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FC Barcelona News: 30 October 2018; Focus Turns to Copa del Rey

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Luis Suárez notches 4th El Clásico hat trick at Camp Nou in last 31 years | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez once again showed why he is the best pure ‘9’ in the world. The Barça striker was once again decisive in an El Clásico, scoring a historic hat-trick in ta 5-1 rout over arch-rivals Real Madrid. Suárez’s has now scored a total of 9 goals in just 9 league matches against Los Blancos.

Philippe Coutinho’s Clásico goal was pure Barça | FC Barcelona
The strike came after a buildup of around one minute and a half, and some 30 passes between the Brazilian and his teammates. It was the only 9th minute, and it gave the Barça fans not only something to applaud, but also a taste of what was to come. Thirty passes. Ninety-four seconds. Ten players.

Valverde to rest Ter Stegen, Pique, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Suarez and Jordi Alba | Marca
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba will all sit out the clash with Cultural Leonesa. In fact, they won’t even take part in the training session on Tuesday, as they enjoy a break following their Clasico victory.

Barcelona youth players target a Copa del Rey appearance | Marca
Lana Cerevic, Inaki Pena, Chumi, Jorge Cuenca, Juan Miranda and Riqui Puig all trained with the first team and could feature in the Copa del Rey match. Jasper Cillessen didn’t take part in the session due to illness, even though he would be likely to start if he is available.

Optimism over Umtiti’s injury | Marca
Samuel Umtiti is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The French footballer has been out for a month due to problems in his knee that caused him severe pain, but now he’s on the way to a return, even if it’s not immediately.

Three big Premier League teams interested in Barça’s Dembele | Sport
Ousmane Dembele is back in the eye of the storm. The French forward started the season well but in recent games has lost his place in the team -- even with Lionel Messi injured -- and rumours of a January move have been reignited.

My TOP 4: Arturo Vidal’s idols! | FC Barcelona
Arturo Vidal is the star of our latest My Top 4, as he picks out his favourite players of all time. The Chilean compiled the list with the help of his son, and between the two of them they selected a legendary German goalkeeper, an ex-Barça defensive legend, an FC Barcelona player who also shone for Brazil in midfield, and another Brazilian as his favourite striker.

Sarsanedas needs surgery after suffering ligament damage | Sport
Ferran Sarsanedas injured the ligament in his knee in Barcelona B’s loss to Espanyol B and will have to undergo surgery in the coming weeks. Sarsanedas ruptured his cruciate ligament in the first half of the mini derby. The Barça B captain was taken off in the 25th minute in tears.