FC Barcelona's Arda Turan is in the squad ahead of André Gomes - FC Barcelona
Barça host Celta at the Camp Nou on Saturday at 8.45pm CET and they do so with just the one change to their 18-player match day squad. Arda Turan comes into the squad, having been passed fit on Wednesday, and is included in Luis Enrique’s squad in place of André Gomes. The Portuguese midfielder misses out as he is ill and was unable to train on Friday. Barça’s number ‘21’ joins the injured Aleix Vidal and Jérémy Mathieu on the sidelines, while Jordi Masip has been left out by the coach.
Match preview: FC Barcelona v Celta Vigo - FC Barcelona
Just three days after putting six goals past Sporting Gijón (match report: highlights) the new Liga leaders are once again in action at the Camp Nou, this time against Celta Vigo (Saturday at 8.45pm CET). Second placed Real Madrid, who are at Eibar earlier on in the day, may still have a game in hand, but their 3-3 draw with Las Palmas midweek means Barça’s title challenge is no longer depending on other results going their way.
Luis Enrique: We are focused on winning titles - FC Barcelona
"It will be tough against a team that pressures a lot and marks one-on-one throughout the field. They are one of the toughest to compete against in La Liga. I feel relieved and focused on the objectives we have through the end of the season. The idea is to remain in this good form and arrive in the best condition to face PSG. They are different competitions, but it is an important moment."
Gronk meets Messi in Barcelona | New England Patriots
Gronk turned out for Barcelona's game against Sporting at Camp Nou, which Barcelona won 6-1, but before the game, he made the rounds. When Messi was in Foxborough for COPA América Centenario in June, he was given a customized Patriots jersey, and this week, Messi was able to help return the favor with a customized Barcelona jersey for Gronk.
Barcelona hope manager Luis Enrique's announcement that he will leave the club in the summer can prove a point of inflexion in their season as they look to stretch their 18-game unbeaten run in the league against Celta Vigo on Saturday. The last side to beat Barca in La Liga was Celta on Oct. 2. Since then, Enrique's team have not lost another game. Avoiding defeat this weekend would mean their unbeaten streak encompasses every other La Liga team.
Luis Enrique | Sampaoli: Stoichkov backs Sevilla coach for Barcelona job - AS.com
"If the decision were mine, I'd want Sampaoli to be Barcelona coach," Stoichkov said in quotes published in the newspaper Diario Olé. "What he did with Chile isn't easy, and winning the Copa América the way he did is fantastic. If it were down to me, I'd appoint him for his winning mentality. At the same time, though, it's a decision that has to be thought through carefully."
Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out for Eibar vs Real Madrid amid Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata suspensions
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to miss Real Madrid's crucial trip to Eibar on Saturday (4 March) alongside the suspended duo of Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata. The news is a major blow for Los Blancos as Barcelona moved to the top of the table on Wednesday (1 March), following Zinedine Zidane's side surprising 3-3 draw against Las Palmas.
gulftoday.ae | Messi, Aguero lead stellar Argentina squad
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero will lead Argentina’s bid to resurrect their flagging World Cup campaign in crucial qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia later this month. Barcelona star Messi and Manchester City striker Aguero were named in the squad by coach Edgardo Bauza on Friday.
Ronaldinho to face Real Madrid for Barcelona Legends | Daily Mail Online
Ronaldinho will play for Barcelona once again when they face Real Madrid in a Legends match in Lebanon next month. Former greats of the Clasico rivals will go head-to-head in an exhibition match at the Camille Chamoun Sports City in Beirut on April 28.