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FC Barcelona News: 21 September 2016; 18-Man Match Squad Named, Samuel Umtiti Ruled Out

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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid promises to be another classic in their rivalry - ESPN FC
Late at night last week, I heard Luis Suarez talking about the power of Barcelona's destruction of Celtic not solely being valuable for the three points or dominant goal difference in their group. No. The Uruguayan was clear that the intensity, electricity and efficiency were markers for their entire season because, in his words, Barcelona couldn't afford to drop even a single point more in La Liga.

Squad of 18 announced for FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
The complete squad for the 10.00pm CET kick-off at the Camp Nou is therefore as follows: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Arda, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Mascherano, Paco Alcácer, J Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes and Mathieu.

Umtiti to miss Atlético match due to injury | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti suffered an internal ligament strain on his left knee during Tuesday morning’s training session. Therefore, the Frenchman will miss Wednesday’s match against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou. The progression of his injury will determine exactly how long he will be out for.

Match preview: FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
On the back of two big victories, FC Barcelona will now be looking to for a return to winning ways at home in the league, but it will not be easy against an in-form Atlético Madrid side (Wednesday 10.00pm CET), as La Liga’s best attack faces the best defence.

Atlético are 'masters of the counter,' says Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique Martínez faced the media on Tuesday, a day before the crunch Liga encounter with Atlético Madrid, a side he knows are still as strong as they have been in recent seasons. "They are still masters of the counter attack and set pieces" he said. "They’re candidates for every trophy, so we’ll have to get things right against them."

Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone hails 'brilliant' FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Speaking ahead of his team’s visit to the Camp Nou on Wednesday night (10.00pm CET) Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone only had good words to say about FC Barcelona. "They still play brilliant football" he told the media. "They have the most decisive players both individually and as a unit, and that puts them in an incredible position. They won everything apart from the Champions League last season."

Is Neymar's showboating going too far? What the players and experts think... | Football News | Sky Sports
Barcelona forward Neymar has drawn criticism this week for his showboating, but has the Brazilian gone too far? Neymar angered critics with moves considered "over the top" during Barcelona's 5-1 win at Leganes on Saturday, drawing strong tackles in the final few minutes after throwing one too many stepovers for the newly-promoted hosts' liking.

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