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FC Barcelona News: 24 February 2015; Barcelona Eliminated from UEFA Youth League, First Team Trains in Manchester

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Match Preview: Manchester City v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Champions League is back with Barça taking on Premier League title holders Manchester City in the first leg of their last 16 tie. It is two months since the teams were drawn together at this stage of the competition for the second consecutive season and the moment of truth is finally upon us.

For Luis Enrique the key will be in midfield | FC Barcelona
Expectation is high ahead of the last 16 first leg Champions League clash between Manchester City and Barça. The blaugranes’ coach Luis Enrique appeared before the press at the Etihad Stadium on Monday to analyse the game that will kick off on Tuesday at 8:45pm CET, highlighting the dangers presented by Manuel Pellegrini’s team.

Piqué sees Man City as top five in the world side | FC Barcelona
In the press conference ahead of the first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie, Gerard Piqué has declared that he expects a "similar game" to the one last season. He also added that despite the defeat in the league at the weekend, the team are in good form as well as highlighting Manchester City’s strengths.

Training session at the City of Manchester Stadium | FC Barcelona
Barça have ended a busy day in Manchester with a training session on the pitch where they will take on Manchester City on Tuesday, the City of Manchester Stadium. The 21 players who have made the trip to England trained on Monday evening in the rain following the appearances of both Luis Enrique and Gerard Piqué before the press. The first leg of their last 16 tie kicks off on Tuesday at 8.45pm CET.

Pellegrini promises to attack from the start | FC Barcelona
The build up to Manchester City v FC Barcelona is well and truly under way with coach of the Premier League champions Manuel Pellegrini and attacking midfielder Samir Nasri appearing before the press on Monday. The Chilean and the Frenchman looked ahead to the first leg of their side’s last 16 tie against Barça, insisting they are confident of their chances of making it past the blaugranes.

London Calling! An interview with the president of the UK Penya | FC Barcelona
It’s kick off time and the Camp Nou roars out the Barça anthem: "Tot el Camp... Es un clam". The players come out onto the pitch, the captains shake hands, the referee puts the ball on the centre circle – the game is about to start in the Catalan capital. Now shift 1,000 kilometres north to London.

Barcelona's Luis Enrique says there's no controversy in players' casino visit - ESPN FC
Barcelona have brushed off talk of controversy over a visit to a casino by two star players ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City. Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique were both pictured with former teammate Cesc Fabregas outside a casino in Barcelona late on Sunday night, hours before they were to travel to Manchester.

Lionel Messi does not ask for players, says Barcelona president Bartomeu - ESPN FC
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has denied that Lionel Messi has ever asked for Manchester City attacker Sergio Aguero to be brought to the Catalan club. Aguero, Messi's Argentina teammate and long-time friend, is known to be close with the Barcelona superstar, having first played together in the Albiceleste youth-ranks.

FC Barcelona U-19 A fall to Anderlecht 1–0, are eliminated from UEFA Youth League | FC Barcelona
The road to a second straight title for the reigning UEFA Youth League champions ended in Brussels as the FC Barcelona U19 A team fell in Anderlecht with the tying goal just out of reach. Their focus now turns back to the league to qualifying for the Spanish Cup.

Ajax train most active players in European top divisions, study says - ESPN FC
The Dutch giants narrowly edged Serbia's Partizan Belgrade, who trained 74 players. Barcelona were well behind in third place with 57 players. France's Ligue 1 had the most clubs in the top 100.

Braida to watch Juve-Dortmund | Football Espana
The rest of the Barca set-up is in England for the Champions League game against Premier League champions Manchester City but Braida, recently appointed after a lengthy spell with Milan and a shorter spell with Sampdoria, will return to his homeland. Mundo Deportivo speculates Paul Pogba, the Juventus midfielder, and Dortmund creator Marco Reus are the object of Braida’s attention.

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