Real Madrid have defied injuries to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona and notched up over 100 La Liga goals but they now face arguably the toughest test of their title charge in an away match to Sevilla on Saturday.
Barcelona`s star front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar reached 100 goals in all competitions for the season after all three were on target for the Catalans in the first-half against Getafe on Tuesday.
Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.
Barcelona need to rediscover the defensively solidity that has underpinned their championship charge alongside their sharp attack after an error by Gerard Pique in the drawn match against Sevilla reduced their lead to two points at the top of La Liga.
Spanish prosecutors are requesting a prison sentence of two years and three months for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and seven for his predecessor, Sanrdo Rosell, over the so-called Neymar affair, judicial sources said on Monday.
Manchester City have been on a steep learning curve in the Champions League but Tuesday`s last 16 first-leg clash with four-times European kings Barcelona offers a chance to show they are now serious contenders.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Saturday claimed that Lionel Messi doesn't care about other players' statistics. The Argentine scored a brace and provided two assists helping Barca rout Elche at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.
Barcelona`s appeal against Lionel Messi`s yellow card for time wasting after he was hit on the head by a plastic bottle in Sunday`s La Liga game at Valencia has been rejected by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF).
Barcelona are in the market for "a forward and defenders", president Josep Bartomeu said on Wednesday, as the club look to rebuild after ending last season without major silverware for the first time in six years.
Barcelona and Lionel Messi have agreed an improved contract that will reportedly make the four-times World Player of the Year soccer`s best-paid player with a net annual salary of 20 million euros ($27.4 million).