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FC Barcelona News: 4 March 2018; 18 Named in Match Squad, Barcelona B Draw

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona, still undefeated on the season at 26 games and counting, will be looking to land a staggering body blow to an in-form Atlético Madrid, which, in recent weeks, has surged back into the title race and now, just five points behind, is the only team within sniffing distance of the Catalans. A Barça victory will leave Atlético teetering, while anything else is certain to ratchet up the drama as the season hurtles towards the home stretch.

Squad named and trained for Atletico Madrid game | FC Barcelona
A busy week for FC Barcelona concludes with their third LaLiga contest in the space of eight days, when they take on Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou (Sunday, 4:15pm CET). Having won 6-1 against Girona and been held to a 1-1 draw by Las Palmas, they take on their closest rivals in the Primera División table -who they lead by 5 points.

Ernesto Valverde: “I have the feeling that the team will respond” | FC Barcelona
That was Ernesto Valverde’s definition of what will be a crucial game for FC Barcelona’s title aspirations, given in his pre-match press conference on Saturday. The two sides are separated by 5 points in the table, and a Barça win would bring the gap back to a more comfortable advantage.

Leo Messi has a knack for scoring goals against Atlético | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has an enormous game this Sunday when it hosts second-place Atlético Madrid with a chance to increase its lead in the standings to eight points. And Barça’s prime weapon will be none other than Leo Messi, who has shown time and again how much he loves scoring against Atlético, especially at Camp Nou. Since 2007, Messi has 15 goals against Atlético in all competitions: 14 in La Liga and 1 in the Copa del Rey, including three 2-goal games and two hat tricks.

Luis Garcia looks ahead to Barca-Atleti | Football Espana
Speaking to La Liga Lowdown, the ex-Liverpool attacker touched on a number of issues ahead of the Camp Nou clash, from where Philippe Coutinho fit in at Barca to whether Atleti had stolen the Catalans’ thunder in youth development…

International press react to FC Barcelona support for Anthony Borges, hero of the Stoneman Douglas shooting in Florida | FC Barcelona
The teenager, who originally hails from Venzuela, received five bullets in the back as he heroically helped 20 classmates take refuge during the tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida which claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members.

Real Oviedo - FC Barcelona B: A point at the Carlos Tartiere (0-0) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona B drew at Real Oviedo’s Estadio Carlos Tartiere (0-0), in a very even contest and where the rain wasn’t conducive to providing the best conditions in which to play. With this point, Gerard Lopez’s side extend their good streak of results.