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FC Barcelona News: 21 September 2015: Barca Retain 100% Record, Barca B Pick Up First Win

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Lionel Messi tallied his first two goals of the season as FC Barcelona ran away from Levante in the second half on Sunday night, winning 4–1 at Camp Nou. Defender Marc Bartra opened the scoring five minutes after the break and was quickly seconded by Neymar. After a Messi penalty kick that seemed to slam the door shut, Levante’s Víctor Casadesús provided his side a brief glimmer of hope before Messi threw away the key with a killer strike in the waning moments.

Defender Marc Bartra, the first scorer of the night was one of the players who spoke to the media after FC Barcelona's 4-1 victory against Levante. Bartra's goal, which opened the scoring, was not in the script. "What I like is to steal balls and do everything related to defense, but if I score a goal obviously that's also good. However, the most important thing is to help the team." He gave much of the credit to the assist from Messi: "Leo put the ball right on my chest. Passes like that make it easier. Scoring when the team needs you, that's the best."

In his post-match press conference, Enrique spoke about his interesting line-up and stated that the match broke open due to his side wearing down Levante’s defence throughout the goalless first half. "Is missing some penalties the only thing that makes him human? No. That isn’t what makes him human because he went on to score two goals and gave one assist. There’s very little about Messi that is human."

Recovery session to prepare for Celta and Las Palmas | FC Barcelona

It was back to training on Monday morning after a fabulous Sunday in which Bartra, Neymar and Messi (twice) combined to see off Levante 4-1. On pitch 2 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despí, all of the available first team players reported for duty for a session at which Luis Enrique also called upon Barça B keeper José Suárez and midfielder Gerard Gumbau, fresh from appearing in his first ever Liga game at the Camp Nou last night.

Will Stability Breed More Success for Barcelona? - Football Features

In contrast to the previous two years Barcelona have enjoyed the calm of a summer without major changes on and off the pitch after claiming a second treble in six years. Success breeds stability, but the lack of movement in the transfer market was partly imposed on the club as it served the last of a two-window ban on registering players for breaking FIFA rules in signing minors.

Barcelona 'Neutral' in Catalan Debate, Says Club president - Football News

Barcelona will remain "neutral" in the fierce political debate over the future of the region of Catalonia, the club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on Sunday. Regional elections will take place on September 27 that could lead Catalonia to declare independence should pro-secession candidates win a majority in the 135-seat Catalan parliament.

Bellerin: Leaving Barcelona for Arsenal has paid off | FourFourTwo

Hector Bellerin is delighted his decision to leave Barcelona and join Arsenal has paid off as he continues to enjoy a run as first-choice right back at the Emirates Stadium. "It was hard [to leave], but I always say the train comes just once and you either take it or you do not. I took it and I am very happy with the opportunity Arsenal have given me and very happy to be in the position I am in today."

Maxi Rolón gives FC Barcelona B a 1–0 victory at Olot | FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona B scored their first victory of the season on Sunday afternoon, beating Olot 1–0 thanks to a direct free kick from forward Maxi Rolón in the 76th minute. An outstanding performance by Barça B goalkeeper Adrián Ortolá, especially in the final minutes, allowed the Catalans to hang on and chalk up their first points of the season.

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