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FC Barcelona News: 6 February 2018; Focus Back on Copa del Rey, Gerard Pique Injured

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Two big matches to move FC Barcelona closer to a pair of major objectives | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona can take a pair of steps towards two of this season’s main objectives this week when it plays at Valencia in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals on Thursday night before returning home Sunday afternoon for a La Liga clash with Getafe.

The main protagonists of FC Barcelona’s record unbeaten run | FC Barcelona
The Argentinian maestro has 20 goals in the 22 games. Luis Suárez is second with 16 goals, and Paulinho is third with 8. Not only that, Messi also has 10 assists, which leads the team as well. Both marks are tops in La Liga as well!

When and where to watch Valencia vs Barça in the Copa del Rey semifinals | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will play the return leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia on Thursday, February 8, at 9.30pm CET. Ernesto Valverde’s men achieved a favourable result at the Camp Nou (1-0), but Mestalla is always a difficult stadium for the Blaugrana.

Recovery session in the rain with the cup around the corner | FC Barcelona
After the draw against Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday, Barça begin a new week with the main objective being a place in the final of the Copa del Rey. Ernesto Valverde’s team travel to Mestalla on Thursday for the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg last week at Camp Nou.

Gerard Pique has knee injury, likely to miss Copa del Rey semifinal | ESPN
The defender underwent tests at the club’s training ground on Monday. And while things are not as bad as first feared, he’s expected to be out for up to two weeks. Barca have not yet confirmed how long Pique will be missing, and the centre-back is keen to find a way to play against Valencia, but coach Ernesto Valverde is unlikely to take any risks.

A video of all the goals that Piqué has scored against Espanyol | FC Barcelona
His last goal, scored this past Sunday at RCDE Stadium, against Espanyol, served to draw the match (1-1). It was Piqué’s sixth when playing the blanc-i-blaus, the team that he has scored the most goals against: four in the League and two in the Cup. Do you remember them all?

Sergio Garcia: No racist intent in remark to Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti | ESPN
Espanyol striker Sergio Garcia has defended himself after being accused of making a racist comment to Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti during Sunday’s 1-1 draw. Garcia set up the opening goal for Gerard Moreno before Gerard Pique equalised late on.

Terry Gibson: Barcelona need to balance rotation and unbeaten run | Sky Sports
“Barcelona are in a predicament,” Gibson said on La Liga Weekly podcast. “I understood the resting of players at the weekend, but they are protecting an unbeaten record, which they want to continue. That might be detrimental because they have got a comfortable lead and not many people think there is a genuine title race.

FC Barcelona stars at Mundo Deportivo’s Grand Gala | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona recognised in the 70th edition of the Mundo Deportivo’s Grand Gala celebrated at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) this Monday. The basketball player Juan Carlos Navarro was given a prize for his sporting career; while FC Barcelona Women player, Lieke Martens, won the award for the best revelation of the season. The third prize of note was given to ex-blaugrana player Gary Lineker as he picked up the Premi Extraordinari.

Tebas: Pique provoked Espanyol fans | Football Espana
La Liga president Javier Tebas has criticised Gerard Pique’s goal celebration on Sunday, believing it provoked Espanyol’s fans. The Spain international made a shushing gesture towards the home fans after netting a late equaliser for the Blaugrana during the Catalan derby.