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FC Barcelona News: 18 February 2014; Barça Train at Etihad Stadium, Tata Martino Talks About Importance of Possession

Clive Brunskill

"The team that doesn't have possession will suffer" | FC Barcelona
Manuel Pellegrini explained this Monday that City’s challenge in tomorrow’s game is "to preserve our style and personality." His FC Barcelona counterpart, Gerardo Martino, agrees: "City’s profile is similar to ours, perhaps they are more direct, but their players tend to want the ball. In a match with two teams that base their play off of possession, the team that doesn’t have the ball will suffer more."

Training session in Manchester | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona trained at Etihad Stadium this Monday evening ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League tie against Manchester City. All 23 players named to the team participated in the session. It’s worth noting that Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan dos Santos, injured, stayed in Barcelona.

Night of reunions in Manchester | FC Barcelona
The Champions League is back, and it kicks off with a delicious match between Manchester City and FC Barcelona. In addition to everything that’s at stake, the match at the Etihad will also be a night of reunions as eleven City and Barça players have a shared history:

Manchester City v FC Barcelona: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
Barça have never won in the city of Manchester. In four games away to Manchester United, the Catalans have drawn twice and lost twice. The last time FCB met City was at the Gamper in 2009 (0-1). Touré, now with the Sky Blues, started for Barça that night.

"Both teams come into the match with a lot of confidence" | FC Barcelona
If there’s a player on FC Barcelona’s team who has fond memories of Manchester it’s Gerard Piqué. At the age of 17 the center back signed with Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. "I was just a kid that came here to earn a living. I lived here for three magnificent years. After Barça my team is Manchester United because they treated me so well," said Piqué this Monday afternoon.

"This promises to be a top quality match," says Zubizarreta | FC Barcelona
Andoni Zubizarreta, who travelled with the 23 man squad, spoke to the media shortly beforte boarding the flight to Manchester. "The first knockout match is never an easy game, and given the quality of the opponent this year, this promises to be a top quality match", said Andoni Zubizarreta shortly before boarding the flight to Manchester.

When and where to watch Manchester City v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
All around the world, people are going to glued to their TV sets on Tuesday as Manchester City host FC Barcelona in one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season. In the UK, the game gets under way at 7.45 PM GMT, but viewers in the Americas will be watching it in the middle of the afternoon, while fans in Asia and Oceania will either be staying up very late on Tuesday, or getting up very early on Wednesday.

Touré and Busquets: two star midfielders head to head | FC Barcelona
Touré Yaya and Sergio Busquets shared the same dressing room and position from 2008 to 2010, a period when they won everything going at Barça. But for the last three and a half years, the Ivory Coast international has been at Manchester City, and on Tuesday two of the world’s finest midfielders meet again at the Etihad Stadium.

Catalan press looking forward to Tuesday thriller | FC Barcelona
On the eve of one of the most eagerly awaited matches of the season, Manchester City v FC Barcelona in the Champions league on Tuesday night (8.45 PM CET), Catalonia’s two sports dailies, ‘Sport’ and ‘El Mundo Deportivo’, are naturally packed with information about a clash that people have been talking about for weeks.

"We will play with our style and personality" | FC Barcelona
"The most important thing is being able to be the same team that play every week in the Premier, with the same style and personality," said the manager this Monday. "You will see the same team, perhaps with different players, but the style will be the same," he added.

10 social media facts you should know about FC Barcelona and its players | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona surpassed the 100-million fan mark on social media last week, and on Saturday night the Club celebrated with its members and fans to commemorate the historic feat. FC Barcelona are without a doubt the leading sports club online.

Remember Spanish football's 19th century roots by Sid Lowe - ESPN FC
The Solé gym in Barcelona was on carrer Montjuic del Carme, barely a few hundred yards from the Canaletes fountain, the point to which Barça fans still rush to celebrate titles. The textiles shop in Madrid stood just downhill from the Puerta del Sol, the capital city's central square, barely five hundred yards from the statue of the goddess Cibeles where los merengues celebrate theirs. These days it is a bank. The bank, in fact, that sponsors the Spanish league.

Sociedad close on CL spots | Sky Sports Football
Real Sociedad closed to within four points of the Champions League spots in La Liga with a 1-0 victory at relegation-haunted Malaga. Carlos Vela's goal after just 10 minutes decided the game for Sociedad as they recorded only their second win in their last six league matches, but one that lifts them to within touching distance of fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao.

Atletico midfielder Garcia agrees contract extension - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Garcia, 27, has got 14 goals this term in all competitions, helping keep Atletico's La Liga challenge alive with several standout performances and propelling them to the King's Cup semi-finals, where they went out to Real Madrid last week. He has scored three times in the Champions League, with Atletico facing a last 16, first leg tie at AC Milan on Wednesday in Europe's elite club competition.

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