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FC Barcelona News: 3 June 2015; Preparations for Berlin Continue, Players go Through Media Day

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Preparations for Berlin continue | FC Barcelona
Barça continued with prepartions for Saturday's UEFA Champions League Final in Berlin, Germany. The squad trained this Wednesday morning on Camp Tito Vilanova at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Sergi Roberto, who missed Tuesday's workout with gastroenteritis, rejoined the group. Andrés Iniesta, meanwhile, continued doing individual work. Munir El Haddadi and Sandro Ramírez, from Barça B, also took part.

The first team begin preparations for the Champions League final | FC Barcelona
The League and Cup champions returned to work on Tuesday just three days after claiming their second trophy of the season. Luis Enrique’s team worked at Camp Tito Vilanova to begin preparations for the Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday. Andrés Iniesta trained apart from the rest of the squad and Sergi Roberto was absent from the session due to gastroenteritis. The rest of the squad took part in the session plus Munir from the Barça B squad.

When and where to watch the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus FC and FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus FC and FC Barcelona is being shown in different countries and on different channels. But don’t worry if it’s not available in your country, because you can always listen to our live English commentary on Radio Barça.

Luis Enrique says the team has to be at their best to be Champions | FC Barcelona
The final is approaching and Luis Enrique is aware that the team "needs to show its best side to be champions." According to the Asturian coach, the team’s form in this season’s competition has been "really good" because Barça have faced the Premier League champions in Manchester City, the French champions in Paris Saint-Germain and the German champions in Bayern Munich. Now, they face the Italian champions, "we will have to avoid difficulties in a final which is psychologically demanding," said the blaugrana coach.

Xavi looking to be privileged to add a fifth Champions League for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets are clear about one thing: "It will be difficult but we are going into the final with all the excitement in the world." The three Barça captains each have made that point clear in a press conference for the FC Barcelona Open Media Day ahead of the Champions League final. Iniesta stated "it would be a mistake to consider ourselves favourites," even though he admitted that "we are feeling good and we are where we need to be so we have a good chance."

Mascherano knows no team is unbeatable | FC Barcelona
"Nobody is invincible, that’s a word that just doesn’t exist in football. It would be very wrong if we thought we couldn’t lose the final". Ivan Rakitic, who like Ter Stegen is heading into his first Champions League Final, echoed the Argentinean, insisting: "We know the quality that Juventus have and we know we have to match their intensity", whilst the German keeper admitted: "We know we have to play our very best game because we are up against a hard-working team who’ll not be giving anything away"

Iniesta aims to match Seedorf mark - UEFA Champions League - News -
A victory would take Iniesta, 31, level with Seedorf and several others with the joint-fourth most European Cup winners' medals. Francisco Gento heads that particular list as the sole Real Madrid player to appear in each of their first six European Champion Clubs' Cup final successes. Milan's Paolo Maldini and Liverpool FC's Phil Neal are the only non-Madrid men on the all-time leaderboard.

Buffon and Ter Stegen take centre stage - ESPN FC
As Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen clasp hands in Berlin on Sunday for the traditional show of solidarity before a big game, the wonder is whether they will talk about the one piece of common ground between them, beyond the fact they're gracing a stage like the Champions League final.

In FC Barcelona v Massimiliano Allegri, a favourable history | FC Barcelona
It has been 12 years since FC Barcelona and Juventus have faced off in European competition. Nevertheless, Barça have faced teams led by current Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri eight times in the last four years, and the results are encouraging — four wins, three draws and just one defeat.

Champions League battles Javier Mascherano vs Carlos Tevez - ESPN FC
Barcelona and Juventus haven't played each other for 12 years, which is partly what makes this season's Champions League final so intriguing. In a competition packed full of "repeat" ties, this is a genuinely new tactical battle to get excited about. Nevertheless, various players on opposing sides have faced one another before, when playing for other clubs, or at international level. It means various individual duels are also fascinating -- here are three of the key battles.

The Champions League final will revolve around Lionel Messi - ESPN FC
After all the controversy of the past few weeks in global football, it is worth remembering the reasons we even discuss such things, and why we're here. One is moments like Lionel Messi's latest piece of history, that goal against Athletic Bilbao in Barcelona's Copa del Rey final win. A second reason is everything that strike represented.

Juventus v Barcelona final: team news - UEFA Champions League - News -
The Uruguayan missed Barcelona's final two league matches with a hamstring problem but returned to the starting lineup for the Copa del Rey final and played 78 minutes before being replaced by Pedro Rodríguez, providing the assist for Neymar's goal. He is in line to play in his first European final.

See the FC Barcelona mosaic planned for Berlin | FC Barcelona
This is what the 20,000-piece Barça fan mosaic will look like in Berlin, displaying the Club’s official slogan, "Més que un Club," which will be formed by those blaugrana fans who are present at Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final versus Juventus.

Media Open Day ahead of Champions League Final | FC Barcelona
The Club celebrated a Media Open Day at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Tuesday morning ahead of Saturday’s Champions League Final in Berlin, which was attended by 232 accredited media professionals from 98 different outlets including 23 TV companies with broadcasting rights.

Infographic: Everything you need to know about Juventus FC | FC Barcelona
The Turin-based club is the most decorated in Italian history. They've won the UEFA Champions League twice.

Coach Allegri feels Juventus will have to be better than against Madrid | FC Barcelona
"We won’t need to put in a great performance but rather we need to be compact to cancel out the quality of the Barça players," revealed coach Massimiliano Allegri, who also showed himself to be wary of the quality of Messi and Neymar. "We will have to be better than against Madrid," added the Juventus boss.

Debate: Who was greater - Pirlo or Xavi? -
The two men are now 35 and slightly past the peak of their powers, yet they remain vital players for their respective clubs and brought success to their national teams, too. Xavi helped Spain to a World Cup win in 2010 and back-to-back European Championship crowns in 2008 and 2012; Pirlo also won the World Cup with Italy in 2006 and was a losing finalist against Xavi and La Roja at Euro 2012.

Barcelona must address difficulties with youth - ESPN FC
The outside world may find it difficult to understand why a squad featuring well-known talents such as Sandro Ramirez, Sergi Samper, Adama Traore and senior Spain international Munir El Haddadi has collapsed so easily. Part of the answer could lie in that very abundance of talent, with murmurs of inflated egos among the young men. A more demonstrable explanation can be found at the back. With 81 goals conceded, they have the worst defensive record in the league by a 17-goal margin.

What next for Dani Alves? Man Utd target still crucial for Barcelona | Football News | Sky Sports
Dani Alves has never been one for holding back – whether it be on or off the pitch. In a typically frenzied press conference last Monday, the soon to be out-of-contract Brazilian launched an extraordinary attack on Barcelona’s board.

Alex Song returns to Barcelona as West Ham switch looks unlikely - London 24
Song’s initial impressive start to the season wowed Hammers fans but a slow few months after Christmas means David Sullivan may bulk at the big money buy. Barcelona reportedly want more than £10million for their reserve midfielder as they look to build their own transfer fund with a 12 month embargo currently in place.

Lassa Tyres, new main partner of the FCB indoor sports teams | FC Barcelona
On Tuesday, FC Barcelona and Lassa Tyres signed a global partnership agreement with Turkey’s leading tyre manufacturer, whereby the latter becomes the Main Partner of the indoor sports teams and, at the same time, Official Partner of the Club in relation to football for the next four seasons. The agreement will be in force from 1 June 2015, and makes Lassa Tyres the "official tyre" of FC Barcelona.

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