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FC Barcelona News: 25 December 2016; Luis Enrique Gives Interview, Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto Named in Breakthrough Team

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FC Barcelona’s 2016, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
The year is about to come to an end and, as always, it is time to review the highlights of the last 12 months. The players go into the holiday season having just qualified for the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, three points behind leaders in La Liga and through to the knockout stages of the Champions League. Here is a look back at the most important stats and facts from this year:

Exclusive interview with Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
The coach admits “Barça fans are used to winning” and is optimistic for what remains of the season. “I think we are capable of turning things around,” he says, with regards to the team’s current situation in the league. Furthermore, the boss believes in the team: “We are the ones who play the best football, know what we want and over the season, that should give us our reward.”

Top ten quotes from Luis Enrique's Barça TV interview | FC Barcelona
“We have a nice Liga challenge ahead of us. We’re six points behind Real Madrid, so let’s see if we can sort the situation out. This is a team that thrives on big challenges. Although we have won lots of trophies in recent times, they’re never easy. But we have to win titles because we play the best football and have the clearest ideas about the way we should play. Over the course of a season, that produces returns”.

Luis Enrique coy over new contract: Barcelona job 'costs me a lot' | ESPN
Luis Enrique, 46, has found great success at Camp Nou, winning the La Liga and Copa del Rey double in both his seasons in charge -- as well as the 2015 Champions League and Club World Cup. But, with his contract coming to an end this summer, pressure is mounting for him to pen an extension.

Umtiti and Sergi Roberto, in the UEFA Champions League breakthrough team of the year | FC Barcelona
2016 is coming to an end and UEFA have made public their breakthrough team from the group phases in the Champions League. The starting eleven has been selected based on who has made the best impression following the opening stage of Europe's premier competition. Barça's Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto are two of the players who have been chosen by the European organisation having positively surprised the selectors with their excellent displays this campaign.

The test on Sergio Busquets' 400 matches | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets reached 400 matches for FC Barcelona in the game against Málaga at the Camp Nou in November. In order to test the midfielder’s knowledge on his time at the club, he was put to the test with a series of questions.

Lionel Messi on another level to Cristiano Ronaldo - Pep Guardiola | ESPN
Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has insisted that there is no debate when it comes to deciding who is better between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo pipped Messi to the 2015 Ballon d'Or award after a stellar year which included winning the Champions League and Euro 2016, but Guardiola claims that the Portuguese still has some way to go to match Messi.

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