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FC Barcelona News: 2 April 2016; Barça ready for El Clásico, Rafinha returns to squad

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Luis Enrique announces the lucky 18 who have made the cut for the big match, which includes the return of Rafinha after six months out

The Clásico is in touching distance. The biggest game in the Liga calendar comes on the back of an international week, so Luis Enrique has only been able to work with a full squad on Thursday and Friday, although he is missing Mathieu, who was injured playing for France against Russia.

Yet another episode in the story of world football’s greatest rivalry is upon us, with FC Barcelona hosting Real Madrid at 8.30pm CET in the Camp Nou on Saturday night. In the first fixture since the death of the great Johan Cruyff, home victory would widen the gap between the two teams to a massive thirteen points with just seven games left to play.

As another Clásico approaches, FC Barcelona’s front three will be looking to extend their respective goal tallies on the biggest stage.

With Luis Enrique speaking just over 24 hours before the Clásico at home to Real Madrid, it was no surprise that the pressroom at the Ciutat Esportiva was even busier than ever on Friday evening.

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