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FC Barcelona News: 2 January 2015; Preparations Continue for Real Sociedad Clash, Claudio Bravo Ready for Anoeta Return

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Barcelona have work to do in 2015 in order to return to the top - ESPN FC
After a 10-day long holiday that colleagues in the Premier League could only dream of, the majority of the Barcelona players are back in training and working against the clock to prepare for their upcoming match at Anoeta against Real Sociedad.

Claudio Bravo returns to Anoeta | FC Barcelona
This Sunday at Anoeta at 9.00 PM CET, Claudio Bravo will be appearing for the first time as a Barça player in the stadium where he defended the Real Sociedad goal for eight seasons, and also wore the captain’s armband. It was in 2006 that the Chilean made his first appearance in European football.

Real Sociedad stronger at Anoeta | FC Barcelona
Barça start the year with the traditionally tricky trip to Real Sociedad. The Basques haven’t been having the best of seasons and would rather be higher than 14th in the table. This has largely been due to their woeful form on the road, where they have only picked up four points in eight games. The other 11 of their 15 points have all been won at Anoeta, where they have three wins, two draws and three defeats this season.

Soccer-Barca can win trophies despite transfer ban - Iniesta - Yahoo Sports
"It is not even crossing our minds the idea of not winning anything this season," Iniesta told reporters. "The squad that we have has sufficient quality to win trophies and the important thing is to believe in ourselves and that we can keep improving so as to reach our maximum."

Xavi: Barcelona cannot afford blank 2015 must win trophies - ESPN FC
Barca endured a disappointing 2014, losing the Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid and missing out on the Liga title on the last day to Atletico Madrid. Xavi personally endured a testing year, with added international pain as Spain exited the World Cup at the group stage in Brazil last summer.

Man City go joint top of the Premiership (3-2) | FC Barcelona
New Year’s Day brought yet another round of action in the English Premiership, and Barça’s Champions League opponents Manchester City welcomed in 2015 with a 3-2 win over Sunderland. Yaya Touré, Jovetic and Lampard all found the target in a manic 16-minute period in which all five goals were scored.

Real Madrid's world record is still on, confirm club who currently hold it | Eurosport
Madrid went to Dubai with 22 straight wins under their belt only to lose to Serie A giants Milan in a winter exhibition game. Coritiba, who set the world record for consecutive wins, confirmed in an official club statement on Twitter that the record concerns "official games only" - meaning Madrid can still enter the record books.

Pereira swaps Rayo for Valladolid | Football Espana
Rayo Vallecano striker Jonathan Pereira has joined Real Valladolid on loan for the rest of the season. The Villarreal-owned attacker made just five appearances for Paco Jemez’s side during the first half of the season, prompting him to terminate his arrangement at Vallecas and drop down a division.