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They say January is one of the hardest months. It involves league matches every weekend and potentially as many as three rounds of cup games in between. But February could be considered even tougher, because with Barça still alive in all three major competitions, there are six highly demanding fixtures ahead.

Cup: one game away from final

The month started with the Copa del Rey match at Mestalla (1-1). Next Wednesday the teams meet again at the Camp Nou, with FCB well on course for a second successive appearance in the final. If that happens, the final won't be until May at a neutral venue against Bilbao or Mirandés.

Liga: looking for comeback

Four of the six games in February are in the league. Two are at home (Real Sociedad and Valencia) and two are away (Osasuna and Atlético Madrid), all of which are against teams high up in the table. Those are four key games in Barcelona's bid to cut down Real Madrid's current lead of seven points.

Champions League: off to Germany

The month also sees Barça's European campaign continue. The tournament is down to the last sixteen teams, and Barça are up against Bayer Leverkusen. The first leg is in Germany on Tuesday, February 14, where the objective will be to get a good result to take back to Catalonia for the second leg in March.


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