After the 6–1 (6–5 aggregate) historic victory of FC Barcelona against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League, the Catalan club will find themselves in the quarter final of the Uefa Champions League for the tenth time in the tenth year.
Barcelona knocked out Athletic Bilbao after a 3–1 defeat at Camp Nou (on 4–3 aggregate). It’s a good thing for the Catalan club because in this situation, the Blaugranas have reached the finals ten times and meeting Real Madrid in four of those cases.
The trident of FC Barcelona return to their scoring ability as Luis Suarez scored with a perfect cross from Neymar, while the Brazilian scored with the penalty award to Barcelona and Lionel Messi scored with a direct and perfect free kick. While the opponent were only able to put a goal against the Catalan club leaving the goals on aggregate to 4–3. [HIGHLIGHT BELOW]
FC Barcelona traveled to Bilbao for the 1/8 final of the Copa del Rey game against Athletic Club Bilbao but will not go back home satisfied as they lost to a very tough opponent in the competition. Luis Enrique had deployed his best players for an opponent like this but will return home with a 2–1 loss after conceding two goals in the first 27 minutes of the game while Messi was only able to pull one back with a free kick. [VIDEO HIGHLIGHT]
Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have decided to reduce the penalty of not buying and registering players leveled against Real Madrid for just one transfer window. This would make Los Blancos eligible to buy and register players by 2017 summer transfer. Remember that Barcelona was in the same situation but FIFA had turned down their appeal.
As FC Barcelona welcomes the local rival ‘Espanyol’ to Camp Nou, the team gets ready to play the last game of the year. It’s the last game of the year for the team but the 600th game for Lionel Messi since he started playing for the Catalan club.
Javier Mascherano have reached a landmark of his career at FC Barcelona. The Argentine have however played his 300th official games in the colours of FC Barcelona after spending seven seasons.
Former coach of Real Madrid Fabio Capello have also given his take on the Clasico scheduled to kick off on Saturday. The Italian coach have professed that The Whites are a bit better than The Blaugranas.