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Had David Villa not fractured his left tibia, he would be Spain's leading contender for the golden boot award. The Barcelona forward has shone in the big tournaments but with his participation this summer unsure, and should he return, just what state he will be in being uncertain, the need for goals could rest with Fernando Torres. His inclusion a couple of months ago would have been laughable, but that Champions League goal against Barcelona and his first hat-trick for Chelsea suggest the Torres of old may finally be back. Although if El Nino goes missing once more, a midfield that includes David Silva, Cesc Fabregas and Andre Iniesta means there are goals elsewhere.

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Real Sociedad's on-loan Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, right, would prefer to stay in Spain

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Real Sociedad's on-loan Arsenal striker Carlos Vela would prefer to stay in Spain beyond this summer.

Crouch has scored a goal every other game in 48 European appearances

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From Crawley to Valencia, Stoke City's campaign of contrasts will extend beyond tonight on its European front only if the Premier League's 13th-placed team achieve what only three English clubs have managed in Valencia's half-century among the continental elite – a victory in the Mestalla stadium.

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Miljan Miljanic: Serbian footballer who went on to coach Real Madrid, Yugoslavia and Red Star Belgrade

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Real Madrid v Barcelona: El Clasico preview

A new chapter is set to be written in the great history of el clásico as Real Madrid and Barcelona go head to head once again, this time in the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey. The first leg is at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday night, with the second leg taking place at the Camp Nou on Wednesday 25 January.

Barcelona's Leo Messi is booked during their latest disappointing La Liga display on the road, a 1-1 draw with Espanyol

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The Barcelona youngsters given a chance to shine in yesterday's 4-0 Champions League Group H win over BATE Borisov turned in an "impeccable" performance, according to delighted coach Pep Guardiola.

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Jose Mourinho wanted Pep Guardiola to be his No 2 at the Nou Camp when he was interviewed for the Barcelona job in 2008.

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