FC Barcelona News: 13 February 2018

Copa del Rey final at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid | FC Barcelona
The final of the Copa del Rey now has a venue. The game between Sevilla and FC Barcelona will take place at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, the home of Atlético Madrid. The decision was announced on Monday after a meeting at the Spaish Football Federation’s headquarters in Las Rozas.

Philippe Coutinho: ‘I came to Barça to win titles’ | FC Barcelona
“I have come to Barça to win titles” says new signing Philippe Coutinho. “It is a pride and honour to play for the club. I have come here to write my own history. Barça gives me the chance to play with the best and win titles, which has always been my greatest ambition.”

Lionel Messi receives Fair Play award | FC Barcelona
Barça’s Leo Messi received the Barça Players Association’s Fair Play Award on Monday morning for his play in the 2015/16 season. Messi was handed the award by Barça Players Association President Ramon Alfonseda at a ceremony attended by FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu. Also in attendance were Pau Vilanova, the Club director who deals with the Association, and Ramon Agenjo, the CEO of Damm, the sponsor of the award.

Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho will struggle for Barcelona place, says Terry Gibson | Sky Sports
Dembele’s debut campaign at the Nou Camp has been rocked by injury, and he has already spent almost four months on the sidelines following his big-money move from Borussia Dortmund last summer. His return hasn’t been rushed, Gibson believes, due to Barcelona’s impressive form this campaign.

Dembele must stay fit before fulfilling his potential at Barcelona | ESPN
It didn’t take long for Barcelona’s supporters to come up with a chant for Ousmane Dembele; every time the France international steps on the pitch, his name echoes around Camp Nou to the tune of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.

Building from the back | FC Barcelona
With Thomas Vermaelen missing due to injury, Samuel Umtiti suspended and Gerard Piqué left on the bench, it was the turn of Yerry Mina and Frenchman Lucas Digne to form the central defensive tandem against Getafe at Camp Nou on Sunday. The Colombian, brought in during the January transfer window to replace the departing Javier Mascherano, made an excellent impression on his Camp Nou debut.

Leo Messi puts on a show — this time in training! | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi never ceases to amaze! He does it in games, both home and away. He does it when you expect it — and when you don’t. And this time, he’s done at his office — FC Barcelona’s training ground at the Ciutat Esportiva. See Barça’s virtuoso as he gets in his daily work. See the speed. The silky first touch. The dribbling. The unstoppable blasts into the back of the net. See how the master gets ready for games.

AFA president hopes Lionel Messi plays fewer games for Barcelona | ESPN
Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has said he would be pleased if Lionel Messi played less for Barcelona in the remainder of the season so he arrives at the World Cup in top condition. Messi has featured in all 23 of Barca’s La Liga games this campaign, 22 of them starts, also starting five Copa del Rey games and playing in all six of their Champions League matches.

An Interactive Experience to get you primed for Chelsea vs Barça | FC Barcelona
And what better way is there to get pumped up for this impending clash of football titans than to hark back to some brilliant video highlights featuring Barça and its indefatigable number 10s, Leo Messi and Ronaldinho, in action against not just Chelsea, but other Premier League teams as well?