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FC Barcelona News: 2 February 2014; Barca Stumble to Surprising Defeat, Two Players Pick Up Suspensions

That's about how I felt yesterday
That's about how I felt yesterday
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

FC Barcelona v Valencia: Winning streak over (2-3) | FC Barcelona
Some days nothing seems to go right. And this was one of those days. FC Barcelona have suffered painful defeat at home to Valencia, which brings an end to a wonderful run of 25 consecutive wins in league matches at the Camp Nou.

Mascherano and Alba set to miss Sevilla match | FC Barcelona
Curiously enough, Jordi Alba’s red card was the first of the season for FC Barcelona. In fact, no Barça player has been ejected from a game since the Clásico was played nearly a year ago; 52 games have been played since then.

"I'm concerned and I want to bounce back from this as soon as possible," says Tata Martino | FC Barcelona
"We had the impression that the match was over after half an hour and we paid for that. I said that we will pay for our errors, and we committed errors today," explained Tata Martino, who warned on Friday that "any error from now on out could cost us dearly." He added: "Their goal at the end of the first half hurt us and we lost confidence. Their second goal made us desperate."

FC Barcelona don't have time to dwell on defeat says Dani Alves | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona kicked off February with an unexpected defeat at home to Valencia. The Blaugrana, for the first time this season, lost a match at the Camp Nou. "We scored a goal, we had control and then we were predictable," said Dani Alves after the match against Los Che.

FC Barcelona warm up ahead of the match against Valencia | FC Barcelona
Take a first-hand look at the Tata Martino's men as they warm up for the La Liga showdown with Valencia at the Camp Nou

Happy 27th birthday, Piqué! | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué turns 27 years old this Sunday. The FC Barcelona centre back was born on February 2nd 1987 and he was made a Club member just hours after his birth. Piqué started playing football at the age of 10 in FC Barcelona’s youth academy. At the end of the 2003/04 season, he packed his bags and signed for Manchester United and then with Zaragoza.

Azulgrana RoundUp, January 26 - February 1 | FC Barcelona
To make his point, the journalist cites a recent interview with the Guardian, in which Cesc notes that "on the first day – well, not the first day, but maybe the third or fourth, early on – he called me over and told me: 'I want you to be the player you were at Arsenal.' And I thought: 'Wow!', because I'd always felt so good at Arsenal, so important.

The Camp Nou celebrates the Chinese New Year | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona capped off the Chinese New Year celebrations with the match at the Camp Nou against Valencia. The Blaugrana, who donned a kit that features the Chinese symbol for the horse, paid tribute to the Chinese community in Barcelona right before kick off. The fans at the Camp Nou enjoyed the traditional Chinese Dragon and Lion dance put on by the Union of Chinese Associations in Catalonia, the Confucius Barcelona Institute and the Asia House.

Defenceless Barcelona hand title initiative to Madrid & Atletico -
Not good enough. Barcelona's 3-2 defeat at home to Valencia in La Liga on Saturday means the Catalans are likely to lose the lead in the Primera Division for the first time since 2012 and in the process hand the initiative to their two title rivals: Atletico and Real Madrid. Even more worrying than that, however, was the performance itself.

Deulofeu returns to Liverpool | FC Barcelona
Gerard Deulofeu is back in Liverpool. He has been at FC Barcelona for the last month and a half recovering from injury, but is now ready to report back for playing duty at Everton FC, where he is currently on loan from Barça.

City's Aguero to miss FC Barcelona clash | FC Barcelona
Manchester City's star striker Sergio Aguero ha s been ruled out of the Champions League last 16 first leg tie against Barça at the Etihad on February 18th after picking up a hamstring injury midweek. The Argentinean, who has scored fifteen goals in seventeen Premiership games and six in just five Champions League appearences for City so far this season, will be sidelined for a month after he limped off with the hamstring injury during Wednesday's win over Spurs(1-5).

Bartomeu describes Aragonés as one of football's greatest men | FC Barcelona
"In the name of FC Barcelona, I wish to express our sorrow at the loss of Luis Aragonés, one of football’s greatest men and one of the most charismatic and likeable managers we remember", said the Barça president. "As a club, we had the honour of his services, albeit for a very short time, in the 1987/88 season, when we won the Spanish Cup."

Gareth Bale out against Athletic Bilbao - ESPN FC
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will miss Sunday's match at Athletic Bilbao as he looks to get back to match fitness. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said the world's most expensive player should return for Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal against Atletico Madrid after leaving last weekend's game against Granada with a calf injury.

Sevilla cancel Cala contract -
Sevilla have terminated the contract of Cala amid reports the centre-back is set to move to the Premier League. The 24-year-old's deal was due to expire at the end of the season and the player refused the offer of a new contract on Tuesday.

Duda sinks Sevilla Football
The Portuguese playmaker opened the scoring in the first half and then grabbed the winner seven minutes from time to move Malaga clear of the relegation zone. Sevilla looked to have turned the match around in the second half as goals from Carlos Bacca and Federico Fazio put them in front, but the game turned for a second time.

Late post frustration for Getafe |
Getafe were the width of a post away from earning a much-needed win against Real Valladolid had to settle for the draw which hardly helps either side. Six defeats and a draw in their last seven competitive matches had seen Getafe tumble down the Primera Division standings and crash out of the Copa del Rey, but that dismal winless run looked set to come to an end as Diego Castro's thunderous second-half stoppage-time strike arrowed towards the top corner.

Levante held by Rayo | Sky Sports Football
This was an evenly matched game at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium which saw few openings until a frantic final 10 minutes, but neither team were able to take any of their chances. Rayo are now four points from safety, but could see the gap between themselves and 17th-placed Elche widen to seven points should Fran Escriba's side beat Almeria on Sunday.

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