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FC Barcelona News: 23 February 2014; Tata Martino Takes Blame for Barça Loss, Barcelona B Also Lose

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Barca stunned at Sociedad | Sky Sports
Barcelona endured another miserable trip to the Anoeta on Saturday as Real Sociedad produced a brilliant team display to beat the under-par Catalan giants 3-1. The Basque outfit, who defeated Barcelona 3-2 in the corresponding fixture last term, went ahead in the 32nd minute when Gorka Elustondo's header found the net via the shoulder of visiting defender Alex Song.

Andrés Iniesta: "We didn't interpret the game correctly and we paid for it" | FC Barcelona
After the game, Andrés Iniesta admitted that it was "a difficult loss, seeing how equal the league is right now." He added: "I don’t know if this is a step back, but the feelings after the match aren’t good. We didn’t interpret the game like we were supposed to, and we paid for it. Real had a better approach."

Gerard Martino takes blame for Barcelona's loss - ESPN FC
Martino said that "having three forwards implies that we wouldn’t be playing with four midfielders. I thought that it was better to line up a double pivot, with Song." The move backfired when Song scored an own goal in the 32nd minute in the first of several defensive lapses that doomed the defending champions. "Real deserved to win," Martino said. "I didn't make the correct reading of the game. The decision not to change was also a mistake."

"We have to move forward," says Gerardo Martino | FC Barcelona
In the press conference after FC Barcelona’s 3-1 defeat to Real Sociedad, Gerardo Martino said that his team need "to look forward" and that his approach to the match perhaps wasn’t the best: "I didn’t read the game correctly."

No mid-week fixtures for FC Barcelona, match against Almeria on Sunday | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's final week in February will be relatively more relaxing in comparison to the team's recent schedule. Without any matches in European competitions, the men managed by Gerardo Martino have nearly an entire week to prepare for next Sunday’s match at the Camp Nou, where they will host Almeria for round 26 of La Liga.

Barça B – RC Recreativo: Unjust reward for consistency (0-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça B were unlucky at the Miniestadi this afternoon. The team managed by Eusebio Sacristán had the initiative, the desire and the chances, but Recreativo were more accurate. The Andalusian side scored in what was their only chance in the first half. After the goal, Barça B dominated, but this time they were unable to fight back.

Touré goal gives City win | FC Barcelona
The win keeps City in third place on 57 points, behind Arsenal(59) and Chelsea(60) who also both won on Saturday, though Pellegrini's side have a game in hand. The only changes in the City side from Tuesday's defeat to Barça were Nasri and Dzeko who started instead of Clichy and Navas.

Bale bullet helps Madrid win | Sky Sports Football
The world's most expensive player added to Asier Illaramendi's first-half opener with a stunning strike on 71 minutes, and then substitute Isco hit a third with 10 minutes remaining. Although Madrid never hit top gear, they pulled off their 10th home win of the season to keep the pressure on title rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Struggling Getafe hang on for point |
Getafe remain in trouble near the bottom of the Primera Division after drawing 1-1 at Celta Vigo, but did well to pick up a point after playing the majority of the second half with 10 men. Angel Lafita gave Luis Garcia's side the lead after 20 minutes but Getafe failed to cling onto their advantage and made things easier for Celta when Lisandro Lopez was shown a second yellow card early in the second half, shortly after which Rafinha equalised.

All square at Almeria |
Relegation rivals Almeria and Malaga shared a goalless draw at the Juegos Mediterraneos on Saturday night. Neither side did enough to warrant victory as they instead claimed a point each to edge them away from the relegation places. Almeria finished the night slightly better off, four points above the bottom three, with Malaga a place and a point behind in 17th.

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