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FC Barcelona News: 15 August 2016; Barcelona Win Supercopa First Leg, Lose Two to Injury

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Sevilla FC v FC Barcelona: Half way there! (0-2) | FC Barcelona
The Spanish Super Cup is the only major title that Barça have not won since the Luis Enrique era began. But following a convincing display and a 2-0 victory in Seville, at the midway stage of the proceedings it would take a very brave man to bet against the Catalans lifting the trophy on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona players confident after first leg victory | FC Barcelona
Following the 2-0 defeat of Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup first leg, several of the players spoke to the media. Here’s a selection of those post-match quotes.

'Good win but not a decisive win' insists Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
He knows Sevilla will continue to make things difficult at the Camp Nou. "They make things so much harder when they don’t have the ball" he said after the game on Sunday night. "So does their man-marking. It doesn’t make it easy to find passing lines. But I was happy with the team. We changed some things at half time and they came out stronger. They created more chances and got the ball to our forwards with greater clarity."

Andrés Iniesta now second for all-time FC Barcelona appearances | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta has moved up to second in the list of all-time appearances for FC Barcelona after playing his 594th first team game in the Spanish Super Cup at Sevilla on Sunday night.That figure is one more than Carles Puyol accumulated in his time at FCB, but the midfielder still has a long way to go before he tops the remarkable 767 competitive matches played by Xavi Hernández.

Injuries for Mathieu and Iniesta | FC Barcelona
In the first half of the Spanish Super Cup first leg, Andrés Iniesta and Jérémy Mathieu were both replaced due to injury by Denis Suárez and Lucas Digne respectively. The Barça captain has a bruised knee after a collision with Sevilla’s Mariano and the Frenchman has a hamstring problem in his right leg. Both players will have further tests on Monday to find out the extent of their injuries.

Strength in depth already important for Barca after Iniesta & Mathieu injuries -
What a difference a year makes. On August 14, 2015, Barca lost 4-0 to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Supercopa. Having played extra time against Sevilla just days earlier in the UEFA Super Cup, Luis Enrique's side looked tired on their trip to the Basque Country and their transfer ban meant there was little in the way of quality back-up options.

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