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FC Barcelona News: 1 October 2014; Barça Defeated by Paris Saint-Germain, Xavi Sets Champions League Record

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Paris Saint-Germain v FC Barcelona: The first defeat (3-2) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have lost for the first time this season. Luis Enrique said before the game that he believed PSG are serious candidates for the Champions League title, and he was proved right.

Xavi breaks record: 143 Champions League matches | FC Barcelona
Barça’s most successful midfielder ever, Xavi Hernández, has set a new record for appearances in the Champions League era. That’s 143 games and all of them for Barça over almost sixteen seasons. The milestone was reached in the 67th minute against PSG when he was sent on as a replacement for Rakitic.

Luis Enrique: "Favourites have to prove it on the pitch" | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique faced the press after Barça’s first loss of the 2014/15 season, saying that "PSG took their chances and made the most of our mistakes. … I’m not in the slightest bit bothered about losing the lead. I’m worried about getting back the good feelings for the next few games … We made mistakes getting the ball out and that gave away set pieces. When you’re behind in a game, it’s very hard to turn it around,"

Andrés Iniesta: "You pay dearly for mistakes in the Champions League" | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta spoke to the press after the defeat to PSG, saying that "in some phases, they were the better side. You pay dearly for mistakes in the Champions League when your opponents take their goal chances. We reacted when they scored but we found it hard to equalise or turn the game around".

Neymar Jr: One goal a game | FC Barcelona
Neymar scored 15 goals in 41 games last season. This time round, he’s already netted nearly half that amount in just seven outings – a goal a game. Here’s a round-up of other stats and facts that came out of last night’s game at the Parc des Princes.

Barcelona and Luis Enrique bring back the press to devastating effect - ESPN FC
He used the image of the 766-kilometre (476-mile) river, which cuts from Castilla-la Mancha through Extremadura and Andalusia to the Spain-Portugal border, to hint at impatience with his players' efforts because the Guadiana River is a bit eccentric. For a confluence of geographical and climactic reasons, it's sometimes not just in spate but in flood; at other times, utterly barren and in drought. Pouring forward in a torrent, or near absent and moving at a painfully slow trickle. Evocative football image, isn't it?

Supporters clubs app available for Apple devices | FC Barcelona
The supporters clubs app was officially presented at the World Congress, when it was still only available for Android devices. However, it now also out for iOS, the operating system for Apple users. This simple, user-friendly app can be downloaded for free and keeps FCB supporters clubs updated with all the latest news and developments regarding the movement.

Vote for your ESPN FC Player of the Month for September - Lionel Messi, Diego Costa or Cristiano Ronaldo? - ESPN FC
Seven assists in his five games this month perhaps tells the story of Messi's role for Barcelona better than his three goals. Yes, he is closing on the all-time goal-scoring record in La Liga (only four away from breaking it now) but his link-up play has helped his side to another impressive month.

The forgotten story of … Patrick O’Connell, saviour of Barcelona | Paul Doyle | The Guardian
Johan Cruyff wants you to read this. So do Oliver Kahn, Martin O’Neill and Luis Figo. They are just some of the luminaries who have expressed their support for a campaign to raise funds to build a memorial to Patrick O’Connell. You know, the former Ireland and Manchester United captain who saved Barcelona from extinction, guided Real Betis to their only La Liga title and died destitute in London, where he lies in an unmarked grave.

Reports: Man City to hijack Sergio Ramos talks | Eurosport
La Sexta reports that the Premier League outfit plan to offer the 28-year-old defender €10m-a-year (£7.8m) net to quit the Santiago Bernabeu, €2m (£1.5m) more than he is presently earning. Although on the face of it Ramos is more inclined to stay with the Spanish giants, but City’s offer could persuade him to raise his demands for an improved offer from Los Blancos, something that would clash with the club’s wage system.

Gabi ruled out of Juve clash | Football Espana
Midfielder Gabi has been ruled out of Atletico Madrid’s Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday. The Atleti captain picked up the knock in the 4-0 victory over Sevilla at the weekend and his absence, as expected, was confirmed by the club this morning.

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