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FC Barcelona News: 10 December 2017; 18 Make Villarreal Trip as Grueling Schedule Continues

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MATCH PREVIEW: Villarreal CF vs. FC Barcelona in Week 15 of La Liga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's packed December schedule continues this Sunday (8:45pm CET) with a journey south to play European aspirants Villarreal CF, at a ground where they are unbeaten in a decade. The LaLiga leaders dropped points last time out with a 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo, but remain five points clear of nearest rivals Valencia at the top of the table.

Squad announced for Villarreal | FC Barcelona
The manager had hinted to the press before the session that Andrés Iniesta might not be fit enough for inclusion, and the midfielder was indeed left out of the squad along with the also injured Ousmane Dembélé, Rafinha, Javier Mascherano and Samuel Umtiti.

Ernesto Valverde quotes before match at Villarreal | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde spoke to the media on Saturday afternoon, shortly before taking the final training session before the trip to Villarreal (Sunday 8.45pm CET). Here’s a round-up of standout quotes from the Ciutat Esportiva.

Five facts about FC Barcelona at Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Eleven players have played for both Villarreal and FC Barcelona, including Robert Fernández, the Club's current technical secretary; Guillermo Amor, the Club's current head of Institutional and Sporting Relations; Pepe Reina; Sonny Anderson; Juan Pablo Sorín; Juan Antonio Pizzi; Riquelme; Edmilson; Juliano Belletti; Jonathan Dos Santos; and, of course, Denis Suárez.

When and where to watch Villarreal v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Villarreal and Barça come face to face this Sunday in week 15 of La Liga. Ernesto Valverde's team go into the game as league leaders on 36 points whilst Villarreal are in sixth place in the table on 21 points and will be looking to consolidate their position amongst the European places in the division.

VIDEO: Messi's goals at Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has 13 goals in the league this season, a stratospheric figure within the reach of very few. This Sunday, against Villarreal at the Estadio de la Cerámica, Messi will try to add to this record. In the following video, we review the goals that the blaugrana No.10 has already scored at this stadium. Enjoy!

Villarreal v FC Barcelona: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
The game brings together Leo Messi and Cédric Bakambu, the duo who lead the goal charts in all competitions this season. The Argentinian has 13 league goals and 17 in total this term, while Villarreal's Congolese striker has netted 9 in the league and 14 when also counting the Copa del Rey and Europa League.

Barca can't let Mascherano leave without a replacement | Goal
All of a sudden, Barcelona have problems in defence. Samuel Umtiti pulled up with a muscle problem in the 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo last weekend and is set to be out for two months. And to make matters worse, Javier Mascherano wants to leave in January.