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FC Barcelona News: 3 April 2016; Barca Lose El Clasico, Johan Cruyff Honored

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‘Gràcies Johan’: Video tribute to Johan Cruyff shown at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The likes of Ronald Koeman, Hristo Stoichkov and Pep Guardiola, using Cruyff’s most famous phrases, recounted the Dutchman’s spell at the Catalan club in a video broadcast at the Camp Nou before kick-off of Saturday’s El Clásico against Real Madrid.

Johan Cruyff honoured on an emotional evening at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The whole FC Barcelona family joined as one for Saturday night’s Clásico to honour the memory of Johan Cruyff. The whole world was watching as a 90,000 strong mosaic was displayed with the message Gràcies Johan before the match.

Tribute to Cruyff in the President Suñol Box | FC Barcelona
Camp Nou’s goodbye to Johan Cruyff, coinciding with the visit of Real Madrid for the Clásico in the league, saw an historic moment in the President Suñol Box at the stadium where the eight living FC Barcelona presidents came together to pay to tribute to the legendary former player and coach.

FC Barcelona fall to Real Madrid, 2–1, as long unbeaten streak ends in disappointment | FC Barcelona
Saturday night’s match at Camp Nou, however, was more than just another episode. It was an epic game that had it all — a tear-inducing pre-game tribute to the recently passed Johan Cruyff and a minute of silence, frighteningly fearless tackling, heart-stopping end-to-end play and, somewhat surprisingly, a tight, evenly matched encounter standing in juxtaposition to an uncommonly large gap between the two arch-rivals in the league table.

Luis Enrique: Defeats can be valuable for teaching | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique Martínez knew it all along. His team had just lost 2–1 to arch-rivals Real Madrid, yet he remained upbeat. "What happened can happen in any football game," he said. After seeing his team’s 39-game un beaten streaked snapped at home the FCB coach offered up some words of wisdom: "Defeat also teaches things."

Gerard Piqué: 'You can't always win' | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué, whose 55th minute strike put Barça up 1–0 in a game they would go on to lose 2–1 to arch-rivals Real Madrid, said the final result was fair. "We weren’t able to control the game despite being a man up," he said. "It’s a tough loss to take against our biggest rivals and we have to turn the page."

Andres Iniesta- Barcelona positioning to blame for defeat - ESPN FC
Barca dominated possession for long periods of the first half and then seemed set for another three points when Gerard Pique headed them in front from a corner near the hour mark. But Madrid stuck in the game and turned the game around with counter-attack goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, holding on for the victory even when Blancos captain Sergio Ramos was red carded.

Messi on his WORST ever Clasico run -
Barcelona's title tilt took hit a slight bump as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat to arch rivals Real Madrid for the first time in 39 matches in all competitions on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane's troops came from behind to claim a late victory through goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo to cancel out Gerard Pique's earlier headed opener.

Barcelona say Neymar can play in Olympics not Copa America - ESPN FC
Speaking to a group of Brazilian journalists ahead of Saturday's Clasico against Real Madrid, Bartomeu said Barcelona officially notified the Brazilian Football Federation two weeks ago of their intentions to allow Neymar to play in only one tournament.

RUMOURS: Guardiola to lure Suarez to Man City -
ep Guardiola is set to go all out to bring Barcelona striker Luis Suarez to Manchester City this summer, according to the Sunday Express. The Bayern Munich boss has drawn up a list of players he wants at the Etihad Stadium next season, with former Liverpool forward Suarez near the top.

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