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FC Barcelona News: 8 May 2015; Players Return to Training Before What Could be Last Round of La Liga

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Barcelona 3-0 Bayern: Guardiola changes system within first 15 minutes, Messi wins it in the last 15 minutes | Zonal Marking
Not so much a game of two halves – more a game of four quarters. First, Barcelona were dominant in the opening period, then Bayern stabilised the game before half-time but remained on the back foot. After the break, Bayern emerged re-energised and played their best football, but then Messi took charge and put the tie out of Bayern’s reach.

Great atmosphere at training | FC Barcelona
It was all smiles on Thursday morning as the first team returned to work after beating Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. Luis Enrique had his whole squad with him on the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva apart from Jérémy Mathieu, whose having trouble with his Achilles tendon, and worked out separately.

Leo Messi reflects on glorious night against Bayern | FC Barcelona
Following the 3-0 win against Bayern Munich last night, Leo Messi is once again the player that the whole world is talking about. It’s no exaggeration at all to say that there simply are no adjectives left to describe him. He makes it all look so easy, but speaking to after the match, he insisted that it was anything but simple. "That was definitely a very complicated match" he said. "It's the semi-final of the Champions League, against an opponent with terrific players in their ranks."

Messi and Barça versus Bayern by the numbers | FC Barcelona
The 3-0 win against Bayern made it nine wins in a row for Barça in the Champions League. Home or away, the Catalans have won every game since losing to PSG in the second group stage match. Ajax (2), Apoel, PSG (3), Manchester City (2) and Bayern have all failed to get results against FCB.

Messi hits world headlines again | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s defeat of Bayern Munich in the Champions League not only made headlines in Catalonia, but all around the world. Leo Messi was the standout figure after his two remarkable goals ended 77 minutes of deadlock at the Camp Nou.

Undefeated at home in the UEFA Champions League for the second time | FC Barcelona
Barça's 3–0 victory over Bayern Munich on Thursday handed the Club their sixth home win in six tries in this year's tournament. In the group stage Barça beat APOEL (1-0), Ajax (3-1), and Paris Saint-Germain (3-1). The Catalans then edged Manchester City 1–0 in the last 16, topped PSG again in the quarter-finals, this time by a score of 2–0, and then routed Bayern Munich 3–0 in Wednesday’s semi-final first leg.

FC Barcelona second most valuable club in the world and poised to take over as leader | FC Barcelona
The prestigious American magazine Forbes, which specialises in the world of business and finance, has published its annual study, where it analyses the financial value of the biggest football clubs in the world, and where FC Barcelona’s staggering economic development is patently clear, with the club now valued at 3.163 billion dollars, just 100 million short of Real Madrid, the smallest gap for the last five years.

European Match of the Weekend: Barcelona v Real Sociedad - can David Moyes' boys stun Lionel Messi and friends? | Eurosport
Liga leaders Barcelona welcome David MoyesReal Sociedad to Camp Nou on Saturday, with attention likely to be fixed on off-field matters as a TV row rumbles on. On Wednesday evening, the country’s football federation (RFEF) elected to suspend domestic matches from May 16 over a dispute with the government on a new TV rights law.

Ilkay Gündoğan hints at Barcelona move
Ilkay Gündoğan has branded Barcelona as a ‘great club’ as Europe’s elites prepare to battle it out over the 24-year-olds signature this summer. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder confirmed that he will be leaving Dortmund last week and the Bundesliga giants are keen to sell him before his contract expires in July 2016.

Copa del Rey final could be cancelled in wake of strike action | Football News | Sky Sports
The Spanish football federation (RFEF) and players' union (AFE) will fight "to the end", says Balague, with a long list of demands against government and league (LFP) plans to change the distribution of TV rights money. Week 37 and 38 - the two final rounds of fixtures - in the Spanish leagues are set to be suspended, as well as the cup final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on May 30.

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