FC Barcelona News: 6 December 2017; Barcelona Draw Celta Vigo in Copa del Rey, Beat Sporting in Champions League

MATCH REPORT: Barça use winning formula to wrap up group play with 2–0 win over Sporting Clube | FC Barcelona
It was a well-earned triumph for the Catalans, who won their third home game in three tries in this year’s tournament before a sparse crowd of 48,336 fans who showed up on a cold Mediterranean night for a game that had zero bearing on the Group D standings—at least for Barça, which came into the game having already wrapped up the top spot.

HIGHLIGHTS: FCBarcelona vs Sporting Clube de Portugal | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona rounded off the group stages of the Champions League against Sporting Clude de Portugal with a 2-0 win. The blaugranes took the lead through a fine near post header from Paco Alcácer and in the second half an own goal from former Barça player Jérémy Mathieu rounded off the victory for Ernesto Valverde”s team.

Ernesto Valverde: Last 16 will be tough whoever we get | FC Barcelona
A goal from Paco Alcácer and an own goal from former blaugrana Jérémy Mathieu handed his team a win with their place in the last 16 already secure. Ahead of next Monday’s draw, the Barça boss said: “Whoever we get at this stage of the competition it will be tough. Making mistakes in the group stage you can get away with but in the knock out stages you pay for them.”

Ballon d’Or 2017: Why Messi, not Ronaldo, should claim the trophy | FourFourTwo
Analysis of their 2017 exploits for their respective LaLiga giants shows Messi has scored more goals (48 to Ronaldo’s 37, at the time of writing) provided more assists (14 to eight) and boasts a better shot conversion rate (23.41 to 18.69). Messi’s sustained brilliance across the year kept Barca afloat in a sometimes stuttering 2016-17 campaign, and last month he equalled Ronaldo in claiming his fourth European Golden Shoe.

Barça to face Celta in the Copa del Rey round of 16 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will face Celta Vigo in the round of 16 of the 2017/18 Copa del Rey, following Tuesday’s draw, which was held by the Spanish Football Federation in Madrid. The first leg will be played at the Estadio Municipal de Balaídos in Vigo on Wednesday, January 3. The return leg at Camp Nou has been set for Wednesday, January 10. The Federation did not immediately announce the kickoff times.

Gerard Pique prone to ‘casual approach’ to Barcelona games, says Terry Gibson | Sky Sports
And though Gibson was reluctant to focus on Barcelona’s faults given their healthy lead at the top, he stressed Ernesto Valverde’s side must not let complacency creep in, pointing towards Pique’s performance on the weekend as a prime example. “The interesting aspect for me is Gerard Pique. I can tell in five minutes whether he’s at it or not,” Gibson said in the latest La Liga Weekly podcast.

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract: €100m bonus, €70m a year and exclusive image rights | Eurosport
El Mundo have reported that the delay to his new contract was not purely because of the financial negotiations, but because of the political crisis in Catalonia over their recent independence vote. However, the sums involved in his deal are staggering, if as claimed. The contract runs until 2021, with the option of another year for Barcelona.

Barcelona’s philosophy is being lost, says Jeffren | Goal
Former Barcelona attacker Jeffren Suarez says the club are not as committed to promoting youth players through to the senior team as they used to be. Jeffren made his way through the Barcelona academy, making his debut with the senior side in 2006 as an 18-year-old.

FC Barcelona 1-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal: Perfect record denied in final minute | FC Barcelona
It was so nearly the perfect end to the perfect group. The U19 team were about to make it six wins out of six in Group D of the UEFA Youth League when Sporting CP grabbed a draw with practically the last kick of the game.

Ronald De Boer present at Kopi Singa event in Indonesia | FC Barcelona
This weekend, Kopi Singa, FC Barcelona’s Regional Partner in Indonesia, organised an event attended by former player Ronald De Boer. The idea behind the occasion was to offer Barça fans in Indonesia the chance to get to know the Dutchman in the city of Surabaya. Attending the event were Mr. Pujiono Sudargo, the Owner of Kopi Singa, Mr. Surya, National Key Account Manager, and Jordi Camps, the Club’s Head of Business Development for the Asia-Pacific region.