Oier added to squad | FC Barcelona
Oier Olazábal has been added to the squad for tonight's game against Real Sociedad at Anoeta as cover for Pinto, who has a slight fever, but still travels. The squad took off from El Prat at ten o'clock this morning.
We're growing as a team, says Gerardo Martino | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino has spoken to the press the day before his team travels to Real Sociedad (Saturday, 8.00 PM CET). He expects a difficult match that "will have nothing to do with the cup game. This is the league." He adds that "we have to keep growing as a team … Now is when things get decided, it’s the end of the season".
Seven years since last FC Barcelona win at Anoeta | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona visit Anoeta on Saturday ten months after knocking Real Sociedad out of the Spanish Cup. That game ended in a draw and further extends the Catalans’ winless streak away to the Basques. Since the 2010/11 season, when Real returned to the top flight, Barça have not won once at Anoeta.
10 curious facts about FC Barcelona v Real Madrid cup finals | FC Barcelona
The two sides have met in six previous cup finals, and the games have always produced plenty of talking points. The clashes happened in 1936, 1968, 1974, 1983, 1990 and 2011, and the overall balance is three wins each.
Pellegrini charged by UEFA, apologizes for criticizing referee - SI.com
After questioning the integrity of Jonas Eriksson, Pellegrini faces a touch-line ban when his case is heard next Friday by UEFA's control and disciplinary body. UEFA announced that Pellegrini was ''charged for violation of the general principles of conduct.''
Zidane finding fulfilment in coaching at Real Madrid by Sid Lowe - ESPN FC
Zinedine Zidane was one of the most effortless footballers there has been -- just don't let him catch you saying that. Few have been so elegant: a ballerina in boots, there was a grace about his game. His football always appeared flowing, not forced; natural, not worked upon; spontaneous and smooth. Many people likened him to a dancer. Zidane, though, is not one of them. Nor is it an analogy that he particularly shares. A dancer? No. A competitor.
Jose Mourinho says Thibauit Courtois will be staying at Chelsea | Sky Sports
"I believe so, I don't think he will be loaned out," Mourinho revealed. "We don't struggle to keep him because he has two more years on his contract. I don't need to give any assurances to any player. "A player that has a contract with Chelsea has a contract with Chelsea. Chelsea has Petr Cech, Courtois and Schwarzer. We are in a good condition."
Levante hold out for a point | ESPNFC.com
Real Valladolid missed the chance to turn the heat up on their relegation rivals as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Levante. Third-bottom Valladolid could have moved level with 17th-placed Malaga on 24 points with a victory but, despite battling back from a half-time deficit when Javi Guerra cancelled out Victor Casadesus' opener, they could only only pick up a point.