Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs. Real Murcia in the return leg of the Copa del Rey last 32 | FC Barcelona
Thirty-six days after procuring a shutout victory at Real Murcia in the first leg of the Copa del Rey’s round of 32, Fútbol Club Barcelona is hosting the return leg at Camp Nou looking to finish the job and become one of the 16 teams still standing in what began as an 83-team tournament.
Copa del Rey squad announced | FC Barcelona
The full squad for the game is as follows: Jasper Cillessen, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Piqué, Denis Suárez, Paulinho, Gerard Deulofeu, Paco Alcácer, Lucas Digne, Sergi Roberto, Aleix Vidal, Thomas Vermaelen, Adrian Ortolá (31), Carles Aleñá (26), Oriol Busquets (30), Jose Arnaiz (37) and David Costas (39).
Ernesto Valverde offering playing time against Murcia | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are in Copa del Rey action on Wednesday as they face Murcia at the Camp Nou (7.30pm CET, tickets here) and they’re doing so in a very comfortable position indeed after winning the first leg 3-0. And Ernesto Valverde was decidedly honest about the situation in his pre-game conference, readily admitting that he doesn’t see the need to field a ‘full strength’ team in order to gain passage to the last sixteen.
Training for non-Copa del Rey players | FC Barcelona
There is Copa del Rey action at the Camp Nou this evening, with a 7.30pm CET kick-off against Murcia (full details here). But even so, there was still activity on the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training ground for the players that manager Ernesto Valverde has decided to rest for a fixture that the 3-0 lead from the first leg has turned into a relative formality.
'Absurd' not to have goal-line tech in Spain - Barca's Ernesto Valverde | ESPN
Valverde refused to complain too much after the game, pointing out Barca had benefited from a similar situation when the ball went out of play in the buildup to Gerard Deulofeu's goal against Malaga. However, speaking at a news conference before Wednesday's Copa del Rey game against Real Murcia, he said: "What is absurd is that people in the top row of the stadium can see that the ball is in and those below them can't.
Willian among Barcelona's list of Coutinho alternatives | Goal
Barcelona have targeted Chelsea star Willian as an alternative should they fail in their attempts to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. The Catalan side saw their approaches for Coutinho knocked back by Liverpool in the summer as the Anfield side demanded €200 million for him.
The 5 best Academy goals of the week | FC Barcelona
Two goals come from the U10B side; Gerard Fragoso and Aymar Llamas the players who found the net in the win against Espanyol. Two more come from the U14A side's victory over Nàstic, Andrián Bobi and Pol Muñoz the scorers. The list is completed by Xavi Simons with a great header for the U16B side against La Floresta.