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FC Barcelona News: 9 January 2017; Barcelona Drop Two Points, Focus Back on Copa del Rey

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Villarreal v FC Barcelona: Messi rescues point (1-1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona looked to be heading for a defeat at Villarreal following Nicola Sansone’s strike early in the second period, but up stepped Leo Messi in the 90th minute to score a magnificent free-kick which claims at least a point for the visitors.

FC Barcelona's draw at Villarreal by the numbers | FC Barcelona
Against Villarreal, Luis Enrique was taking charge of his 150th game as FC Barcelona manager. Sadly, he couldn’t celebrate the milestone with a win, but the vast majority of the games he has overseen in his two and half years as first team boss have gone his way. He’s collected a mighty 114 wins, 19 draws and just 17 defeats, seeing his side score 424 goals and concede just 113.

Luis Enrique: The team deserved to win | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona were unable to claim three points on their latest visit to Villarreal despite salvaging a point in the last minute thanks to a Leo Messi free-kick. Luis Enrique felt his side were unfortunate not to leave with the win after throwing everything at the hosts and praised his players for their efforts.

Furious Pique stands by referee criticism after alleged Tebas gesture | Goal
"I still believe in what I say and every week makes me more in the right. You could clearly see it, I think it's very clear what happened on the pitch. You have to be careful because they analyse everything. But let them analyse it [my comments] and waste time on that. That's their right."

Sergio Busquets: We won't give up | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona midfielder faced the press following the 1-1 draw at Villarreal in the 17th league game of the season. Sergio Busquets admitted that the team “deserved more”. “It was clear that at certain moments we did not have that luck, but that is football,” he added.

FC Barcelona switch focus back to the Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
Just a matter of hours after returning from the 1-1 draw in Villarreal (Highlights, Match Report), the Barça players were back on the training ground to start preparing for their next match. Time to chill out is going to be in short supply as long as Barça are also involved in the Copa del Rey.

FC Barcelona Press Release: Gala The Best FIFA Awards | FC Barcelona
The Club’s delegation is led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting vice president Jordi Mestre, director Silvio Elías, CEO Òscar Grau, Albert Soler (director of professional sports), Robert Fernández (first team technical secretary) and Raúl Sanllehí (director of football).

FC Barcelona schedule for a week with two games at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
After facing Athletic and Villarreal, it’s more of the same for FC Barcelona over the next seven days with a midweek Copa del Rey fixture and a Liga game at the weekend. But this time both games will at the Camp Nou. On the non-match days, the first team will be required for training each morning at 11.00am CET, and once it is all over, they’ll be getting a well-earned break on Sunday.

Man City not interested in signing Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona - Sky sources | Sky Sports
Manchester City will not be launching a bid to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to Sky sources. The 28-year-old was left out of the Barcelona squad for Sunday's 1-1 draw at Villarreal, prompting speculation in his homeland of Croatia that he could be set for a January switch to City.

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