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FC Barcelona News: 16 January 2015; Second Team Makes Easy Work of Elche, Set Up Match With Atletico Madrid

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Elche v FC Barcelona (0-4): Barça book quarter final spot against Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
Barça put four more goals past Elche on Thursday night to add to the five from last week at the Camp Nou and set up a mouth-watering quarter final clash with Atlético Madrid.

Plenty of Cup history between FC Barcelona and Atlètico Madrid | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will face Atlético Madrid in the Spanish Cup quarter finals, after Simeone’s side drew 2-2 at the Bernabéu on Wednesday night with two goals from Fernando Torres to knock out Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate. The first leg will be played at the Camp Nou next Wednesday, with the second leg a week later in Madrid. It’ll be the first time the two teams have met in the Cup for six seasons, when Barça won 5-2 over both legs, with a memorable hat trick from Leo Messi at the Calderón.

Luis Enrique happy with players' attitude | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique was full of praise for his players after their 0-4 win against Elche, explaining: "I have to compliment them on their attitude. When you’ve got a tie virtually won, it’s not easy to maintain the intensity levels that are necessary. We need players who can open up the pitch like we did today – wingers, midfielders or full backs".

Gerard Gumbau and Alen Halilovic make official debuts | FC Barcelona
Two more Barça B players made their first team debuts against Elche on Wednesday evening - Gerard Gumbau and Alen Halilovic. With six B team youngsters in the squad, Luis Enrique gave the two their chance alongside Adama and Munir at the Martínez Valero.

Pedro says motivation not a problem | FC Barcelona
Pedro captained the side in their 0-4 win over Elche and after the game echoed Luis Enrique’s praise for their attitude: "we took the game very seriously, we got the goals early on and we did a great job. Now we have to focus on this weekend’s league game and then the quarter finals".

Xavi back to work; joins group without medical clearance | FC Barcelona
With little time to digest Thursday night's 4-0 win at Elche in the last 16 of the Spanish Cup, Barça went right back to training on Friday morning at the Joan Gamper Ciutat Esportiva to begin preparing for Sunday's 7.00pm (CET) league matchup at Deportivo La Coruña.

A variety of FC Barcelona contributors in La Liga, the Spanish Cup and the Champions League | FC Barcelona
Barça are now in the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup, the last 16 of the Champions League, and in the thick of the title race in La Liga. With everything still on the table, Luis Enrique has at his disposal a team with a wide variety of players who have received playing time. In fact, except the injured Thomas Vermaelen, every single first team player including the three goalkeepers have minutes under their belts this season. They include 22 players, plus seven more from Barça B, brining the total to 29.

Meet the six B team players named versus Elche | FC Barcelona
After Barça won the first leg of their cup tie with Elche so convincingly, 5-0 at the Camp Nou, manager Luis Enrique has opted to take six players from the reserve team with him for the return match, three of which (Diagné, Halilovic and Gumbau) could make their official debuts tonight. If you haven’t been following the fortunes of Eusebio Sacristan’s B team in the second division, here’s a brief introduction to six players for whom Thursday 15 January, 2015 could be a night to remember.

February match dates and times confirmed | FC Barcelona
The dates and kick off times for week 21 and 22 of La Liga on the weekends of January 31/February 1 and February 7/8 have been announced. Barça will face Villarreal at the Camp Nou on Sunday 1 February at 9.00pm (CET) and travel to Bilbao to face Athletic at the same time the following Sunday – February 8.

Barcelona announce plans to play February friendly in Qatar - ESPN FC
The game is being played as part of the controversial sponsorship deal between the Catalan club and Qatar Sports Investment (QSI), and comes during a rare open space in the calendar between Barcelona's La Liga games at home to Villarreal on Sunday, Feb. 1 and away at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Copa del Rey: Fernando Torres double sends Atletico through after aggregate win over Real Madrid | Football News | Sky Sports
The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker scored his first two goals since rejoining his boyhood club as Atleti claimed a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu on Thursday night to reach the last eight of the competition, and a meeting with Barcelona, thanks to a 4-2 aggregate success.

Rodriguez set for Atleti exit | Football Espana
Reports in Italy and Spain claim Atletico Madrid have agreed to loan Cristian Rodriguez to Parma for the rest of the season. The winger has played just 291 minutes for Los Colchoneros this season and is keen to leave the club in a bid to secure first-team football.

Michael Laudrup warns Martin Odegaard against Real Madrid move - ESPN FC
"I am not sure that the decision [Odegaard] has taken is the correct one," the former Madrid and Barca player said. "He is 16, I cannot imagine that at this moment he could play for Madrid or Bayern. If he were my son, I would just send him to Holland."

Madrid suffer Pepe blow | Football Espana
Pepe could be out for up to a fortnight after the defender suffered bruised ribs during Real Madrid's 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid last night. The Portuguese managed just an hour of the Copa del Rey last-16 second leg before he was replaced by Raphael Varane, and Los Blancos have now confirmed the extent of his setback.

Fernando Morientes to make return with amateur football club Santa Ana - ESPN FC
Morientes, 38, has decided to make his comeback after five years of retirement where he had been dividing his time between football commentary and analysis for Spanish TV station Cuatro and helping to coach the Real Madrid junior teams.

David Moyes is becoming a fan favourite at Real Sociedad despite the club still being a work in progress - Sid Lowe - ESPN FC
David Moyes turned to the official and did the universal sign for "are you blind, pal?", making a pair of glasses with his hands, lifting them to his face and peering through in disbelief. The referee sent him off. His eyes widened and he turned, jogged across the running track, vaulted over the barrier, and nimbly climbed into the stands where the supporters sat, taking up an empty seat a few rows up from the front. He was still wearing a look that said "that guy, eh," the hint of a smile creeping across his face.

Granada to sack Caparros? | Football Espana
Joaquin Caparros is reportedly hours away from being replaced by Abel Resino as Granada Coach. The 59-year-old only took charge of the Andalucians in the summer but has since led them to the bottom of La Liga, with no wins in their last eight matches.

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