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FC Barcelona News: 23 February 2015; 21 Players Travel to Manchester, Barcelona B Lose to Llagostera

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FC Barcelona fly to Manchester | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are off to Manchester for Tuesday’s Champions League game. Luis Enrique has taken 21 players on the trip and their flight departed El Prat Airport at 10.40am CET and is due to touch down in England at 12.05pm GMT.

All the main players in the Man City v FC Barcelona Champions League matchup | FC Barcelona
The two sides are set to face off this Tuesday in a meeting to feature players from up to 14 different countries

When and where to watch the Champions League match between Manchester City and FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Manchester City v FC Barcelona game on Tuesday is set to be one of the media events of the year and is being shown live all around the planet. But even if it is not available where you are, there’s live commentary in English right here on Radio Barça, and the website will also be providing minute-by-minute updates and complete statistics for both teams.

Infographic: Manchester City v FC Barcelona, a comparison | FC Barcelona
Everything you need to know about both teams ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie.

UE Llagostera v FC Barcelona B (1-0): Derby defeat | FC Barcelona
Even though they play their homes games 30km away from the smallest town to ever have a team in the second tier of Spanish football, Llagostera have a fine record in home fixtures this season, and Barça B learned that the hard way. Playing with the wind in their faces, Suárez was unable to kick the ball as far as the halfway line, and the blustery weather was to blame for the goal came after nine minutes in almost farcical circumstances.

Rival watch: Man City, Real Madrid and Atlético all win | FC Barcelona
Four days before hosting FC Barcelona in the Champions League, Manchester City cruised to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium. Coupled with Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Burnley, the result leaves has reduces the gap between City and the leaders to five points.

Title will be decided on final day, predicts Carlo Ancelotti | Eurosport
Real took full advantage of Barca's 1-0 defeat at home to Malaga on Saturday and their 2-0 success at Elche lifted them to 60 points with 14 games left, with Barca on 56, three ahead of third-placed champions Atletico Madrid. La Liga top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo struck again for Real after Wednesday's effort at Schalke 04 in the Champions League, suggesting the Portugal captain's brief goal drought is over, and Ancelotti's side have gone three straight games without conceding a goal.

Barca woes return, Real Madrid extend lead: Five things we learned in La Liga - ESPN FC
Barca went into Saturday afternoon's home game against Malaga with 11 straight wins in all competitions, with the chance to go top of the table for 24 hours at least, and with a feeling that Luis Enrique and Lionel Messi had both moved on from their early January issues and were working well together.

Elche 0 Real Madrid 2 | Sky Sports Football
Second-half goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo earned Real Madrid a 2-0 win at struggling Elche that moved them four points clear at the top of the Primera Division. The visitors took full advantage of Barcelona's home defeat to Malaga on Saturday as a routine victory further strengthened their hold on top spot.

Ruthless Ronaldo closes in on Di Stefano and Raul -
It is only a matter of time. Cristiano Ronaldo's header in the 2-0 win at Elche on Sunday saw the three-time Ballon d'Or winner draw level with Santillana on 290 goals for Real Madrid. The Portuguese now has just two players ahead of him on the scoring charts for Los Blancos: Alfredo Di Stefano and Raul. Raul, now playing for New York Cosmos in the United States, believes Ronaldo will reach his record of 323 goals sooner rather than later.

Sociedad edge seven-goal thriller | Sky Sports Football
A last-minute winner from captain Xabi Prieto saw Real Sociedad win a seven-goal thriller against Sevilla 4-3 to pick up their first win in four matches. Imanol Agirretxe volleyed David Moyes' side in front shortly after a quarter of an hour but Timothee Kolodziejczak headed in an equaliser just before half-time.

Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Rayo Vallecano | Sky Sports Football
Aritz Aduriz netted a late winner as Athletic Bilbao edged a 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano at San Mames on Sunday. The visitors had numerous chances to take the lead in the first half, but Bilbao came out on top after dominating the majority of the second half as they returned to winning ways.

Villarreal 1 Eibar 0 | Sky Sports Football
Luciano Vietto came off the bench to secure an under-par Villarreal side a 1-0 victory over Eibar. Thanks to a blunder by Eibar goalkeeper Xabier Irureta, the Argentinian struck the winner in the 72nd minute, just moments after coach Marcelino had introduced him.

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