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Thursday, February 16, 2012

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao are wary about the unknown as they face Lokomotiv Moscow, who have not competed in two and a half months due to Russian winter break.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is expecting a warm reception on his return to Lazio as he aims to cause an upset in the first leg clash.

Boss Pep Guardiola insists that Gerard Pique is still a key player for Barcelona despite his exclusion from the match squad against Leverkusen.

Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino admits the defeat to Zaragoza hurts, but insists he is not giving up their dreams of playing in Europe.

Keeper Miguel Angel Moya said Getafe are still aiming for permanence, but believes it will take less points to qualify for Europe this season.

Granada are expecting Inigo Lopez and Dani Benitez to recover from their slight injury and be available for their clash against Real Sociedad.

Levante midfielder Juanlu Gomez admits he is likely to be back in action for the Granotes in late March after breaking his fibula in December.

Sebastian Fernandez is the 2nd highest scorer for Malaga with 4 goals after making 15 attempts in his 18 appearences for the club this season.

Osasuna defender Jukka Raitala admits the victory over Barca was the most important in his career and hopes his team can continue their form.

Racing Santander
Adrian Gonzalez is the second highest scorer for Racing with 3 goals after making 37 attempts in his 21 appearences for the side this season.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo coach Jose Ramon Sandoval is sweating over the fitness of captain Michel, who failed to complete his training due to a muscle problem.

Real Betis

Real Madrid
Borja Valero feels flattered by Real Madrid interest, but feels that Los Blancos are unlikely to pay a hefty transfer fee to bring him back.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca midfielder Michael Pereira has urged his team to rediscover their unbeaten home form if they are to avoid relegation this season.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad have reached an agreement to extend the contract of midfielder David Zurutuza, who is now tied to the Txurin-urdin until 2017.

Real Zaragoza
Zaragoza defender Pablo Alvarez is hoping their win over Espanyol will help the team to relaunch their season and secure the La Liga status.

Captain Freddy Kanoute admits Sevilla are in their most delicate situation as the team try to absorb the new concepts brought by coach Michel.

Sporting Gijon
Nacho Novo is the highest scorer for Sporting Gijon with 3 goals after making 12 attempts at the goal in his 9 appearences for the Rojiblancos.

Victor Ruiz admits his Valencia side are the favourites against Stoke City, but warned his team-mates that they must prove it on the pitch.

Borja Valero feels flattered by Real Madrid interest, but feels that Los Blancos are unlikely to pay a hefty transfer fee to bring him back.

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