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FC Barcelona News: 22 March 2016; Deportivo Kickoff Announced, Training Continues Without Internationals

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FC Barcelona's 2-2 draw at Villarreal by the numbers | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona took a two-goal lead at El Madrigal on Sunday but were forced to settle for a draw after a spirited Villarreal fight back. Not only did the result extend Barça’s lead at the top of the table to nine points but also extended the club’s record unbeaten run to 39 matches. The match through up a number of other interesting stats and facts, outlined below:

Sergi Roberto thanks Luis Enrique for the chance to shine | FC Barcelona
Sergi Roberto is among the 25 players that Vicente del Bosque has named for the forthcoming friendlies with Italy on Thursday 24 March and Romania on the 27th. "I’m getting a lot of chances with Barça this season and I’m getting to help the team, which is exactly what I wanted to do" says the midfielder in his first international press conference.

Sergi Roberto hails Barcelona's Luis Enrique for Spain call - ESPN FC
Barcelona super-sub Sergi Roberto has named Luis Enrique as the sole reason for his recent call up to the Spanish national team, and credited the manager for instilling the 24-year-old with newfound confidence this season. A midfielder by trade, Sergi has played nearly every position for the Blaugrana as the 2015 Treble-winners try to repeat the feat this campaign, including starting at right-back for the Catalans' 2-2 draw at Villarreal on Sunday.

FC Barcelona to visit Deportivo on 20 April | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona face Deportivo La Coruña at Riazor for Week 34 of La Liga on Wednesday 20 April at 8.00pm CET. The trip to Galicia will come just days after Luis Enrique's side play host to Valencia (17 April). After the away match against Depor, Sporting de Gijón then arrive at Camp Nou on either 23 or 24 April.

Tickets on sale to members only for Champions League quarter final against Atlético Madrid at Vicente Calderón | FC Barcelona
Members wishing to attend the Champions League quarter final between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón on April 13 can apply for tickets until tomorrow Tuesday at 7.00pm CET: Note that these tickets are personal and non-transferable and can only be purchased by club members.

Barcelona should win La Liga but Atletico can be UCL spoiler - ESPN FC
Last August in this space, I wrote that "Luis Enrique's squad has the talent and experience to not only become the first to retain the Champions League but to repeat their treble [of last season]." I meant it then, and still think so now. But they remain what Lucho would probably call in football terms "lightyears away" from achieving that.

Edmílson praises unique international tournament | FC Barcelona
Former FC Barcelona player Edmilson appeared at the fifth International FCBEscola Tournament to lend his words of wisdom to the youngsters in attendance. The Brazilian, who won the Champions League in 2006 with the club, took time to speak at the tournament in which over 1,200 children from 19 countries are participating.

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