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FC Barcelona News: 11 December 2017; Barcelona Beat Villarreal, Draw Chelsea in Champions League

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Barça to face Chelsea in Champions League last sixteen | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have been drawn against Chelsea in the round of 16 of the 2017/18 Champions League at the draw held on Monday in the Swiss city of Nyon. The first leg will be at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, 20 February and the return leg at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, 14 March.

Villarreal v FC Barcelona: A victory in style (0-2) | FC Barcelona
With all of their closest La Liga rivals having already won their Week 15 fixtures, the pressure was on Barça to deliver, and thanks to second half goals from Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi at Villarreal, the Blaugrana remain at the top of the pile.

Messi equals Gerd Müller | FC Barcelona
This Sunday, with his goal against Villarreal in the 2-0 away win in La Liga, Leo Messi equalled Bayern Munich’s legendary player Gerd Müller. The German striker scored 525 goals between 1965 and 1979, whilst FC Barcelona’s Argentine star has reached this exceptional figure 13 years after his debut with the first team on October 16, 2004 and 606 games as a blaugrana.

Ernesto Valverde: 'Jordi Alba-Messi connections are life insurance for the team' | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona left Villarreal with three points to keep them five ahead of Valencia at the top of the League. Conscious of how important a victory was, Ernesto Valverde was very satisfied in the post-match press conference. "It was a fundamental game for us and very difficult at a great rival. We know how hard it is to take the three points in this stadium.

HIGHLIGHTS: Villarreal vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona claimed all three points in the league after successive draws against Valencia and Celta. They did so with an important victory against Villarreal in the Estadio de la Cerámica thanks to second half goals from Luis Suárez and Leo Messi. The Argentine, with his goal, equals Gerd Müller as the top scorer in Europe's major league with one club.

Messi handed opportunity to break Chelsea hoodoo and worst goal drought | Goal
Barcelona are to face Chelsea in the Champions League last 16, handing Lionel Messi the chance to snap the worst scoring record of his career. The mercurial Argentine has netted at a remarkable rate down the years, with his efforts helping him to five Ballon d’Or awards and countless records.

Barcelona to clear up Mascherano future 'soon' amid mounting exit rumours | Goal
Javier Mascherano's Barcelona future will be sorted out "soon", according to director Guillermo Amor. The Argentina international's contract at Camp Nou still has 18 months to run but he has suggested he could leave the Catalan giants after falling down the pecking order under Ernesto Valverde.

Ronaldo 'unfortunate' to be playing in Messi's era - Barca's Rakitic | ESPN
Rakitic does not share the assessment made by the Portugal international, who he says is "unfortunate" to have played at the same time as Messi. "You know my opinion," Rakitic told reporters after Barcelona's 2-0 La Liga win over Villarreal on Sunday. "With all the respect in the world for Cristiano Ronaldo, he's up against the greatest in the history of the game.

Wins for Deportivo La Coruña and all Barça’s main rivals in the title race | FC Barcelona
The 2-0 victory at the Estadio de la Cerámica over Villarreal maintains Barça’s five point lead at the top of the table. Luis Suárez and Leo Messi’s second half goals gave Ernesto Valverde’s team all three points from a tough away trip and they can now begin to turn their attention their next fixture in La Liga.