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FC Barcelona News: 8 January 2016; Focus Turns Back to La Liga, Chelsea Chasing Barça Youngster

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FC Barcelona train as attention turns to Granada | FC Barcelona
In the middle of two Copa del Rey derbies with Espanyol, the first of which was won in convincing style on Wednesday night, Barça have a league fixture at the Camp Nou against Granada (Saturday 4.00pm CET). As the packed January schedule continues, Luis Enrique gathered all his available squad for training on the Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva on Thursday.

Too easy to blame Suarez... Barca bad boy doesn't deserve to be demonised for Espanyol bust-up -
Luis Suarez is never far from controversy. The Barcelona striker has largely been on his best behavior since moving to Camp Nou last summer, but hit the headlines again for the wrong reasons after the 4-1 win over Espanyol on Wednesday. This time, however, it's not all his fault.

Barca must not be distracted against Granada after derby - ESPN FC
The city of Barcelona is embroiled in a fierce battle and there won't be any let-up for the time being. It's the Camp Nou vs. Cornella, the Blaugrana vs. the Blanc-i-blaus; Barca vs. Espanyol. At the moment, it's inescapable and the word Granada has scarcely been mentioned.

No Nolito or Suarez for Barca? | Football Espana
According to Marca, the Yellow Submarine want the attacking midfielder to stay at least until the end of the season as they are unwilling to allow a first-team player leave midway into the campaign. They are also under no obligation to sell Suarez, with the side on good financial footing and flying high in La Liga, while the player is enjoying a breakout year at El Madrigal.

Messi scores in sixth different tournament this season | FC Barcelona
After netting a brace against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, Leo Messi has now scored in all six different competitions this season. Six of the Argentinian’s total of 15 goals have been scored in La Liga, while he’s also got two in the European Super Cup, one in the Spanish Super Cup and one in the Club World Cup.

La Liga denounces Neymar abuse in Barcelona derby - ESPN FC
The Spanish league says it will send a report denouncing racist and abusive language by fans during Espanyol's home match against Barcelona last Saturday to the Spanish government's anti-violence committee for sports. The league said in a statement that it will condemn racist slurs directed toward Barcelona's Brazilian striker Neymar and abusive chants against the club.

Pau Lopez denies aiming stamp at Lionel Messi -
Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez insists he did not deliberately attempt to injure Lionel Messi during his side's defeat to Barcelona. The 21-year-old stood on the ankle of the Argentina star after a collision between the two following a cross from Barca midfielder Arda Turan in the second half of Wednesday's Copa del Rey tie.

Barcelona and Espanyol must defuse Copa del Rey tension - ESPN FC
Unfortunately, as was to be expected, the second match in four days between city rivals Barcelona and Espanyol ended up turning into another ferocious battle which produced far too many embarrassing situations that had little to do with football.

Barca & Madrid dominate TOTY | Football Espana
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is selected between the sticks, while his clubmate David Alaba, Barca pair Dani Alves and Gerard Pique and Madrid's Sergio Ramos make up the back four. Andres Iniesta and James Rodriguez flank Paul Pogba in midfield, before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are joined by Neymar in a trident attack.

Dad confirms that Chelsea have made an approach for Barcelona wonderkid | Daily Star
he Blues have been interested in the 12-year-old since 2014 and have stepped up their attempts to sign the promising youngster. Xavi's father Regillio has admitted there is a lot of interest in his son and that Chelsea have made a move for the midfielder named after the Barca legend.

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