Copa del Rey second leg preview: FC Barcelona v RCD Espanyol | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona need to turn around a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Cornellà in order to make it into the Copa del Rey semi-final draw along with Sevilla, Valencia and Leganés, the latter after stunning Real Madrid on Wednesday night. The second of three derbies in the space of just four weeks kicks off in the Camp Nou at 9.30pm CET.
Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina included in squad to face Espanyol | FC Barcelona
Yerry Mina and Philippe Coutinho are both a step closer to making their debuts for FC Barcelona. Both have been included in Ernesto Valverde’s squad for Thursday’s Copa del Rey quarter final second leg against Espanyol.
Ernesto Valverde: Derby a special motivation in the Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona face Espanyol in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie. 1-0 down from the first leg, the blaugranes are nevertheless confident of turning the tie around. “We know that we are behind on aggregate and it’s do or die, but we have the advantage of playing at home in the second leg and we hope the fans can spur us on,” said Ernesto Valverde in the Barça coach’s tradition pre-match press conference on Wednesday at the Ciutat Esportiva.
Coutinho will wear number 14 shirt | FC Barcelona
Now we know officially which shirt number Philippe Coutinho will wear in his first season as a Barça player. The Brazilian signed for FC Barcelona on 6 January and will wear the number 14 shirt left vacant by the departure of Javier Mascherano after seven and a half seasons with the blaugranes.
Javier Mascherano: ‘It’s been a dream and now it’s time to wake up’ | FC Barcelona
“That the people that you work with every day value you is the best motivation that you can have.” Words from Javier Mascherano that perfectly define his stature as a person and as a player at FC Barcelona during the farewell event held for the Argentinian at the Auditori 1899 at Camp Nou attended by president Bartomeu and first team players past and present.
Javier Mascherano’s Barça farewell stirs deep emotions | FC Barcelona
“If anyone has been fortunate, it has been me,” he said, moments after being shown a video in which his Barça teammates, one by one, gave him their thanks and described, in personal detail, the litany of positive traits, values, and characteristics that made Mascherano so revered in the locker room.
Vidal costs €10m | Football Espana
Barcelona would be willing to sell Roma target Aleix Vidal for €10m, according to reports. The Giallorossi are interested in the 28-year-old, with his agent admitting yesterday he has spoken to sporting director Monchi.