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FC Barcelona News: 14 October 2018; Two Barcelona Targets Impress in Netherlands Win

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When was the last time the League was this even? | FC Barcelona
With eight League games played in 2018/19, only six points separate the top of the table (Sevilla, 16 points) with the team in twelfth (Eibar, 10 points). It’s something not seen in the domestic competition since the 2005-06 season. The start of that campaign saw more than a dozen teams in a very similar situation, separated by only five points from top to tenth.

Man City refute ‘triple-salary’ Messi transfer claim | Goal
The Premier League champions say there is no truth to the suggestion, which surfaced in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, that Pep Guardiola tried to persuade Messi to move to the Etihad Stadium on a deal that would have been worth more than £1 million per week.

My Top 4: Who are Malcom’s favourite players? | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s summer signing Malcom has been put on the spot and asked to name his favourite football players. We take a look at who his idols are in each position.

Barca targets De Ligt and De Jong shine as Holland crush Germany | Sport
Barcelona decided to send Ramon Plans to watch two transfer targers in action on Saturday and he had a lot to report as Holland beat Germany 3-0. Ajax duo De Ligt and De Jong both played well for Ronald Koeman’s side. At 21, Frenkie De Jong controlled the midfield and showed the virtues that make Barca want to sign him.

Mateu Lahoz apologised for ruling out a Messi goal that would have won the league | Marca
Atletico Madrid’s LaLiga triumph in 2013/14 is one of the most interesting Spanish football stories of recent times, but the league title could have gone to Barcelona had a Lionel Messi goal stood. The Argentine’s strike was incorrectly ruled out for an offside, one which referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz apologised for afterwards.

‘Luis Enrique has a complicated relationship with Jordi Alba’ | Football Espana
Former Barcelona full-back Aleix Vidal claims Jordi Alba’s exclusion from the Spain squad is due to his ‘complicated relationship’ with Luis Enrique. Alba lost his place in Barca’s XI towards the end of Luis Enrique’s reign at Camp Nou and has been absent from both of the Coach’s Spain squads to date.

Revealed: Barcelona’s plans for Krzysztof Piatek | Football Espana
Barcelona are reportedly fans of Krzysztof Piatek but want to see more of the Genoa hotshot before making their move. According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca director Ariedo Braida has already watched Piatek live and ‘will continue to do so’.

Official: Ex-Barcelona star Thierry Henry becomes Monaco Coach | Football Espana
Former Barcelona star Thierry Henry believes it is ‘fate’ that his managerial career will begin at Monaco after being confirmed as their new Coach. Henry has signed a contract with Monaco taking him through to 2021 and is faced with the immediate task of pulling the principality side out of Ligue 1’s relegation zone.