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FC Barcelona News: 16 August 2017; 19 Players Make Madrid Trip, UEFA Player of the Year Shortlist Revealed

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Supercopa de Espana: 1st Leg Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images,

MATCH PREVIEW: Real Madrid v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona go into the second-leg of the Spanish Super Cup knowing they need to produce a fantastic performance to beat their arch rivals and secure their first trophy of the season. Luckily, fantastic performances at the Bernabéu are something that Barça seem to do quite well so it is still all to play for ahead of the second leg on Wednesday 16 August at 11.00pm CET.

Squad announcement for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup | FC Barcelona
The second official game of the season means it is Ernesto Valverde’s second squad announcement of the season. After Tuesday’s training session, the blaugrana coach announced the 19 players who will be travelling to the Santiago Bernabéu to try and overturn the 3-1 first leg defeat at the Camp Nou in the Spanish Super Cup.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘Nothing is impossible’ | FC Barcelona
Barça coach Ernesto Valverde remains optimistic ahead of the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid. In his appearance before the press ahead of the game in the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday at 11.00pm CET, the new boss reiterated that “nothing is impossible,” in light of their 3-1 deficit from the first leg in the Camp Nou.

Sergio: ‘The team who produce the best performance on the day will win’ | FC Barcelona
Sergio spoke to the press ahead of the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Bernabéu: “The team who produce the best performance on the day will win the match.” The blaugrana also made clear that the team has moved on from the defeat at the Camp Nou which happened, “because we made some mistakes and Real Madrid’s finishing was clinical.”

Barca taking dirty transfer tactics to the extreme with Coutinho & Dembele | Goal
The strategy used by Barca is similar to the one utilised by Madrid under Florentino Perez: convince the footballer to join with the offer of big money and a huge club, tell him he has to push for a transfer and then open negotiations. Player power has such sway in the modern game that, once a footballer has decided he wants to leave for a bigger club, that is usually that.

Why Barcelona can't afford to lose versatile, experienced Sergi Roberto | ESPN
Two years ago, Sergi Roberto could have left Barcelona without much of a fuss. He was 23 and had failed to earn a regular place in Barca's midfield. It's easy to see why he would have been tempted by the offers he'd received from mid-ranking Premier League clubs and nobody would have resented him if he'd chosen to take on a new challenge.

Leo Messi and Lieke Martens, shortlisted for UEFA Player of the Year | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Lieke Martens have been shortlisted for the UEFA Player of the Year award in their respective caegories. Messi will fight against Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon, while Martens is up against the Wolfsburg’s Danish player Pernille Harder and Olympique Lyonnais’ German player Dzsenifer Marozsán. It is the first time in the history of the award that a Club has had a finalist in both the male and female categories.

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