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Marc Bartra: “I've learnt more than ever this season"

Bartra at today's press conference. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
“I’ve matured a lot thanks to my teammates and the coaches”, explained Bartra, who’s made 27 appearances this season

Bartra also stressed: “the remaining four games are finals. We still hope to win this league”.

Marc Bartra spoke to the media after training today and talked about the league run in and his own personal situation. Bartra, who has been at the Club for ten years now and has a contract through till 2018, explained:  “I’ve matured a lot thanks to my teammates and the coaches. I’ve had some bad moments that I’ve come out of stronger and some good ones that make me even better. Playing with this team makes you strong with all the big games you are involved in”.

Still in the league title race

“We know that we have to play the remaining four games like finals and the best thing we can do is to go into them totally committed, so that we are there if Atletico or Real Madrid slip up. We have to keep the pressure up on them and we still hope to win this league”.

For the young Catalan, the comeback against Bilbao last weekend: “showed that there is no way we are giving up on the league title. It was a win based on our determination to stay in the race  – we’re ambitious and we will be going out to win every game”.

Summer signings?

Asked as to how a possible summer signing of a central defender might affect him, Bartra made it clear that: “ there’s a lot of talk about new defenders, but that’s the Club’s business. The players who are already here have shown what we can do. I think the base of a Barça team has to be the home grown players, as it has been until now, whilst the players we bring in give some added quality, they adapt to our ways and we go forward. We always try and help players coming in to play at their best”.

Finally, Bartra had words of praise for B team keeper Jordi Masip: “he’s a great keeper, he’s improved a lot and he is putting in an excellent season “.

VIDEO – FC Barcelona's last 10 goals at Villarreal

Piqué ha estat l'últim blaugrana en marcar a Vila-real / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Deco, Bojan, Messi and Piqué are some of the players to score at El Madrigal

This Sunday FC Barcelona will take on Villarreal with the hope of keeping their La Liga title aspirations alive. So, in order to whet your appetite ahead of the match, we offer you Barça’s last ten goals scored away to Villarreal. The video picks up in the 2005/06 season with goals from Deco, Bojan, Messi and Piqué (who was the last Barça player to score against the ‘Yellow Submarine’).

It’s worth noting that Barça’s record at El Madrigal is six victories, two draws and five defeats.

VIDEO – FC Barcelona's last 10 goals scored away to Villarreal

Piqué ha estat l'últim blaugrana en marcar a Vila-real / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Deco, Bojan, Messi and Piqué are some of the players to score at El Madrigal

This Sunday FC Barcelona will take on Villarreal with the hopes of keeping their La Liga title hopes alive. So, in order to wet your appetite ahead of the match, we offer you Barça’s last ten goals scored away to Villarreal. The video picks up in the 2005/06 season with goals from Deco, Bojan, Messi and Piqué (who was the last Barça player to score on the ‘Yellow Submarine’).

It’s worth noting that Barça’s record at El Madrigal is six victories, two draws and five defeats.

The video story of Czibor and Kocsis, two of FC Barcelona's Mighty Magyars of the Five Cups era

Zoltan Czibor and Sandor Kocsis
Ladislao Kubala was the most famous of the Hungarians that played for FC Barcelona in the 1950s.

This video tells the story of the two other Magyars of the same era that have also gone down in Barça folklore

Hungary produced its finest generation of footballers in the 1950s, known to the world as the Mighty Magyars, and three key members of that team played a huge role in the legendary FC Barcelona team of the ‘Five Cups’ era.

This fascinating video looks at the story of Zoltan Czibor and Sandor Kocsis, including interviews with the players’ own sons as they explain how they escaped from their homeland following the Soviet invasion, and were brought to Barça by fellow Hungarian Ladislao Kubala.

FC Barcelona have continued preparations for the league match with Villarreal

Mascherano trained normally for most of the session / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Argentinian trained separately on Tuesday but was back with the team today, while Sergio Busquets did specific work as scheduled

The first team players were joined by Grimaldo, Samper, Sergi Gómez and Jordi Masip

The first team continued today with preparations for Sunday’s trip to Villarreal in a session held on pitch number 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva. Javier Mascherano joined the rest of the squad for some of the exercises after training alone on Tuesday. The Argentinian international hurt his calf against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. As planned, Sergio Busquets worked out in isolation and should be re-joining the rest of his colleagues on Thursday.

The session was completed by Barça B’s Grimaldo, Samper, Sergi Gómez and Jordi Masip.

Puyol, Piqué, Neymar, Jonathan dos Santos and Jordi Alba all did recovery work on their respective injuries.

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