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FC Barcelona News: 13 May 2013; Barça Stage Comeback To Beat Atlético Madrid, Lionel Messi To Undergo More Tests

Denis Doyle

Atlético de Madrid-FCB: Champions’ Courage wins out (1-2) | FC Barcelona
After a pretty placid first half, Atletico went ahead, Barça switched to a three man defence and–reduced to 10 men by an injury to Messi – went for the jugular, scoring twice and showing all the pride and bravery that has helped to make them the league champions once again.

Leo Messi to undergo tests on Monday | FC Barcelona
During this Sunday’s match against Atlético Madrid, Leo Messi had to abandon the pitch due to issues with the hamstring in his right leg. It was in the 67th minute when the Argentine could not longer continue, thus leaving his team with 10 men – all three substitutes had already been used by Tito Vilanova.

Tito Vilanova: "We've been the best team in La Liga, without a doubt" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova was very clear after this afternoon’s match at the Vicente Calderón: "we've been the better team in La Liga, without a doubt. We knew that we had to win as many points as possible at the start of the season because big teams usually drop points in the first games of the year. We started off well and that gave us a good advantage."

Alves: "If winning La Liga were easy, we wouldn't have lost it last year" | FC Barcelona
Alves has always advocated that winning the league title is something to be celebrated, and now that he’s won it, he reiterated that belief to the press. "I’m very pleased, winning this title has been a long process but we’ve done it, now we have to celebrate it with the importance it deserves." He added: "if it were so easy to win La Liga, we wouldn’t have lost it last season."

The first La Liga title for eight FC Barcelona players | FC Barcelona
Eight FC Barcelona players claimed their first ever La Liga title on Saturday night when Real Madrid failed to defeat Espanyol at Cornellà-El Prat. They are Cesc, Alexis Sánchez, Alex Song, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra, Martín Montoya, Jonathan Dos Santos and Cristian Tello. Here’s a look at each one individually:

Guard of honour for FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderón | FC Barcelona
As is tradition, the champions of La Liga are welcomed onto the pitch as their rivals form a guard of honour. This afternoon, at the Vicente Calderón, Atlético Madrid lined up to welcome the league champions to the pitch in this fashion as FC Barcelona clinched the title on Saturday night after Real Madrid failed to defeat Espanyol at Cornellà-El Prat.

Barcelona on course for 100 points, but Guardiola's greats still superior to Tito's team -
Pep Guardiola's great title-winning teams of 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 claimed 87, 99 and 95 points, respectively. But by winning their last three games in the Primera Division, Vilanova's version can eclipse those superb sides. So does that make the current crew better than Pep's posse?

Five training sessions to prepare for Valladolid | FC Barcelona
Barça will ride out the remainder of the season with a healthy dose of tranquility after they were crowned champions of La Liga on Saturday night after Real Madrid failed to defeat Espanyol. The team will celebrate their newly won title on the streets of Barcelona starting at 18.30.

Pellegrini denies Manchester City deal struck - ESPN FC
"I have not signed an agreement with anyone - not with Manchester City, not with Roma, not with Napoli, not with PSG, not with any of the clubs who have been mentioned. "Every year, I have had the possibility of major teams making an offer to me, and that is an honour.

Derby spoils are shared | Sky Sports Football
The two sides were evenly matched and although the visitors created marginally the better chances, a draw was not an unfair result in the end. The result all put paid to Malaga's already slim hopes of finishing in the top four, as they are five points behind Valencia with one game less to play.

Betis back to winning ways | Sky Sports Football
Ruben Castro's goal midway through the second half decided things in Betis' favour as they kept the heat up on stuttering Malaga in sixth spot. For second-bottom Celta though, Sunday's result was another damaging setback following their recent mini-revival and they are now three points adrift of safety with just two games to go.

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