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FC Barcelona News: 6 March 2018; Catalan Super Cup Approaches, Barcelona Eying Ferland Mendy

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Sprint finish ahead for La Liga title | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have entered a crucial stage of the La Liga season, and they do so with an 8-point advantage over their nearest rivals, Atletico Madrid. The win against Los Colchoneros this past Sunday enabled them to extend their lead, with a further 15 and 16 points separating them from Real Madrid and Valencia, respectively. Since the introduction of three points for a win in 1995/96, no side has held such an advantage after Matchday 27 and not won the title.

The battle for the Golden Shoe | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi is in typically prolific scoring form as of late, and found the net again on Matchday 27 against Atletico Madrid. His sixth free kick goal of the season, in the 1-0 win at the Camp Nou, earned his side the three points, and also made him the joint-top scorer of the season in the major European Leagues.

Squad named for Wednesday’s Supercopa de Catalunya | FC Barcelona
After a vital victory against Atletico Madrid took them closer to the LaLiga title, FC Barcelona switch focus for the III Supercopa de Catalunya, a regional competition that pits them against Espanyol on Wednesday at 6.45pm CET. The game takes place at the Camp d’Esports in Lleida.

Is Ernesto Valverde spoiling Ousmane Dembele’s value at Barcelona, asks Terry Gibson | Sky Sports
The 20-year-old became the second most expensive transfer in history last summer when Barca paid Borussia Dortmund €105million (£96.8m) for his services, but he was an unused substitute in the crunch La Liga win over Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Tireless practise has taken Messi’s free-kick game to unbelievable heights | ESPN
It was hardly a question that needed asking, but Ernesto Valverde was asked it anyway: Does Lionel Messi practice free kicks? ”Yes,” the Barcelona coach eventually responded, a huge smirk on his face as he perhaps considered the obviousness of his answer. “He’s always practising, and he’s always scoring.”

La Liga belongs to Lionel Messi after his 600th career goal, says Guillem Balague | Sky Sports
Guillem Balague runs through five things from La Liga this weekend, and after scoring his 600th career goal, Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert says the league belongs to Lionel Messi. The Argentine netted the only goal in Barcelona’s 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid to send them eight points clear at the top of the table, with Messi continuing to break records.

2018 World Cup just 100 days away | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona take a break from LaLiga action in the summer, but the players are set for a busy 2018 World Cup in Russia. The competition, which is just 100 days away, has at least one Barça player likely to feature in every group.

Barcelona track Lyon’s Mendy | Football Espana
Barcelona have been tracking Olympique Lyonnais full-back Ferland Mendy with a view to replacing Lucas Digne, say reports in Spain.The 22-year-old has excelled for Lyon this season, making 23 appearances since moving from second tier side Le Havre in the summer.

Denver Broncos’ Von Miller headlines NFL player visit for Barça vs Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
“This is my first time here — this is my first soccer game, period,” Miller told Barça TV before the game. Nevertheless, he said, with modern technology able to provide information about everything going on in the world of sports, “you can still keep up with all the superstars around the world.”

Canon Medical Systems visits FC Barcelona medical services | FC Barcelona
Representatives from Canon Medical Systems were at FC Barcelona’s training center last weekend to get an up close look at the Club’s Medical Services area. Joining the visit on Sunday was Club Director Pau Vilanova.