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What's trending: Barcelona set record, MLS growth like Premier League?

Here are the latest stories from Friday.

BARCELONA: Barcelona set a Spanish record 35 consecutive games unbeaten across all competitions with a 5-1 win over Rayo Vallecano.

- Barcelona coach Luis Enrique praised his side's intensity and attitude after Lionel Messi's latest La Liga hat trick.

- Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says he would take over as his team's penalty taker if asked -- but is not concerned by the form of the club's star forwards.

MLS: New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira has said the growth of Major League Soccer reminds him of the Premier League when he was a player.

- Frank Lampard is unlikely to play in New York City FC's season opener against the Chicago Fire on Sunday due to a calf strain.

- U.S. international Gyasi Zardes signed a contract extension on Thursday to stay with the LA Galaxy.

- D.C. United have acquired U.S. Under-23 international goalkeeper Charlie Horton from the New England Revolution, the franchise announced on Thursday.

LEICESTER: Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says the Premier League's big clubs "should blame themselves'' if they fail to qualify for the Champions League amid speculation surrounding a breakaway European Super League.

ENGLAND: England are to play away from Wembley Stadium for the first time in nine years, with Manchester City's Etihad Stadium and the Stadium of Light in Sunderland to host Euro 2016 warmup matches.

ARSENAL: Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss three to four weeks with a "serious calf injury," Arsene Wenger has said.

- Wenger has rejected his former striker Thierry Henry's assertion that the mood among disgruntled Arsenal fans is the angriest he has ever seen.

- Alexis Sanchez has said he feels Arsenal "lack self-belief" to become Premier League champions this season.

- Roy Hodgson has all-but assured Jack Wilshere of a place in England's European Championships squad despite the fact he has yet to play for Arsenal this season.

TOTTENHAM: Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham's 1-0 defeat to West Ham was an "exception," as Spurs prepare for Arsenal's visit to White Hart Lane in one of the biggest North London derbies in history.

- Tottenham's Dele Alli has been named London Young Player of the Year, while his manager Mauricio Pochettino won London Manager of the Year.

MAN UNITED: Closing off European competitions to elite clubs like Manchester United could make them far richer, according to the American sports executive who held talks with leading Premier League teams about a shake-up to long-established league structures.

- Hodgson has left the door open for Marcus Rashford to make his Euro 2016 squad. He has been named Manchester United's Player of the Month for February.

MAN CITY: Vincent Kompany is refusing to rule out a Premier League title challenge despite trailing leaders Leicester City by 10 points.

- TRANSFER TALK: Manuel Neuer is reportedly one of the dream targets on Pep Guardiola's Manchester City transfer wish-list.

CHELSEA: Guus Hiddink says Diego Costa will not be rested against Stoke City, but injured captain John Terry will not be available.

- Eden Hazard insists he is happy at Chelsea and remains focused on rediscovering his best form in the final months of the season.

- Terry believes clubs will be queuing up to employ Hiddink this summer if Chelsea don't make the Dutchman their next permanent manager.

BAYERN MUNICH: Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola says he does not expect goalkeeper Neuer to leave the German champions any time soon. "Manuel Neuer will be the goalkeeper at Bayern Munich for the next five, six, seven, eight or nine years," Guardiola said.

REAL MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Gareth Bale is finally fit to return for Saturday's La Liga game at home to Celta Vigo.

Former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello says Cristiano Ronaldo "maybe should have examined his conscience" before criticising his teammates.

- Raphael Varane says Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is teaching him that attack can be a good form of defence.

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool will travel to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday without Lucas Leiva -- and manager Jurgen Klopp said the Brazilian would be out for five to six weeks.

James Milner has not given up hope of Liverpool finishing in the Premier League's top four this season, and insists the Reds have much to play for still in the league.

- Captain Jordan Henderson believes consistency has been Liverpool's "biggest downfall" and has urged the squad to deliver on a regular basis.

- Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) "underestimated how poor the playing quality of the squad was" before buying the club in 2010, according to Edward Weiss.

WEST BROM:  West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans says being able to play regularly was key to quitting Manchester United for the Hawthorns.

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