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FC Barcelona News: 1 May 2013; Sergio Busquets, Eric Abidal Out of Match Squad, Real Madrid Lose in Semi-Final

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Busquets and Abidal to miss the match against Bayern | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets and Éric Abidal will not feature in tomorrow’s match. The midfielder has not recovered from the injury that kept him from playing against Athletic Club this weekend, while the Frenchman has picked up a calf injury. Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano took part in today’s session, but they did so apart from the group.

Vilanova: "We can never give up on a tie especially when we have 90 minutes to play at home" | FC Barcelona
"We believe we can fight back, it’s our obligation and we’re convinced [it’s possible]," said Tito Vilanova this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. "We know that it will be very difficult, but we are Barça and we can never give up on a tie especially when we have 90 minutes of play at home."

Gerard Piqué: "We have to have the faith of a child and lose our common sense" | FC Barcelona
The Blaugrana are aware of how difficult it will be to fight back against Bayern after the 4-0 from the away leg, but they’re confident that a comeback is possible. "The players believe a comeback is 100% possible. As the days have gone by we’ve been bolstering our confidence with positive messages. Football is also psychological," said Piqué this Tuesday.

Barça 4, Bayern 0 – from 2009! | FC Barcelona
8th April 2009. Barça hosted Bayern in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals at the Camp Nou and put in a spectacular and efficient performance to sweep aside the German team 4-0 and virtually ensure a place in the semi-finals.

Record 990 accredited media professionals at the Camp Nou. | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday’s game against Bayern Munich will set a record for media coverage at the Camp Nou, with 990 media professionals from 230 companies and 29 different countries accredited for the match. 96 German media professionals from 54 different companies will be at the game.

Jupp Heynckes: "We are going to attack" | FC Barcelona
Bayern Munich come into tomorrow’s match brimming with confidence but the German’s also have a healthy dose of prudence. "We can’t get carried away by the 4-0 from the away leg. In a semi-final there are two matches and we want to prove that what happened in the first match wasn’t a fluke," said Jupp Heynckes during this afternoon’s pre-match press conference.

Atletico Madrid – FCB, Sunday May 12th at 19.00 | FC Barcelona
The LFP announced the kick off times for week 35 of La Liga this morning, when Barça visit the Vicente Calderon to take on Atletico Madrid. The game will be played on Sunday May 12th, at 19.00. It will be Barça’s last trip out of the city for a league game this season, with their final away game two weeks later at neighbours Espanyol.

Borussia Dortmund hold off Real Madrid to reach final at Wembley | Sky Sports Football
Borussia Dortmund held on to book their place in the UEFA Champions League final despite a 2-0 defeat in the second leg of their semi-final with Real Madrid as the Bundesliga side progressed 4-3 on aggregate. Late strikes from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos set up a dramatic finale in Santiago Bernabeu but Robert Lewandowski's four-goal haul in the first leg last week proved decisive.

Decimated: It's adios Mourinho as Madrid miracle falls short -
Jose Mourinho came so close in the end, but he was ultimately so far away. Real Madrid put up a gallant late fight, but their 2-0 victory was not enough to stop Borussia Dortmund reaching their first Champions League final in 16 years.

Mourinho: Spanish press hate me - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Following Real's 4-3 aggregate defeat by Borussia Dortmund, the former Chelsea manager was asked if he would remain in Madrid next term and he told ITV Sport: "Maybe not. I don't know but I want to be where people love me to be." Real came within a whisker of pulling off a remarkable comeback after losing their semi-final first leg 4-1 away to Dortmund last week but came up just short with a 2-0 win at the Bernabeu to go out of the competition.

Pellegrini agent meets with City - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Speculation has been in recent weeks that Pellegrini could be set to leave the Anchovies in the summer, with Chelsea and City both rumoured to be possible destinations for the Chilean. Reports in Spain on Monday evening suggest that City have taken the lead, with their sporting director Begiristain apparently spotted in the Spanish capital with Pellegrini’s agent Jesus Martinez.

Costa confirms new contract - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I wish that the outcome from this weekend would have been better [defeat to Real Sociedad] when communicating at a Press conference and telling the fans that we have renewed the contract for another year, with an option for another," commented Costa to reporters today. "This agreement satisfies everyone, I will continue to give my best. I am happy to belong to this family and I hope to finish here with a title."

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