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FC Barcelona News: 26 April 2018; Villarreal Kickoff Announced, Lucas Digne on Juventus Radar

Espanyol v Barcelona - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

How Barça can win LaLiga this weekend | FC Barcelona
Barça have the LaLiga title in their sights, and could mathematically be confirmed as champions as early as this weekend. Ernesto Valverde’s men hold their fate in their own hands, as a win against Deportivo La Coruña would give them the title irregardless of results for their rivals. They could even kick off the game at Riazor as champions, should Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid fail to win their respective games.

How has FC Barcelona fared at Riazor? | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona could win the 25th La Liga title in Club history this weekend, when they face Deportivo La Coruña at Riazor, a stadium that has been historically difficult to play at for most teams. But while Barça has garnered some very impressive results there in recent seasons, there have also been some less-than-optimal results.

Five challenges left in La Liga | FC Barcelona
Barça only need one point to be confirmed champions, and the first ‘match point’ is away to Deportivo this Sunday (8.45pm CET). But they could even clinch the trophy without playing if neither Real Madrid nor Atlético Madrid win their own games.

Barça v Villarreal on May 9 | FC Barcelona
It was announced today Wednesday that the Barça v Villarreal league fixture that was originally scheduled to be played last weekend but was postponed due to Barça’s participation in the Copa del Rey Final, will now be played on Wednesday 9 May at 8.00pm CET.

Lionel Messi wins trademark court case | Sky Sports
The EU’s second-highest court ruled on Thursday he was famous enough to overcome phonetic similarities with Spanish bicycle clothing brand Massi. The case reached the EU General Court after the brand successfully complained to the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta gets Ballon d’Or apology from France Football | ESPN
Iniesta, 33, is widely expected to bid European football farewell at the end of the season and head to China after 16 wildly successful years at the top of the world game that have seen him amass 34 major winners’ medals, a tally he is poised to add to with a final La Liga title.

Report: Barca doubt on Arthur deal | Football Espana
Barcelona are unsure on whether or not to complete the signing of Gremio midfielder Arthur despite paying a €4m deposit, say reports in Spain. Last month, the Catalan giants confirmed the deal was in place for the 21-year-old which would see them pay a release clause of €30m, which would rise to €39m including bonuses.

Barca’s Digne set for Juve move | Football Espana
Juventus are hopeful of completing a deal for Barcelona defender Lucas Digne this summer, according to reports in the Spanish press. The French full-back’s contract at the Camp Nou runs through to 2021 and contains a €100m release clause but Diario Sport report the club would sanction a sale in the region of €16m.

Garcia Pimienta: ‘I believe strongly in the Barça way of playing’ | FC Barcelona
His appointment comes after predecessor Gerard López’s contract recision was announced in the morning. Garcia Pimienta comes into the job having recently won the UEFA Youth League, beating Chelsea 0-3 in the final. He previously spent more than two seasons as assistant coach for Barça B.

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