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FC Barcelona News: 7 April 2014; Howard Webb to Referee Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Game, Barça B Victorious

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Christopher Lee

Webb to ref Atleti-Barca | Football Espana
Howard Webb has been named as the man in charge of the Champions League quarter-final second-leg between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Webb took the whistle for the 2010 World Cup final as Spain beat the Netherlands, sending off Dutch defender John Heitinga. Mundo Deportivo has reported that the 44-year-old has now been given the return leg of the tie between La Liga’s top two, which takes place on Wednesday.

Leo Messi, Atletico Madrid's tormentor in-chief | FC Barcelona
Another good omen for Wednesday night is that Messi’s goals have also generally proved decisive at the Vicente Calderon, with the team winning on four of the five occasions the Argentinean has got onto the scoresheet. Only the 2008/09 4-3 defeat saw Messi score and the team lose.

Pinto: "on Wednesday little things will decide the game" | FC Barcelona
Jose Manuel Pinto was the guest on the Barça TV program ‘El Marcador’ after the 3-1 win against Betis. This is how he summarized the Barça performance: "The feeling is that in the first half we were better than in the second. Maybe we suffered after the physical effort in the Champions League, or maybe Betis were just better in the second half".

Facts and figures from the Betis match | FC Barcelona
Barça beat Betis with two goals from Messi and an own goal by Jordi Figueras. Messi and Neymar have now scored seven of the last eight Barça goals. The eighth was scored by the Betis defender. In the last four games the Argentinian and the Brazilian have shared the Barça goals.

FC Barcelona - Real Betis Balompié, seen from the inside | FC Barcelona
81,978 fans filled the Camp Nou on Saturday to watch the match against Betis. The game was the conclusion of a 12-hour long festival, of sorts, at FC Barcelona as the doors to the Club’s installations opened up at 9 AM (and closed at 9 PM) for Club members to vote on the New Espai Barça proposal.

Warm-up before the Betis match | FC Barcelona
This is how Tata Martino's players warmed up before the League match on Saturday at the Camp Nou against Betis. Don't miss the Barça players preparation for the match against the Andalusian team, which finished in a 3-1 win for the home team.

Zubizarreta: "I'm not one to jump ship when things get tough" | FC Barcelona
According to him, "our model is not a new one, but one that we’ve been working on for a long time, and will continue to do so". He did admit that that the Club had faced a "tough week" due to the FIFA sanction, which in his opinion is "over the top"

Barcelona confusion over Andoni Zubizarreta speculation - ESPN FC
"There was a rumour around Barcelona about my resignation, but I have not resigned and am not going to resign," he said. "I feel fully backed by the president and the board. In this moment when there are problems and difficulties my way of understanding life tells me I should be here with this club, which has given me so much. I will be working to clean the image of this club."

Barça B – CD Numancia: Positive and ascending dynamic (3-0) | FC Barcelona
It was difficult, but it was worth the effort. Barça B’s performance in the second half was rewarded with goals and three points. Dongou, Sandro and Adama scored second-half goals to give Eusebio Sacristán’s team the three points. Vice president Jordi Mestre and director Sílvio Elías were in attendance as were 3,768 fans.

Mourinho ‘called RM players traitors’ | Football Espana
Jose Mourinho accused Real Madrid’s players of being traitors and passing information to the Press, a new book has claimed. Mundo Deportivo cites an excerpt published by the Times from The Special One: The Dark Side of Jose Mourinho, which gives details on a combustible meeting between the Coach and the squad.

Sevilla win big | Sky Sports Football
Stephane M'bia netted his first goal in over four months to open the scoring, and Kevin Gameiro doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time. That lead was then reduced by Sergio Garcia's penalty at the start of the second half, but Gameiro struck again with five minutes remaining and Ivan Rakitic added to the goals in the final minute.

Malaga 4-1 Granada |
Malaga earned a first home win in two months in emphatic fashion against Granada. Bernd Schuster's side beat Real Betis away last weekend to climb five points clear of the relegation zone and they made it welcome back-to-back wins on Sunday, with a first-half brace from Nacho Camacho setting them on their way to a 4-1 triumph.

Valladolid edge out of drop zone |
Valladolid climbed out of the Primera Division relegation zone after holding Valencia to a goalless draw at the Jose Zorilla stadium. The hosts had goalkeeper Jaime to thank for keeping the game scoreless despite Valencia's superiority, the veteran stopper repaying coach Juan Ignacio Martino's faith in him by making seven saves and denying Valencia's lively forward Paco Alcacer on several occasions.

Huge victory for Elche | Sky Sports Football
Richmond Boakye struck with the final kick of the match to earn Elche a vital victory over fellow Primera Division strugglers Getafe. After 92 goalless minutes, the on-loan Juventus striker made it 1-0 by heading in Carles Gil's cross.