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Updated: 2017-09-22T10:13:46+02:00

 



How should Barcelona line up against Girona?

2017-09-22T10:13:46+02:00

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Time for some more changes?

Barcelona make the short trip to Girona on Saturday aiming to make it six wins from six in La Liga and maintain their perfect start.

Ernesto Valverde’s side were in action in midweek and face a trip to Portugal to take on Sporting on Wednesday - time for some more changes?

Let’s have a look at how Barca might line-up:

Defence

It goes without saying Marc-Andre ter Stegen will continue in goal but there could again be changes ahead of him.

Nelson Semedo may be rested for the Champions League which means either Aleix Vidal or even Sergi Roberto could come in.

In the middle Gerard Pique may be rested with Javier Mascherano continuing at centre-back and Samuel Umtiti returning after sitting out the midweek clash.

Lucas Digne featured at left-back against Eibar but he may make way for Jordi Alba.

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Midfield

It was something of a surprise to see Andres Iniesta start once again against Eibar but it may now be time to give him the night off.

With two goals in two games, Paulinho looks set to start once again with Ivan Rakitic returning and Sergio Busquets in his usual role.

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Attack

Luis Suarez missed the midweek game but Valverde has backed his misfiring striker and says he hopes the rest will do him good.

That suggests he could return for the trip to Girona alongside Lionel Messi and Gerard Deulofeu with Denis Suarez the man to drop out.

Paco Alcacer seems completely out of favour at the moment under Valverde.

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Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Paulinho, Rakitic; Messi, Suarez, Deulofeu.

Who do you think should start against Girona? Let us know your thoughts and line-ups in the comments below!




Liga Watch: Betis Stun Real Madrid, Malaga in Free-Fall

2017-09-22T01:08:26+02:00

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Sevilla continues strong push

Real Betis shocked the world and spoiled Cristiano Ronaldo’s La Liga debut with a 1-0 win over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Former Barcelona youth player Tonny Sanabria scored an injury time winner as Los Blancos once again failed to win at home.

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They’re now 7 points behind Barcelona in first place, after the Catalans’ comfortable 6-1 triumph against Eibar.

Meanwhile, Malaga turned in their worst performance of the season - and that’s saying something. They lost 5-0 to Valencia, who are looking like a strong team this season. Simone Zaza scored a hat trick, and Santi Mina and Rodrigo Moreno rounded out the scoring.

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Malaga are dead last in La Liga with zero points and a -11 goal differential. Yikes.

Doing just about as poorly is Deportivo Alaves, who is not only without a point, but also without a goal. They lost again, this time 1-0 to Deportivo La Coruña, another team that was doing poorly this season. That win could prove to be a relegation battle six pointer in the long run.

Sevilla won their fourth straight, at home against Las Palmas. Jesus Navas got the only goal in a 1-0 victory at the Sanchez Pizjuan. They’re in second place and looking very strong.

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Atletico Madrid remain undefeated and won again, 2-1 against Athletic Bilbao with goals from Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco.

And in the last game of the matchday, Levante got an impressive win that catapulted them into fifth place, a 3-0 triumph over Real Sociedad with goals from Chema Rodriguez, Jose Luis Morales, and Enis Bardhi.




Barcelona keeping a close eye on Lucas Lima, says agent

2017-09-21T16:30:03+02:00

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And so are plenty of other clubs apparently

Barcelona are apparently continuing to keep a close eye on Lucas Lima, although so too are several other clubs, according to the Brazilian’s agent.

The Blaugrana have frequently been linked with the Santos star, with some reports over the summer even claiming a five-year deal had been agreed and he would join in January.

That could still happen, according to his agent, who also reckons Manchester United are in the mix for a player who will be a free agent in the New Year as his contract expires on December 31st.

"Inter, Roma and Barcelona are keeping close tabs on Lucas. Manchester United want him,” said his agent Luccas Badia.

"I think we would be well suited to the Serie A, but we will see.

"His contract ends on 31 December and there are many clubs interested, but I am not sure what Santos is trying to do.

"Crystal Palace made a €15 million offer while Fenerbahce made a €20 million bid but for some reason neither has been accepted."

Source | Haberturk

Barca’s apparent interest in Lucas Lima is nothing new but with his contract expiring, it seems he will definitely move on this winter.

As a free agent, signing the Brazilian would be little risk although president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that the club have “no plans to strengthen” in January.




Benedito accuses Bartomeu of lying over Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract

2017-09-21T15:23:57+02:00

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This is starting to get very messy indeed

Agusti Benedito has accused Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu of lying about Lionel Messi’s new contract and says it is invalid without the player’s signature.

