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FC Barcelona News: 26 August 2013; Tata Martino Admits Lack of Effectiveness, Preparations Begin for Supercopa

Denis Doyle

Malaga – Barça: Three more points (0-1) | FC Barcelona
Three days ahead of the Spanish Super Cup decider at the Camp Nou, Barça showed character and resilience to make it two wins from two in the league so far, seeing off Malaga at La Rosaleda thanks to a superb Adriano goal just before half time.

Tata Martino: "We started off strong, but we lacked effectiveness" | FC Barcelona
"We started off strong but our performance dropped as the game went on, we played a good first half in which we lacked effectiveness but we created a lot of chances," explained Tata Martino in the post-match press conference. The Argentine added: "We controlled the game up until the 25th minute of the second half, but from that point on we lost possession."

Mascherano: "We put in a strong effort against a great team" | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano was one of the standout Barça players in the match against Málaga. ‘El Jefecito’, who is proving to be one of the most on-form players so far this season, summarized the match with the following sentence: "We had a lot of possession, but we didn’t take advantage of our chances."

Facts and figures from the Malaga game | FC Barcelona
Valdés has not conceded a goal in the first two league games, something he only managed once last season, in weeks 31 and 32. The team also kept a clean sheet in week 30, but Pinto stood in for the Spanish keeper for that game.

Straight into training on return from Malaga | FC Barcelona
Following their 0-1 win at La Rosaleda on Sunday night, the Barça squad flew back into Barcelona this morning. After leaving Malaga airport at 10.30, the players made straight for the Ciutat Esportiva de Sant Joan Despí to train behind closed doors ahead of Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Atletico Madrid this Wednesday.

Barça B beat Lugo and take first three points of the season | FC Barcelona
Barça B took their first three points of the season with a 2-1 win over Lugo. Eusebio’s youngsters went ahead with an individual goal from Joan Román in the first half and although the Galicians equalised soon after wards, a late strike from Espinosa gave the hosts their first points of the campaign.

Bale still not worth €100m, says Martino -
Barcelona boss Tata Martino has reiterated his belief that Real Madrid "lack respect" for society due to their willingness to pay a reported €100 milliion for Gareth Bale. The Tottenham star looks set to complete a potentially world record-breaking transfer to the Spanish capital, leading the Argentine to question the figures mooted.

Ancelotti bites back at Martino over Bale fee -
"I didn't understand it," Ancelotti told reporters on Sunday. "He hasn't been here for long; he does not understand European football and does not understand how his own club works. "Barcelona buy their players with money, too. It was certainly a strange thing to say."

Atlético Madrid dominate before visiting the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid come into the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup with sky-high morale after they fired for five unanswered goals against Rayo Vallecano this Sunday. Atlético’s goal scorers were Raúl García (2), Diego Costa, Arda and Tiago.

Ajax reject Atletico offer for Alderweireld -
Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has revealed that the club have rejected an offer from Atletico Madrid for defender Toby Alderweireld. The Belgium international has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League, with Everton and Tottenham among those reported to be interested in the centre-half, but the Rojiblancos are the latest to enter the race for his signature having lodged an official bid.

Vigo down 10--man Betis | Sky Sports Football
Second-half goals from Charles and Nolito ensured 10-man Celta Vigo claimed their first win of the Primera Division season with at battling Real Betis. However, the visitors, who opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Espanyol, had to resist a thrilling fightback from Pepe Mel's men, who had threatened a late fightback.

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