Spain

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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The Argentine is calm heading into the decisive stage of the season and is adamant that his side are in a good position to beat Barcelona in Wednesday's Copa del Rey final

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The Spanish midfielder believes a host of key absences destroyed the Gunners' Premier League hopes, while Santi Cazorla joined his compatriot in lauding the FA Cup win over Wigan

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The Rojiblancos boss has called on his squad not to think too far ahead in this season's La Liga campaign, hoping that excitement can overcome anxiety as the end draws near

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The Blaugrana sporting director claimed that his side did everything they could except score in their defeat to Granada, attributing the loss to the unpredictability of football

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The Spanish coach conceded that his side were not at their best as they fell to a comprehensive defeat on Saturday, but refused to blame squad rotation for the loss

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The Spanish midfielder conceded that his side had suffered a potentially fatal setback in their La Liga title challenge by not taking three points on Saturday evening

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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The Italian was jubilant after watching his side leapfrog the Catalans into second place in La Liga and revealed defender Sergio Ramos will return for the Copa del Rey final

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Goals from Angel Di Maria, Gareth Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata saw Carlo Ancelotti's side leapfrog the Catalans into second place in the Primera Division

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The Blaugrana's title hopes are in tatters after they lost for a second time in a week on Saturday evening, despite enjoying a staggering 86% possession

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Defensive resilience helped the hosts to a historic victory, with second choice goalkeeper Oretis Karnezis making a number of fantastic saves to keep an unlikely clean sheet

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The Catalans were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek and then saw their hopes of retaining La Liga rocked on Saturday evening

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The Argentine coach is expecting a difficult game for his side against Getafe and stressed the importance of taking care of business in the league

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It has been claimed that the 32-year-old is upset that he plays second fiddle to Iker Casillas for cup games, but he insists that he has no problem fighting for the No.1 jersey

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The Spaniard believes that the Chelsea-owned striker is not motivated by money and feels that his club have offered the Belgian sensation an "incredible opportunity"

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Despite a deserved defeat to Atletico, Dani Alves moaned about the grass at the Calderon on Wednesday - the latest in a long line of Catalan complaints about the playing surface

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This extract from Graham Hunter's book, Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World, looks at how the World Cup-winning midfielder made his debut under Louis van Gaal

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Fresh from knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League, Diego Simeone's side will be intent on at the very least maintaining their one-point lead at the top of La Liga