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Barcelona begin their Champions League campaign at home to Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday in fine form having romped to the top of La Liga with three consecutive wins to give Luis Enrique a dream start to his reign. The most promising development of all three wins has been the return of four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to something approaching his best form after a disappointing end to a first trophyless campaign in six years last season.
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The veteran midfielder has featured scarcely for Barcelona this season, but his team-mate has defended his importance ahead of their midweek Champions League tie Barcelona forward Pedro has hailed the importance of "living legend" Xavi despite his scaled down role in the first team. The 34-year-old has played only 17 minutes this season over three La Liga matches, with summer signing Ivan Rakitic chosen ahead of him to start alongside Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets in midfield.
The Brazilian scored twice during the victory over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday and the Spanish star says his side can always count on their star forwards Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says his side can always count on Lionel Messi and Neymar to settle matches in their favour. The Catalans have won all three of their games so far this season, including a 2-0 triumph over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday thanks to two lates goals from the Brazilian.
As Daniel Alves is linked with a move to Manchester United , here are five reasons why the Barcelona defender would be a fantastic signing for the club. According to the Daily Express , Louis Van Gaal is ready to lure Barcelona wing-back Dani Alves to the Premier League on a short-term deal for the 2015/2016 season.
Barcelona will aim to strengthen its position at the top of La Liga after it hosts Athletic Bilbao this weekend at Camp Nou. The two-week international break affected Barcelona less than some of its rivals, as Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi were not called up to play for their respective national teams.
Another stunning pass from De Marcos! He bends one in behind from the right but Aduriz lacks the pace to collect it inside the box. Good vision from the converted right-back nonetheless.
Montoya gives away possession cheaply as Susaeta collects the ball on the flank but his cross is harmless and Barcelona clear. OVER! Messi creates the best chance of the game so far as he finds Munir behind the Bilbao defence with a wonderfully executed pass but the youngster blasts the ball well over the bar.
In a lot of countries across Europe, the holding midfielder is the position for artists, those who effortlessly set the tone and tempo of a game. Andrea Pirlo, for one, has made the role an art form.
The former Netherlands star believes coaches have not managed the stars correctly - just as David Moyes did at Manchester United Former Barcelona boss Johan Cruyff feels the club has gone backwards in recent years due to the coaches' inability to "control" the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar . Cruyff was outspoken following the signing of the Brazil international last summer, claiming Messi should have been sold in order to accommodate the ex-Santos man into the side under Gerardo Martino.
Former FC Barcelona Manager, Tito Vilanova's untimely demise on 25 April 2014, at age 45, had since left me shattered, introspective and judgemental of God's fairness parameters. This write up was due.
Radamel Falcao is in line to make his Manchester United debut against QPR this weekend following his deadline day transfer. The Colombian striker joined on a season-long loan deal from Ligue 1 side Monaco as Louis van Gaal looks to bolster his attacking options.
Singer Shakira holds her son Milan during the 2014 World Cup closing ceremony at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh The pregnancy was confirmed through an interview with the Spanish version of Cosmopolitan Magazine where Shakira said that she is in fact "embarazada" or pregnant in her native Spanish tongue.
Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho smiles before their English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor in Burnley, northern England August 18, 2014. Sources in Spain suggest that the Blues have made a formal offer to have the Dutch wonderkid incorporated to their youth set-up, as they plan on producing quality graduates in the near future.
FC Barcelona's solid start to life under new manager Luis Enrique may be taking a blow after centre-back Jeremy Mathieu suffered an ankle injury. The former Valencia linchpin was signed this summer to shore up a threadbare Barca defence, but is now a doubt for this weekend's La Liga fixture, the club confirmed : Jrmy Mathieu is having trouble with his right ankle and will miss the Wednesday training session.
Munir El Haddadi of FC Barcelona looks on beside Andres Iniesta during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Elche. " class="editorial " src="https://s.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2014-09-10/b4297c20-38f8-11e4-bd71-316fd2e3a078_Munir-El-Haddadi.jpg" align="middle" width="630"> A seasonal bible of Spanish football, the 418 page Marca guide to the 2014-15 season went on sale on 15th August on the colourful outdoor newsstands which enliven every Spanish town and city.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 08:47 pm
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