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FC Barcelona News: 3 October 2014; Sevilla Kickoff Time Announced, Marc-Andre ter Stegen Called Up by Germany U-21

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Simon Hofmann

Messi: "We're on the right track" | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi spoke to the media on Thursday lunchtime during the presentation of the new deal between Gillette and FC Barcelona and made it clear that he’s optimistic about the team’s options this season: "we’re working well in training and we are trying to carry that forward into the games. The team is growing and we are on the right track. There’s more to come once we take everything on board that the boss is asking of us".

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi plays down rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid | Football News | Sky Sports
The Argentina international and Real Madrid attacker Ronaldo are widely recognised as the two best players in the world, having claimed the last six Ballon d’Or awards between them. Both Messi and Ronaldo have started the 2014/15 campaign in good form, but the 27-year-old insists that there is no personal rivalry between him and the Portuguese.

Barcelona's world class attackers Lionel Messi and Neymar are finally showing that they can work together - ESPN
Messi has been involved in 14 of the 19 goals Barca have scored so far this term, scoring six and making the all-important assist on eight occasions, and that last figure sums up the change that Enrique has quickly affected in the Argentine's style of play in a short time. Out of those eight assists a number of key ones have been for his Brazilian sidekick, who continued to show in Paris very positive signs that he has upped his performances in his second season at the club.

Seville kick off time confirmed | FC Barcelona
Barça will play Seville at the Camp Nou at six in the evening on November 22 in week 12 of La Liga. The game comes just after another international break and four days before Barça travel to Cypros to face APOEL in the Champions League. The game will see the return to the Camp Nou of two of Barça’s promising young players who are out on loan to Sevilla - Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suárez and will also be Ivan Rakitic’s first game against Seville after spending three years at the Sanchez Pijuan

Ter Stegen in under-21 squad | FC Barcelona
Marc-André Ter Stegen has been called up into the German under 21 squad for the games against Ukraine on October 10 and 14, joining Neymar, Suárez, Messi, Mascherano and Rafinha, who have already been called up by their national teams over next week’s international break. With a number of countries still to announce their squads, but more than likely to be calling up Barça players, Luis Enrique faces another few days with a skeleton squad once this weekend’s game against Rayo is over.

Rakitic and Trashorras lead La Liga in passing | FC Barcelona
This Saturday in Vallecas, Rayo Vallecano and FC Barcelona will face-off in a match featuring the La Liga passing leaders. In the first six matters of the season, Barça player Ivan Rakitic and Rayo Vallecano player Roberto Trashorras sits atop the list of leaders in pass attempts. The Croatian is first with 522 passes in 508 minutes played.

Xavi upbeat about performances | FC Barcelona
At a promotional event in Barcelona on Thursday lunchtime, Barça legend Xavi Hernadez was optimistic and upbeat about the team’s progress this season under Luis Enrique, explaining: "we are doing well, in general this is a good moment for us, we are taking on what the coach is asking of us and there’s a good feeling".

15 years since Carles Puyol debut | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol made his official debut with FC Barcelona fifteen years ago today – on October 2, 1999. The game was a league game away to Valladolid and coach Louis van Gaal brought him on at right back as a sub for Simao on 56 minutes.

What's eating Gerard Pique and is he joining Manchester United? | Eurosport
But not now, not so far under Luis Enrique. Pique has started only three of Barça's eight games this season and despite being fit, the 27-year-old wasn't in the squad for the 6-0 victory over Granada at the weekend. There was an assumption that was because he was being rested to start against Paris St Germain and their feted attack in France on Tuesday, but don't assume anything with Enrique in charge.