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FC Barcelona News: 29 September 2013; Barça Lose Lionel Messi for 2-3 Weeks, Set New Record With Win Over Almería

Denis Doyle

Barcelona's Lionel Messi to miss two to three weeks with thigh injury - ESPN FC
An official club statement said: "Leo Messi has a small injury to the biceps femoris (thigh) in his right leg. "This was confirmed by medical tests undertaken by the player on Sunday morning at Medical Services Sport City. "The Argentinian will be out for approximately two to three weeks, which will certainly force him to miss Barcelona's two games this week - on Tuesday against Celtic and next Saturday at the Camp Nou against Valladolid."

Barça set new record with Almeria win(0-2) | FC Barcelona
Seven out of seven. Whatever else happens this season, 2013/14 will go down as a record breaking start to a league season. The 0-2 win in Almeria wasn’t without problems – most notably Messi’s injury soon after he had scored another superb goal, but a solid second half performance gave Barça the win and the record.

Seven straight victories in La Liga seal new Club record | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino’s FC Barcelona have set a new record for the best start to a La Liga campaign in Club history. This Saturday’s victory over Almería means that Barça have won their opening seven league games. This is the first time Barça have started off with seven wins from the seven opening matches of a league campaign since La Liga’s founding in 1928.

Martino: "It was a game similar to some of our previous matches" | FC Barcelona
The games against Ajax or Rayo Vallecano are similar to the game played this Saturday against Almería (0-2), where FC Barcelona secured its best ever start to a league campaign in Club history. After the match, Tata Martino said, "we didn’t control the match in the first half like we should have. In the second half we had complete control. It was similar to what we’ve seen in previous matches."

Busquets: "We're happy and we hope to add to our record" | FC Barcelona
It’s not just about victories anymore, it’s about setting new records. FC Barcelona not only secured three additional points in Almería this evening but they also broke the Club record for the best start to a league campaign: seven victories from the seven opening matches of the season. Sergio Busquets declared: "We knew that we were level with last year’s record. We’re pleased [with the victory] and we want to continue to add to our record."

Celtic hit five past Kilmarnock ahead of Barça visit | FC Barcelona
Glasgow Celtic made it six wins from their first seven games in the Scottish Premier League and held on to top spot with a 2-5 win at Kilmarnock. Samaras, scored three times, but Neil Lennon’s side let slip their early 0-3 lead as the Ayrshire team pulled it back to 2-3.

Costa goal enough for Atletico | Sky Sports Football
The Brazilian striker scored in the 11th minute and might be disappointed to have not added to his tally, but one was enough as Atletico continued to match Barcelona stride for stride at the top of the Primera Division. This seventh successive win came despite Real finishing the game with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, making his home debut after an £85million move from Tottenham, on the pitch.

Simeone brushes aside Atletico title talk - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"In a season, Barca and Real's financial and individual strength is bigger, we have to use our weapons and take it game by game", Simeone told a press conference. "We have to keep calm, the season is very long, we cannot be overconfident." Atletico are level with Barcelona on top of the table with 21 points, but in second place on goal difference, and have pulled five points clear of Real.

Ancelotti slams Madrid attitude -
"We were slow in attack. We didn't have a good game. We have to recover and improve," he told reporters after the game. "Losing a match at home is not easy. I have to think about solutions. We played well up until last week. We have to continue working with the same system but I'm confident we will improve. "We must improve a lot of things including our attitude and confidence. I have faith in my players. The problem is not our style of play; it's with our pace."

'At least Mourinho had a plan' - Ancelotti's Madrid lacking direction as Atletico confirm title credentials -
The honeymoon period is over for Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian coach suffered his first defeat at Real Madrid and it arrived in the same manner as the last loss suffered by his predecessor Jose Mourinho: in a derby at home to Atletico.

Jonas goal gives Valencia victory |
Valencia were nearly overcome by stage fright but a solitary goal from Jonas was enough to secure a 1-0 win against Rayo Vallecano - their third straight Primera Division victory. Boss Miroslav Djukic was on thin ice after overseeing three straight La Liga defeats before watching his team lose 3-0 to Swansea at the Mestalla, but subsequent wins over Sevilla and Granada lifted the club back into the top half.

Sevilla wait for away win goes on | Sky Sports Football
Jairo Samperio's neat finish in the 18th minute put Sevilla on course for a first away victory in La Liga in 20 attempts but Sociedad hit back in the second half to draw level through Antoine Griezmann. Sociedad then pushed hard for a winner but they could not find it, despite Sevilla playing out the final five minutes with a man less following Juan Cala's dismissal.

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