Bartomeu has said Messi is “already playing under his new contract” as his father has signed the extension, even though the player himself has not.

However, Benedito says the deal is not valid without Messi’s signature and wants the president to explain the situation.

"Bartomeu's said that the contract is signed and it's just lacking the protocol. That contract, without Leo's signature, is not valid.

“Even though his father has signed, it needs the player's signature. This doesn't help with getting it signed. It's possible that Bartomeu's presence is the main obstacle [for getting it signed].

“I hope that the president explains everything truthfully. It's not the first time he's lied."

Source | English

Benedito also said that he now has 10,715 signatures for his vote of no confidence, he still needs 16,570 by September 27th (or October 2nd according to Benedito).




Barcelona rumors: New deal for Iniesta, Goretzka a target and Alcacer to leave in January

2017-09-21T14:48:37+02:00

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The window is closed but the gossip keeps coming

Iniesta set for new two-year deal

Today’s rumors start off with Andres Iniesta who will reportedly be offered a new two-year deal, according to Marca.

The plan is to hand him the new deal, which can also be extended on an annual basis, the club are also hopeful he will take on a non-playing role when he retires.

There will be clauses in his new deal, however, that will allow him to leave if he is unhappy, although it seems a move to another top European club is out of the question.

The report states Iniesta would be allowed to leave if a club in China, Qatar or the United States came in for him, or even his former club Albacete.

Goretzka to chose between Barca and Bayern

Over in Germany the talk is all about Leon Goretzka who is in the final year of his contract at Schalke and looking as though he will leave next summer.

Sport Bild report that Barcelona want the Germany international and while he had initially agreed a deal with Bayern, he could still move to Camp Nou.

Barca are keen to bring in a top class midfielder and are well aware Goretzka can leave for free next summer, while the players wants a move to boost his international chances.

Alcacer to leave in January?

Over at Mundo Deportivo the news is that Paco Alcacer could leave Barcelona as early as January.

The striker simply has not convinced Ernesto Valverde and may get few opportunities to change his new coach’s mind.

Things could change between now and the winter but at the moment, Alcacer could leave if he continues on the sidelines and decides to wants out.




FC Barcelona News: 21 September 2017; Preparations Begin for Girona, Eight Nominated for FIFPro World XI

2017-09-21T12:36:49+02:00

Leo Messi surpasses Jimmy Greaves | FC BarcelonaLeo Messi makes record breaking look easy! The Argentinian’s career has been a constant string of goals after goals after goals … and on Tuesday night he added another four to his collection in the 6-1 win against Eibar. That’s the fifth time he’s scored what the locals call a ‘poker’ in the same match, taking his total tally of goals at the Camp Nou to a magic 300. Messi’s four goal games | FC BarcelonaScoring four goals in one match is not something that happens very often yet Leo Messi has done it again. The Argentine scored all but two of the goals in the blaugranes 6-1 victory over Eibar in the league on Tuesday evening. It was the sixth time that the Barça number has scored four or more in a game, including his five goal performance against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League. Dembele hints at early Barcelona return | GoalBarcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has hinted he will return from injury earlier than expected. The France international travelled to Finland for surgery on a hamstring tear on Monday and has officially been ruled out of action for three and a half months. Eight from Barça nominated for FIFA FIFPro World XI | FC BarcelonaA total of eight players from FC Barcelona appear in the 55 shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI, which recognises the best XI of the season as voted for by the players themselves. The octet that has made the cut are Jordi Alba, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Piqué, Samuel Umtiti, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Leo Messi and Luis Suárez. Ivan Rakitic: 'If you don't enjoy football at Barcelona, you don't enjoy football' | FC BarcelonaIvan Rakitić had goosebumps on the day of his presentation as a new player of FC Barcelona because, as he claimed in ‘The Players' Tribune,’ he had fulfilled the dream of any child; "to play for Barça." The No.4 has enjoyed his time in Blaugrana stating that "if you don’t like Barça football, you don’t like football." Recovery session with one eye on Girona | FC BarcelonaThose who started against Eibar at Camp Nou on Tuesday did recovery work whilst the Spanish Agency for the Protection of Health in Sport carried out anti-doping tests on Piqué, Sergio, Iniesta, Messi, Mascherano and Jordi Alba. Making of the launch of the new Barça kit | FC BarcelonaFC Barcelona carried out a photo shoot a few weeks ago to launch the new kits for the 2017/18 season. The captain Iniesta, Rafinha and new signing Paulinho starred as they modelled Barça’s new home and away kits. All three of the players had all sorts of photos taken with the new kits and we have made a making of video for you to enjoy the behind the scenes action. Don’t miss out! Friends of Stoichkov - Barça Legends: Goals and spectacle in Bulgaria (3-2) | FC BarcelonaAt the Beroe Stadium in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, the Barça Legends were beaten 3-2 by the Friends of Stoichkov. The friendly was played in a tremendous spirit and before kick-off, Trifon Ivanov, Johan Cruyff, Tito Vilanova and Ayan Sadukov were all honoured. [...]



