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FC Barcelona News: 21 February 2017; Barcelona Edge Leganes, Players Enjoy Day Off

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Carles Puyol: If anyone can do this, Barça can | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol, who played in the Barça defence from 2000 to 2014 and was captain for a whole decade before retiring from professional football, has spoken to Barça TV about how strongly he believes in his former team, even after such an adverse result against Paris Saint Germain.

Gerard Piqué: 'The most important thing is to be ourselves again' | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué spoke about the difficult period FC Barcelona is going through during an event at a padel court, which was also attended by ex-Barça captain Carles Puyol and the nº1 in the World Padel Tour rankings Fernando Belasteguin. After the event Piqué spoke to the assembled media and explained how “the most important thing is to be ourselves again.” “We will look for solutions to turn this around,” added the Barça defender.

The last ever Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderón | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will meet Atlético Madrid for the final time in the Vicente Calderón on Sunday at 4.15pm CET in Week 24 of La Liga. It is not, however, the final time that Barça will play at the stadium as the Calderón has been chosen as the venue for the Copa del Rey final against Alavés on 27 May. That will be the final official fixture at the famous ground before Atlético move to their new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, in the summer.

VIDEO: Ter Stegen saves the day against Leganés | FC Barcelona
Although Leo Messi's two goals may have keyed the Barça attack in Sunday night's 2-1 win over Leganés, goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen’s contribution at the other end of the pitch was equally important. The German goalkeeper made five key saves at critical points in the match to keep Barça in the game and put them in a position to eventually win the game on Messi's 89th minute penalty kick.

[MATCH REPORT] FC Barcelona 2-1 Leganés: Late salvation | FC Barcelona
A 90th minute Leo Messi penalty handed FC Barcelona a narrow 2-1 win over Leganés on Sunday evening in what was a challenging encounter at the Camp Nou. Ahead of the game, Luis Enrique spoke about his keenness to see a reaction from his side after the midweek disappointment in Paris.

BY THE NUMBERS: Leo Messi goes top in chase for Golden Shoe | FC Barcelona
Those 19 goals also put Messi joint first in the Golden Shoe race. With the Liga coefficient, he has 38 points, the same as Gonzalo Higuaín of Juventus and Edin Dzeko of AS Roma. All three are ahead of Edinson Cavani, who might have scored more goals, 25, but the Ligue 1 coefficient of 1.5 means they only count for 37.5 points.

Andrés Iniesta reaches 400 league games for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta has reached another historic landmark in an FC Barcelona shirt. The Barça captain made his 400th league appearance for the blaugranes in Sunday’s encounter against Leganés. The midfielder from Fuentealbilla made his debut in La Liga in 2002 against Mallorca with Louis Van Gaal as coach. He claimed his first league title in 2005, the first of two successive championships under another Dutch coach in Frank Rijkaard.

Barcelona putting plans in place for Luis Enrique's successor | Sky Sports
For a team that has based its success on its midfield, watching Barcelona use their 15th different midfield combination of the season in the league was almost painful. The very essence of the Barcelona midfield biased game played with such perfection is precisely what has made players like Lionel Messi and his partners up front so much better.

Sevilla offer Jorge Sampaoli contract extension amid Barcelona talk | ESPN
Sampaoli, whose current deal expires in June 2018, has had a hugely impressive first season at Sevilla and reports in Spain have linked him with the Barcelona coaching position should Luis Enrique not sign a new contract with the Catalan outfit.

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