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FC Barcelona News: 8 November 2014; 20 Players Make Almería Trip, Look to End La Liga Losing Streak

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Now back to the league: UD Almería-FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The two consecutive defeats against Real Madrid and Celta are now history. Victory over Ajax in midweek helped Barça to the knock out stages of this season’s Champions’ League and also helped to put an end to a week of negative results for Luis Enrique’s team. However, the blaugranes cannot rest on their laurels after the win in Holland – they need to repeat the trick against Almería to pick up another vital three points, this time in the league.

20 man squad for the trip to Almería | FC Barcelona
Before the squad was named, the players trained for the final time at the Ciutat Esportiva ahead of the trip to Andalusia. Luis Enrique had all his available players at the session. Andrés Iniesta and Jérémy Mathieu underwent physiotherapy as they recover from their respective injuries. Sergi Roberto trained on his own out on the field with Thomas Vermaelen also carrying out a specific session.

The squad has arrived in Almería | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are now in Almería. The first team landed at 9PM local time in Andalusia where on Saturday at 4PM local time they will face Almería in Week 11 of the league season. The flight lasted 90 minutes and the squad immediately headed to the Hotel Elba Almería where they will spend the night and rest before Saturday's league fixture.

Luis Enrique: "Almería are an improving side" | FC Barcelona
Barça take on Almería this Saturday and Luis Enrique is in no mood to the opposition lightly even though they currently find themselves in the bottom half of the table. The Barça coach appeared before the press prior to his squad’s final training session before leaving for Andalusia. The former blaugrana player made it clear that despite not having yet won at home this season, Almería "are an improved side with regards to last season."

Barcelona's Luis Enrique denies falling out with defender Gerard Pique - ESPN FC
"It is you [the media] who is exaggerating. If I have a problem with a player, I like to be direct with them. But thankfully that has not happened here. "I am not speaking any more about this matter. You have already asked me three questions about just one player."

FC Barcelona have five called by Del Bosque | FC Barcelona
Spain national team manager Vicente del Bosque announced on Friday the list of players for next week's pair of international meetings. Five FC Barcelona players are on the list, including Gerard Piqué, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodríguez. Andrés Iniesta will not be going with them as he continues to recover from a right calf injury.

'Selfish Ronaldo only cares about solo awards’ | Eurosport
"The only person I know who is happy for individual awards is Cristiano, and he said so last week. But he is very good and he has to be very good to say that."Francisco also criticised Jose Mourinho for the way the Chelsea manager works with his players."We all know he gets a lot out of his team, though perhaps he isn’t so attached to his players as people," he continued.

Madrid clubs to face transfer ban? | Football Espana
Real Madrid could suffer a similar fate to Barcelona and face punishment for breaching FIFA rules on the signing of underage international players. According to Mundo Deportivo, Los Blancos have been under investigation for some time, as world football’s governing body have researched the case, and it appears that a number of the club’s younger arrivals did not meet its strict parameters.

Goalless draw in Cordoba | Sky Sports Football
Cordoba, rock bottom without a win in their opening 11 matches, missed a penalty after 15 minutes and then utterly failed to capitalise on the 29th minute dismissal of Helder Postiga in a dismal performance. Everything seemed to go their way and yet they could not take advantage with a display of attacking futility which should leave little doubt they are clear favourites for relegation.