Highlights of the week at FC Barcelona

Xavi and Neymar celebrating the third against Villarreal / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
We take a look back at some of the stories making the headlines this week at Barça

It has been a busy week as usual at FC Barcelona with the blaugranes reaching the Cup final where they will face Athletic Bilbao. Preparations for Sunday’s league game against Rayo Vallecano (12.00pm CET) are now under way where Barça will have to do without the injured Sergio Busquets. We bring together those stories and more for you right here at fcbarcelona.com.

How the Barça handball keepers warm up: A video of Danjel Saric and Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas preparing for a recent match.

FCB Handbol: Escalfament de porters / FCB… per fcbarcelona


Villarreal v FC Barcelona (1-3): Cup final no fantasy!: The blaugranes cemented a 6-2 aggregate win in the semi-final aganist the ‘Yellow Submarine’.


Luis Suárez jubilant for first Spanish Cup final: The Uruguayan striker was delighted to make it past Villarreal

Luis Suárez and Rafinha on qualifying for the… per fcbarcelona


FC Barcelona reach fifth final in seven seasons


Eighth Spanish Cup final between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club Bilbao: Barça lead the Basque–Catalan Cup-final rivalry with five victories and just two defeats


Busquets out of Rayo game: Barça midfielder will miss Sunday’s league clash with Paco Jémez’s side


Panathinaikos v FC Barcelona: Giant step in Athens (77-81): Barça win on the road for the first time in two months with Doellman magnificent with 21 points and Navarro decisive in the second period


Luis Enrique v Paco Jémez, when they were players: As a player, the Barça coach has a balance of four wins, two draws and six defeats against his Rayo counterpart

El gol de Luis Enrique a Paco Jémez per fcbarcelona

FC Barcelona have their sights set on Rayo ?Vallecano

Luís Suárez trained along with his teammates at the Ciutat Esportiva on Friday 6 March 2015. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
After clinching a berth in the final of the Spanish Cup and a one-day rest, Barça get set for Sunday’s clash

FC Barcelonagot back in the saddle on Friday morning after Thursday’s break. Luis Enrique gave the team a free day after Wednesday night’s victory over Villarreal that punched Barça’s ticket to the Spanish Cup final.  The squad worked out at the Ciutat Esportiva focused on Sunday’s 12.00pm* league match at Camp Nou versus Rayo Vallecano.

All available first team players trained, plus Barça B’s Munir El Haddadi. Sergio Busquets,who was injured in Wednesday’s win, was out after he was confirmed on Thursday to have suffered a high right-ankle sprain. Busquets will not play versus Rayo, joining Thomas Vermaelenon this weekend’s injury list.

The team’s schedule for the weekend:

Saturday

11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper

Sunday

12.00pm: FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou. Match day 26 in La Liga.

*All times CET

Luis Enrique v Paco Jémez, when they were players

Photomontage of Luis Enrique and Paco Jémez
As a player, the Barça coach has a balance of four wins, two draws and six defeats against his Rayo counterpart

When FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano face off at Camp Nou on Sunday at 12.00pm CET, it will renew an old rivalry between Luis Enrique and Paco Jemez. They will compete against each other for the first time in 16 years, this time as coaches. As players they squared off eleven times with Luis Enrique getting four wins, two draws and suffering six defeats while playing for Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Paco Jemez played for Rayo Vallecano, Deportivo La Coruña and Real Zaragoza.

Matches at Camp Nou

Season

Luis Enrique

Paco Jémez

Result

1997/98

2-1

1998/99

3-1

2000/01

2-0

Matches away from Camp Nou

Season

Paco Jémez

Luis Enrique

Result

1997/98

3-1

1999/00

0-0

2000/01

3-1

2001/02

1-1

Matches with other teams

In 1992/93 with Luis Enrique playing for Real Madrid, he beat Paco Jémez and Rayo Vallecano in a league match at Vallecas 2-0.

The other three matches took place the following season with Jémez playing for Deportivo. The Gallegos won the Spanish Supercup 2–1 over Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu. In two league matches that season, Luis Enrique won 1–0 in Chamartín but lost 3–0 at Riazor.

Fifth clash as coaches

Their first clash as coaches came in 2010/11 in the Second Division, with Luis Enrique leading Barça B and Jémez at the helm of Las Palmas. The match ended in a 2–2 draw at the Estadio Gran Canaria. Last season, Jémez’s Rayo beat Luis Enrique’s Celta both times they played, 2–0 in Balaídos and 3–0 in Vallecas. And earlier this season, Barça beat Rayo 2–0 in Vallecas.

The Other Side of Villarreal v FC Barcelona

Iniesta and Campbell / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
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The other side of Villarreal v FC Barcelona

All the goals from Villarreal v FC Barcelona in the Spanish Cup semi-final return leg

Suárez evades Asenjo to net Barça's third goal of the evening. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Barça won 3–1 at El Madrigal to book a spot in the final versus Athletic Club

Barça punched a ticket to their 37th final in team history with a 3–1 win over Villarreal at El Madrigal in the return leg of the Spanish Cup semi-finals. Neymar opened the scoring in minute three while Jonathan struck back for the yellow submarine. Luís Suárez added another and Neymar put on the finishing touches. Check out all the highlights from the big victory.

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