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Praise for Bernat and Lewandowski

Who is the only outfield player at FCB to feature in all 23 competitive fixtures this term? Juan Bernat! The summer arrival from FC Valencia has stunned the pundits and positively surprised Pep Guardiola too: “I knew how good he was, but I’m surprised he’s playing like this at just 21,” the FCB boss said on Friday, “Juan is quick and aggressive. He’s great news for the club.” Guardiola also singled out Robert Lewandowski for special praise: “I’m very pleased with him. He’s had at least three decent scoring chances in every game. He’s done a really good job up to now.”

Lahm to attend José Carreras Gala

Philipp Lahm is one of the leading celebrities set to attend the José Carreras Gala and help the fund-raising effort in the fight against leukemia, the organisers announced on Friday. The 20th edition of the annual gala takes place next Thursday, 18 December, at the Europa Park in Rust. Sat.1 Gold will show the event live. Lahm and the likes of singer Chris de Burgh, violinist David Garrett and musician Laith Al-Deen are among the VIPs joining host and Spanish star tenor José Carreras.