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FC Barcelona News: 7 January 2017: Pique Could Face Ban For Referee Comments, Koeman Laughs Off Barca Link

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Last training session before the trip to Villareal - FC Barcelona
The blaugranas face a frenetic start to the new year with a large number of games in quick succession. The fixtures don't stop and this Sunday Barça play their first league game of the year against one of the in form teams in the competition. Fran Escribá's Villareal are on an excellent run and are fourth in the table only five points behind Barça in second.

Friday’s training session focuses on league clash with Villarreal - FC Barcelona
Following Thursday’s 2-1 defeat to Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey, FC Barcelona were back on the training field on Friday as the focus switches to the league game against Villarreal on Sunday. The game at San Mamés was an intense one but Luis Enrique’s men are now switching their attention to what will be another tough match at El Madrigal.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique claims Spanish referees have a pro-Real Madrid bias | The Independent
"The penalty to Neymar was very clear and the one with Gorka [Iraizoz] on me, too, but we already know how this works," Pique told Gol T after the game. "We already saw what happened yesterday with Sevilla-Madrid and in recent times. We want to play football and not roulette, which is what these decision are creating."

Busquets enters top ten for Barcelona appearances - UEFA Champions League - News -
Often unsung but always indispensable, Sergio Busquets has entered Barcelona history by joining the club's all-time top ten appearance makers, equalling José Ramón Alexanko's 406 outings in the defeat at Atletic Club in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 16.

Barcelona star Neymar takes on Shinji Okazaki in a shooting challenge - have a guess who wins - Mirror Online
The clip shows the two stars going head to head on Japanese TV in a game you'd expect to see on a pitch during the half time break. The concept is pretty simply. Players are tasked with pushing a button to stop a light travelling between four machines. The machine that is selected will then fire a ball into the area, and the competitor must attempt to score without letting it hit the ground.

Ronald Koeman on links to replacing Lucho at Barcelona
The Dutchman spoke about that claim before Everton's clash with Leicester in the FA Cup. "They aren't important, my name is always linked to Barcelona, but I am not at Barcelona, I'm at Everton," he said. "The reason I signed on here is because we have a project, we need time, but we want to grow on and off the pitch."

Umtiti at the best Club in the world to win titles - FC Barcelona
In an interview with Barça's media outlets, Umtiti spoke of his arrival at "the best Club in the world with the best players; the most demanding team which is where I want to be as I want to win titles." Moreover, Samuel feels like he has "completely adapted to the team, the other players are fantastic and the Club is exceptional." On the subject of the city he said: "I like it a lot, the climate is ideal and the people are very nice."

Dybala prefers Real Madrid over Barcelona | MARCA in English
There has been a lot of interest in Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in the past 18 months, but the Argentinian has made it clear that he is waiting for a move to Real Madrid. The 23-year-old has rejected a lot of clubs as he waits for Los Blancos to make a move, and Barcelona, backed up by Lionel Messi, are the latest club to express an interest in his services.

Zidane Poised To Equal Barcelona’s Unbeaten Run Record - Nigeria Today
Madrid then stopped Barcelona’s 39-game run by beating them 2-1 at the Camp Nou. "To equal that 39-game unbeaten run is the most important thing, of course. We are trying to enjoy what we’re doing," said Zidane, whose team are three points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a game in hand

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