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FC Barcelona News: 2 March 2018; Barcelona Held By Las Palmas in Controversial Circumstances

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Las Palmas 1-1 FC Barcelona: Held in the Canaries | FC Barcelona
You can’t win them all. Tonight’s 1-1 draw at Las Palmas was only the sixth time that FC Barcelona have dropped points this Liga season and means that Atlético Madrid, who thumped Leganés 4-0 the day before, move to within five points of the Catalans ahead of Sunday’s top-the-table showdown at Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘We were sometimes in too much of a rush’ | FC Barcelona
Speaking after Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Las Palmas, Barça manager Ernesto Valverde admitted that “we tried to rush things at times” and that “the penalty hurt because of how it happened.” He also accepted that the result had left a bitter taste in the mouth because, especially in the first half, his side had looked like causing danger every time they crossed into the opposition’s half.

Tale of two handballs for Barcelona lets Atletico back in La Liga title race | Goal
There is still some margin for error for Barcelona in the title race – but not very much. Ernesto Valverde’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Las Palmas on Thursday night and even though they remain unbeaten in La Liga, their lead at the top of the table has now been cut to five points.

HIGHIGHTS: Las Palmas v Barça | FC Barcelona
Barça have taken a point from their visit to the Estadio Gran Canaria against UD Las Palmas. Ernesto Valverde’s team dominated the early stages of the contest with several chances to take the lead. After 20 minutes Leo Messi finally put them ahead with a ferocious free kick.

Ousmane Dembélé thrilled to be back for ‘the games that matter most’ | FC Barcelona
Ousmane Dembélé has described his first six months as a Barça player in an exclusive interview with French publication Onze Mondial, in which he speaks of the two injuries he has had to overcome before settling properly into Ernesto Valverde’s first team plans.

Ousmane Dembele turned down Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain to join Barcelona | ESPN
Ousmane Dembele has told Onze Mondial that he had turned down approaches from both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain before joining Barcelona last summer. Dembele defended the behaviour that forced his move from Borussia Dortmund after he went on strike, refusing to train unless the club allowed him to move.

Busquets: Barcelona ready for tough Atletico clash | Goal
Sergio Busquets said Atletico Madrid will be a tougher battle as the Barcelona midfielder quickly turned his attention to the top-of-the-table clash following Thursday’s shock draw at Las Palmas. La Liga leaders Barca dropped points against relegation-threatened Las Palmas, who earned a 1-1 draw after Jonathan Calleri’s penalty cancelled out Lionel Messi’s 21st-minute opener.

Gremio due to ‘close’ Arthur sale to Barca | Football Espana
Gremio officials are due in Barcelona next week to ‘close’ the transfer of midfielder Arthur to the Camp Nou, according to reports. The 21-year-old has made 52 first team appearances for the Brazilian club and was a key part of his side’s squad in their run to the Copa Libertadores.

Anthony Borges, hero of Stoneman Douglas shooting, gets invite to FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Anthony Borges, who played at the new Barça Academy in Fort Lauderdale, for two months in 2016, Florida, has received a club shirt signed by the first team players this week. And it’s a gesture that he most certainly deserves. For the 15-year-old of Venezuelan origin is a true hero.