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FC Barcelona News: 6 April 2015; Barcelona Edge Celta Vigo with Late Goal, Players go Through Recovery Training Session

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Celta v FC Barcelona: Mathieu saves slow night in Vigo | FC Barcelona
Players from both FC Barcelona and Celta were slipping and sliding all over the turf for most of Sunday’s match at Balaídos in Vigo, Spain. The soft playing surface wreaked havoc on footing for the better part of 90 minutes, rendering cut backs, sudden stops and pivots useless as players from both teams fought not only to stay on their feet but to penetrate deeply into each other’s ends.

Barcelona's unsung hero helps them to maintain their gap over Real Madrid - ESPN FC
Since rejoining the club as Luis Enrique's No. 2 last summer, the former Barca keeper has succeeded where so many failed by sorting out their notorious weakness from set-pieces. Better still, he has gone one step further, turning them into a force to be reckoned with from the same situations at the other end of the pitch. The net result is points gained where they would once have been lost. Celta are the latest team to find that out.

Mathieu & Pique show Barca how to win ugly when Messi can't shine -
Not so long ago, it was Barcelona's problem position. For several seasons, issues in the heart of the defense saw Barca miss out on some of the top trophies. But on Sunday, heroic interventions from Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu moved the Blaugrana a step closer to winning La Liga.

Luis Enrique sees win as vital for rest of the season | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique returned this Sunday to Balaídos, this time as Barça coach, and took away all three points thanks to a goal in the second half from defender Jérémy Mathieu. The Asturian highlighted the importance of the three points and the win’s importance with regards to the upcoming matches in the month of April.

FC Barcelona have won 10 straight road games | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's record away from Camp Nou is squeaky clean in 2015, having now won 10 consecutive on the road going back to the team's infamous defeat suffered at Anoeta on 4 January. Since then, good showings away from home have been a big reason why the team have progressed in all three competitions.

FC Barcelona have won 19 of 20 in the last three months | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's 1–0 win at Celta de Vigo on Sunday night was their 19th victory in the last 20 games. Since a disappointing defeat at Real Sociedad on 4 January, Barça have won all their games except a 1–0 defeat to Málaga at Camp Nou, giving the blaugranes a .950 winning percentage in the last three months. Below we offer some other interesting facts and figures surrounding the big win at Balaídos:

FC Barcelona have recovery workout at Ciutat Esportiva | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona went through a light recovery session on Monday morning, just hours after beating Celta 1–0 in Vigo. Luis Enrique had all available first-team players out on Camp Tito Vilanova. Jordi Alba and Adriano Correia worked out alone on the side, while Dani Alves did the same on the field. Thomas Vermaelen trained with the group.

Corrigan: What we learned in La Liga - ESPN FC
With an hour played on Sunday night at Celta Vigo, La Liga leaders Barcelona were rocking. The game was goalless and the home side had created the better chances. Enter Xavi Hernandez, who immediately helped his team get more of the ball and with 17 minutes remaining he delivered the free kick which Jeremy Mathieu headed in for the game's only goal.

Xavi Hernandez can decide his Barcelona future - Josep Bartomeu - ESPN FC
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said Xavi Hernandez has "earned the right" to decide whether he stays with the club next season. Xavi, 35, is widely expected to leave the Camp Nou in the summer, with Qatari side Al Sadd reported to have already agreed terms with the former Spain star.

Two league games in a busy week ahead | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have two league games this week. On Wednesday 8 April they entertain Almeria at the Camp Nou (8.00pm CET) and on Saturday 11 April they face another side from Andalusia, Sevilla, but at the Sánchez Pizjuán (8.00pm CET).

David Luiz and Thiago Motta doubtful for PSG game against Barcelona - ESPN FC
Luiz, 27, was forced off clutching his left thigh just after the half-hour mark of his club's win at the Stade Velodrome while Motta suffered a similar problem late in the game. The duo will undergo further medical examination on Monday to determine how long they will be sidelined, with the first leg of their last-eight tie with Barca coming up on April 15.

Real Madrid score nine, PSG win 3–2 at Marseille | FC Barcelona
In their first outing since losing the Clásico at the Camp Nou, Real Madrid bounced back with a resounding 9-1 victory over relegation candidates Granada. Gareth Bale broke the deadlock after 26 minutes and then Cristiano Ronaldo needed just eight minutes to complete a first half hat-trick. The Portuguese striker added two more after the break to score five goals in a single game for the first time in his career.

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