BARCELONA DOMINATE

Barcelona dominated their La Liga match against Granada as they enjoyed having more than 80% of possession and launched over 20 shots at goal at the goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis but it wasn’t enough for the team of Gerardo Martino to even rescue a single point as they lost 1-0.

This defeat has allowed Real Madrid on snatching the 2nd place spot of the Spanish League while some fans are even in doubt if Barcelona will be able to recover and protect the league trophy for another year.

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BARCA TRANSFER BAN

The latest sanction that Barcelona has received will not allow the Spanish club on either selling or buying any players for the upcoming 14 months, they will however try and appeal against the punishment but if things do not go as planned it will be a huge blow for the team of Gerardo Martino.

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BARCA MANAGE A WIN

Barcelona managed to put began to their recent poor run of form to manage a comfortable 4-1 aggregate win over Manchester City in the Champions League to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition.

Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scored the goals for the Catalan club, while they conceded a late goal from Vincent Kompany that appeared more like a consolation for the visitors. Unlike in the last few seasons, Barcelona are not the favourites to win the competition this season. This is primarily due to the inconsistent form they have been showing under Gerardo Martino.

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ROSSELL QUITS

The resignation of Sandro Rossell from his role of being the president of Barcelona arrived when the investigation of Neymar’s transfer from Santos was being made and according to Rossell, he was receiving too much pressure from the media concerning everything that was being launched at him at everything came from Neymar’s transaction.

Rossell stepped down from his position after a judge had accepted a case which was accusing him of money misappropriation.

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SURPRISES

The manager of Barcelona FC, Gerardo Martino, surprised a lot of people by not including his two best players Lionel Messi and Neymar in the starting line up for the all important game against Atletico Madrid which took place yesterday.

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Cesc Fabregas returns in training

Cesc Fabregas, the Barca midfielder, has come back to training as he continues his convalescence from a knee wound, stated that the La Liga leaders earlier on Monday. Cese damaged his right knee ligaments in the 4 - 1 victory against Real Betis on 10th November and he had to withdraw from the national squad for friendly matches against South Africa and Equatorial Guinea.

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LONG BALL?

The prospect of Barcelona playing long ball football looked highly unlikely a few years ago under the management of Guardiola. Even when faced with extremely defensive opposition, Barcelona struck with their philosophy of passing the ball in order to open the opposition.

New manager Gerardo Martino, though, has brought in different ideas since taking over the club in the summer. Barcelona were recently extremely frustrated in the Champions league match against Ajax. This resulted in the team playing a couple of long balls, which has come under intense criticism from the fans and media.

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VILLAREAL MAKE DREAM START

Villarreal have made a stunning return to la Liga by winning all the opening matches of the season. The three victories from the three matches of the season has put Villarreal joint top of the table along with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid.

It is an incredible start to the season for a club that was promoted to the top division of Spanish football only in the summer. They spend the last season in the second division. Villarreal have been a top-flight club in the last decade, but relegation last season proved extremely difficult.

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CESC NOT FOR SALE

Barcelona have categorically stated that midfielder Cesc Fabregas is not for sale at any price after it is understood that Premier league outfit Manchester United are preparing a third bid for the player.

United are already have had two bids rejected for the 26-year-old. Their first offer of £ 25 million was made in the middle of July, while they recently upped their offer to £ 30 million plus a few appearance based bonuses. It is understood that Barcelona have said that Fabregas will not be sold at any price.

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NEYMAR JOINS

Barcelona have managed to pull off a transfer coup by signing highly rated Brazilian youngster Neymar on a five-year contract. The Santos striker is widely regarded as one of the hottest young players in world football.

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