First team trains in Paris | FC Barcelona
The twenty players that have travelled with Luis Enrique trained on the pitch where, on Tuesday at 8.45 PM CET, they’ll be playing PSG in the Champions League group stage. The session lasted for an hour and the players wore the new yellow third strip, which they’ll be using for the first time in an official match at the Parc des Princes.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu: Lionel Messi is indispensable - ESPN FC
"It's not true," he insisted. "Never have we had this type of discussion about Messi. In April or May I said that we would make radical changes, but with Messi as the leader. He's under contract for the next four years and it won't be the last [contract] with Barca. He's still young and ambitious. For us, he's the best player in the history of football."
Dani Alves not the player he once was, but still the best Barça have - ESPN FC
Alves' frankness can also work to his detriment, however, and he increasingly divides both the local media and supporters in the Catalan capital. A drop in performance levels is partly to blame, but the Brazilian's willingness to speak out has certainly augmented the anti-Alves sentiment that has grown at the Camp Nou in the past couple of years.
Mathieu: "Important yes, but no added pressure" | FC Barcelona
Jérémy Mathieu was the player chosen to appear in the pre-match press conference in Paris – the natural choice considering his nationality. But asked whether playing in his home country added to the challenge, the defender replied that "it’s important for me, yes. But there’s no added pressure. It’s a game like any other." Asked what he recalls of playing at the Parc des Princes in his time in France, he said "I have fond memories. Like the day I scored for Sochaux here."
Jeremy Mathieu has no regrets over part-funding Barcelona move - ESPN FC
Mathieu, 30, signed a four-year contract with the Catalans in the summer in a transfer that was worth 20 million euros to his former club Valencia. Barcelona had only been willing to pay 17 million euros, however, meaning that Mathieu made up the difference to ensure that his dream move would go through.
Inside view: the trip to Paris | FC Barcelona
The Barça squad travelled to the French capital on Monday, and here’s our exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the trip. Our cameras followed them from their journey to El Prat Airport and onto the plane, through to their arrival in Paris and coach transfer to their hotel.
PSG v FC Barcelona. Did you know? | FC Barcelona
This will be sixth time that Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona have met in an official match. In their previous meetings, they have one win each, while the other three games were all drawn. PSG qualified when the two clubs met in the Champions League in 1995, while it was Barça who made it through on away goals in 2013. The Catalans also won the Cup Winners Cup Final in 1997.
Paris Saint-Germain v FC Barcelona: Match build-up minute-by-minute | FC Barcelona
13.00. The official lunch for PSG and FC Barcelona directors has started. The Catalan club is being represented, among others, by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice presidents Carles Vilarrubí, Jordi Cardoner and Manel Arroyo and director Jordi Moix. FCB Nasser Al-Khelaifi will also attend.
Luis Enrique: "PSG could win the Champions League" | FC Barcelona
"My approach will be no different if he doesn’t play" said the FCB manager at today’s press conference. "Any team would miss a player like him, but PSG are still a fearsome and dangerous team. They have resources. They are a candidate to win the Champions League."
Ibrahimovic to miss FC Barcelona match | FC Barcelona
It has been confirmed that PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be lining up against Barça at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night. He has sat out the last two French championship matches with Caen and Toulouse, but it was hoped that he would have recovered from his heel injury in time for the Champions League fixture.
Euro Team of the Week: Milestones for Messi and Xabi | Eurosport
Lionel Messi and Xabi Alonso were smashing the stats at the weekend, and thus are front and centre of our latest Opta European XI.Messi's brace in the 6-0 thumping of Granada brought him to the 400-goal landmark, and he and hat-trick hero Neymar are part of the side's attacking quartet.
Ronaldo return 'two years off' | News | Revista de la Liga | Sky Sports
Cristiano Ronaldo would love to return to Manchester United, but it’s unlikely to happen in the next 12 months. That’s the view of Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who believes Real Madrid will not consider selling their star player for another two years.
Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla and Valencia are not ready to challenge top three, says Guillem Balague | Football News | Sky Sports
Athletic Bilbao only have a small squad and even their manager Ernesto Valverde was surprised they were able to maintain their high tempo and intensity for the whole of last season. That high tempo allows them to recover the ball early and when they’ve got the ball they have the pace that allows them to exploit spaces.