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FC Barcelona News: 11 March 2018; Barcelona Ease Past Malaga, Arthur Deal Finally Official

Malaga v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Málaga CF 0-2 FC Barcelona: Still going strong | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona lost this fixture last season, but there was no real danger of that happening again on Saturday night. In a game between the runaway leaders of La Liga and a team staring relegation in the face, the difference in class showed. With Barça two goals to the good and Málaga playing with ten men, it was as good as over by half time.

35 league games unbeaten for Barça | FC Barcelona
Following Saturday’s game at Málaga, Barça have extended their unbeaten run in La Liga to an immense 35 games. That’s already a club record, but there are other all-time bests that are very much within the team’s sights now.

Valverde delighted with ‘great first half’ at Málaga | FC Barcelona
Speaking after his side had won 2-0 at Málaga on Saturday night, Ernesto Valverde summed affairs up by saying that “we had a great first half, every time we crossed the half-way line we were causing danger. They were hoping to cause damage on the counter attack with their quick players going forward, but we controlled things well.”

HIGHLIGHTS: Málaga v Barça | FC Barcelona
FCBarcelona return from Andalusia with three points in the bag thanks to a 2-0 away win over La Rosaleda. Goals from Luis Suárez and Coutinho in the first half were enough for victory, the Uruguayan scoring a header after a great cross from Jordi Alba and the Brazilian finding the net with a sumptuos back heel after good work from Dembélé.

Barça and Gremio reach agreement on option for Arthur transfer | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and the Brazilian club Gremio de Porto Alegre have reached an agreement on a purchase option for the player Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, whereas FC Barcelona may exercise this right on the player’s federative rights during July of 2018. In the event that the Club finally exercises the option signed, the price of the transfer is set at €30m plus €9m in variable amounts.

Dembele comes of age for Barca in Messi absence | Goal
In his absence and that of Andres Iniesta through injury, coach Ernesto Valverde picked both January signing Philippe Coutinho and summer acquisition Dembele behind Luis Suarez in a formation which was something of a 4-3-2-1 – closer to Barca’s traditional 4-3-3 than the 4-4-2 the Catalans have been using all season.

Luis Suaréz has scored against every La Liga side he has faced | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez has found the net this Saturday against the one of the few teams who have been able to keep him ay bay during his Barça career. With his goal against Málaga in La Rosaleda in the 1-0 win, the Uruguayan has now scored against every La Liga opponent he has faced since joining Barça in the summer of 2014.

Rival Watch: Victory for Chelsea ahead of Camp Nou clash | FC Barcelona
Chelsea claimed victory against Crystal Palace in their final Premier League fixture before facing Barça at Camp Nou in the second leg of their last 16 Champions League tie. A strike from Willian and a Martin Kelly own goal were enough to give Antonio Conte’s side all three points although they were given a scare late on when Van Aanholt pulled one back for the visitors right at the death.

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