Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has stated that the players should remain focused if they are to achieve success at the end of the season. The Argentine was speaking after the 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League. The win has helped them get a foothold in the first leg of the last 16 round in the competition.

They are now favourites to progress into the quarter-finals where they could be joined by the likes of PSG and Chelsea. Barcelona have not been up to their usual high standards this campaign.



The manager of Barcelona FC, Gerardo Martino, has made it quite clear that he is not in any hurry at all to bring one of his superstar players Lionel Messi back into the side.


Barcelona confident of a new deal

Spanish giants Barcelona are quite confident that they would agree a contract with Spanish international Andres Iniesta to cover his deal at the club before Christmas in Spain and art the same time end linkups to Manchester United.



Cristian Tello is regarded as one of the upcoming superstars for Barcelona. He played 34 matches for the club last season and has scored eight goals in those matches. He was expected to kick on even more this season, but so far his only league start has come against Sevilla.

In the previous two matches, he was used as a substitute only, but this does not worry the youngster. He has said that his relationship with the manager Gerardo Martino, who took over the club only in the summer, is excellent. He is looking forward to making more starts in the future.



Celta de Vigo manager Luis Enrique has revealed that the rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona are untrue. Enrique has been linked with the Barcelona managerial job after the Catalan club recently lost manager Tito Vilanova, who decided to step down due to health concerns.

Vilanova has been undergoing cancer treatment in the last few months, and it is believed that the recurrence of the problem has made him step down after just one year in charge of the club. During this period, he managed to lead Barcelona to a league title.



Chelsea midfielder Oscar has said that the England national team players should be warned enough about the threat posed by new Barcelona signing Neymar. The Santos striker recently sealed a spectacular move to Barcelona after agreeing a contract for five years.

The 21-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the world. Even though he has not been at his best in recent international matches with Brazil, Oscar believes that he will be able to show his true form against England.



Barcelona have been one of the strongest teams in the world over the last few years. They have also been extremely successful since 2005. The success in recent years, though, has been built on a strong foundation of passing and possession football.



Real Madrid and Barcelona have been the dominant force in the Spanish la Liga ever since the decline of Valencia. They have been able to win all the league titles for the last eight seasons, which is a source of major concern.

There has even been talk of the la Liga being not very competitive when compared with the likes of the English Premier league and the Italian Serie A. Only this season, there has been a change in the fortunes of the Spanish clubs because Atletico Madrid have been able to get past their arch rivals Real Madrid into the second position.



The Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has said that he cannot be more delighted following the return of David Villa, who has been one of the impressive goal scorers for Barcelona since arriving from Valencia for more than £ 30 million.

However, he suffered a major injury last season when he was playing for the club in the Club World Cup in Japan. This kept him out of the action for Barcelona until the start of this new season. Even though he has been used sparingly by the manager, Tito Vilanova has said that he is extremely delighted with the way he is approaching full fitness.


FC Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

A win for FC Barcelona against Atletico Madrid would certainly help the club to further stamp its dominance of La Liga, but it is not very likely that Madrid will make it easy for La Liga’s number one club; when the two top teams in La Liga come together, you can expect some exciting action. The gap between them is currently six points, and Atletico Madrid is determined to reduce it.