Final training session before the derby

The team is gearing up to face local rivals Espanyol / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Luis Enrique leads the last workout before taking on RCD Espanyol at a rainy Ciutat Esportiva on Saturday morning

FC Barcelona put the finishing touches on their preparations for Sunday’s derby against RCD Espanyol with a training session on Saturday morning.

Luis Enrique led the workout under heavy rain at Ciutat Esportiva as the players sought to get in peak condition ahead of a crucial game.

All available first team players took part, while U19 goalkeeper Andreu Cases also joined the session.

It will be the last home match for Barça this campaign and another three points will go a long way towards retaining the league title.

Second-to-last workout before Sunday derby

Jordi Alba durant l'entrenament d'aquest divendres / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
First team trains Friday morning after day off to continue preparing for this weekend’s big derby

This Sunday at 5.00pm brings FC Barcelona’s final game of the season at Camp Nou, a must-win derby meeting with city rivals RCD Espanyol with major implications in the race for the La Liga title. With a bit of help from Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid this weekend, a Barça victory would clinch the league championship.

And with all league fixtures this weekend scheduled to be played simultaenously, drama is assured.

In addition, Sunday’s derby at Camp Nou will include a pre-game tribute to the recently passed Manel Vich, the Stadiums’ long time public address man.

There will also be a 90,000 card mosaic displayed with the slogan ‘Som-hi tots’ (Let’s go, everyone, in Catalan) intended to provide the players with an extra push ahead of this highly important match.

With Sunday’s derby spectacle just over 48 hours away, the team held their second-to-last training session Friday morning to prepare for Sunday’s big date with Espanyol. The players were given the day off on Thursday and will train again on Saturday morning to finalise preparations.

All available first team players were at Friday’s workout, including Barça B players Juan Cámara and Kaptoum. Dani Alves trained on his 33rd birthday.

After Saturday’s session, Luis Enrique will appear at his weekly pre-game press conference, scheduled for 12.30pm.

All times are in Central European Time (CET)

Heading into derby, Espanyol in need of a point to avoid relegation

Leo Messi and FC Barcelona played to a scorless draw at Espanyol in their first La Liga clash this season. / MIGUEL RUIX - FCB
Barça’s cross-town rivals are coming off a win over Sevilla, but are still one click away from securing a spot in the First Division next season

FC Barcelona’s penultimate challenge in their final sprint for the league title comes at 5.00pm CET this Sunday at Camp Nou against RCD Espanyol.

Espanyol are coming off an upset victory over Sevilla last weekend that has brought them to within a single point of guaranteeing permanence in the top flight for next season.

Ups and downs

Espanyol’s 1–0 victory over Sevilla in Week 36 of La Liga was their first win in over a month. They are currently in 14th place in the standings with 40 points, five above the relegation zone, with a record of 11 wins, 18 losses and 7 draws.

It has not been an easy season for the Blanquiazules. The 67 goals they’ve given up is the second highest in the league, and they’ve only been able to get 29 points and just 11 on the road this season. To make matters worse, Espanyol will be without top scorer Felipe Caicedo when they face Barça this weekend. Caicedo has 8 goals in 30 games.

Key players out this Sunday

Besides Caicedo, Espanyol will be without defensive stalwarts Álvaro González and Oscar Duarte, who are both serving one-game bans after seeing their fifth yellow cards against Sevilla.

Álvaro leads Espanyol with 3,137 minutes played in 35 appearances.

Rafinha and Dani Alves called up to Brazil's Copa America squad

Rafinha and Dani Alves to represent Brazil in Copa Amèrica
The Barça duo will travel to the United States to take part in the competition between 3 and 26 June, while Neymar Jr is left out after an agreement between FC Barcelona and the Brazilian Football Confederation

Brazil have called up FC Barcelona duo Dani Alves and Rafinha for this summer’s Copa America which is set to take place in the United States between 3 and 26 June

Neymar Jr is not included on the list of 23 players in Dunga’s squad after FC Barcelona reached an agreement with the Brazilian Football Confederation that the player will only compete in the Olympic Games. In this way, the Barça forward can have a rest between the end of the domestic season and the start of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Rafinha has the chance to represent his country after making his senior debut back in September last year before suffering a serious injury.

Dani Alves has been a mainstay in the Brazil squad throughout the years and his experience will be vital as Brazil look to capture the trophy.

Other familiar faces in the squad from La Liga include Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Casemiro (Real Madrid) and Diego Alves (Valencia).

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v RCDEspanyol

International timetable for Barça-Espanyol / FCB
The derby at the Camp Nou starts at 5.00pm local time but the guide below will help you find out how to access the game wherever you may be

With just two games remaining, FC Barcelona only have their sights set on three points when they welcome local rivals RCD Espanyol to Camp Nou on Sunday.

The list below will help you find the game in your country or region, but if it’s not available where you are, you can always listen to English commentary on Radio Barça.

Just follow the link on the homepage a few minutes before the game starts. Also, all of our social networks will be providing regular updates of the news as it happens.

WATCH THE LAST GAME ON BARÇA GAMEPASS

Sunday, 8 May

Canada – Vancouver (8.00 AM) / Toronto (11.00 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com, @fcbarcelona_fra & www.fcbarcelona.fr

beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada

United States – Los Angeles (8.00 AM) / New York (11.00 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

beIN SPORTS en Español, fuboTV, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A.

Latin America – Mexico City (10.00 AM) / Bogota (10.00 AM) / Santiago (12.00 PM) / Buenos Aires (12.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_es & www.fcbarcelona.es

Sky Mexico

Brazil – Brasilia (12.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_br & www.fcbarcelona.com.br

ESPN, Fox Sports

United Kingdom – London (4.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

SkySports 2

France – Paris (5.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_fra & www.fcbarcelona.fr

beIN Sports MAX 6

Barcelona  (5.00 PM)

FCBarcelona: www.fcbarcelona.catwww.fcbarcelona.es@fcbarcelona_cat & @fcbarcelona_es

Canal+ Partidazo, Abono Fútbol

Africa – Dakar (3.00 PM) / Yaoundé (4.00 PM) / Cape Town (5.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona, www.fcbarcelona.com@fcbarcelona_fra & www.fcbarcelona.fr

SuperSport 5 Africa

Turkey – Istanbul (6.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_tr & www.fcbarcelona.com

Digiturk

Russia – Moscow (6.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

LAOLA1.TV

Arab countries – Doha (6.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona, www.fcbarcelona.com@fcbarcelona_ara & www.fcbarab.com

beIN Sports

Monday, 9 May

India – New Delhi (8.30 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

SONY KIX

Indonesia – Jakarta (10.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_id & www.fcbarcelona.co.id

Orange TV, MNC/Indovision

China – Beijing (11.00 PM)

FC Barcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cn

PPTV

Japan – Tokyo (12.00 AM)

Wowow

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona_jp & www.fcbarcelona.jp

Australia – Sydney (1.00 AM)

FC Barcelona: @fcbarcelona & www.fcbarcelona.com

beIN Sports Connect Australia

*Source: laliga.es

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