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FC Barcelona News: 14 September 2015; Barça Take La Liga Lead, Xavi Enjoying Qatar

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Rival watch: Celta, Eibar both draw as Barça take over first place | FC Barcelona
The next stop on the Catalan Express is Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League opener at AS Roma (8.45pm CET). Since we have already taken a look at how Barça’s fellow Group E rivals fared over the weekend in their own domestic leagues, it’s now time to see how things turned out with FC Barcelona’s La Liga adversaries as play in the 2015/16 Spanish First Division wraps up week three.

Schedule for the first week of Champions League football | FC Barcelona
After Saturday’s trip to Atlético Madrid, attention now turns to the first game in the Champions League group stage. FC Barcelona play AS Roma away in a repeat of the Joan Gamper Trophy match in August. Then it’s back to the Camp Nou on Sunday for a league fixture at home to Levante.

By the numbers: Messi continues to haunt Atlético | FC Barcelona
Messi continued his habit of scoring against Atlético. Despite starting the match as a substitute, the Argentine entered the field in the second half and popped up with the winning goal on 77 minutes. With that goal, Messi takes his tally against the Madrid club to 20 in 19 league matches, making Atlético his favourite opponent ahead of Sevilla (19).

Five keys to FC Barcelona's 2–1 comeback victory at the Calderón | FC Barcelona
To win at the Calderon, Luis Enrique's men had to overcome adversity — injuries on defence, a ball off the crossbar, two hand balls in the Atlético area, Vermaelen going down untouched, and a 1–0 second half deficit. Despite everything, Barça still took home the three points.

Iniesta: Messi wasn't angry at bench role -
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says Lionel Messi was not angry at being left out of the starting XI against Atletico Madrid. Messi missed training on Friday in order to be with girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo for the birth of his second son, Mateo.

Barcelona show strength ahead of trophy defence - UEFA Champions League - News -
Barcelona will begin the defence of their UEFA Champions League crown this week buoyed by a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Atlético Madrid that continued their perfect start to the Liga season. No team has ever retained the European Cup in the UEFA Champions League era, but Barça visit Roma on Wednesday having already showed that they are in hungry mood again this term.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo win La Liga weekend - ESPN FC
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique's decision to keep Lionel Messi on the bench at the start of Saturday evening's trip to Atletico Madrid raised many eyebrows, even allowing for the Argentine having not trained with his teammates for a fortnight due to international duties and then the birth of his second son.

Support from both clubs for the Syrian refugees | FC Barcelona
Before the game in the Vicente Calderón, the Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona signed a shirt worn in support of the Syrian refugees which they have donated to ACNUR for use in charity auctions and events.

Xavi starts Al-Sadd career with assist, loving Qatar -
Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi claims he is enjoying football "more than ever" after notching an assist in his Al-Sadd debut. Xavi played his first match in the Qatar Stars League on Sunday, with the veteran's 12th-minute free kick picking out Lee Jung-soo, who headed Al-Sadd in front on the way to a 4-0 victory over Al-Mesaimeer.

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