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FC Barcelona News: 20 October 2016; Lionel Messi Shines in Win, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba Injured

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Match Report: FC Barcelona v Manchester City: Maestro Messi shows the way (4–0) | FC Barcelona
The victory keeps Barça a perfect three-for-three and way out in front in the Group C standings and deals a hard-to-swallow loss to City and their manager Pep Guardiola, who was handily defeated at Camp Nou for the second time in two matches since leaving his lifelong club five seasons ago.

HIGHLIGHTS: Barça 4 – 0 Manchester City | FC Barcelona
Barça take a huge step towards the knock out stages of the Champions League this season thanks to an impressive win over Pep Guardiola's Manchester City at Camp Nou. A hat trick for Leo Messi and a goal from Neymar put Luis Enrique's team five points clear of the Premier League side in Group C and in pole position to top the table with three games still remaining.

Pique and Alba face lay-offs | Football Espana
Gerard Pique will miss three weeks of action with an ankle problem, while Jordi Alba is set to sit out a fortnight with a hamstring injury. Barcelona confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday morning after both defenders were forced off with injuries in their side's 4-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique hails Messi as the difference-maker | FC Barcelona
A sweet victory for Luis Enrique on Wednesday night, soundly defeating his friend and former teammate, Pep Guardiola, 4–0, in the third Group C game for FC Barcelona and Manchester City. Lionel Messi, of course, was the star of the show, scoring thrice to leave not just his former manager on the losing end but his leaving his current manager almost lost for words.

Key talking points from FC Barcelona's 4-0 defeat of Manchester City | FC Barcelona
Although it’s still only October, a 4-0 defeat of a fellow title candidate sends a very clear message out to Europe. The Bravo sending off was a game-changer, after which a tight battle turned into a rout, but that should take nothing away from an exceptional performance by the Liga champions.

After FC Barcelona win 4-0, Rakitic is convinced that 'the best team won' | FC Barcelona
There were smiles all round after the impressive 4-0 defeat of Premiership leaders Manchester City in Wednesday’s highly anticipated Champions League encounter. Four of the winning Barça players spoke to the press afterwards, and here’s the pick of the quotes.

FC Barcelona get straight back to training for Saturday's trip to Valencia | FC Barcelona
These are happy times at FC Barcelona after the extraordinary result against Manchester City on Wednesday night. But there has been little time for celebrations following the 4-0 victory because there’s a league trip to Valencia (Saturday at 4.15pm CET) to get ready for.

A history of Lionel Messi's eight deals at Barcelona amid Man City interest - ESPN FC
Would that ever happen, though? There have been times when the 29-year-old departing Camp Nou has seemed a possibility, but each time he's ended up committing his future to the club -- although there is one side he's admitted he'd like to play for before retiring...

FC Barcelona to play December 13 friendly in Doha, Qatar against Al-Ahli Saudi FC | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team will play a friendly match this coming December 13 in Doha (Qatar), against Al-Ahli Saudi FC, the current champions of the Saudi Professional League. The match, which will be played at the Thani Bin Jassim Stadium (home of Al-Gharafa), is included as part of the Club’s sponsorship deal with Qatar Sports Investment and Qatar Airways.

FC Barcelona Sports Technology Symposium back with expanded focus | FC Barcelona
The forum, which has been organized within the framework of the FCB Universitas initiative, will provide a global forum to discuss the topics of technology and data analysis in relation to the business of sports and sports performance, and will feature speakers from teams and leagues across the sporting spectrum, including members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as from Europe’s top domestic football associations, like the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga.

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