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FC Barcelona News: 3 March 2019; Barcelona Win Another El Clasico, Sergi Samper Set for Japan

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We did it again! (0-1) | FC Barcelona
The win may not have been as spectacular as the one on the cup semi-final, but in many ways it was a far better overall performance from the blaugrana. Barça dominated the game from start to finish, Marc Andre Ter Stegen was very rarely called upon, and though only one goal split the teams, it would very hard to argue that the best team won.

Four wins in a row in the league in the Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
Another win for FC Barcelona in the Santiago Bernabéu as the ‘Clásico’ in Madrid is becoming synonymous with blaugrana wins. It is four seasons in a row now that Barça have won at Real Madrid in the league, a feat that no other team has ever achieved. Atlético Madrid managed three wins between 2013 and 2016 but nobody had reached four in a row until now.

Pique: My gesture? I like a heated atmosphere and I made it a little fiercer | Marca
Lionel Messi was on the receiving end of a flailing elbow from Sergio Ramos at the end of the first half of Saturday’s Clasico, and the chain of events ended in Gerard Pique making a gesture to Real Madrid fans. Pique was left incensed by the lack of a red card for Ramos and after the game explained his half time message, when he used his hand to make a speaking gesture.

Sergio Ramos: Messi took a bad knock but it was involuntary | Sport
Sergio Ramos clashed with Lionel Messi just before half-time, hitting the Argentine with his arm as they tussled for the ball. Ramos spoke after the game and explained himself. “Messi took a bad knock but it was totally involuntary,” said Ramos. “There was nothing bad between us and it just happened.”

Jose Mourinho’s high praise of Barcelona and Ivan Rakitic | Sport
“They didn’t play in a phenomenal way, they aren’t playing phenomenally. They were solid, probably more so than in other seasons. They know how to defend, they are compact,” said Mourinho.

15 days of Clásicos with a Barça flavour | FC Barcelona
With the victory by Ernesto Valverde’s team at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday, FC Barcelona brought two weeks of constant Clásico fixtures to a close, Barça Lassa also facing Los Blancos in different basketball competitions during this period. In total, there have been four matches between the two eternal rivals, and in which the result has been very clear: four victories out of four possible.

Barça now have history on their side | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are historically ahead in ‘El Clásico’ thanks to their 1-0 win in the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday. Barça have now overtaken Real Madrid’s number of victories in the fixture for the first time in 87 years with this week’s two wins in Madrid vital for a whole host of reasons.

Sergi Samper leaves Barcelona for Vissel Kobe | Marca
Vissel Kobe have offered Sergi Samper a route out of Barcelona, with the Spanish midfielder signing for the Japanese club to join his fellow countrymen Andres Iniesta and David Villa. Samper is joining on a four-year contract, continuing the Spanish revolution going on at the Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium.

The Financial Times highlights Barça’s commitment to innovation | FC Barcelona
The piece is the work of award winning sports writer Simon Kuper who spent several days in Barcelona during the month of February and it highlights the Club’s efforts regarding innovation in sport, praising its leadership and its vision of the future of football as well as looking at strategic projects such as the Espai Barça, the Barça Innovation Hub and the FC Barcelona Foundation.