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FC Barcelona News: 25 February 2015; Barça Gain Advantage After First Leg Win Against Manchester City

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Manchester City FC v FC Barcelona: Suárez double stuns the Etihad (1-2) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have set things up perfectly for the second leg at the Camp Nou on March 18 by repeating last year’s feat of winning at the Etihad. The game ended 2-1, with Joe Hart giving Man City a glimmer of hope by saving a Leo Messi penalty in the final minute of injury time.

Luis Enrique lauds 'splendid' first half | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique sounded extremely positive after the 2-1 win at Manchester City on Tuesday, and had every right to feel that way. It was a result he would have happily settled for before the match and one he felt his players thoroughly deserved. The following is a collection of statements made by the Barça manager during his post-match press conference:

Five key talking points from Manchester City v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The managers’ approaches: Both Luis Enrique and Pellegrini went for attacking methods. That was not much of a surprise as far as Barça are concerned but perhaps it was somewhat from Man City. The Chilean opted to start with two strikers, Agüero and Dzeko, a brave and unexpected choice. But Barça won the tactical battle by swarming the midfield with Sergio, Rakitic and Iniesta and with Messi dropping back to great effect.

Luis Suárez ready to finish the job at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez was delighted with his team’s showing at the Etihad. "I think we had a great first half and should have scored more goals" he said. "They came out stronger in the second half and got it back to 2-1. City are a great team with a lot of qualities and we knew it would be difficult. But we can go away feeling that we have played a good game."

Luis Suarez adds goals to his voracious work ethic for Barcelona - ESPN FC
He arrived as the guy with the bad reputation, banned for another bite, following a previous suspension for racial abuse. But Luis Suarez has been playing at Barcelona not only as if, just as he promised, it's been his personal ambition to do so for years and years but also as if he's a fan of the club.

Neymar in apparent sideline altercation with Manchester City fan - ESPN FC
Once the full-time whistle was blown, the Brazilian then walked to the pitch side and looked to be in a heated discussion with one City supporter in particular, with stewards intervening to defuse the situation.

Schalke closing in on Khedira? | Football Espana
Schalke are inching closer to securing Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira on a Bosman free transfer at the end of the season, reports Sport Bild. The 27-year-old has struggled for game time at the Santiago Bernabeu since recovering from a long-term injury, and the newspaper claims it is the player’s intention to return to his native Germany.

Ronaldo tipped for exit | Sky Sports
Former Tottenham and Manchester United forward Gibson claimed on last week's La Liga podcast that Madrid would be best served offloading Ronaldo at the end of this season due to the player’s "obsession" with individual achievements ahead of the team as a whole.

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