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FC Barcelona News: 9 January 2014; Barça Dominate Getafe in First Leg, Antonio Sanabria Set to Join Roma

David Ramos

FC Barcelona – Getafe: Killer instinct (4-0) | FC Barcelona
Prior to Messi’s brilliant performance, Cesc also scored a brace, and the match at the Camp Nou ended in a 4-0 for Tata Martino’s men. Before Barça can clinch passage to the quarter-finals of the competition, they will have to travel to the Spanish capital to face Atlético Madrid in La Liga.

Messi returns after a two-month hiatus and scores a brace | FC Barcelona
Everyone was eager to see him and everyone cheered him on when the voice of the Camp Nou, Manel Vich, announced Leo Messi was about to sub in for Andrés Iniesta on the loudspeakers of the Camp Nou. The Argentinian forward, who made his return to competitive play after spending nearly two months on the sidelines due to injury, came back in style as he only needed 30 minutes to score a brace.

Leo Messi wants to retire at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
After last night’s match he was interviewed on Barça TV’s El Marcador. The Argentinian talked about his return, he explained his thought process during his two-month recovery and he opened up about his future. On the latter point, Barça’s No10 said, "I want to retire here. While people want me, I want to spend my whole career at FC Barcelona."

Leo Messi receives praise from worldwide press | FC Barcelona
After the match, Gerardo Martino aptly stated that Messi’s "career is like a movie script, today was just one scene." If what we’re all witnessing were a film when watching the Argentinian play (at times it certainly feels like it), the headlines from around the world would read something like this:

Cesc Fàbregas, Getafe's nightmare | FC Barcelona
Barça’s 4-0 thrashing of Getafe was the team’s fourth match won by a 4-0 margin. Before last night, FC Barcelona had defeated Ajax (Champions League), Granada and Elche (Liga) by 4-0. In fact, Barça’s first two matches in 2014 ended with the same scoreline.

FC Barcelona are showing signs of good football, says Gerardo Martino | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino talked to the press after his team defeated Getafe by 4 to 0 at the Camp Nou and he noted that Barça "played excellent football." He added that the Madrid-based team, during parts of the match, "made it difficult for us and perhaps they deserved a goal."

FC Barcelona will fight for the Cup, says Puyol | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol returned to FC Barcelona’s starting line-up and played the entire 90 minutes on Wednesday after missing out on the team’s two most recent matches. "We knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy game and we want to fight for the Cup and win all of our matches," said the FC Barcelona captain.

Schedule confirmed for the games against Malaga and Valencia | FC Barcelona
The LFP has announced, this Wednesday, the schedules for the matchday 21 and 22 League games. On Sunday 26th of January, Barça will be at home to Malaga, kick-off at 21.00. Six days later Barça will be at home in the League again, when Valencia will come to the Camp Nou on Saturday 1st of February, with kick-off at 16.00.

Transfer news: Barcelona forward Antonio Sanabria says he is set to join Roma | Sky Sports
Barcelona forward Antonio Sanabria, who had attracted interest from Arsenal, has revealed that he is set to join Roma. The Paraguayan international had refused to sign a new deal at the Nou Camp. The 17-year-old is yet to make his full debut for Barcelona, having joined their youth set-up in 2009 - but he has now opted to move to Italy.

Manchester City cruise in the Capital One Cup (6-0) | FC Barcelona
Manchester City are practically in the final of the Capital One Cup. FC Barcelona’s rival in the Champions League (18 February, 8.25 PM CET) crushed West Ham United in the semi-final of the competition. At the break the result was 3-0 and, at the final whistle, the scoreline had doubled to 6-0. The goals were scored by Negredo (3), former Barça player Yayá Touré and the Bosnian Dzeko (2).

Xabi Alonso signs new Real Madrid deal - ESPN FC
Xabi Alonso has signed a new two-year contract extension with Real Madrid, the player and club have both confirmed. Alonso himself announced he was staying via twitter -- saying "This will continue to be my home for two more years. A pleasure to let you know. Very, very happy ¡¡Hala Madrid!!".

Atletico's Juanfran cleared to face Barcelona - ESPN FC
"In respect to the yellow card shown to the player don Juan Francisco Torres Belen," the official decision said. "An appreciation of the evidence permits a conclusion beyond all reasonable doubt, that the action included in the referee’s report did not happen, so the appeal has been accepted and the booking left without any [further] effect."

On-loan Atletico Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois wants Chelsea decision on future by March - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants a quick decision made on whether he will return to play at parent club Chelsea next season. Courtois, 21, joined Chelsea from Genk in July 2011, and was immediately loaned out to Atletico, where he has already won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Copa del Rey.

Racing Santander fans assault club president - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The Segunda B side drew 1-1 with Francisco’s men, but with an hour gone some supporters decided to enter the Presidential box and throw drinks at the club’s owner. Racing’s private security had to be called in to calm the situation down, but not before Lavin was assaulted by fans. Racing, the only team in Segunda División B still in the Copa del Rey, used the occasion to protest against the club’s precarious financial situation.

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