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FC Barcelona News: 9 May 2016; Barça Hammer Espanyol, Final League Game Kickoff Time Announced

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FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol: One game away | FC Barcelona
In their final home game of the season on Sunday, FC Barcelona treated the fans to an enthralling afternoon. With the team inching ever closer to wrapping up the 2015/16 La Liga title and facing cross-town rivals RCD Espanyol in a late-season derby certified as a must-win for both sides, the blaugrana eleven gave the Camp Nou crowd an hour and a half of total football. The defence swarmed, the passing was crisp, and the trident was lethal.

La Liga title decider on Saturday 14 at 5pm CET | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's final game of the 2015/16 La Liga has been assigned a date and time. The match, at Granada, where a victory will hand the Catalans the title, is set for Saturday, 14 May at 5.00pm CET. Barça routed Granada 4–0 at Camp Nou in the first clash between the two teams this season.

Luis Enrique says Barça will play to win in Granada | FC Barcelona
Plainly aware his team had just given the fans at Camp Nou a great show in the final home game of the season, FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique was at ease. "Football depends on results," he said. "Barça’s fans had fun this year, they saw very good football and plenty of good moments throughout the season."

Ivan Rakitic says Barça want the domestic double | FC Barcelona
"We still control our own destiny," Ivan Rakitic said immediately following FC Barcelona’s 5–0 win over Espanyol on Sunday. "We’re hungry to win both the league and the Copa del Rey." Barça’s Croatian midfielder continued: "If we play the way we did today, we have a great shot."

Camp Nou pays tribute to the figure of Manel Vich | FC Barcelona
Camp Nou fondly remembered the figure of Manel Vich, the man who was the voice of the Camp Nou for almost 60 years, ahead of the derby against Espanyol. Before kick off his famous welcoming phrase Bona tarda a tothom i benvinguts a l’Estadi (Good afternoon and welcome to the stadium) sounded via the PA but the line up was announced in silence in his memory, the player appearing on the video scoreboard.

The best crowd for the derby against Espanyol in the last 10 years | FC Barcelona
91,160 fans turned up on Sunday to the Camp Nou to see the penultimate league game of the 2015/16 season. The figure represents the best derby crowd against Espanyol in the last decade, surpassing the attendance of from the second to last game of the 2006/07 season when 90,695 people were present in the stadium.

Training schedule for the final week of the league season | FC Barcelona
After the derby against Espanyol on Sunday, FC Barcelona are preparing for the final week of the league season. Saturday sees the Catalans face Granada at Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes in a game where a win will wrap up the league title for the Catalans.

Rival Watch: Atlético slip to defeat, league now between Barça and Real Madrid | FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid slipped to a 2-1 defeat against already relegated Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium to say goodbye to their hopes of claiming a second La Liga title in three seasons. Victories for both Barça and Real Madrid mean the league title is now a two horse race.

First team pre-season training camp returns to Saint George’s Park | FC Barcelona
Saint George's Park will once again host FC Barcelona’s first team in the preseason, repeating the experience of the 2014/2015 season, Luis Enrique’s first on the Barça bench. This year the team will be there between 25 and 30 July and, once their stay is finished, the expedition will travel directly to Dublin, Ireland to open their preseason schedule on 30 July against Celtic Glasgow, their first game in this summer’s International Champions Cup.

Barca deny Ben Arfa meeting | Football Espana
Barcelona have denied reports from France that say Hatem Ben Arfa is travelling to Catalonia to meet with the club. La Blaugrana have been linked to the Nice midfielder and L’Equipe claimed Ben Arfa left France on Monday morning on a flight bound for Barcelona.

New Camp Nou sparks interest at Espai Barça exhibition | FC Barcelona
The Espai Barça project exhibition has welcomed over 70,000 visitors since it opened its doors on 2 March. Located in the Paris Lounge, fans are welcome to take a peek at the project for the New Camp Nou, New Palau Blaugrana and New Miniestadi will look like upon completion.

Josep Maria Bartomeu: Pep Guardiola is a genius | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu praised former manager Pep Guardiola during an interview published in German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt on Saturday. Despite his Bayern Munich side being knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals earlier this week, for the third season running, Bartomeu believes Guardiola should be regarded as a "genius".

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