Ernesto Valverde: ‘The more wounded Real Madrid are, the more dangerous they are’ | FC Barcelona
In his traditional pre-match press conference this Saturday, Ernesto Valverde noted that El Clásico “is played from many different points of view: tactics, emotion and preparation.” The current situation at Real Madrid doesn’t matter either according to the FC Barcelona coach, who assured that he expects “the best Madrid of the season. The more injured Real Madrid are, the more dangerous they are.”
This is the FC Barcelona squad for El Clásico | FC Barcelona
One of the most anticipated moments of the season is upon us. The League returns this Sunday with El Clásico played at 4.15pm CET at the Camp Nou, and Ernesto Valverde has provided the list of 19 players called up for FC Barcelona - Real Madrid.
The last Clásico at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid last met on 6 May at Camp Nou, a cracker of a Clásico that ended 2-2 with Luis Suárez and Messi on the scoresheet for Barça and Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale for the visitors. Ernesto Valverde’s team had already sewn up the league title at that stage of the season and after the final whistle they were able to celebrate their Liga and Copa del Rey double with the 90,000 plus crowd in the stadium.
Barcelona can beat Real Madrid without Lionel Messi in El Clasico - Antoine Griezmann | ESPN
Antoine Griezmann believes Barcelona can beat Real Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico despite the Catalans playing without Lionel Messi. Speaking in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, the Atletico Madrid striker said he’s looking forward to watching the match and that Barcelona are still talented enough to win without their injured superstar.
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele needs to make lifestyle changes - sources | ESPN
Dembele has been in the spotlight this week after losing his place in Ernesto Valverde’s team to Arthur, with Philippe Coutinho moving further forward. Even the absence of Lionel Messi -- sidelined for three weeks with an arm fracture -- didn’t create room in the side for Dembele, with Rafinha starting in place of the Argentina forward against Inter Milan.
La Liga could go to CAS after FIFA reject plans to play league games in United States | FC Barcelona
La Liga says it could go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after FIFA president Gianni Infantino rejected its plans to play Spanish league games in the United States. Speaking at the FIFA council meeting in Rwanda, Infantino voiced his and the world governing body’s opposition to the plans which were scheduled to commence with Barcelona playing Girona in Miami on January 26.
Barcelona and Real Madrid to fight it out for Exequiel Palacios | Sport
South American players are always drawing attention from Europe’s biggest clubs. The latest player to come to the fore is River Player midfielder Exequiel Palacios, who is interesting Real Madrid and Barcelona -- although they’re not alone.