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FC Barcelona News: 19 April 2015; Lionel Messi Reaches Milestone in Barcelona Win Against Valencia

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FC Barcelona v Valencia CF: Big plays early — and late — deliver victory (2-0) | FC Barcelona
It was one of those gorgeous, sun-soaked Mediterranean afternoons. The temperature was just right, neither a tad too cool nor a tad too warm. The fans filed in early to stroll around the grounds, perhaps to buy a souvenir or just do some people watching. Inside the stadium an hour before kick off the seats were already sprinkled with supporters eager soak up the rays. An occasional breeze and the faint sound of a vuvuzela could be sensed. Players from both sides ambled out to loosen up on the thick, alternating bands of tea and forest green turf that is the Camp Nou pitch.

Leo Messi scores goal 400 for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi never stops breaking records! His goal against Valencia made him the first player ever to score 400 goals for FC Barcelona, and he only took 471 games to get there. Deep into injury time on Saturday he was one-on-one with Diego Alves and tried to chip the visiting keeper. The trick didn’t work, but Alves failed to hold onto the ball and it fell at the Argentinian’s feet, who left-footed it into the back of the net.

Five keys to FC Barcelona's 2–0 victory over Valencia | FC Barcelona
The Chilean goalkeeper played a prominent role throughout the game with two decisive saves. The first was the Dani Parejo penalty kick he stopped on 9 minutes. The second, and with the score 1–0, was when he rejected another dangerous shot from Rodrigo in the area. Bravo once again demonstrated why he is the Zamora Trophy favourite.

Luis Enrique congratulates players for all-out effort | FC Barcelona
After Saturday's 2–0 victory over Valencia, FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique feels that his team in now in a much stronger position, making it clear that the win will undoubtedly have a positive impact on his team as they face the final six matches of the league season. While the triumph was far from easy, Luis Suárez got things headed in the right direction early on in this one.

Reactions on social media to FC Barcelona's victory over Valencia | FC Barcelona
Highlights of commentary about the win at Camp Nou and Leo Messi's 400th career goal.

Bravo reveals secret to saving penalty kicks | FC Barcelona
In the first half Bravo stopped Dani Parejo's penalty kick along with other big saves, like Rodrigo's try on 74 minutes. "I work hard every day to improve and make plays like today," said Bravo, who also admitted one of the keys to stopping penalty kicks: "You have to make the shooter think and have some doubt. It worked out wonderfully."

Bartomeu praises Bravo impact | Football Espana
"It was a great performance and we must congratulate the players," he noted. "We press ahead after a difficult game, in which our opponents were very good, especially in the first half. This team want to win the League and showed it. [Claudio Bravo] has conceded the least number of goals in the Primera this season and proved his quality [on Saturday]."

Lack of respect for puppet manager will cost Barca dear -
This isn’t just about player power. It’s not about egos run wild. It’s not because the players are petulant, unprofessional, immature or insubordinate. There may be more than one reason or there might be no particular one, but it’s clear there is little respect for Enrique among Barcelona’s front three. It’s Enrique’s failing not to exert his authority over the squad, not a failing of the players who may believe he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

FC Barcelona women win fourth straight league title | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona Women's A team re-captured the league title Atlético Madrid's 1–1 home draw with Valencia on Saturday. Xavi Llorens's squad were hence mathematically proclaimed this season's champions before playing Sunday at Oviedo Moderno at 12.00pm CET. It is Barça's fourth consecutive championship, tying them with Athletic Club de Bilbao and Levante as the teams with the most titles in the Women's First Division.

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