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FC Barcelona News: 11 January 2015; Xavi, Jeremy Mathieu Left Out of Match Squad, Barcelona B Lose Again

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Barcelona are unravelling as vandalism of ex-president Sandro Rosell has threatened Lionel Messi and sublime football | Daily Mail Online
Firstly, Barcelona’s board became blind to the obvious need to reinvigorate the first-team squad with the kind of power, height and pace lost via the departures of Yaya Toure, Thierry Henry, Seydou Keita and Eric Abidal. Secondly, given the club’s vomit of half-truths, the process via which Rosell dashed Real Madrid’s equally determined pursuit of Neymar cost him all credibility and also his position at the club.

Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
Barça face Atlético Madrid in one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures of the Liga season on Sunday at 9.00pm (CET). It’s the first meeting between the sides since they met in a gripping final-day clash last season, with both sides still in contention for the title. Barça had one hand on the trophy when Alexis fired them into a first half-time lead, but Godin’s headed equaliser ended up breaking the Camp Nou’s hearts.

18 players named in squad for Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
Jérémy Mathieu has been declared fully fit after his recovery from the Achilles tendon injury that kept him out of the cup game with Elche, but he has not been named in the squad, while Xavi Hernández also misses out, as the first team manager had already suggested in his Saturday press conference. Vermaelen, who has a longer term injury, is also not included.

Leo Messi, specialist against Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
He has scored no fewer than twelve goals against Atlético at the Camp Nou in the last seven league campaigns. Since the 2007/08 season, the Argentinian only failed to find the target once, the 1-1 draw on final day of the competition last year. Curiously, this was also the only occasion that Barça didn’t win – so if Messi scores against the ‘mattress-makers’, then there’s also a very good chance that his team will take all three points.

FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid have a history high scoring affairs | FC Barcelona
Barça and Atlético Madrid know how to put on a show. And on Sunday at 9.00pm (CET) at Camp Nou, the stage is set for another epic battle between two of the top teams in La Liga, tied in the table with 38 points each.

Barcelona forced to beat Atletico to avoid further drama - ESPN FC
The 98,000 Cules who will fill the Camp Nou stadium on Sunday expect nothing less than a home win against current Liga champions Atletico Madrid. The recent turmoil for Barcelona at both a sporting and an institutional level make this high-calibre clash an even bigger occasion, a chance for the Blaugranas to refocus on chasing trophies rather than heading towards self-destruction by obsessing over off-the-pitch drama.

Did you know? FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
Atlético have been Leo Messi's second favourite scoring victim, letting in 17 goals, just behind the 18 that 'the flea' has netted versus Sevilla. Atlético have scored more goals with headers (19), while Barça have conceded the fewest headers, with just 1 all season.

Luis Enrique expecting positive result against Atlético | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou is preparing for one of the biggest attractions of the year as FC Barcelona entertain defending Liga champions Atlético Madrid. Speaking the day before the match, Luis Enrique told the press that tomorrow’s opposition are a clear candidate to win everything this season.

Luis Enrique and Diego Simeone past battles | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique and Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone will meet for the second time in a league game between the two sides at Camp Nou. On this occasions the two men will be looking on from the dugout unlike in their previous confrontation when both me were out there battling it out on the field of play.

Manchester City draw 1-1 at Everton, fall out of first | FC Barcelona
After a scoreless first half, The Citizens—who face FC Barcelona on February 24th in the first leg of the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League—got in gear and went ahead thanks to a goal from Fernandinho in the 75th minute. But shortly after, Steven Naismith got the equaliser for Everton.

FC Barcelona B fall to Leganés, 2–0 | FC Barcelona
Barça B, less than comfortable on a pitch that was not in the best condition, fell 2-0 at Leganés for their fourth consecutive league defeat. Leganés, who had several more close chances stopped by Ortolà, scored either side of halftime with strikes from Velasco and Eraso.

Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale good relationship no rift Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti - ESPN FC
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was again forced to play down local media concerns about Gareth Bale's selfishness, despite the Wales international's match-winning contribution to Saturday's 3-0 La Liga win over Espanyol at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid back on track with 3-0 victory over Espanyol | Sky Sports Football
Carlo Ancelotti's men were beaten by Valencia last Sunday and city rivals Atletico in the Copa Del Rey in midweek, but goals from James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Nacho Fernandez ensured they avoided a hat-trick of defeats. It was, though, a third loss in seven days for Espanyol, who could not capitalise despite the hosts having Fabio Coentrao sent off shortly after half-time.

Valencia held by Celta Vigo | Sky Sports Football
Valencia wasted an opportunity to gain ground on their rivals for a Champions League spot as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo. Rodrigo Moreno gave the visitors the lead just before half-time after Fabian Orellana had missed a penalty, but the Chilean made up for his error by grabbing the equaliser in the second half.

Villarreal held by Malaga | Sky Sports Football
Villarreal stretched their unbeaten run to 13 matches but were unable to put any more daylight between themselves and rival European hopefuls Malaga as the two teams shared a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening. Jonathan Dos Santos' thunderous volley on the stroke of half-time put Villarreal ahead at La Rosaleda but Malaga fought back and Nordin Amrabat's equaliser on the hour mark levelled things up.

Eibar took yet another step towards safety by beating Getafe 2-1 to record their second win of 2015 | Sky Sports Football
Eibar took yet another step towards Primera Division safety by beating Getafe 2-1 to record their second win of 2015. Manu del Moral provided the finishing touch to a chipped free-kick to put the hosts ahead just after half an hour and Ander Capa doubled the lead early in the second period.

Emery: No Sevilla signings | Football Espana
Unai Emery has insisted that Sevilla do not need any reinforcements in personnel this month, despite their mounting injury list. The Andalucians must make do without key quartet Grzegorz Krychowiak, Stephane M’Bia, Benoit Tremoulinas and possibly Nicolas Pareja against their regional rivals this afternoon, but the Coach is refusing to panic just yet.