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FC Barcelona News: 3 August 2014; Barça Draw With Nice in Second Preseason Friendly, Luis Enrique not Worried by Result

Chris Brunskill

OGC Nice v FC Barcelona: A hard worked draw (1-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça continued their preparations with the second friendly of the preseason at Nice on Saturday night. They travelled there straight from Birmingham, and there were plenty of signs that things are coming together in the wonderful Allianz Riviera. They were always in control, and despite going down to a first half penalty, they drew level in the second, also from the spot, and could easily have gone on to win the game, had there been a little more luck on their side.

Touches of quality in Nice | FC Barcelona
It may still be the pre-season, but Luis Enrique's players showed some nice touches of quality during the game to give the Barça fans a taste of what to expect this season. Pedro and Sandro both hit the woodwork and surging runs from Adama and Bartra, as well as a clever free kick routine between Pedro and Alba were amongst the highlights.

Luis Enrique: "The game will tell us where each player is" | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has sat on the Barça bench for the second time as first team manager, a 1-1 draw in France, although he insists that "the result is what matters least. These games are for seeing where each player is and telling each of them what things they’ll need to improve".

Deulofeu: "We had chances to win" | FC Barcelona
Gerard Deulofeu came on for the second half in Nice, where FC Barcelona drew 1-1 in the second game of the preseason. "It was a difficult match" he said afterwards. "We drew, but we had chances to win." He was impressed by OGC Nice but also pointed out that "they have been training for longer than us".

Mathieu impressed by cohesive group | FC Barcelona
In the build-up to the game between Olympique Nice and FC Barcelona, Jérémy Mathieu and Marc-André Ter Stegen gave a press conference at the match venue, the Allianz Riviera. The local media was particularly interested in hearing what their compatriot had to say. "It’s always very special to come to France" said Mathieu. "And it’s even nicer to come with a team like Barça. I’m happy to be in France with Barça".

Luis Enrique leading revolution at Barcelona - ESPN FC
As a player, his contagious winning nature was so obvious that nobody was surprised when he was given the Catalans' armband after only five seasons at the club. Those who worked under him at Barca B, Roma or Celta Vigo all appreciate his direct, decisive approach.

Staff delighted with St George’s Park | FC Barcelona
"I had heard reviews of the place but I had never been to St George’s Park before" he said. "They’re top class facilities, everything is so easy, so accessible, so perfectly structured and classified … The facilities are fantastic and I’d go back there".

The top videos from St George's Park | FC Barcelona
Check out the top videos from Barça's stay at St George's Park

40 years since Johan Neeskens' debut for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Signed from Ajax, Neeskens was one of the stars of Holland’s spectacular run to the Germany 1974 World Cup Final. Barça, with another Dutchman Marinus Michels on the bench, signed him to team up with his compatriot Johan Cruyff, on the assumption that they’d be able to quickly sort out Spanish nationality for Peruvian Hugo Sotil, which ultimately was not the case.

Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 to set up Miami final v Liverpool | Sky Sports Football
Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 to set up an International Champions Cup final clash against Liverpool on Monday. United's victory over the European champions in front of a US record crowd of 109,318 fans at the Michigan Stadium on Saturday night confirmed them as Group A winners.

Transfer news: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo refuses to rule out Manchester United return | Football News | Sky Sports
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to rule out a return to former club Manchester United, and has backed Louis van Gaal to impress. The 29-year-old joined Madrid in 2009 for a then world-record £80million, but has been linked with a return on a number of occasions, including last summer.

Newcastle beaten 3-1 by Malaga at Schalke's Veltins Arena | Sky Sports Football
Newcastle conceded three goals in 18 first-half minutes en route to a 3-1 loss to Malaga at Schalke's Veltins Arena. Sergi Darder opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a long-range strike that went in off the woodwork.

Middlesbro' v Villarreal - 2nd Aug 2014 | Report | Friendly Match | Sky Sports Football
Daniel Ayala saw an early goal disallowed before the Spanish side took the lead in the 23rd minute through Gerard Balaguero. New signing Kike looked impressive for Boro, but they fell further behind on the stroke of half-time when Matías Nahuel Leiva smashed home.

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