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FC Barcelona News: 13 April 2016; Players Arrive in Madrid for Crucial Champions League Match

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Match Preview: Atlético de Madrid v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid however, are the only side to have stopped them from doing so since 2007 and so the Catalans, with a 2-1 lead from the first leg, will need to put in an almighty performance to get into the final four of Europe’s elite competition.

FC Barcelona have landed in Madrid ahead of quarter-final second leg | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have landed in Madrid ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg. Luis Enrique and his 19-man squad set off from Barcelona’s El Prat airport at 6.00pm CET and touched down in the Spanish capital at around 7.30pm.

Luis Enrique: The team is prepared for the occasion | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique spoke to the media in the Spanish capital ahead of Wednesday’s second leg where his side will be aiming to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals for the eighth time in nine years. The manager believes his side is more than capable of rising to the occasion but also warned of the threat that Diego Simeone’s Atletico pose.

Simeone warns Atlético will play with intensity, speed and contact | FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone, along with club captain Gabi Fernández, spoke to the media ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against FC Barcelona. The Catalans hold a narrow 2-1 advantage from last Tuesday’s meeting in Barcelona, where Luis Suarez scored twice to turn the match around after Fernando Torres' opener.

Referees don’t favour Barcelona – Ancelotti -
"The [red card] could also be viewed as naivety by Torres. Maybe it was a referee mistake but I don't think Barcelona received help from the official. "When my Paris Saint-Germain side went out to Barcelona in the Champions League three years ago, it was Lionel Messi entering the pitch that changed the game [not the referee]; it was also the power of the fans at Camp Nou."

Javier Mascherano: We just have to be ourselves | FC Barcelona
Shortly before manager Luis Enrique, Javier Mascherano spoke to the media in Madrid ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atlético. Plenty of questions were put to the Argentine centre-back, about the opposition’s style of play, Messi and the recent league defeats among others.

Lionel Messi criticism without foundation - Mascherano - ESPN FC
The Blaugrana No. 10's last club goal came in the 88th minute of the 3-1 Champions League win over Arsenal on March 16 -- meaning he has been held scoreless as Barca have taken one point from three La Liga games against Villarreal, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad and allowed chasers Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid back into the title race.

Lionel Messi not cause for concern amid Barcelona slump - ESPN FC
Spain has a phrase to cover most situations, and I first heard Vicente Del Bosque use this maxim, one that best covers concerns over Lionel Messi right now. It was back in the group stages of Euro 2012. Spain had inched past Croatia to win their group, but to general disenchantment and hostility from their media.

Kobe Bryant: an illustrious FC Barcelona fan retires | FC Barcelona
This Wednesday is ‘Mamba Day’, the day which Kobe Bryant plays his last game in the NBA. FC Barcelona has paid tribute the LA Lakers star with a special video featuring some of the moments Bryant has shared with the club and some words from Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta.

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