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FC Barcelona News: 19 September 2017; Samuel Umtiti Given Rest, Barca Legends to Play in Bulgaria

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Eibar | FC Barcelona
Four games into the fledgling 2017/18 La Liga campaign, the view from above is breathtaking. From its lofty perch in the league pecking order, Barça—which welcomes Eibar to Camp Nou on Tuesday night—has nothing above it but open sky, while a flock of teams clutch for a seat on the branches below.

Digne, Aleix Vidal and Vermaelen, in match day squad | FC Barcelona
The available first team players were put through their paces at the Tito Vilanova pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to finish their preparations for Wednesday’s match. The blaugranas receive Eibar in a match corresponding to the fifth La Liga fixture of the season in which they will try and continue their perfect start to stay top of the table.

Ernesto Valverde: Six down, three to go | FC Barcelona
Barça manager Ernesto Valverde fielded a grand total of 18 questions from the media in under 20 minutes on Monday, appearing relaxed and confident in his first-place team just 24 hours ahead of Tuesday night’s midweek La Liga clash with Eibar.

Ousmane Dembele injury partly down to inexperience - Barcelona's Valverde | ESPN
Dembele, 20, flew to Helsinki, Finland, on Monday to be operated on by specialist doctor Sakari Orava after rupturing a tendon in Saturday's 2-1 win over Getafe. Footage has since indicated that the France international appeared to have a slight problem in the warm-up.

Ousmane Dembele's injury provides latest opportunity for Gerard Deulofeu | ESPN
If it's not one thing it's another for Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. Appointed as Luis Enrique's successor at the very end of May, in the time which has followed he's seen Neymar leave for Paris Saint-Germain, a vote of no confidence launched against the club's board and the transfer window close with a failure to either buy or sell particularly sufficiently.

Ernesto Valverde hasn't disappointed as Barcelona manager - Bartomeu | ESPN
The Catalan giants had an embarrassing transfer window. Star forward Neymar shockingly left the club for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal. And the Blaugrana very publicly failed in their attempt to bring Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho -- for whom they bid three times -- to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona reiterate €200m demand for Coutinho while ruling out January arrivals | Goal
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu maintains that Liverpool demanded €200 million for Philippe Coutinho over the summer, pricing them out of the market. The La Liga giants spent much of the transfer window pursuing the Brazilian forward, with the departure of Neymar in a record-breaking €222m deal leading them to seek out reinforcements.

Barça Legends in action in Bulgaria | FC Barcelona
The game will be coach ‘Chapi’ Ferrer’s second game in charge on the former Barça players team and his squad for the trip to Easter Europe is as follows: Angoy, Guzmán, Juan Carlos, Dehú, Goikoetxea, Quique Estebaranz, Julio Salinas, Popescu, Sánchez Jara, Sergi Barjuan, Santi Ezquerro, Miquel Àngel Nadal and Juan Carlos Moreno plus debutants Dani García, Óscar Arpón and Jari Litmanen.

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