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FC Barcelona News: 6 April 2014; Barça Scrape Win Against Real Betis, New Espai Barça Project Approved

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David Ramos

Voting day victory for Barça (3-1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona maintained their title challenge this Saturday in a rollercoaster win against a spirited Betis side fighting to avoid the drop. The visitors provided plenty of nervous moments for the Camp Nou fans and were even on top times, but two goals from Leo Messi plus a Jordi Figueras own goal were enough to keep pace with Atlético Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Tata Martino: "For once, I'm focusing 100% on the result, not how we played" | FC Barcelona
For once, I’m going to focus 100% on the result, not how we played," said Tata Martino, who added: "I don’t want to make excuses. The feeling that I have is that in between the game this past Tuesday and the one next Wednesday this match against Betis snuck up on us. We needed to win in order to continue putting pressure on the leaders."

Bartra: "I'm very optimistic, we're going to go all out at the Calderón" | FC Barcelona
"We got a good result against a Betis team that was brave. We know the fans are on our side and that they want the team to perform well." The Catalan went on to lament the injuries picked up by Víctor Valdés and Gerard Piqué, but he noted that their absences should not be used as an excuse.

Make or break week for Barça | FC Barcelona
The pressure is piling up on Tata Martino and his squad with two vital clashed in the CL and the Spanish league in the next seven days. The players will train on Monday and Tuesday with the focus very much on Wednesday’s CL quarterfinal showdown against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday (8.45 pm).

FC Barcelona defends La Masia at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Before kick off this Saturday afternoon at the Camp Nou, FC Barcelona responded to the sanction put in place by FIFA with a massive banner that read "La Masia no se toca" (La Masia is not to be touched). In a press conference on Thursday, President Josep Maria Bartomeu defended the Club and explained that Barça have made contact with FIFA.

Club members vote yes on New Espai Barça proposal | FC Barcelona
Club members flocked to the Camp Nou this Saturday to vote on the proposed New Espai Barça project. In addition to voting, members enjoyed an array of activities programmed by the Club which included games for children, workshops, face painting, musical performances, and more.

The membership decides on the New Espai Barça | FC Barcelona
A total of 180 electoral tables have been open since 9 o’clock this morning for the referendum on the New Espai Barça. The question being voted on is: "Do you agree with the proposal for the New Camp Nou, the Espai Barça and the New Palau Blaugrana?"

Real Madrid win big | Sky Sports Football
With the top two having already won on Saturday, Madrid knew anything other than victory at the Anoeta could spell the end of their title challenge, but they came away with the three points thanks to goals from Asier Illarramendi, Bale, Pepe and Alvaro Morata.

Atletico stay on top |
Atletico Madrid ensured they would stay top of the Primera Division for another week with a 1-0 win over Villarreal at the Vicente Calderon, but Los Rojiblancos were made to sweat for the three points. Captain for the day Raul Garcia headed in the only goal of the game after 14 minutes, but the hosts created few further opportunities and spent the latter stages holding on amid Villarreal pressure.

Vallecano cruise to victory |
Rayo Vallecano cruised to a key 3-0 win over Celta Vigo to ease their relegation worries. Rayo began the weekend just three points above the drop zone but end it firmly in mid-table and above Celta on their head-to-head record. Ruben Rochina scored the opener in the 26th minute and a quick double from Alberto Bueno in the second half ensured Rayo were not even rocked by Razvan Rat's 64th minute red card.