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FC Barcelona News: 8 October 2014; Thomas Vermaelen Continues to Work Individually, Five Featured in Replay Commercial

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Players scarce in today's training | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique once again conducted the morning training with a shortage of players due to the mass exodus of 15 of his stars for this week's international matchups. Those who had stayed behind in Barcelona took part in the second session of the week. Masip, Montoya, Douglas, Adriano, Alves, and Xavi trained alongside Barça B players Samper, Adama, Dongou, Grimaldo and Ortola.

Bravo, Sergio and Messi are untouchables in La Liga | FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo, Sergio Busquets and Leo Messi are the only three players on the team who have started all seven matches in La Liga so far. They also lead the team in minutes and have played integral roles in Barça's near perfect record.

FC Barcelona defence coping perfectly with changes | FC Barcelona
Last Saturday’s 2-0 win at Rayo meant that for the first time ever, Barça have lasted seven league games into a Liga season without conceding a goal, meaning Claudio Bravo has broken the record set by Pedro María Artola in 1977/78. But it’s not only the Chilean who must be thanked for those perfect 630 minutes. The whole defence has played a part in the achievement.

Jeremy Mathieu has gone from underwhelming to essential at Barcelona - ESPN FC
They hadn't signed a specialist centre-back for five years, when Pep Guardiola brought in Dmytro Chygrynskiy from Shakhtar Donetsk. Finally, they broke their duck this summer but with Barcelona being Barcelona, there was still a catch. When Jeremy Mathieu joined from Valencia in late July, it capped a remarkable rise from stalwart left-back to central defensive cornerstone at one of the world's premier clubs.

Five FC Barcelona players in new Replay commercial | FC Barcelona
Replay, an official partner of FC Barcelona, is presenting the new Replay Hyperflex jeans collection with an advert featuring first team players Neymar Jr, Gerard Piqué, Luis Suárez, Andrés Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic. All five perform wonders with the ball wearing the Italian company’s new jeans, whose main particularities are that their 100% elasticity, incredible adaptability and extraordinary comfort.

Is tiki-taka dead? | Revista de la Liga | Sky Sports
"It’s a different Barcelona," said Balague. "Most of the attacks come from the wings and the full-backs. The forwards play together and inside, and the centre midfielders are also very close to each other. There is also much more direct play: 15 of the 20 goals that Barcelona have scored this season have come from five touches or less."

LFP could honour Messi | Football Espana
The Spanish League (LFP) could honour Lionel Messi when he eventually passes Telmo Zarra’s La Liga goalscoring record. LFP President Javier Tebas, attending a function in Barcelona, was asked if there were any plans to pay tribute to the Argentine star, who is just two goals away from passing the milestone of 251 goals.

Ikechukwu Uche and Wellington Silva deny La Liga match-fixing scandal - ESPN FC
Current Villarreal forward Ikechukwu Uche and Almeria attacker Wellington Silva both say they know nothing about Real Zaragoza's 2-1 win at Levante in May 2011 having been potentially fixed. Uche, Wellington and 16 other players and team officials involved that day have so far appeared in front of Spanish government anti-corruption investigators who reportedly believe they have evidence the result was arranged in advance.

Keeper Iker Casillas has admitted he considered leaving Real Madrid | Sky Sports
Goalkeeper Casillas found himself behind Diego Lopez in the pecking order at the Bernabeu, with the Spain international limited to just two league appearances and cup matches last season. Despite his lack of first-team action and perhaps an injury to his main rival Victor Valdes, Casillas remained his county's number one and is a regular starter this season with Los Blancos.