Barcelona's Carles Puyol celebrates a goal against Almeria during their Spanish first division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona March 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Albert Gea)
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While Barcelona come to terms with the news that talismanic defender Carles Puyol will leave in the summer, they have more immediate concerns at the back for Saturday's trip to Real Valladolid.Coach Gerardo Martino has a lack of options in defense where Javier Mascherano, who previously played in midfield, has become a regular center-half.Carlo Ancelotti's side have been in excellent form and have 17 wins from 19 games in all competitions.Keeper Iker Casillas has spent most of the league campaign on the bench, and the captain admits that Diego Lopez's form has made him difficult to be replaced in goal.Third-placed Atletico Madrid, who drew 2-2 with Real last weekend, are away at Celta Vigo Saturday.
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