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FC Barcelona News: 7 April 2018; 18 Named in Squad as Barcelona Set to Face Leganes

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Leganés | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde’s team will aim to continue their recent good form against Leganés, and with second placed Atlético Madrid heading to the Santiago Bernabéu for the Madrid derby, results this weekend could prove pivotal in the title race.

The squad list for Leganés | FC Barcelona
After defeating Roma in the quarterfinals of the Champions League (4-1), it’s a return to league action for Barça. Ernesto Valverde’s side face Leganés (Saturday, 8.45pm CET) in a match corresponding to Week 31 of La Liga. The Blaugrana want to win at the Camp Nou in order to achieve the goal that Valverde stressed at his press conference: “We need 15 more points to be champions.”

Ernesto Valverde: ‘We need five wins to be champions’ | FC Barcelona
The blaugranes could equal Real Sociedad’s La Liga record of 38 games unbeaten should they avoid defeat at Camp Nou against Leganés. “We don’t have these figures in our head even though it is an important achievement,” confessed Valverde.

FC Barcelona players test the woodwork in the warm-up | FC Barcelona
The players of FC Barcelona stand out for having unmatched precision with the ball at their feet. Their great quality is demonstrated during games, but also in training sessions and, as in this case, in the warm-up before the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Roma. In the following video, the players test their accuracy, with a number of shots hitting the woodwork.

Ter Stegen brilliant against Leganés earlier in the season | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez guided Barça to victory against Leganés with his brace of goals and Marc-André Ter Stegen did so with his saves. The FC Barcelona goalkeeper was crucial once again and he produced some top-draw saves at Butarque.

Philippe Coutinho going through process of adaptation at Barcelona, says Guillem Balague | Sky Sports
Coutinho moved to Barcelona in January from Liverpool for £146m, scoring three goals and registering two assists in 13 appearances so far for the La Liga side, who are unbeaten in the top flight.

Denis must show more than flashes to star in Barca’s revamped midfield | ESPN
Denis Suarez has hardly featured for Barcelona this season, but in just 18 minutes throughout the past week -- spread across two games -- he has played himself into contention to start Saturday’s game against Leganes at Camp Nou.

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique the best defender in the world - Carles Puyol | ESPN
Gerard Pique’s development into “the best centre-back in the world” is a major reason behind Barcelona’s excellent defensive record in the Champions League, according to ex-teammate Carles Puyol.

A Barça surprise for NHL star Alex Ovechkin | FC Barcelona
His club, the Washington Capitals, and his team-mates know just what a huge Barça fan the Russian is, and organised a special surprise for him. A Leo Messi shirt and a trip to Barcelona to watch his favourite club in action. He has met Barça players in the past. Here are two examples from his social networks of the times he not only got to meet Messi, but Gerard Piqué as well.