FC Barcelona News: 13 March 2014; Barça Advance to Champions League Quarter-Finals, Marc Bartra To Sign New Contract

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FC Barcelona - Manchester City FC: Back on track! (2-1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona laid down a marker for the rest of Europe tonight, cruising through to the last eight of the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Manchester City (4-1 on aggregate) with a performance that put to bed the doubts around the team after their weekend league defeat in Valladolid.

Seven consecutive years in the Champions League quarter-finals | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after defeating Manchester City. The teams that have qualified for the next round are Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich, and PSG while there are four more teams that will reach the next stage in the coming week.

"We have confidence in our chances," says Tata Martino | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino talked to the press after this evening’s game against Manchester City, and he noted that his men are "ready to play against any team" and that "we once again have confidence in ourselves and in our chances (of succeeding this season). We have to be very strong for the rest of the season."

"We're once again the Barça we want to be," says Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona forward went on to say that team’s performance "has nothing to do with the matches we didn’t win. We are always the first to self-criticize and we known that we didn’t do the things we were supposed to do. La Liga isn’t lost because there’s still a lot left. We know when we do things well or poorly," he said.

FC Barcelona - Manchester City, the second best attended game of the 2013/14 season | FC Barcelona
It was the highest attended game for Barça in the Champions League this season, ahead of the game against Milan (80,517) and Ajax (79,412). The only match that attracted more fans was the La Liga game against Real Madrid (98,761).

Facts and Figures from City win | FC Barcelona
Messi and Alves were again the Barça scorers – just as they had been at the Etihad a fortnight earlier.Dani Alves has scored four goal so far this season to take his total with the Club to 20. His best season so far was the 2008/09 campaign when he scored five times.

Gentle training session after City win | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino gave the players who figured in the game last night a gentle session, with the rest of the players - including B team youngster Pol Calvet - beginning preparations for Sunday’s game against Osasuna at the Camp Nou. Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan dos Santos worked in the gym.

United Kingdom Press praise "magical" Lionel Messi | FC Barcelona
For Daniel Taylor in The Guardian, "Messi tormented City at times. He was everywhere, always wanting the ball, and always knowing the right thing to do with it. Messi chose a good moment to remind everyone there really is no more electrifying sight in football than the four-times Ballon d'Or winner with the ball at his feet".

Bartra to sign new contract on Tuesday | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra will sign a contract extension at the Club next Tuesday which will keep him a Barça player until at least June 2017. The opt out clause in the new contract has been set at 25 million Euros.

Results of the draw for tickets for the Bernabeu | FC Barcelona
In the draw for tickets to the league game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu held this Thursday at the Club offices, the 350 tickets were assigned to applications from number 735 onwards. Club members applied for 1910 tickets, in 810 separate applications before the process closed on Tuesday evening.

Diego Lopez says Real Madrid's clasico clash with Barcelona will be key in the Primera Division title race - ESPN FC
"They are three very important points," Lopez said. "Barcelona is a direct rival and we can extend the gap with them, but there is still a game before. "We have to win in Malaga, keep the gap at four points with Barcelona and then grow it to seven.

Ronaldo’s amazing, generous gesture for sick baby | Early Doors - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The Real Madrid star was asked to donate a pair of old boots and a used shirt for 10-month-old Erik Ortiz Cruz, who suffers from a terrible brain disorder called cortical dysplasia. On hearing of little Erik's plight, Ronaldo immediately agreed to help - but rather than just donate his boots and shirt, he paid the entire cost of the operation in full.

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