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FC Barcelona News: 22 February 2015; Barcelona Suffer Surprising Defeat to Malaga, Felix Brych to Referee Manchester City Game

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FC Barcelona v Málaga FC (0–1): Early lapse spells doom | FC Barcelona
All it took was one small mistake. A seemingly innocent back-pass from Dani Alves to Claudio Bravo in minute seven ran out of steam and was intercepted by a charging Juanmi, who beat Bravo to the ball and waltzed in all alone for the game’s only goal, stopping Barça’s 11-game winning streak dead in its tracks.

Luis Enrique laments Barça's lack of balance on attack | FC Barcelona
While the head coach felt that his team played well and were fairly balanced in the first half, with Málaga taking advantage of an unfortunate defensive error. However, he was not as generous in giving his opinion of the second half. "We weren't patient enough, either individually or as a team," he said.

Key passes evaded Barça all day, says Busquets | FC Barcelona
Seconds after the final whistle, Sergio Busquets offered his analysis: "We were down a goal early, which really hurt us." Despite the disappointing loss to a Málaga side hunkered down on defence, Busquets feels the team are doing well. "We just couldn't get that key pass when we needed it," he lamented.

A week that sees the return of the Champions League | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will meet Manchester City in the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of their Champions’ League last 16 tie. The blaugranes won last season 2-0 in the same stadium at the same stage of the competition and this year they set off for Manchester at 9.30am* on Monday. Later that day at 7.00pm they will train at the Etihad with the game kicking off on Tuesday at 8.45pm.

Ref named for City-Barca | Football Espana
German referee Felix Brych will take charge of Tuesday’s Manchester City-Barcelona Champions League fixture. Byrch, 39, has been a UEFA official since the 2009-10 season and earlier this campaign oversaw Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 win over Juventus and Athletic Bilbao’s 2-0 away defeat at Porto.

21 players to travel to Manchester | FC Barcelona
The Champions League is back at last and on Sunday morning the first team squad trained for the first time with their minds fully focused on the crunch game with Manchester City. When the session was over, Luis Enrique announced that he is taking all 21 of his available first team players on the trip, leaving hind only the injured Douglas and Vermaelen.

Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabaleta meet up ahead of the Champions League clash | FC Barcelona
On February 5, just after training, Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabaleta met up by videoconference from the FC Barcelona training ground and the Manchester City training ground respectively. The two Argentinian internationals have been great friends for a number of years now and they often share a room when they are on international duty together.

Luis Suárez knows what it takes to beat Manchester City | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez explained in an interview with UEFA media that he knows very well the quality that Manchester City possess "in midfield and up front, but they also have weakness at the back", and he added that those vulnerable areas they had to exploit. The Uruguayan knows the Manchester club well after his time at Liverpool in the Premier League.

Luka Modric set to make Real Madrid return in next month's El Clasico clash with Barcelona, says Carlo Ancelotti | Football News | Sky Sports
Ancelotti said: "He feels good, but we will take it slowly. "He hasn't done a full session with the team yet, but he will do next week and by the 22nd he will be ready. We hope he can play before the Camp Nou."

Martin Odegaard delighted with first Real Madrid goal in Castilla's 4-0 win over Brakaldo | Football News | Sky Sports
The 16-year-old, who signed for Los Blancos in January, started the match Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano and took just seven minutes to make his mark, lifting the ball over the on rushing goalkeeper with his right foot to open the scoring. Odegaard, who wore the No 10 shirt, also provided the cross for Real Madrid Castilla’s third goal as they secured a convincing 4-0 victory in the Segunda B Division clash.

Atletico Madrid beat Almeria 3-0 | Sky Sports Football
Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a controversial penalty before Griezmann's brace ensured the game was over as a contest inside the first half-hour. Guilherme Siqueira was sent off in stoppage time for the Rojiblancos but it made little difference as they took advantage of Barcelona's defeat to Malaga to move within three points of the second-placed Catalans.

Diego Simeone is discussing a new contract with Atletico Madrid -
Diego Simeone has confirmed that he is negotiating a contract extension with Atletico Madrid. The Argentinian watched his Spanish champions ease to a 3-0 La Liga victory against Almeria on Saturday, and revealed after the match that talks are ongoing to keep him at the Vicente Calderon beyond his current deal.

Spanish Primera Division report: Cordoba 1 Valencia 2 | Sky Sports Football
Valencia tightened their grip on fourth place in the Primera Division standings by beating Cordoba 2-1 thanks to a late winner by Pablo Piatti. Andre Gomes gave the visitors the lead towards the end of the first half but Nabil Ghilas levelled for the league's bottom side in the 72nd minute, only for Piatti to put Valencia in charge again with nine minutes remaining.

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