iduna Park in the first leg, but was taken off after 83 minutes due to a groin strain.

Fears grow over Malaga owner's future commitment to club - ESPN FC
Malaga owner Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani is to have permission to develop a Marbella marina revoked, according to El Pais, casting doubts on his future commitment to the region and the club.

Santa Cruz talking with Malaga - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Paraguayan international, who has spent this season on loan at La Rosaleda, is a free agent in the summer when his Manchester City contract comes to an end. Confirming that he will certainly be leaving the English side, the striker also confirmed that reports linking him to Botafogo are not wide of the mark.

Montanier to sign until 2015 | Football Espana
Reports in France have this week echoed those in Spain that suggest Real Sociedad will sign Coach Philippe Montanier to a new two-year contract. Montanier is seen as having won the full backing of La Real’s board in his second season at Anoeta, with the team still in contention for Champions League qualification this term.

Rayo Vallecano come from behind to draw 2-2 with Osasuna | Sky Sports Football
Rayo Vallecano missed the chance to close in on a European spot as they had to come from behind to draw with relegation-threatened Osasuna in the Primera Division. Three goals in six first-half minutes had promised a free-scoring match but after the early excitement there was precious little for the fans at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas.

Duo out of Negredo bidding - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Reports this week have suggested that whilst La Viola and Napoli were lining up bids from Italy for the €18m-rated striker, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea had all also been scouting him. This led to stories in Britain today suggesting that the Welsh outfit were lining up a £13m bid for Negredo.

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