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FC Barcelona News: 18 December 2014; Preparations Begin for Last Game of the Calendar Year

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Training session focused on last game of year | FC Barcelona
The Barça first team have begun their preparations for Satruday’s league clash with Córdoba at Camp Nou (4PM CET), their final game before the holiday break. Luis Enrique’s squad enjoyed a day off on Wednesday following their victory over Huesca in the Spanish Cup. All the first team players were present at the session with the exception of the injured Neymar and Dani Alves who continued with their recovery work apart from the rest of the squad

Xavi has his eye on every trophy | FC Barcelona
Ten Barça players attended a commercial event on Wednesday, and some of them used the occasion to discuss the team’s current situation and the games to come. Xavi, Rakitic, Jordi Alba, Ter Stegen, Douglas and Rafinha of the first team and Adama, Halilovic, Munir and Sandro of Barça B were speaking the day after the comfortable victory in the Spanish Cup.

Barcelona have sufficient depth and quality to withstand an upheld transfer ban - ESPN FC
Barcelona sports daily El Mundo Deportivo say the feeling within the club is that "a total pardon from the punishment is impossible and there is not much hope that the ban will be reduced." With that in mind, it's a good thing that the squad is bursting at the seams with young talent looking for a chance to shine.

FC Barcelona v Man City: What a difference a year makes | FC Barcelona
With Barça and Manchester City again drawn together in the last 16 of the Champions League, we take a look at the changes at the two clubs since their last meeting.

Montoya’s Barca situation unchanged | Football Espana
Martin Montoya’s agent claims his client’s situation is unchanged despite him playing the full game in Barcelona’s 8-1 win over Huesca. Montoya is widely expected to leave the Camp Nou in the January transfer window, with a number of English and Italian clubs understood to be keen to sign him after his lack of playing time under boss Luis Enrique.

FIFA Club World Cup: San Lorenzo edge out Auckland City to line up final clash with Real Madrid | FIFA Club World Cup | Sky Sports Football
Substitute Mauro Matos scored a stoppage-time winner as San Lorenzo sealed their place in the final of the Club World Cup following a 2-1 victory over Auckland City. Matos, who was introduced with 13 minutes remaining, struck in the third minute of added-on time at the Stade de Marrakech to set up a showdown with European champions Real Madrid.

Lucas Silva is unlikely to join Real Madrid in January transfer window | Sky Sports
The Cruzeiro midfielder has been strongly linked with a transfer to the Bernabeu in recent months. However, the Brazil Under-21 starlet, who has a 15million euro (£11.8million) price tag, will have to wait until the summer if he is to join the European champions.

In securing Angel Correa, Atletico Madrid finally get their heir to Aguero - ESPN FC
Correa might not yet be a household name in Europe, but Spanish sides have been linked with him for some time. Ole claimed last year that Juan Antonio Pizzi wanted to bring the striker to Valencia, having himself recently joined the La Liga side from San Lorenzo. It was Pizzi who gave Correa his senior debut at the Buenos Aires side in early 2013, and by the end of the year the forward had won the Torneo Inicial under his tutelage.

Copa del Rey: Villarreal book their spot in the last 16 with 5-1 aggregate win over Cadiz | Football News | Sky Sports
Lower league Cadiz would still have had hope of upsetting the odds when they went into half-time of their second leg encounter goalless. But that was snuffed out by Manuel Trigueros' 56th-minute strike while Gerard Moreno's late brace put an impressive stamp on proceedings.