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FC Barcelona News: 1 February 2015; 18 in Squad to Take on Villarreal, Barcelona B Return to Winning Ways

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Squad announced for Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique has announced his squad of eighteen for Sunday’s game at home to Villarreal at 9.00pm (CET). Claudio Bravo and Sergi Roberto are the only new faces with respect to the squad that played midweek at the Vicente Calderón in the cup. They take the places of Jordi Masip and Marc Bartra, while Douglas and Vermaelen are also out through injury.

Boss vows to break Villarreal run | FC Barcelona
Unbeaten in their last 18 games, Villarreal will be a tough test, though in his Saturday morning press conference, Luis Enrique insisted: "we’ll be looking to beat them and put an end to their run, but they are a tough opponent because of their footballing philosophy. They won’t just come to defend, they attack really well too".

FC Barcelona v Villarreal, a numbers game | FC Barcelona
Barça haven't lost to Villarreal at Camp Nou since 9 March 2008,when they fell 2–1 in Ronaldinho's last game in Barcelona. Since then, in the last ten league games with Villarreal, Barça have seven wins and three draws.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Villarreal | FC Barcelona
The local times and channels for watching Sundays' Spanish League match at Camp Nou

FC Barcelona B get back on track with 4–1 win at Sabadell | FC Barcelona
Barça B breathed some life back into their season in Sabadell on Saturday to help them move out of the danger zone in the league table. Barça looked to be at their best against the bottom team in the Second Division. Goals from Munir, Sandro – on a penalty kick – Halilovic and Dongou were just the medicine that Eusebio's team needed after strugng for weeks to find consistency.

Manchester City draw 1–1 at Stamford Bridge | FC Barcelona
Chelsea and Manchester City, Barça's Champions League last-16 rivals, played to a 1–1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a match pitting the top two teams of the English Premier League. Neither side took many risks in an effort to avoid taking what would amount to a huge defeat, as Chelsea kept their five-point lead at the top of the table.

Real Madrid crush Real Sociedad 4-1 at the Bernabeu | Sky Sports Football
With their top scorer suspended after getting sent off at Cordoba last week, Madrid looked like they barely missed the prolific Portuguese, even though they fell behind after just 40 seconds to Aritz Elustondo's header. But James Rodriguez levelled for Madrid moments later and then Sergio Ramos scored before the break, with Karim Benzema striking twice in the second half to ensure Carlo Ancelotti's side stay top of the Primera Division for another week.

Atletico Madrid overcome Eibar and drenched playing surface | Sky Sports Football
Atletico Madrid overcame a drenched playing surface to scrap their way to a 3-1 Primera Division win at Eibar. Antoine Griezmann put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes and then two quick-fire goals from Mario Mandzukic midway through the first half put the game beyond the reach of Eibar. The hosts managed to grab a late consolation goal through Federico Piovaccari.

Celta Viga 1 Cordoba 0 | Sky Sports Football
Celta had not enjoyed league success since they shocked Barcelona at the Nou Camp on November 1, and their three-month barren spell has seen them slide from European contenders to mid-table also-rans. Ninety-one days had passed since Joaquin Larrivey's second-half goal beat Luis Enrique's Barca, but this time the Argentinian's forward partner Nolito was Celta's match-winner with a superb second-half strike.

Granada out of the relegation zone with victory over Elche | Sky Sports Football
Abel Resino's men were rooted to the foot of the standings, having not won in the league since September 20, but Jhon Cordoba's 56th-minute strike lifted them above their beaten opponents. Elche's miserable night was compounded when Damian Suarez was dismissed after picking up his second booking of the night.

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