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FC Barcelona News: 9 May 2014; Lionel Messi Denies Exit Rumors, Cesc Fabregas on Verge of Milestone

Alex Caparros

"Unforgiveable" not to take this chance, says Pedro | FC Barcelona
"We have the squad and the players to do this" he said. Two wins in their last two games will win the trophy, and that was "a huge boost for morale" but they must remember that they first have to beat Elche. "If we don’t win on Sunday we’ll have no chance of winning anything" said the Canary islander. "With two games left we have a chance and it would be unforgiveable if weren’t to take it".

Messi: "We can’t let this chance slip" | FC Barcelona
Real Madrid’s shock draw in Valladolid means matters are back in their own hands as they chase a fifth league title in just six years. Win the remaining fixtures at Elche and at home to Atlético Madrid and the championship belongs to FCB. "We have to make the most of this and not let the chance slip" he said this Thursday at an event involving his Foundation.

Back from the brink: the week that produced an extraordinary turnaround in FC Barcelona's fortunes | FC Barcelona
What a difference a day makes. Just 24 hours after everyone was saying it was all over for Barça, the odds had been slashed to just 3-1. "The miracle is possible!" yelled Sport, while El Mundo Deportivo believed everything was now "in Luis Enriques’s hands," referring to Madrid’s pending trip to Celta.

25 years since last visit to Elche | FC Barcelona
Barça are set to return to Elche for their first league game in a quarter of a century. Sunday’s opponents are at long last playing top flight football again, thus renewing a fixture that despite 19 meetings in the past, mainly in the sixties and seventies, has become a rarity in the modern era.

Cesc Fàbregas, one short of 150 games for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
On Saturday, Cesc Fàbregas could make it to fifty games for FC Barcelona. Since joining the club in the summer of 2011, he has played in 149 games, and if picked this weekend his 150th would be the crucial game away to Elche, where a win would keep FCB on course for a fifth league title in six years. That would be the former Arsenal man’s eighth title since re-joining his boyhood club.

FC Barcelona v Atlético, either Saturday or Sunday | FC Barcelona
The organisers of the Spanish Liga, the LFP, have announced that the last games of the season will almost all be played at the same time of 6.00 PM CET on Sunday 18 May. So that should be the kick-off time of the potential showdown between first and second placed FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid.

Messi: Talk of leaving Barcelona nothing but lies -
Messi says he remains content at Barcelona and lashed out at the media for fabricating stories about him. "A lot of things have come out in the press over the past year, and practically all of it is nothing but lies. I am fine," the four-time Ballon d'Or winner told reporters.

Alves ’99.9% certain to join PSG’ | Football Espana
Sport cites comments on French television from L’Equipe’s Jerome Touboul, who believes a deal is all-but agreed between the parties involved. "Dani Alves will join PSG, 99.9%," Touboul said. Alves has spoken of his chances of leaving Camp Nou, telling Spanish radio that he would be on the move this summer unless changes were made at the club.

Virginia or Munir: Which goal is best? | FC Barcelona
Two of the highlights of recent weeks have been the U19 team winning the UEFA Youth League and the Ladies A team winning the domestic championship for the third year in a row. And both those conquests included spectacular goals scored from midfield, one by Munir El Haddadi and the other by Virginia Torrecilla.

Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo injury concerns for Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Real Madrid defender Pepe has a calf muscle injury and is now a doubt for the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon on May 24, a game for which teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly concerned about not being 100 percent right for.

Decima or disaster? Madrid must rest Ronaldo as title hopes evaporate -
Madrid's hopes of a treble are seemingly gone, but the Copa del Rey and the Champions League would represent an impressive return for the club in Ancelotti's first season in Spain. The cup has already been won, while Madrid is favored to beat city rival Atleti in the sides' showpiece in Lisbon later this month.

Atletico striker Diego Costa suffers hamstring injury - ESPN FC
"Diego Costa has undergone some X-ray tests, which have found a grade one muscle injury in his right hamstring," a club statement on Friday morning read. "These tests have found that there is no tear. His availability will depend on how the injury evolves. The forward did not train with his teammates in Friday morning's session."

Spanish government to appeal Villarreal fine - ESPN FC
"We must have zero tolerance on racism," Cardenal said. "Any measure you take is not enough. We must fight with all our efforts and not debate if we have more or less racism than other countries. Any level is completely wrong. To me the punishment seemed insufficient, and if possible, we will appeal it. It is something which the Anti-violence Commission are studying."

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