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FC Barcelona News: 4 March 2016; Barça Set Spanish Record With Win, Focus Turns to Eibar

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Rayo Vallecano v FC Barcelona: Unbeatably brilliant in 5–1 win | FC Barcelona
Like so many previous encounters between these two teams, it began with both of them trying to play the same kind of aesthetically pleasing possession-based football. But also like on other occasions, the superior quality of their players always made Barça look the more dangerous of the two. It only seemed a matter of time before that superiority would be turned into goals.

A new record: 35 games unbeaten | FC Barcelona
In Vallecas, thanks to their 5-1 win Luis Enrique’s Barça side have established yet another record, most matches unbeaten in all competitions. The previous record in Spanish football stood at 34 matches, held by a Real Madrid side from 1988/89 with Dutchman Leo Beenhakker as coach.

Luis Enrique: 'The best has yet to come' | FC Barcelona
"Against a team like Rayo who mark man-to-man, Bravo is the only free player and can generate plays from long balls. That was very important for us. We wanted him to combine with the forwards and create chances. That’s what we were looking for. And the mobility among our strikers was a key element of today’s game."

Ivan Rakitic: 'We took our chances' | FC Barcelona
After FC Barcelona won 5-1 at Rayo Vallecano, opening goalscorer Ivan Rakitic and fellow midfielders Sergi Roberto and Andrés Iniesta shared their thoughts with the press. Here’s a collection of post-match quotes from the players after a terrific Thursday trip to Madrid.

Messi and record-breaking Barca still making La Liga look easy -
It is sometimes said in sport that the masters make the most difficult things seem easy. That is what Barcelona and Lionel Messi have been doing for some time in La Liga and together, they are strolling towards a sixth title in eight seasons. It appears almost effortless.

FC Barcelona get straight back to training with an eye on Eibar | FC Barcelona
Just hours after Thursday night's 5–1 win at Rayo Vallecano, FC Barcelona were back out on the training pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, where the previous night's starters took part in a light recovery recovery session, with the rest of the team beginning to prepare for Sunday's trip to Eibar.

Ivan Rakitic trusts Messi Neymar and Suarez on penalties - ESPN FC
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says he would take over as his team's penalty taker if asked -- but is not concerned by the form of the club's star forwards. Barca's issues from the spot continued on Thursday evening as Luis Suarez saw his effort saved by Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Juan Carlos, although it did not matter too much as the Blaugrana won 5-1 to restore their eight-point advantage at the top of the tale.

Barcelona Stats: Neymar becomes first Brazilian to equal Ronaldinho record at Barcelona -
Barcelona was once again in stellar form as it thrashed Rayo Vallecano 5-1 to move eight points clear at the top of La Liga with 11 games left to play. The victory also saw Luis Enrique's side surpass Real Madrid to set a new Spanish record of 35 games unbeaten which has stood since the 1988-89 season.

Neymar Jr and Dani Alves picked for Brazil | FC Barcelona
The 5-time champions first host Uruguay at the Arena Pernambuco, Recife on March 25, with Luis Suárez available for selection for the visitors. The Uruguayans are currently second in the 10-team group with 9 points, while Brazil have 7 from their first four matches.

FC Barcelona has a long list of goalscorers from around the world | FC Barcelona
Arda Turan's 85th minute header against Rayo Vallecano in FC Barcelona's 5–1 victory on Thursday night made him the first Turkish player to ever score a goal while donning the blaugrana strip. Overall, players from 43 different nationalities and five continents — Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia — have now seen the net for the Catalan club.

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