The Goleadores: Messi and company maul Eibar in a very one-sided performance.

2017-09-21T00:58:50+02:00

The team continues undefeated and the best in the world continues to pillage and plunder without remorse Holy crap! Am I allowed to say that? I don’t know if I can get in trouble for saying that, but I believe it is warranted after that beautiful match. I mean, a goal from a corner? What is this delicious slice of set-piece football? I honestly can’t remember the last time we scored from a corner, and such a breathtaking goal at that. Many of you are much, much better than I in keeping stats such as these, but I believe that it has been a long while since we converted on a corner. After a single score from a set-piece it would be crass to suggest we are now good at these. We have to wait to see what our conversion rate in plays similar to this one actually is, yet if we do manage to turn our bevy of wasted corners into successful chances then we might have a terrifying new weapon at our disposal. With yet another victory, the blaugrana remain at the top of the table with a tremendous start and terrific momentum. If our subs, albeit when they are chosen carefully and played properly, continue to produce quality performances, there is absolutely no reason to suggest we cannot keep this powerful start going for as long as possible. Used to be when looking to replace someone on the pitch we looked at our bench with dread, as it seemed our bench was woefully inadequate when it came to provide a spark or improve the quality of what was occurring on the field. Now, at least personally, I look towards our coach and bench with excitement to see what other magic trick Valverde can pull out of his hat. I am even hoping André Gomes gets to play soon, as if the player truly has boundless potential, I now truly believe Valverde is the right person to obtain terrific results from him. Irish Goat’s Gamboling Goleadores! 1st Goleador: Lionel Messi I know we say it as a joke/serious in the comment sections that Leo is a given as the man of the match in every match he plays, but it has proven to be incredibly accurate these past few matches. It both makes my job easier and harder at the same time, as I don’t really have to think too hard on who played a great game, but also have to find new ways to write about a player that is continuously at the pinnacle of world football. After such an illustrious career, there comes a time where you really can’t say anything new. Messi is good. In other news, water is wet. By the way, does anybody else find it funny that Sampaoli went to see a Barcelona match? I understand, coaches often go see players play in order to make lineup decisions, but we are talking about Messi here. It is not like you’re on the fence or whether or not to play him. I understand the intricacies of positioning, et cetera, but I find it vaguely ridiculous. 2nd Goleador: Nélson Semedo I am in love with this man. The more I see, the more I enjoy of his ability and all he gives us as a player. He fixes so many issues this team has just by being on the pitch that it is hard not to remain slightly unbiased in our assessment of this player. As of now, he has given this team terrific performances and a very solid foundation going forward. 3rd Goleador: Paulinho Well! It did not take this man very long to claim a spot in the goleadores. Not long at all! And, truthfully, good on him. His positioning might leave much to be desired quite honestly, but despite not really having good pitch awareness, he has proven to be an impactful player in one way or another in the matches he has played so far, and thus he has earned a spot. Good on you, Paulihno, you earned it! Visca Barça! [...]



Ousmane Dembele: “I Will Come Back in Two Months”

2017-09-20T22:10:02+02:00

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The attacker is determined to come back ASAP

Ousmane Dembele’s surgery went well, which means that at least he won’t be out for four months. Barcelona estimate he will be out 3.5 months. But Dembele wants to come back as soon as possible, and today, he made a post on his Instagram with the hashtag “#jarrivedans2mois,” or, “I will come back in two months.”

The medical staff won’t want to rush him back, but it’s clear the Frenchman is eager to play again. The post was the picture of his Barcelona teammates wearing t-shirts that said “Courage Ousmane” before the match against Eibar, which ended 6-1 to the Catalans. He also included the hashtag “#bientotderetour” (“back soon”).

❤️❤️❤️ #viscabarca #bientotderetour #plusdecrochet #jarrivedans2mois✌

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Even if he won’t be back in two months, cules should be happy the young star is so eager to return.