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FC Barcelona News: 3 May 2013; Derbi Barceloní Date Announced, Pep Guardiola Rules Out Barça Return

David Ramos

Espanyol v Barça derby on May 26 | FC Barcelona
As announced today by the LFP, the derby between Espanyol and Barça will now be played on Sunday May 26, at a time to be confirmed. The penultimate round of Liga matches was originally scheduled to be played on May 29, but as there are now no Spanish clubs involved in the Champions League Final, to be played on Saturday 25, the date has been brought forward.

Iniesta: "We learn from these things" | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta believes that the 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich was a lesson for the future. "We have to congratulate Bayern and learn from what happened, to make sure that things work out better for us in the future" he said on Wednesday night in an interview with ‘El Marcador’. He added that the result helps get some kind of perspective on the club’s success in recent years.

Graham Hunter: The glaring problems Barca have ignored — or worse — not yet identified | Paddy Power Betting Blog
With all due respect to Dortmund, who will traipse in second to Bayern in the Bundesliga and who gave up their German Cup defence to the same team, it is the AllianzArena club which is world number one. No question so, having made that clear let’s not forget that it’s only 12 short months since Bayern felt exactly like Barcelona do right now.

Barça rule Champions League possession | FC Barcelona
Barça were involved in four games in which they totally blitzed the opposition in terms of possession. Those were Benfica v Barça (25% and 75% possession), Barça v Celtic (73% and 27%), Celtic v Barça (27% and 73%) and Barça v Benfica (72% and 28%), all of which saw more than 40% difference between the respective sides. No other team came close to such an achievement.

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will not return to Nou Camp | Sky Sports
Speaking at an event in Buenos Aires the day after Barca's Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern, Guardiola was asked whether he would go back to his boyhood club and was quoted as saying by local press: "That chapter is closed. It was a fantastic chapter, but, as in life, one is born, grows and evolves."

Champions League failure prompts La Liga calendar change - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"In line with a prevision made in the calendar... that if no Spanish team qualified for the Champions League final, the 37th round of matches, scheduled for Wednesday May 29, will be brought forward to Sunday May 26," the LFP said in a statement. Matches include the Barcelona derby at Espanyol, and a meeting between the La Liga's surprise performers this season, fourth-placed Real Sociedad, who host Real.

Strikers miss Madrid workout | Football Espana
Both Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema were absent from Real Madrid’s Friday morning training session. The duo are seen as a doubt to make Los Blancos’ weekend match at home to Real Valladolid after not training with the rest of the main group at today’s workout.

'My future is at Real Madrid' - Casillas -
The Spain captain has failed to regain his place from Diego Lopez in Jose Mourinho's first-team ever since suffering a hand injury in January, leading many to speculate that he could seek to end his 22-year affiliation with the Liga giants. However, the 31-year-old has stressed that he has not entertained the idea of seeking a move away from the capital club.

Real Madrid set to sell Gonzalo Higuain but keep Karim Benzema | Sky Sports
Real Madrid will sell striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer, according to general manager Jose Angel Sanchez. The Argentine, 25, has scored 14 times this season while vying with Karim Benzema for the lead role up front, but it seems a six-year spell at the Bernebeu is now nearing its end.

Levante will support probe into Deportivo match-fix claims - ESPN FC
"We believe fully in the professionalism and honesty of all the players in our squad," he said. "We will fight to the death to find out the truth, which could be that something happened, or that nothing happened. Because if anyone is losing with all this, it is the club and its fans. Any player who has done anything like this, cannot play for Levante."

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