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FC Barcelona News: 21 December 2017; Preparations continue for El Clasico, Xavi praises Valverde

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

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Get ready for El Clásico - FC Barcelona
The biggest game in club football is upon us again. League leaders FC Barcelona travel to Real Madrid with a +11 points difference to defend in game that kicks off early on Saturday (1.00pm) and just two days before Christmas. Watch this space for all the news in the build-up (all times Central European Time).

Tell us 10 things about yourself to find out your favourite Clásico - FC Barcelona
Answer the questions to discover which Barça v Madrid game you like best

Paulinho: Near perfect performance needed against Real Madrid - FC Barcelona
The Brazilian highlighted that to win trophies you have to win 'big matches like the Clásico'

Xavi hails Valverde impact | Football Espana
Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has hailed Ernesto Valverde’s impact at the club ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico clash with Real Madrid.

Atleti 'defending interest of club' | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is ‘defending the interests of the club’ by reporting Barcelona to FIFA over an alleged approach for Antoine Griezmann.