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FC Barcelona News: 3 March 2016; 18 Make Rayo Vallecano Trip as Barcelona Look to Break Record

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Match preview: Rayo Vallecano v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona travel to Rayo Vallecano for a midweek Liga match where they will look to further consolidate what is already an extremely strong position at the top of the table. The home side, meanwhile, will be hoping to spring a surprise that will help put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

Barcelona aiming to break Spanish unbeaten record | Sky Sports
The La Liga leaders matched the all-time Spanish unbeaten streak with their 2-1 comeback win against Sevilla on Sunday, equalling Real Madrid's run of 34 games without defeat set in 1988/89.

FC Barcelona make their way to Madrid for bout with Rayo Vallecano | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are in Madrid this Thursday for a rare, mid-week day trip to the Spanish capital. But they won't be visiting El Retiro or El Prado or any other of the City's main tourist attractions. Instead, they'll be resting up in their hotel before heading out to the neighbourhood of Vallecas for a 9.00pm date with Rayo Vallecano.

Luis Enrique summons 18 players for match at Rayo Vallecano | FC Barcelona
When was the last time FC Barcelona played on a Thursday night? It may have been a while since the last time such a thing occurred, but the FCB manager Luis Enrique is treating his team's 9.00pm CET clash at Rayo Vallecano as he would any other and, on Thursday morning, announced an 18-man squad list for the trip to Madrid.

Luis Enrique commends Rayo's attacking philosophy | FC Barcelona
Ahead of FC Barcelona’s trip to Madrid to take on Rayo Vallecano on Thursday (9.00pm CET), Luis Enrique spoke to the media about what he expects from the game. The Barça boss talked about the opponents, his squad and the opposing manager among other topic.

When and where to watch Rayo Vallecano v FC Barcelona in mid-week La Liga action | FC Barcelona
Don't miss the edge-of-your-seat La Liga action that's coming your way this Thursday, as Futbol Club Barcelona make a mid-week stop in the Spanish capital to take on Rayo Vallecano. Kick off is set for 9.00pm CET.

Talking points ahead of Rayo Vallecano v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Barça are looking to set a brand new record in Spanish football by going an amazing 35 games without defeat. And they’re doing it at the home of the team against which it all started. In a 5-2 win against Rayo last October, Neymar Jr scored four goals and Luis Suárez nabbed the fifth.

Neymar: I'd rather have Messi left foot than Ronaldo right - ESPN FC
While he's arguably doing alright for himself using the two legs he was born with, Neymar has admitted that there is one limb out there that he wouldn't mind swapping his own out for. Speaking during a light-hearted Q&A session with UOL's Mauro Beting, the Barcelona star was asked which body part he'd prefer to pilfer from his La Liga contemporaries.

Arda Turan impressed by Barcelona work ethic - ESPN FC
Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan says he knows that he must "park his ego" and play for the good of the team -- just as all the club's stars, including Ballon d'Or holder Lionel Messi, regularly do. Arda Turan's playmaking in midfield was vital as Atletico Madrid won the 2013 Copa del Rey and 2014 La Liga titles, and his displays led to a move to Barca last summer for an initial fee of €37 million.

Rival watch: Atlético and Real Madrid win, Swansea stun Arsenal | FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid moved to within five points of FC Barcelona (who could restore their eight point lead with a win at Rayo Vallecano on Thursday) by seeing off Real Sociedad in convincing fashion on Tuesday night. An early own goal from Diego Reyes started things for the red-and-whites, and Saúl and Griezmann (the latter from the penalty spot) finished off the job.

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