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FC Barcelona News: 15 December 2023; Preparations begin for Valencia, Aitana Bonmatí named finalist for The Best award

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FC Rosengard v FC Barcelona: Group A - UEFA Women’s Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Gunnar Hoffsten - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Back from Belgium and back to work - FC Barcelona
Time to turn the page. Following a painful home defeat to Girona in the league and somewhat less devastating loss, but a loss all the same, in Antwerp, FC Barcelona need to pick themselves up and start focusing on the trip to Valencia on Saturday, where they certainly can't afford another setback.

When and where to watch Valencia v FC Barcelona - FC Barcelona
Barça really can't afford any more slip-ups, but Saturday brings a traditionally very tricky away trip to Mestalla, home of Valencia. It's an absolute must-win, because space has opened up between Barça and the top two in the Liga title race, and it's essential not to allow that gap to get any wider.

15 debutants in the Xavi era - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is a simply astounding football factory. La Masia never ceases to produce new talent and the first team is the main beneficiary of it all. Xavi Hernández, himself a graduate of the Barça youth system, knows better than anyone what a treasure the club has, and since becoming first team coach he has given debuts to no fewer than 15 different players who came out of La Masia.

Rosengård 0-6 FC Barcelona: Six in the cold - FC Barcelona
Afabulous display means Barça have won three out of three in the Champions League group stage. Swedish side Rosengård were on the receiving end of six goals, starting with an own goal and followed by Salma Paralleulo, Patri Guijarro, Aitana, Mariona and finally young Martina.

Aitana among "The Best" finalists - FC Barcelona
Aitana Bonmatí has been named among the three finalists for FIFA's "The Best" award, where she'll be up against Jennifer Hermoso and Linda Caicedo. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 15 January 2024. These three players are the survivors from an original shortlist of 16 that also included FC Barcelona's Salma Paralluelo , Keira Walsh and Mapi León.

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