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FC Barcelona News: 21 December 2023; Barça beat Almería, Ronald Araujo misses trip to Dallas

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FC Barcelona v UD Almeria - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

FC Barcelona 3-2 Almería: Three much-needed points - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona made very heavy work indeed of seeing off bottom-of-the-table and winless Almería on Wednesday night in a game where anything other than three points would have presented Liga frontrunners Girona and Real Madrid with the opportunity to further widen the gap between themselves and the defending champions.

Xavi: 'If we're not taking chances, at least we need soul' - FC Barcelona
Raphinha once and Sergi Roberto twice scored the goals that earned three crucial points on Wednesday at home to Almería, but it was by no means an easy win against the side that's bottom of the table. And Xavi Hernández was anything but happy with what he witnessed, especially in the first 45 minutes.

2023 with a century of Barça goals - FC Barcelona
The Barça fans have enjoyed no less than 101 goals from Xavi's side in 2023, a figure reached thanks to strikes from Raphinha and Sergi Roberto (2) in the win against Almería at the Estadi Olímpic. A century and all three points - two reasons to celebrate ahead of 2024.

50th appearance for Andreas Christensen - FC Barcelona
Andreas Christensen is a key component of Xavi's defensive plans. Last season, he very quickly adapted to his new surroundings and it wasn't long before he was being regarded as a regular starter. That's continued into the present campaign and in the last league game of the year, against Almería at the Estadi Olímpic, he got to celebrate his 50th appearance for the team, playing the first 45 minutes of a 3-2 win.

The squad for Dallas - FC Barcelona
Next stop Dallas! After beating Almería 3-2, the FC Barcelona squad are now off from a pre-Christmas hop across the Atlantic to take on Club América of Mexico at the Cotton Bowl Stadium.

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