There are seven games for Barça in between two international breaks / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Once the current international break is over, the FC Barcelona first team will start preparing for an extraordinarily packed schedule. Over the next three weeks, from September 12 to October 3, they have a game every three or four days, both in the Liga and in the Champions League.

Five in Liga, two in UCL

It all starts with the tricky trip to 2014 Liga champions Atlético Madrid on Saturday 12 September (8.30pm). After the game at the Vicente Calderón, the next stop is Italy for the first game in the Champions League group stage. On September 16, Barça are away to AS Roma. Back in Catalonia, the team then has a trio of league games in the space of a week. First they entertain Levante (20/09), before a midweek visit to Celta Vigo (23/09) and another game at the Camp Nou, this time against newly promoted Las Palmas (26/09).

Three days later their European campaign resumes at home to Bayer Leverkusen (29/09), and after that comes one of the most difficult road trips of the Liga season, the game at the Sánchez Pizjuán against Sevilla (October 3).

Once all that is over, some of the players will be able to get some well-earned rest. But for the majority, there will be more hard work to come, this time in the final round of international matches of 2015. These games include the final two matches of the Euro 2016 qualification groups, as well as the first games in the South American zone of World Cup 2018 qualifiers.

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