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FC Barcelona News: 22 September 2013; Barça Lose Possession Battle After 317 Games, Win Against Rayo Vallecano

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Cesc: "We're very pleased, we won a very difficult match" | FC Barcelona
"We’re really happy, these matches are really tough. They are afraid of nothing, they pressure you high up the pitch and they play well." The midfielder went on to say that his team played better in the second half: "In the second half they were more tired and we managed to take advantage of that, but it’s always difficult for us to win here; they are difficult to beat."

Gerardo Martino: "We improved over the course of the match" | FC Barcelona
After the 0-4 victory in Vallecas against Rayo Vallecano, Gerardo Martino talked to the press about the match. "Rayo pressed us and they made it difficult to play short passes. We had the alternative to play long and at times you have to do this in these types of matches in order reach other parts of the field," explained Martino, who went on to say that he is satisfied with how his men played.

Pedro's first hat-trick for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodríguez reached an important milestone in his Barça career this Saturday evening when he netted three goals in a single La Liga match. He scored the hat-trick away to Rayo Vallecano and he currently has five goals this season. "I’m very pleased because it was a difficult match and because of my team-mates, it's because of them that I scored the goals I scored," said the forward after the match.

Barcelona lose possession battle for first time in 317 games -
The Catalans cruised to a 4-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano (which included a hat-trick from Pedro, a Cesc Fabregas strike and a second successive penalty save in a week from goalkeeper Victor Valdes), but Gerardo Martino's side were edged out in the possession stats by 51 per cent to 49% at Vallecas.

Third FC Barcelona kit goes on sale | FC Barcelona
Club members and fans can now purchase FC Barcelona's third kit for the 2013/14 season. Starting this Saturday, September 21, the jersey, shorts and socks – all of which are black with yellow highlights – are now on sale. The kit can be purchased at the usual market outlets, for example, the FCBotiga Megastore at the Camp Nou, the official FCBotigues around Barcelona and on the Club’s official website.

A New Camp Nou by Francesc Tomas - ESPN FC
Inaugurated back in 1957, the breath-taking home of the Blaugrana became the envy of rival supporters across the globe thanks to its unique, innovative design and massive capacity. The most significant variation was the expansion to a huge 115,000 spectators ahead of the 1982 World Cup but, apart from that, only relatively minor tweaks have been carried out in the last 55 years.

Perez denies falling out with Casillas -
Perez insists that he continues to hold the World Cup winner in the highest esteem. "It's not true that I am annoyed with Casillas," the 66-year-old Madrid native told Jugones. "He has my gratitude and affection. He is the best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spain. "We all have people around us that can sometimes not be beneficial, not just him."

Perfect start for Atletico | Sky Sports Football
After a low-key first half at Estadio Nuevo Jose Zorrilla, Garcia headed in Jorge Koke's cross following a corner and Costa slotted home a second goal to make the game safe. The result means Atletico keep pace with Barcelona at the Primera Division summit and are behind only on goal difference, while Valladolid have only one win from five games.

Atletico look ready to challenge Barcelona & Madrid -
Atletico Madrid have been here before. Exactly a year ago, Diego Simeone's side sat in an almost identical position to now: fighting it out with Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Five wins in five games at the start of the Primera Division this term have seen the capital club back at the summit in Spain in 2013-14, but there is one key difference: this time they look better equipped to stay there.

Sociedad and Malaga stalemate | Sky Sports Football
Real Sociedad are still without a win since the first day of the season after being held to a goalless draw by Malaga. The match was low on incident and the best chances largely came from crosses into the box, with neither side able to capitalise.

Levante fight back for point |
The hosts went ahead through a penalty from Jose Antonio Rabasco 'Verza' in the 45th minute with Jesus Joaquin Fernandez 'Suso' doubling the advantage early in the second half. Christian Fernandez was sent off for the hosts shortly after the goal and Nabil El Zhar put Levante back in contention with a penalty, before Pape Diop completed Joaquin Caparros' side's comeback.

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