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FC Barcelona News: 24 October 2014; Luis Suarez Ready to Make Debut, Sergio Busquets Trains Normally

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Andrés Iniesta insists team must go to Bernabeu to win | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta will play his thirtieth clásico on Saturday and he’s well aware that it’s a game in which anything can happen: "it’s hard to predict what we’ll find on Saturday , you don’t know how they’ll be and often it all comes down to little details. There is a lot of quality in both teams and the game could go either way".

When and where to watch the Spanish League match between R. Madrid and FCBarcelona | FC Barcelona
Saturday's match at the Santiago Bernabeu will be the first Clasico of the season, a game between two of the best teams in the world. Two teams that come at a great time and the best players. 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

Sergio trains with the first team but without medical all clear | FC Barcelona
The Clásico is just around the corner and the Barça first team continue their preparations for the game in the Santiago Bernabéu. Luis Enrique took the training session at the Campo Tito Vilanova of the Ciutata Esportiva with attention firmly fixed on Saturday’s Real Madrid-Barça. As on Wednesday, Sergio Busquets trained once again normally with the rest of the squad even he has not had the all clear yet from the club’s medical staff.

Luis Suárez ready to make his debut | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez is ready to make his official Barça debut as his FIFA ban comes to an end and could do so on Saturday against Real Madrid. Suárez played in the Joan Gamper Trophy and the Barça B friendly against an Indonesia Under 19 team and last week picked up his Golden Boot award for the 2013/14 season.

Graham Hunter on Luis Suarez: What’s fascinating about this Pandora’s Box of a player is that the lid has been closed for months now : Paddy Power Blog
What’s fascinating about this Pandora’s Box of a player is that the lid has been closed for months now. We’ve seen glimpses – goals against Oman, forcing an Saudi Arabian own goal in the friendly against Uruguay, and a couple for Barça B against an Indonesian youth select mean that he’s now scored 35 times in his last 38 club and international matches.

Luis Enrique set to make Bernabéu debut | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique Martínez makes his debut as Barça coach at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday, but he’s certainly no stranger to the ground, having played for Real Madrid between 1991 and 1996. After joining Barça, he then faced his old team in Madrid on a number of occasions and he was there again earlier this year in charge of Celta de Vigo in January.

Messi an assist machine in el Clásico | FC Barcelona
There has been plenty of talk this season about Leo Messi's passing prowess, but a quick peek at the stats show that it's nothing new. It seems as if his eye-popping goal scoring numbers have eclipsed his almost-as-impressive role in dishing out assists. The stats don't lie here, folks. While he is, in fact, the all-time leader in el Clásico goals, he also has 12 assists in 28 career games versus Real Madrid.

23 goals from the squad at the Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
Piqué, Rakitic, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Mathieu and Alves have all scored against Madrid, totalling 44 in all with 23 at the Bernabeu. Leo Messi is the leading scorer for the team against Real, with 21 goals in 28 matches, notching up 12 of those at the Bernabéu.

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona - clasico promises goals aplenty - ESPN FC
It would be naive to deny that the rise of the clasico to become the biggest and most important game in world football has nothing to do with vastly expanded television coverage in recent years or with the many thousands of online columns, magazine articles or newspaper coverage around the globe.

Will Barcelona deploy Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez in El Clasico? | Eurosport
Lionel Messi was irked. He'd just been named man of the match after Barcelona's 3-1 midweek Champions League win over Ajax, but he didn't want to speak to the media. That's normal. The manner in which he communicates with the media has improved from the shy young man who hid behind a heavy fringe, but he can still go six months at a time without speaking even to Barca's official media outlets.

Real Madrid-Barcelona: A derby between teams in transition - ESPN FC
The latest UEFA Champions League match-day brought goals everywhere, but above all, it was a great appetizer in the lead-up to the great game that all of us lovers of soccer want to see: the Spanish clasico, Real Madrid vs. Barcelona.

El Clasico: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona 50-50 Challenge - ESPN FC
Real Madrid vs. Barcelona barely needs any more added spice but it's getting it this Saturday with Luis Suarez set for his debut. El Clasico promises to be as enthralling as ever -- here's ESPN FC's Rob Train (Real Madrid) and Dermot Ledwith (Barcelona) previewing the action.

Messi and Neymar at their deadliest | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Neymar Jr get ready to face archrivals Real Madrid in El Clasico with both players at the top of their game. They've each scored at least once in Barça's last five matches, including La Liga clashes versus Eibar, Rayo Vallecano, and Granada, and UEFA Champions League duels with Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain. Over that stretch, this two-headed monster has summed 13 goals. Frighteningly, it doesn't even tell the whole story, as they have both scored with their respective national sides as well.

Ramos & Carvajal to play in Clasico | Football Espana
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal will be part of the Real Madrid XI to play Barcelona. Ancelotti gave an indication as to his team when speaking on El Laguero on Cadena Ser, with AS reporting his comments. Ramos has been out since early October, when he was injured while on duty with the Spain national team.

Faryd Mondragón: "The whole world wants to watch the clásico" | FC Barcelona
The Colombian former goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón has said that the clásico is the game that "the whole world wants to see", adding that "they are the two most in form sides at the moment". With regards to the team’s current form, Mondragón is convinced that "Barça are a serious side who have gained that defensive solidity that they have lacked recently".

Barcelona's Dani Alves conundrum a harbinger of future right back issues - ESPN FC
Alves has long fancied playing in England and has been threatening to learn English for years. He also likes England because, along with Spain's big two, the Premier League is football's most lucrative market. And Alves, 31, is looking for one final highly profitable deal. His agent tasked with getting that deal is his ex-wife, and it's a considerable task for there are currently no offers for the Brazilian.

Meet Monchi – the man who discovered Dani Alves and is attracting Barcelona - Goal.com
Navas and Ramos are graduates of the Sevilla cantera, the youth academy overseen by a sporting director more commonly known as "Monchi." The 46-year-old is the most important figure in the rise of the Andalusian club from the Spanish second tier to the country’s elite. Rakitic is one of his most successful signings, having been sold in June for more than seven times the 2.5 million euros paid to acquire him from Schalke three-and-a-half years earlier.