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FC Barcelona News: 18 October 2014; 18-Man Squad for Eibar Clash Announced, Copa del Rey Draw Completed

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

18 man squad for Eibar clash | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has named a squad of 18 players to face Eibar in the Camp Nou this evening (kick-off 8 pm): Ter Stegen, C. Bravo, Piqué, Xavi, Pedro, A. Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, Adriano, Dani Alves, Mathieu, Sandro (29,) Munir (31).

Second to last training ahead of Eibar | FC Barcelona
Barça trained on Friday morning for the second to last time before they face Eibar on Saturday at 8.00 PM CET at the Camp Nou. Just as on Thursday, Luis Enrique had a full squad available, with Rafinha gaining medical clearance at the end of the session, which took place on Field 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva. The day started off with a large group possession drill.

Luis Enrique says his team will not relax | FC Barcelona
"I'm only worried about the next opponent, Eibar, and their potential. They're playing well and could create problems," assured Luis Enrique in Friday's press conference, rather certain that the international stoppage won't have any affect on his players, any imminent records, or next week's El Clasico.

When and where to watch the Spanish League match between FCBarcelona and Eibar | FC Barcelona
Saturday’s game at the Camp Nou is Barça's first match after last week's international hiatus. The following is a guide of TV channels showing the game around the world. If the game isn't being shown in your country or region, remember that you can listen to live commentary in English on Radio Barça and the international web sites.

FC Barcelona to face Huesca in Spanish Cup round of 32 | FC Barcelona
Barça will go up against Huesca in the round of 32 of the 2014/15 Spanish Cup. The pairings for this round were chosen in a lottery on Friday morning in Madrid. It is the first knockout round to feature teams taking part in European competitions.

Agent claims Alves set for Old Trafford | ClubCall
The Brazil international is out of contract at Camp Nou at the end of the season and Alves has already admitted his preference is a move to the Premier League, with a new Barcelona deal unlikely. Reports suggested that Chelsea were favourites for his signature, while Liverpool have also been linked, but now Gallardo has claimed that Alves is on his way to Old Trafford.

PSG win away to Lens (1-3) | FC Barcelona
Paris Saint-Germain were away to Lens in Ligue 1 action on Friday night and came from behind to take the three points. The current leader of Barça’s Champions League group, who travel to APOEL this week, are provisionally second in the table on 18 points, four behind leader Olympique Marseille, who have a game in hand.

Madrid to sue TV channel? | Football Espana
The controversial programme, entitled ‘The real Madrid. The dark past behind Real’s white glory’, makes a point of the club’s relationship with the late dictator Francisco Franco, insinuating that many of their triumphs were a result of this association. Marca reports that Los Blancos are unhappy with the way they feel their club has been manipulated and are mulling over legal action.

Cornella request Madrid switch | Football Espana
The Catalan minnows are due to host Carlo Ancelotti’s men in the Last 32 on October 29, the game having been brought forward as Madrid are involved in December’s World Club Championship in Morocco. However, their tiny Nuevo Municipal ground has room for just 1,500 spectators compared to the 40,500-capacity Power8, formerly named Cornella El Prat and the home of Espanyol.

Madrid licking their lips at the prospect of Levante - ESPN FC
The only thing that could really rain on Levante's parade would be relegation, and unfortunately, that is not out of the question this season. A shiny new sponsor is one thing, but a record of one win and four goals scored -- three of them against newly promoted Eibar, a game Levante still failed to win -- so far in this campaign tells its own story.

Mario Suarez to make Atletico exit? | Eurosport
The Spain international midfielder, bought back from Real Mallorca in 2010 after beginning his career with Los Rojiblancos, has played a secondary role in Diego Simeone’s team this season. After starting as a first-team regular he has been relegated to the substitute’s bench for the last three games and has even been jeered by a section of fans at the Vicente Calderon, most notably in the narrow 2-1 defeat of Eibar.

Atleti close in on Turkish defender | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid are on the verge of tying up a deal for Galatasaray defender Semih Kaya, according to Turkish TV station NTV. Diego Simeone’s men are short on defensive cover following Toby Alderweireld’s loan move to Southampton and have reportedly been monitoring the Turkish international’s performances recently.

Manacho late show earns Rayo Vallecano victory at Granada | Sky Sports Football
Manucho scored with virtually the last kick of the game as Rayo Vallecano snatched a 1-0 win at Granada. Manucho fired a low shot across goal after latching on to Gael Kakuta's lay-off inside the area, sealing what was a deserved win on the balance of play.

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