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FC Barcelona News: 4 May 2014; Camp Nou Says Goodbye to Tito Vilanova With Draw Against Getafe

Laurence Griffiths

Video of Tito Vilanova tribute at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
This Saturday afternoon, the Camp Nou paid tribute to the late Tito Vilanova during the build-up to the league game at home to Getafe. Members and fans of FC Barcelona were able to say their final farewell to the former manager. Shortly before the players emerged from the tunnel, a video was shown in his memory

The Camp Nou's final farewell to Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou paid tribute this Saturday afternoon to Tito Vilanova before the match against Getafe. The Club members and fans bid their final farewell to the former manager as a tribute video for Vilanova played at the stadium. In the video, Puyol, Piqué, Cesc and doctor Medina, among others, recite the lyrics of the song ‘La Vall del Rui Vermell.’ The Alevín C and Juvenil B teams, both of which Adrià featured for – Tito’s son – participated in the video.

Xavi: "It's been a bad season" | FC Barcelona
"We’re not doing well because our season hasn’t been a good one. We started off on the right foot by winning the Super Cup, but we weren’t competitive in a lot of aspects throughout the season," said Xavi. The Catalan, one of the team captains, admitted that the team "hasn’t been at the required level, we’ve had terrible season and now we have to be critical of ourselves."

Martino: "We didn't want the end to be like this" | FC Barcelona
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino talked to the press after the draw with Getafe. With this result the Blaugrana say goodbye to the La Liga title, and that’s what the manager confirmed: "It’s not what we expected. There was a possibility of not reaching our objective, but not reaching it shouldn't have been our mistake". He added that "the end wasn’t just, at the Camp Nou and because of how the play played out."

Pedro: "We're devastated" | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodriguez acknowledged, on the Barça TV program ‘El Marcador’, that the first team squad is having a tough time. The draw against Getafe, in injury time, means that they’ve practically said goodbye to the League, making them "really down and devastated" in his own words. "We played well enough but failed in front of goal" he said about the game, where Lafita equalised very late on to make the final score 2-2.

Five training sessions ahead of the Elche match | FC Barcelona
Barça will have to win on Sunday and hope for Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid to lose in order to keep title hopes alive. The team will train on Monday (6:00 PM CET), Tuesday (11:00 AM), Wednesday (11:00 AM), Thursday (11:00 AM) and Saturday (11:00 AM), and travel to Elche on Sunday morning for the match, which is scheduled for 7:00 PM CET.

Monaco to announce Valdes? | Football Espana
Monaco will announce the signing of Victor Valdes in the near future, according to reports. AS cites a claim from French publication L’Equipe that says the principality club will confirm Valdes’ arrival for next season ‘imminently.’ Valdes is unlikely to play before October after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in March in what proved to be his last game for Barcelona.

Barcelona-bound Marc-Andre ter Stegen says goodbye to Monchengladbach | Sky Sports
Marc-Andre ter Stegen bid a tearful farewell to Borussia Monchengladbach's fans on Saturday before, during and after his final appearance for the club on home soil. The Germany international is believed to have reached an agreement with Barcelona over a transfer this summer, but Saturday's 3-1 win over Mainz was an emotional occasion for the 22-year-old who has been with the club since the age of four.

Nolito plunges Osasuna into trouble |
Nolito's brace handed Celta Vigo a 2-0 win at El Sadar Stadium to plunge Osasuna deep into relegation trouble. The Spanish forward made it seven goals in four games to continue his hot streak and leave Javi Gracia's side one place and two points outside of the drop zone ahead of Saturday's late game.

Valladolid grab lifeline | Sky Sports Football
Real Valladolid gave their Primera Division survival hopes a potentially vital boost with a 1-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday evening. Antonio Rukavina gave Valladolid a first-half lead and from there, the match was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests - particularly after Espanyol had Luis Pizzi sent off with almost 20 minutes remaining.

Elche claim vital win |
Garry Rodrigues' early strike was all Elche needed to claim the points in a 1-0 victory over Malaga at La Rosaleda. Rodrigues struck after 11 minutes to clinch three much-needed points for Fran Escriba's side in their attempt to beat relegation in their first season back in the top flight, but were made to fight all the way as Alberto Botia's late red card saw them play out the final minutes with 10 men.

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