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FC Barcelona News: 23 November 2015; Javier Mascherano Avoids Serious Injury, Barça B Draw

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Training schedule going into intense week | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are gearing up for an intense week which features two matches at the Camp Nou. The first challenge comes in the form of AS Roma in Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday where the Catalans are looking to mathematically book their place in the next round (8.45pm CET). Then, the focus turns to La Liga where Barça will host Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on Saturday (4.00pm CET).

From Ronaldinho to Iniesta: A decade of dominance at the Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
It was 19 November 2005 when the Brazilian scored two fine solo goals in a 3-0 victory while Iniesta’s blistering strike in a 4-0 win on 21 November 2015 marked a decade of dominance at the Santiago Bernabéu, with eight wins for Barça, three draws and six defeats.

Barcelona team vision too much for disjointed Real Madrid - ESPN FC
For 70 years (yes, 70), Barcelona winning at the Bernabeu was more rare than the Camp Nou president getting a Christmas card from General Franco. But since the Johan Cruyff-influenced Joan Laporta takeover of the club in 2003, Barça have somehow made winning at the Santiago Bernabeu as normal as breathing in and out. However they continue to find ways to stun us.

A historic Clásico by the numbers | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have won the first Clásico of the season. At the Bernabéu. And in spectacular fashion! Suárez got two goals and Iniesta and Neymar Jr got the others in a game where Sergi Roberto demonstrated just what a class player he is, the defence was as solid as a rock, and Claudio Bravo produced some stunning saves to deny Real Madrid whenever they did find a way through.

Barcelona: Javier Mascherano injury update -
Barcelona has confirmed Javier Mascherano did not suffer damage to his thigh muscle during Saturday's Clasico win. The Argentina international collided with James Rodriguez in the first half of Barca's 4-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu and had to be replaced by Jeremy Mathieu after 27 minutes.

Barca put pressure on Rafa Benitez, plus Atletico stutter - ESPN FC
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez was in characteristically obstinate form at Friday's pregame news conference. "I've been managing teams for 25 or 30 years and will keep doing it the same way," he said in response to questioning of his handling of the squad.

FC Barcelona’s four great goals at the Santiago Bernabéu in pictures | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona were simply outstanding in the first Clásico of the season, winning 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu with four fine goals from Neymar, Iniesta and Suárez (two from the latter). The game was a veritable exhibition of teamwork, generosity, quick thinking, use of space, intensity and ‘tiki-taka’ performed by its true masters. And some brilliant goalscoring. All four goals were such works of art that we felt that each of them deserved a gallery all of its own.

Imagine if Messi had started! Madrid suffers humiliating meltdown as Barca runs riot -
The two teams were worlds apart. Barcelona inflicted a humiliating 4-0 defeat upon its fiercest rival Real Madrid on Saturday evening. The Catalans did it at the home of their eternal enemies and for the most part, they did it without Lionel Messi.

Inside view: Messi's return at the Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi returned to action 56 days after getting injured against Las Palmas at Camp Nou. The Argentine recovered during the international break from his knee ligament tear and made his comeback on Saturday against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu, receiving the all-clear shortly before the team travelled to the capital.

Barça Quiz: Winning at the Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
Test your knowledge of FC Barcelona’s past triumphs at Real Madrid.

Barça B pick up a point with a 2–2 draw at CE Sabadell | FC Barcelona
Despite falling behind twice on the scoreboard, Barça B battled back both times and added an enormous point in Sunday's visit the Nova Creu Alta, leaving Sabadell with a 2–2 draw. Superb defence, a stellar performance by goalkeeper Adrià Ortolá and a dash of good luck were some of the keys to the game.

Cuneyt Cakir to referee Barcelona v Roma
Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir has been appointed to officiate Barcelona v Roma on Tuesday evening. It will be the third time the Giallorossi have been involved in a game refereed by Cakir. Both of the previous matches came in the 2014-15 season and ended in defeats for Roma, away at Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages and then at home against Fiorentina in the Europe League round-of-16 second leg.

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