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FC Barcelona News: 29 August 2016; Barca Survive Athletic Bilbao Scare, Paco Alcacer Passes Medical

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Athletic Club v FC Barcelona: Three huge points at San Mamés (0-1) | FC Barcelona
League championships are won on road trips like this. Ivan Rakitic may have put Barça 1-0 up after just twenty minutes but try as they could the Catalans could not add to their lead on a wet and physical night in the Basque Country. A solid workmanlike performance saw them through to the final whistle and confirmation of the 100th win of the Luis Enrique era.

Ivan Rakitic: 'We're ready to compete with the very best' | FC Barcelona
It’s not just the strikers that score for Barça. Today, it was midfielder Ivan Rakitic who was the only man able to get the ball past Athletic keeper Gorka Iraizoz – and his header ensured three crucial points at San Mamés. "It was very important to make them move and wear them down" said the Croat after the game was over. "It’s very hard to come here. Athletic thrive on the pressure that’s created in their stadium. They don’t make it easy at all for you."

Luis Enrique pleased with 'three hard-earned points' | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique spoke to the media immediately after FC Barcelona had won 1-0 against Athletic Club at San Mamés, the 100th victory of his tenure as first team manager. Here’s the pick of the quotes on another happy night for the Asturian: "It took a lot of merit to get those three points: We had to make a massive physical effort."

Barcelona News: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen breaks Liga passing record - Goal.com
In chasing Claudio Bravo, Pep Guardiola made it clear that the Chilean fit perfectly the profile of a goalkeeper equally proficient with his feet as with his hands. But the Manchester City man may just have picked the wrong keeper at Barcelona, as Marc-Andre ter Stegen showed he is also no slouch with the ball.

Luis Enrique wins 100th game as FC Barcelona manager | FC Barcelona
The 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao was special for many reasons, and one of those is the fact that it was Luis Enrique’s 100th victory as FC Barcelona manager. Since taking his seat on the Barça bench in the summer of 2014, the Asturian has reached his century in a remarkably short time – just 126 official matches. Other than the 100 wins, the remaining games of the Luis Enrique era have ended in 13 draws and just 13 defeats.

100 wins up for Luis Enrique - but Suarez & Messi misses show why Barca want Alcacer - Goal.com
It was another impressive performance by Barcelona. Luis Enrique made it 100 wins in just 126 games as his side edged out Athletic Club in Bilbao. But Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Arda Turan all missed great opportunities to close out the match and on this evidence, it is clear to see why the club are pushing to sign Paco Alcacer.

Alcacer passes Barca medical | Football Espana
Paco Alcacer has passed his Barcelona medical ahead of completing a move from Valencia. According to numerous Spanish media outlets, official confirmation that the €30m deal has gone through will come within a matter of hours.

Rival watch: Alavés held by Sporting as Las Palmas go top of the table | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona made it two wins out of two with their 1-0 win at San Mamés, and they are joined on maximum points by one familiar foe and one less expected early leader. The latter is Las Palmas, who have scored an impressive nine goals in their first two games and thus move to the top of the Liga table on goal difference. The Canary Islanders routed Granada 5-1 on Sunday – a disappointing result for on-loan Sergi Samper, who was starting his first game for the Andalusians.