Lionel Messi: returned to action as a substitute against Real Madrid following his injury-enforced absence. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFPGetty Images

Holders Barcelona are highly unlikely to have centre back Javier Mascherano available for tonight’s tie at home to AS Roma, coach Luis Enrique said ye(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale react after Luis Suarez scored the fourth goal for Barcelona on Saturday. Paul Hanna/Reuters

The clasico started with Sergio Busquets producing a drag-back that left Gareth Bale going past him like a cartoon character off a cliff after four se(...)

Luis Suarez celebrates after opening the scoring  for Barcelona against Real Madrid in the Spanish Primera Division game at the   Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters/Livepic

Real Madrid 0 Barcelona 4 Barcelona dealt a stinging blow to Real Madrid’s title hopes when Luis Suarez and Neymar continued their scintillating form(...)

Rafael Benítez has been instructed by the club president Florentino Pérez  to keep Gareth Bale centre stage at Real Madrid. Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

They have turned on Rafa Benítez with indecent haste. No one said it would be easy managing Real Madrid, but the speed at which critics have rounde(...)

Barcelona’s players attend a training session at the Joan Gamper training camp, on the eve of their Champions League group soccer match against Bate Borisov. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona strikers Neymar and Luis Suarez have been the driving force behind recent victories but despite crunch matches ahead coach Luis Enrique has (...)

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique during their La Liga match against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. Photograph: Miguel Angel Morenatti/AP

Sevilla 2 Barcelona 1 Barcelona lost their first Primera Division match since Lionel Messi’s injury as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in a ri(...)

Luis Enrique wants the Barcelona fans to get behind the team. Photograph: Getty Images

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique woke up on Wednesday confronted with the twin problems of a lengthening injury list and the first signs of discontent th(...)

 Rafinha of FC Barcelona damaged his anterior cruciate ligament playing against Roma. Photograph: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha will undergo surgery after damaging the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Wednesday’s 1-1 Champions League (...)

Roma’s  Alessandro Florenzi  celebrates after scoring from just inside the Barcelona half during the Champions League match at the  Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Champions League round-up: Alessandro Florenzi scored an extraordinary goal from a seemingly impossible position on the right touchline, around 40 met(...)

Manchester City last met Juventus in the Europa League group stages five years ago. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

There may be no group of death in this season’s Champions League but the one containing last year’s beaten finalists, Juventus, and the Europa Leag(...)