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FC Barcelona News: 2 October 2018; 20 Players Make London Trip, Gary Lineker Talks Barça

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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde caught in tactical no man’s land | ESPN
And Valverde? Those nagging voices in his head during the summer whispering seductively: “You’ve got to give the Barca purists more entertainment” and “The president is going to demand that his €120 million plaything called Ousemane Dembele is on the team sheet every week” -- that’s his equivalent of the “Oh, go on, then!” via which you get into partner/cheesecake/tequila trouble.

Squad named for Tottenham vs Barça Champions League clash | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona return to UEFA Champions League action this week and, in doing so, will also return to hallowed ground — Wembley Stadium in London, England. That’s where Barça won its first European Cup in 1992 and also where they’ll take on Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night. Kickoff is at 9.00pm CEST.

Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen: The club had to decide and I’m glad they picked me | ESPN
In a Barca side that is struggling in defence -- they have conceded more than nine other teams in the league and are winless in three ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game against Tottenham -- Ter Stegen’s handwork, and footwork, has become increasingly important.

Barcelona to give Samuel Umtiti’s knee plasma treatment | Football Espana
Barcelona will give Samuel Umtiti’s knee surgery a plasma treatment before proceeding with surgery, according to reports. Diario AS detail how the Frenchman played with a twinge in that knee during the summer’s World Cup while his subsequent break did not help the situation.

Gary Lineker: ‘Leo Messi isn’t human’ | FC Barcelona
A former FC Barcelona striker, Gary Lineker always has positive words for the club. The player-turned-TV presenter also appeared for Tottenham Hotspur, Barça’s next opponents, during his successful career, and spoke to their media ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash.

Messi’s leadership qualities at Barcelona lauded by Lenglet | Goal
Lionel Messi is a great captain because he leads by example on the pitch and inspires off the field with words of wisdom, according to Barcelona team-mate Clement Lenglet. Messi became captain following the departure of Andres Iniesta to Japanese club Vissel Kobe.

The 300 Champions League games quiz | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will celebrate 300 Champions League/European Cup games this week, when they take on Tottenham Hotspur. Test your knowledge of their time in Europe’s top club competition in our quiz.

Talks continue over Munir’s contract but no breakthrough yet | Sport
There are plans for a meeting between Munir’s agent, Francesc Valdivieso, and Barça’s CEO on Tuesday. It’s not the first meeting and it will not be the last. Barça’s intentions have been clear from the start: the club want to prolong Munir’s contract after seeing his development since last season.

In India, Barça and Saviola work to bring football to the forefront | FC Barcelona
India is one of the few countries in the world where football does not reign supreme. That distinction goes to cricket, which, having been imported to India by the British in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, is the number one sport there by far.