Squad announced for Copa del Rey second leg against Hércules | FC Barcelona
It’s time for the last game of 2016. FC Barcelona face Division 2B side Hércules tonight at the Camp Nou in the second leg of their Copa del Rey round of 16 tie. After a 1-1 draw in Alicante there is still some work to do to ensure a place among the last sixteen and a date with Granada or Osasuna in the first week of January.
Match preview: FC Barcelona v Hércules | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are aiming to book their place in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey when they take on Hércules at the Camp Nou, following the 1-1 draw (Highlights, Match Report) in the first leg. Luis Enrique’s side carry a narrow advantage on the away goals rule thanks to the long range strike from Carles Aleñá in Alicante but will nevertheless be going all out for the win in the final game of 2016.
Luis Enrique: We will need to create lots of chances | FC Barcelona
Barça face their last game of the calendar year with a place in the Copa del Rey round of 16 up for grabs. Ahead of Wednesday's game at 10pm CET at the Camp Nou, Luis Enrique spoke to the media and seemed optimistic even though he emphasised the need to improve from the first leg. The game at the José Rico Pérez stadium ended 1-1 and it means the tie is up for grabs in the return leg.
Bartomeu: We will do everything we can to keep Messi at FC Barcelona as this is his home | FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu gave an extensive press conference in order to assess the year as we are reaching its conclusion. During 117 minutes he responded to questions from all the accredited media outlets with a large part of the questions focusing on the figure of Leo Messi and his contract renewal, with discussions planned for the next few months.