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FC Barcelona News: 23 September 2013; Preparations Begin for Real Sociedad Game, Martino's Barça Make Historic Start

David Ramos

Five out of five for Martino | FC Barcelona
Tato Martino’s side just couldn’t have made a better start to the league season, with five wins from five, and throughout the Club’s history, only four other coaches have matched the Argentinean’s great start- James Bellamy (1929/30), Terry Venables (1984/85), Louis van Gaal (1997/98) and Tito Vilanova (2012/13).

Starting with five straight wins - synonym of the title | FC Barcelona
Víctor Valdés has made 11 penalty saves in his career at Barça, ten in La Liga and one in Europe. The latest two have both been made this week. The Barça keeper has now saved as many penalties in la Liga as Diego Alves, Casillas and Leo Franco (10). The only active player to have made more is Palop, with 12.

History on Barça's side at home to Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona
From 1928/29, at Les Corts, to 2012/13, at the Camp Nou, FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad have met in 66 league matches in Catalonia. And the home side have an impressive record, winning no fewer than 56 of those matches, with seven draws and just three wins for the side from San Sebastian.

Gareth Bale misses out on a home debut for Real Madrid through injury | Football News | Sky Sports
The Wales international was set to make his Bernabeu bow following his world-record move from Tottenham over the summer but was forced to miss the 4-1 win over Getafe after hurting his left leg while taking practice shots at goal. Bale will undergo tests on Monday but manager Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful he will recover to face rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday, even if he misses a midweek trip to Elche.

Madrid win without injured Bale |
Real Madrid made light of Gareth Bale's absence to cruise past Getafe 4-1. Madrid fell behind to a deflected goal by Angel Lafita after five minutes, but Pepe equalised a quarter of an hour later. Cristiano Ronaldo then put Madrid ahead from the penalty spot before Isco extended Madrid's advantage with a goal in the second half.

Winning boost for Valencia | Sky Sports Football
Valencia produced a much-needed 3-1 win over fellow-strugglers Sevilla to ease some of the pressure on under-fire coach Miroslav Djukic. Los Che's slow start to the season, culminating in Thursday's 3-0 home defeat to Swansea in the Europa League, had seen many predict one more loss would result in the Serbian's dismissal.

Yoel stands firm as Celta earn draw |
Villarreal remain unbeaten on their return to the Primera Division after playing out a goalless draw with Celta Vigo. Celta goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez was the busier of the two custodians, including making three important saves late on, but the home side were not without their opportunities either as the spoils were shared.

Real Betis held by Granada | Sky Sports Football
Pepe Mel's side created a greater number of goalscoring opportunities than their opponents, having 19 shots compared to Granada's four, with goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez coming to the visitors' rescue on a number of occasions. However, Granada boss Lucas Alcaraz will be ruing a chance that Youssef El Arabi missed late on that would have given them the points.

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