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FC Barcelona News: 20 January 2017; Barcelona Conquer Anoeta, Andres Iniesta Out Against Eibar

Barcelona v Athletic Club - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 Second Leg Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Real Sociedad 0-1 FC Barcelona: Anoeta conquered at last | FC Barcelona
For the first twenty minutes, it was Real who arguably looked the more comfortable of the two sides, creating precisely the kind of deep pressure that Luis Enrique had been so concerned about. But try as they did, Real were missing fluidity over the last few metres, and there was little in the way of real concern for Jasper Cillessen.

Copa del Rey win at Real Sociedad, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
Barça picked up a vitally important 1-0 win at Real Sociedad on Thursday, which sets things up nicely for the Copa del Rey second leg at the Camp Nou next week and a place in the semis for the tenth time in just eleven seasons. The only time Barça missed out on a berth in the last four was in 2010, when they crashed out to Sevilla in the round of 16.

Luis Enrique hails solid defensive display against Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona
“That was the first step towards the semis” said the first team coach after the game. “But we know that the second part of the tie has yet to come. However, this win was especially encouraging because it came at a ground that has traditionally been so difficult for us.”

Injured Andrés Iniesta to miss Eibar trip | FC Barcelona
Tests conducted on Friday morning at FC Barcelona have confirmed that Andrés Iniesta has suffered a minor injury to his left soleus. After complaining of leg pain during the first half of the cup quarter final first leg at Real Sociedad, the midfielder was replaced by Andre Gomes for the second 45 minutes.

FC Barcelona players jubilant after Copa del Rey triumph at Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona
“We needed a win at this stadium. We knew what deep pressure they created against us last time we came here and so we looked to play things a bit more directly and it worked. The goal came after a long move”.

Rainy recovery session with both eyes on Eibar | FC Barcelona
The triumph was a grueling affair, however, and Barça wasted no time getting back out onto the training pitch Friday with two objectives in mind — recover from Thursday night’s match and begin preparing for Sunday’s league tilt, which will take the Catalans back to the Basque Country for an 8.45pm CET match at Eibar.

Lionel Messi should have seen red card, says furious Asier Illarramendi | ESPN
"The offside against Zurutuza is not offside and Messi... that's always been a yellow-card offense," Illarramendi said after the game. "If he'd been wearing another shirt he would have been sent off. But whatever, we have to pick ourselves up."

Manchester City target Ivan Rakitic wants Barcelona stay | ESPN
Ivan Rakitic says he wants to commit his future to Barcelona despite continued speculation linking him with Manchester City. Rakitic has been in and out of the Barca side recently and has not started a league game since the draw with Real Madrid on Dec. 3.

FC Barcelona remains second biggest income earner in world football, now behind Manchester United | FC Barcelona
The high rate of revenue growth, particularly in the commercial area, moved Barça ahead of Real Madrid, thanks to a growth of 11% compared to what was reported in last year’s study. This year’s analysis, which corresponds to the last fiscal year, saw Barça surpass €620m, a continuation of its upward trend, thus laying the foundation for future growth.

FC Barcelona and Nestlé MILO join forces to promote a healthier lifestyle for children | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and NESTLÉ MILO agreed Thursday to develop a range of special activations based on our core value - Teamwork. By incorporating Tiki-Taka, the unique playing style of FC Barcelona, it is believed that profound energy and activeness will be injected into the programs and around 22.5 million MILO grassroots sports program children will be encouraged to stay active in a fun and healthy way.

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