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FC Barcelona News: 3 December 2017; Barcelona Held by Celta Vigo, Samuel Umtiti Out 2 Months

Barcelona v Celta de Vigo - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

FC Barcelona vs Celta: Cold Comfort (2-2) | FC Barcelona
It was a bright, early start at a cold Camp Nou, and within a minute, Celta’s Sergi Gómez had been forced off after falling awkardly. Both teams were able to put together some decent passages of play in the opening quarter hour, including a sparkling run from his own half by Lionel Messi, without troubling either keeper.

Ernesto Valverde: Enough chances to win the game | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde was philosophical about Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou. “Two points have slipped away from us. They started better and we found it difficult to get going but then we got ourselves together. After the equaliser we could have scored a third,” said the Barça coach in his post-game press conference. He added: “We generated enough chances to have taken all three points.”

Samuel Umtiti, out for 8 weeks | FC Barcelona
The draw against Celta brought some bad news for Barça in the form of injury. Tests carried out have confirmed that Samuel Umtiti has a hamstring injury in his right leg and he is expected to be out for around 8 weeks.

Andrés Iniesta to miss next game | FC Barcelona
Medical tests carried out have confirmed that FC Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta has muscle fatigue in his left calf and will miss Barça’s next game. Iniesta started Barça’s game Saturday against Celta and was replaced in the 53rd minute by Denis Suárez.

Luis Suárez 10th on the all-time scoring list | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona number 9 has a total of (127) goals in just 165 matches, equalling the current tenth place of Àngel Arocha, the legendary striker from the 1930s. Still ahead of him remain such names as Rivaldo and Samuel Eto’o, both on 130 goals, Ladislau Kubala on 194, César Rodríguez on 232 and the man who leads the list, the inimitable Leo Messi who has an astounding total of 524 goals to his name.

RIVAL WATCH: Still top, still unbeaten | FC Barcelona
The neutrals will be saying that Saturday’s 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou will have brought some interest back to La Liga. But the our point of view is not a neutral one, and the result was certainly an inconvenient setback. On a more positive note, the blaugrana are still unbeaten in the competition, and no matter what the outcome against Celta, they were always guaranteed at least one more week at the top of the table.

Gremio midfielder Arthur pictured with Barcelona directors | ESPN
Barcelona directors Robert Fernandez and Andre Cury have been pictured with highly rated Gremio midfielder Arthur, who was wearing the Catalan club's home shirt in the photograph. Sporting director Robert spent the last week in South America watching Arthur, who has a €50 million buyout clause, lead his Gremio side to their first Copa Libertadores trophy since 1995.

Reus Deportiu 2-1 FC Barcelona B: Defeat in the Catalan derby | FC Barcelona
The Barça reserves were beaten on Saturday afternoon, 2-1 at Reus Deportiu in a Catalan derby where Gerard López’s side dominated most of the game but the home side took their chances. Aleñá carried much of the weight of the team, and goalscorer Arnaiz was also outstanding, as was De Galarreta with less fortune in front of goal as the points slipped away in the second half.

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