The coaching staff released the squad list for Wednesday night’s Spanish Cup semi-final clash with Villarreal at Camp Nou
FC Barcelona will have 18 players dressed and ready to go for Wednesday night’s 8.00pm (CET) Spanish Cup quarter-final first leg against Villarreal at Camp Nou. The list includes the following players: Ter Stegen, Masip, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Alves and Mathieu.
Left off the list due to coaches’ decision are Montoya, Sergi Roberto and Bravo. The injured Douglas and Vermaelen are out as well.
This four minute follows the Barça number 9 from his arrival in Bilbao to his post game reaction to the game in San Mamés
Athletic Club against Barça was one of best performances of the season from Luis Enrique’s team and the game ended in a convincing 5-2 win for the blaugranes. Luis Suárez was once again crucial in Barça’s win, scoring the second with a little help from Leo Messi. In this four minute video we get to see the trip to Bilbao through the eyes of the Uruguayan: his arrival in the Basque city, the hours before the game, the warm up and his post game reaction.
A ten-minute video diary of the trip to San Mamés, and what the players got up to before, during and after the game
FC Barcelona excelled in their 5-2 victory against Athletic Bilbao. But the TV cameras didn’t show the full story. Our cameras were with the players all the time and here’s a sneak fly-on-the-wall look at what was going on behind the scenes.
Eibar v FC Barcelona, the week before the Real Madrid match, will be played on Saturday 14 March at 6.00pm (CET)
The latest batch of kickoff times has been announced by the Liga organising committee, and these include one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures of the global football season, the Barça v Real Madrid Clásico. The game at the Camp Nou will be played on Sunday 22 March, kicking off at 9.00pm (CET).
Madrid are currently one point ahead of Barça in the table and the meeting between the two sides at the Santiago Bernabéu earlier this season ended 3-1 to the home side. Remember that aggregate head-to-head goal difference is what is used in La Liga to split teams that finish with the same number of points.
Debut at Ipurúa
The time has also been announced of the previous weekend’s fixtures, in which Barça have their first ever Liga away fixture away to Eibar. That one kicks off at 6.00pm (CET) on Saturday 14 March.
The trio have scored 42 goals and provided 24 assists in a combined total of 54 league matches
1.2 Suárez, Neymar & Messi
1.2 Ronaldo, Benzema & Bale
0.7 Costa, Hazard & Oscar
0.6 Agüero, Silva & Touré
0.6 Robben, Lewandowski & Götze
0.6 Tévez, Morata & Pogba
0.5 Mandzukic, Griezmann & R. García
0.4 Ibra, Cavani & Moura
*Average goals + assists per game
**Source: Opta Sports
Luis Suárez, Neymar and Leo Messi have only been playing together for just over three months but they are already proving to be one of the most lethal attacking tridents in the world. They have played a combined total of 54 matches and the return has been 42 goals and 24 assists, an average of 0.8 goals and 0.4 assists each a game, for an overall tally of 1.2 each.
[[DES_1]]Leo Messi leads the way with a staggering 23 goals and 12 assists, making him the second highest goalscorer in Europe behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 28, and the leader in goal assists. No other player in any of Europe’s major leagues has made it into double figures. Suárez has contributed 3 goals and 8 assists and Neymar has scored 16 and provided four.
Other top trios
Only Real Madrid have an attacking threesome to compete with such excellence. Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale have claimed 49 goals and 22 assists in 58 games (which matches the Barça players’ overall average rating of 1.2).
In a ranking of clubs in Spain, Italy and England, Diego Costa, Hazard and Óscar of Chelsea are third with 32 goals and 14 assists in the Premiership, putting them narrowly ahead of Tévez, Morata and Pogba of Serie A leaders Juventus (25 goals and 11 assists), Agüero, Silva and Touré of Barça’s Champions League rivals Manchester City (28 goals and 7 assists) and Mandzukic, Griezmann and Raúl García of defending Liga champions Atlético Madrid (27 goals and 7 assists).
In other European leagues, there are no teams that can rival the Barça trio either. At Bayern Munich, Robben, Lewandowski and Götze have 26 goals and 7 assists in the Bundesliga, while PSG’s Ibrahimovic, Cavani and Moura have 25 goals and 3 assists so far in Ligue 1.
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