FC Barcelona to dress 18 for Villarreal

Sergio Busquets and Xavi during Saturday's training session. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
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.

Athletic-Barça through the eyes of Luis Suárez

Luis Suárez leaving the team hotel in Bilbao / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
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. 

Inside view: FC Barcelona in Bilbao

Brazilian duo Alves and Neymar could fly home knowing they'd done their job well / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
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.

Clásico at the Camp Nou, Sunday 22 March at 9.00pm (CET)

Messi and Isco: Barça will be looking to avenge defeat at the Bernabéu / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
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.

Suárez, Neymar and Messi forming devastating threesome

Three cheers for Suárez, Neymar and Messi! / FCB
The trio have scored 42 goals and provided 24 assists in a combined total of 54 league matches

Leading contenders

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.

Player League games
Goals   Left footed goals 
Right footed goals 
Headed goals 
FC Barcelona            
Messi 22 23 13 8 2 12
Luis Suárez 13 3 0 3 0 8
Neymar 19 16 2 13 1 4
Mandzukic 19 11 1 6 4 3
Griezmann 22 12 8 0 4 1
Raúl García 20 4 0 2 1 3
Real Madrid            
Ronaldo 19 28 4 19 4 9
Benzema 20 11 1 8 2 8
Bale 19 10 7 1 2 5
Cavani 22 8 2 4 2 0
Lucas Moura 23 7 1 6 0 2
Ibrahimovic 16 10 3 6 1 1
Diego Costa 19 17 5 10 2 2
Hazard 24 9 3 5 1 5
Oscar 20 6 0 6 0 7
Man City            
Agüero 19 14 4 10 0 4
Silva 18 7 7 0 0 2
Yaya Touré 18 7 2 5 0 1
Bayern M.            
Robben 16 12 9 1 2 3
Lewandowski 18 7 1 5 1 3
Götze 19 7 0 7 0 1
Tévez 21 14 2 12 0 7
Morata 17 5 2 2 1 3
Pogba 19 6 2 4 0 1
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