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FC Barcelona News: 22 December 2017; 18 Players in Match Squad as El Clasico Approaches

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Squad list for the Clásico | FC Barcelona
Coach Ernesto Valverde has announced his 18 man squad for the Clásico against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday at 1.00pm CET. The Barça boss will be without the injured Dembélé, Paco Alcácer and Umititi due to injury with Rafinha, Arda Turan and Deulofeu also omitted from the list.

Andrés Iniesta: 'A game unlike any other' | FC Barcelona
“A Clásico is like no other game. It’s different. Everything means so much more. We treat it like something very special. Andrés Iniesta should know. In all competitions, he’s played in 36 of them over the year, and on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabéu comes the latest episode in the most famous rivalry in world football.

The big names that will be playing in El Clásico on Saturday | FC Barcelona
To talk about El Clásico in the 21st century is to talk about Leo Messi. The Argentinian is the top scorer in the history of this duel with 24 goals, and he loves to score at the Santiago Bernabéu where he has 10 goals in the League. With a total of 14 in all competitions, the Bernabéu is the visiting stadium where Messi has scored most goals. He comes into this fixture having already scored 14 in 2017/18 and also having hit the woodwork 12 times.

Find out if you are a Clásico 'expert' | FC Barcelona
Show off your knowledge of Real Madrid v Barça with our bumper quiz.

QUIZ: Five goals at the Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
We take a look back at five goals from FC Barcelona at Real Madrid's stadium. How does each one find its way into the net? Take the test!

Barcelona door always open to players like Philippe Coutinho, says Ivan Rakitic | Sky Sports
Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp, though Liverpool resisted Barcelona's advances in the summer, turning down a £113m bid for the Brazilian. The midfielder's future remains uncertain, and Liverpool have not given their price for the 25-year-old, despite reports in the Catalan press.

Top 100 players of 2017: Harry Kane joins Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar in top four | Sky Sports
This version of Barcelona may not be hitting the heights of previous incarnations, but Lionel Messi's genius continues to abide and it's no surprise to see him top of the list again. The Argentine has 39 goals and 11 assists in 2017 and although Barca played second fiddle to rivals Real Madrid in the first half of 2017, his form has helped the Catalans top their Champions League group and open up a healthy lead at the top of La Liga.