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FC Barcelona News: 24 January 2016; Barcelona Survive Malaga Scare, Barça B Win Again

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FC Barcelona roll to 2–1 road victory over Málaga CF | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi’s goal in the 51st minute turned out to be the game-winner as FC Barcelona shook off a determined Málaga for a 2–1 La Liga victory on Saturday afternoon at La Rosaleda. Munir El Haddadi gave Barça the early-bird lead in the second minute of play but Málaga’s Juanpi levelled things up in minute 32.

Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo the difference vs. Malaga - ESPN FC
A slack midfield and inaccurate back four meant the Chilean was called into action repeatedly in the first half of the 2-1 Barca win, and even in a much-improved second period for the away team, some important interventions were still required from the No. 1.

Luis Enrique happy to beat a tough rival | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique was repeating what he already knew — that Málaga had been making a real habit of complicating games for FC Barcelona as of late. Nevertheless, the Catalans emerged with a 2–1 victory on Saturday at La Rosaleda.

Forget Neymar, Pique's absence shows just how important he is at Barcelona -
Pique still receives a hard time from many, even after his pivotal part in last year's treble triumph. After overcoming a worrying slump in 2013 and 2014, he was back at his best last season and so, so important in the run to all three titles.

Sergio Busquets: Titles are won and lost in games like these | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona rode a dream start at La Rosaleda on Saturday with Munir El Haddadi’s second minute goal providing an early boost in what eventually became a 2–1 road victory over Málaga CF. Midfielder Sergio Busquets, who held the midfield together throughout the day, was the first player to speak to reporters after the game. Here are the highlights of what he had to say:

Birthday boy Luis Suárez discusses his favourite goals | FC Barcelona
In his short time at the club, Luis Suárez has become a pivotal figure for FC Barcelona with a number of crucial goals to his name. With Sunday 24 January marking his 29th birthday, the Uruguayan sat down with the club’s media to discuss his favourite goals in a blaugrana jersey.

No Nolito or new Neymar deal yet - the price of paying the MSN for Barcelona -
The world's finest forward line comes at a price. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were described by Luis Enrique recently as "the best trident in the history of the game" and they currently cost the Catalan club around 43 million euros ($46.4 million) before tax every year. A lot of money.

FC Barcelona B get three gargantuan points in 1–0 derby victory over RCD Espanyol B | FC Barcelona
Simply put, Barça B are in good form. The FC Barcelona reserve squad have their first winning streak of the season after beating Espanyol B by a score of 1–0 on Saturday night at the Mini Estadi. Juan Cámara’s goal in the 57th minute was all they needed to vanquish their cross town rivals. Nonetheless, Barça B dominated throughout the match, both in controlling the flow of the game and in claiming the lion’s share of possession.

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