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FC Barcelona News: 2 December 2023; Preparations continue for Atlético Madrid, Barça finalizing January plans

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FC Barcelona Unveil New Signing Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Penultimate session before the big game against Atlético Madrid - FC Barcelona
One of the clashes of the season is just around the corner at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys with Atlético Madrid the visitors on Sunday, kick off 9pm CET. Both Barça and the visitors are coming off the back of wins in midweek in the Champions League which have secured their places in the last 16 of the competition.

The lowdown on Atlético Madrid - FC Barcelona
Games between FC Barcelona and the mattress makers had a tradition of producing floods of goals, but the last decade or so has seen a remarkable shift in the trend

Lewandowski: 'We have to step up' - FC Barcelona
This Sunday against Atlético Madrid only a victory will do for the blaugranes and striker Robert Lewandowski is only too aware of the importance of the fixture. "It's vital to get a win, above all, mentally," said the blaugrana goalscorer ahead of the game at the Estadi Olímpic, adding that the team need to "step up."

Big games coming up in December - FC Barcelona
One more month to go in 2023, and there's a lot happening. The first two fixtures are real biggies, both at home and against two direct rivals in the championship race. But there are two other league games to follow after that, as well as one last outing in the Champions League group stage and a festive friendly in the United States.

Barcelona believe they have identified key issues affecting Alejandro Balde's performances - Football España
Barcelona got a crucial victory in the Champions League on Tuesday against Porto, and in no small part, due to the excellent performance of Joao Cancelo. On the flipside of that equation was Alejandro Balde, who dropped to the bench in order to move Cancelo to the left side.

Barcelona to keep squad together in January transfer window - options open for loan move alongside Vitor Roque - Football España
Barcelona are not intending on moving on any of their players on during the winter transfer window, as per the latest coming out of Catalonia. The big signing is presumed to be Vitor Roque, with the Brazilian striker looking increasingly likely to move his summer move forward.

Nico Williams signs three-year contract extension at Athletic Club - Athletic Club
Athletic Club forward Nico Williams, whose current contract was set to expire at the end of this season, has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal keeping him in Bilbao until 30 June 2027.

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