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FC Barcelona News: 9 May 2013; Pedro Resumes Training, Javier Masherano Also Joins Group

David Ramos

Mascherano eases his way back to fitness | FC Barcelona
The first training session of the week was led by Jordi Roura, as Tito Vilanova is in New York until Thursday for medical tests. As well as Mascherano, the session also included Pedro, who took a full part in the activity after missing the Betis game due to a stomach bug.

La Liga will have to wait | FC Barcelona
La Liga won’t be Barça’s this Wednesday. Real Madrid’s 6-2 victory over Málaga at the Santiago Bernabéu means Barça will have to wait to celebrate the title. In fact, Barça could be crowned champions on Saturday if Madrid fail to defeat Espanyol at Cornellà-El Prat or on Sunday if the Blaugrana defeat Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón.

Barca have title within their grasp at Atletico - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Barca need two points from their remaining four matches to wrest the title back from their arch rivals, who have played a game more ahead of their trip to Espanyol on Saturday, and meet an Atletico side who have already made sure of third place and a berth in the Champions League group stage.

Leo Messi: twenty goals against Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is Atlético Madrid’s worse nightmare. He has netted no fewer than 20 goals against Atlético, 17 in the league and 3 in the Cup. And he’ll be looking to add to his tally this Sunday in the Vicente Calderón (kick-off 7 pm, GolT, Canal+ Liga). They’re his favoured victim, followed by Real Madrid (18 goals).

Sergio Busquets: "Winning a title is special and the league even more so" | FC Barcelona
Even though the players know they could become league champions this Wednesday if Real Madrid doesn’t win the match against Malaga tonight, they are still focussing on beating Atlético in the Calderon on Sunday to confirm the league title.

Barcelona stars pay tribute to 'legend' Ferguson -
Gerard Pique - who spent a spell with the Red Devils before his return to the Blaugrana - reeled off his impressive trophy haul over the years. He wrote on Twitter: "26 years, 13 league titles, 2 Champions Leagues, the Cup Winners' Cup, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups… Legend!"

Ronaldo claims 200th Madrid goal in Malaga rout - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Ronaldo scored his 200th goal for Real Madrid as Los Blancos put six goals past nine-man Malaga to delay Barcelona's coronation as La Liga champions until at least the weekend. Raul Albiol headed Real ahead inside three minutes, but Roque Santa Cruz tapped in a leveller. Malaga defender Sergio Sanchez was sent off for a professional foul on Ronaldo, who missed the resulting penalty.

Atletico beat Celta to secure Champions League return - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Diego Costa, Juanfran and Radamel Falcao netted in the second half to put the 2010 and 2012 Europa League winners back in Europe's elite club competition for the first time in three years. Atletico climbed on to 72 points with three games left to play, 14 points ahead of fourth-placed Real Sociedad, who have a game in hand.

Pellegrini laments Malaga sales - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Amid financial uncertainty since last year, a number of first team stars have left La Rosaleda in the last two transfer windows, the last of which was Nacho Monreal on the final day of the January market. In trying to assess Malaga’s drop down the table in recent weeks, compounded by a 6-2 defeat to Real Madrid this midweek, Pellegrini indicated that club policy was to blame.

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