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FC Barcelona News: 8 February 2015; 18 Players Included in Match Squad, Barcelona B Humiliated by Real Zaragoza

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FC Barcelona facing tough challenge in Bilbao | FC Barcelona
Since starting the year with defeat at Anoeta, Barça have done nothing but win both in the league and cup. The upshot of that is that they’re second in the former and into the semi-finals of the latter, where they will face Villarreal. In doing so, they have scored an astonishing 29 goals and conceded just five.

The 18 players listed for the trip to San Mamés | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique is bringing 18 players to San Mamés. The coach has included all available first-team players except Jordi Masip, Martín Montoya and Sergi Roberto, and the injured Douglas and Thomas Vermaelen. No Barça B players made the list.

San Mamés a special place for Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique told his Saturday morning press conference how much he enjoys games away to Athletic Bilbao, the day before he is set to visit the new San Mamés for the first time as Barça manager. "It’s always very special because of the atmosphere there" he said. "It’s like an English stadium." He visited the new ground for the first time last season when he was at Celta and says "it’s a beautiful stadium and we want to be worthy of such a place."

Barça B suffer 4-0 defeat at Zaragoza | FC Barcelona
Despite fielding the same XI who did so well at Sabadell last week, Barça B were under the cosh from the off in Zaragoza. Just as the team seemed to have withstood the early pressure and following some good stops from keeper Suárez, as the hosts went one up with a goal on the break from Borja Bastón, who then doubled the lead within three minutes with his 15th strike of the season.

Atlético win derby, Man City held by Hull | FC Barcelona
Third placed Atlético Madrid have beaten league leaders Real Madrid 4-0 in a derby that is likely to have a huge bearing on the final outcome of La Liga. Defeat for Atlético would have left the defending champions ten points behind their city rivals and well out of the chase for the title, but instead they now find themselves tied with Barça on 50 points. Real Madrid still lead with 54.

Atletico Madrid 4-0 Real Madrid | Sky Sports Football
Tiago Mendes opened the scoring for the champions at a raucous Vicente Calderon after 13 minutes and substitute Saul Niguez doubled the lead with an acrobatic goal just moments after replacing Koke. Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic added to the goal glut in the second half to leave stunned Real thoroughly humiliated.

Ronaldo and company utterly humiliated - ESPN FC
The result was not only emphatic as a one-off derby game, and one that perhaps flattered the losers and not the winners on this occasion, it also stretched Atleti's unbeaten run against Madrid to six games in all competitions. Diego Simeone has certainly had Carlo Ancelotti's number since the Champions League final in Lisbon in May.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid is better than Atletico and will win La Liga -
"Real Madrid are better than Atletico but we have to prove it on the field," the Portuguese told reporters. "Anyway, I think we will win the Liga title at the end of the season. "Nothing worked today. It is a day to forget. Real Madrid can never lose 4-0 against any team. We lacked enthusiasm and we were not mentally or physically fresh. There was little recovery time from Wednesday's game [against Sevilla]."

Villarreal limped their way to a 2-0 win over strugglers Granada | Sky Sports Football
Mateo Musacchio broke the deadlock after the half-hour mark from close range but Granada refused to lie down after going behind and kept on searching for an equaliser until Gerard Moreno's last-minute goal made a home win certain. Villarreal remain in sixth position but are now level on points with Valencia and a point behind Sevilla, with both sides in action on Sunday.

Celta Vigo nab a point with late goal at Real Sociedad | Sky Sports Football
Nolito's late strike earned Celta Vigo a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad in Saturday's late Primera Division encounter. David Moyes' Sociedad began brightly and were in front in the eighth minute when Imanol Agirretxe headed home from close range, but Celta grew into the match and were well worth a point at the Anoeta Stadium.

Barral brilliant for Levante | Sky Sports Football
The Valencia-based side had not won any of their previous nine games but ended that run in emphatic fashion as Barral's treble, two of which came from the penalty spot, and a goal from Kalu Uche got them back to winning ways. Juanmi had given Malaga the lead but that was as good as it got for Javi Gracia's men who are now six points adrift of a European spot.

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