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FC Barcelona News: 24 April 2015; Barça To Face Bayern Munich in Semi-Final, Ready for Catalan Derby in La Liga

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Final preparations before Saturday's derby | FC Barcelona
On Friday morning, FC Barcelona trained for the final time before the Saturday’s derby against cross-city rivals Espanyol at Power8 Stadium. Luis Enrique had the full squad at his disposal, including team captain Xavi Hernández, who worked out on the side in the previous session but rejoined the group on Friday. Once again, Thomas Vermaelen, without medical clearance, worked out with his teammates.

Espanyol and FC Barcelona's form coming into the derby | FC Barcelona
There are six games left in the league season and there is still a lot play for at both ends of the table. Barça and Espanyol meet this Saturday at 4.00pm CET in a crucial Catalan derby for both the Barcelona based clubs. The blaugranes lead the league by two points from their nearest rivals Real Madrid and they will be looking to maintain that gap with a win against their neighbours. Espanyol, for their part, still have hopes of making it into Europe next season.

When and where to watch Saturday's La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The league game between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona will be shown on a multitude of TV channels worldwide — however, if it is not being shown in your country do not worry because you can always follow it from anywhere in the world with LIVE English commentary on Radio Barça. Remember, on the Club’s website you can follow minute-by-minute coverage of the game as well as team and player statistics.

Barcelona are better than Bayern, says Guardiola -
"Obviously, Barcelona were one of the options. I have enjoyed a lot of success at Barca, but I am very happy to be here at Bayern. It's fine for me. Barcelona are of course the best out there," the Spaniard said at a press conference. "I am grateful to get this chance to return to Barcelona with Bayern. It is something very special.

Barcelona tie the perfect gauge for Pep's Bayern -
The return of the former Barca boss to Camp Nou is the undoubted highlight of the Champions League draw, says Kris Voakes. It had to happen at some point. From the moment in May 2012 when Pep Guardiola announced his four-year stint as Barcelona coach was coming to an end, the Catalan club’s supporters knew the day would come when their side would have to take on the man who had led it to unprecedented success.

Guardiola has the edge on Barcelona Madrid to see off Juve - ESPN FC
The return of Pep Guardiola to Barcelona, and a return of Real Madrid to the final? Given that one Spanish paper declared that Juventus were the team all the other three wanted and are notionally the weakest of all the semifinalists, it's difficult not to feel that the meeting of Bayern Munich against Barcelona represents a "final before the final."

Rafinha and Thiago react on Twitter to Barcelona versus Bayern Munich Champions League draw - HITC Sport
Few can argue to have been waiting for the Champions League semi-finals draw, with quite as much eager anticipation as footballing brothers, Rafinha of Barcelona, and Thiago of Bayern Munich. Both played alongside one another in the junior categories with Barcelona, before Thiago opted for his move to Bavarian powerhouse, Bayern Munich.

Previewing Barcelona's potential UCL semis opponents - ESPN FC
Barcelona are just 10 games from repeating the glorious triple that Pep Guardiola managed in his first season in charge six years ago. With one draw and 24 wins in their last 25 games, they are in good shape to do just that.

Barcelona's biggest battle is about to begin - and it won't take place on the pitch | Eurosport
Barcelona’s sunny streets filled with thousands of people buying books and roses for St Jordi’s day on Thursday. The man known as George in England is the Catalan patron saint and Barça’s players get in on the spirit of the day, buying the ladies in their family a red rose. In return, they hope to receive a book.

Luis Suarez denied Giorgio Chiellini bite to his wife | Eurosport
The Barcelona striker was banned from football for four months for the incident but Sofia Balbi, the player’s wife, told Canal 10 in an extensive interview that at first he refused to admit it had happened."He told me he hadn’t done it. That is what he had in his head and even I began to believe it," said Sofia.

Lionel Messi favored in tax drama says Alberto Garzon - ESPN FC
Spanish left-wing politician Alberto Garzon lashed out at Spanish government on Wednesday, claiming that Spain's Minister of Finance is dragging his feet on the legal drama surrounding Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's tax evasion allegations as well as other high-profile cases.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi cured of vomiting - report - ESPN FC
A doctor from the Italian town of Sacile is reported to have helped Barcelona star Lionel Messi to cure his vomiting problem. Messi, 27, was in the north-eastern town on Thursday -- reported to be his third visit -- to seek help from Giuliano Poser to resolve an issue that has been present throughout his career.

Villa backing Barca for treble | Football Espana
"Real Madrid seem to have got their act together but Barca look good to me and are very strong, particularly over the past few months," Villa told Marca. "Barca are capable of winning the treble. They are top of La Liga, through to the Champions League semi-finals and in the final of the Copa del Rey.

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