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FC Barcelona News: 24 October 2017; Seven Key Players Rested, Lionel Messi Finishes in Second Place

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and transfer rumors

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Match Preview: Real Murcia vs FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey last 32 | FC Barcelona
The football season's perpetual carrousel of games adds a third seat to the ride on Tuesday night when three-time defending tournamernt champion Barça leaves behind the Liga and Champions League and travels to Murcia for the first leg of the last 32 in the Copa del Rey — the annual domestic competition that mixes some 83 lower-tier sides and top-flight giants in a battle for Spanish footballing supremacy.

Four Barça B players in squad for Murcia | FC Barcelona
For this match, Ernesto Valverde won’t be able to call on the injured Aleix Vidal and Arda. Moreover, Jordi Alba, Rafinha and Dembélé continue their recovery from their injuries. It is also worth noting the blaugrana coach has decided to rest seven first team players: Ter Stegen, Umtiti, Sergio, Iniesta, Paulinho, Messi and Luis Suárez.

Real Murcia v FC Barcelona: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
The biggest meeting of all time between the two clubs was undoubtedly the one at the end of the 1941/42 season. As we all know, Barça have never been relegated from the first division, but that campaign was a very close call indeed. The Catalans had finished third from bottom and faced a single-match playoff against Murcia on neutral territory in Madrid.

Cillessen ready for first minutes of the season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s backup goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen, could start and get his first minutes of the season Tuesday night when the Catalans travel to third-tier Murcia for the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 32. “There'll be lineup changes against Murcia,” manager Ernesto Valverde said at his pregame press conference, without specifying just what those changes would be.

Three great goals against Murcia | FC Barcelona
On Tuesday FC Barcelona visit the Nueva Condomina stadium (9.30pm CET) to take on Real Murcia in the first leg of their last 32 Copa del Rey tie. Barça take on the Second Division B side for the first time in nine seasons with Ernesto Valverde attempting to lead the Club to a fourth successive triumph in the competition.

When and where to watch Murcia vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona begin the defence of their Copa del Rey title and the search for a fourth consecutive trophy with the first leg of their last 32 tie against Real Murcia. Whereever you are, follow the game on our official site and on our Twitter account and our official App.

Leo Messi, second at FIFA’s The Best awards | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has finished in second place in the FIFA The Best award for the best player in the world. The Argentine star finished just behind Cristiano Ronaldo who took the award with Messi runner up and Neymar in third place.

Behind the scenes with Messi and Iniesta at FIFA's 'The Best' Gala | FC Barcelona
Go behind the scenes with FC Barcelona stars Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta, who were in London on Monday to attend the annual FIFA 'The Best' Gala. The yearly ceremony is famous for its glitziness, attracting the world's top footballers along with hundreds, if not thousands, of fans eager to catch a glimpse of these modern day gladiators.

[VIDEO] Jose Arnaiz: A star in the making | FC Barcelona
Barça B’s Jose Arnaiz is one of the four reserve team members called up by Ernesto Valverde for Tuesday’s Copa del Rey game at Murcia (9.30pm CET). The 22-year-old from Toledo has made a huge impression at the club since signing from Real Valladolid in the summer.

Barcelona deserve defensive recognition - Digne | Goal
The Catalan side have stormed to the top of La Liga and their Champions League group, with the likes of Lionel Messi in sparkling form in attack, but France international Digne believes that the defence also deserve credit for what has been achieved in the early weeks of the season at Camp Nou.

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