Match Preview: Valencia vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Valencia will both be seeking to turn around their recent fortunes when they meet on Sunday night at Mestalla. The Catalans — still in first place — are winless in their last three league matches, with two draws and a loss, while 16th place Valencia are winless at home on the season, having drawn all three La Liga encounters on their own turf. With both sides in an early-season, must-win situation, it all points to a searing 90 minutes of football beginning at 8.45pm CEST.
The squad to visit Valencia | FC Barcelona
The coach has called up 19 players for the trip to Valencia (8.45pm CEST): 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suárez, 7. Philippe Coutinho, 8. Arthur Melo, 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Leo Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 12. Rafinha, 13. Jasper Cillessen, 14. Malcom, 15. Clément Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Munir El Haddadi, 22. Arturo Vidal, 24. Thomas Vermaelen.
Ernesto Valverde: ‘Games at Mestalla are always complicated’ | FC Barcelona
Barça manager Ernesto Valverde gave a fair warning about the difficulties of playing at Mestalla during Saturday’s press conference, one day before Barça head to Valencia for a La Liga clash in which both teams will be looking to turn around a recent spate of unfavorable results in domestic competition.
Valverde not worried by ‘angry’ Vidal’s benching reaction | Goal
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says he does not know if Arturo Vidal was left angry by the decision to leave him out of the starting line-up against Tottenham. Vidal was reportedly furious not to be named in the first XI for the 4-2 Champions League win at Wembley on Wednesday, in which Valverde reverted to a four-man midfield.
Barça B – Atlètic Balears: A point at the Miniestadi (1-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça B dominated their game against Atlètic Balears, but were unable to get a win on the day (1-1). The visitors took the lead in the 10th minute thanks to a goal from De la Espada, but the hosts’ response was instant, Riqui Puig causing a penalty three minutes later which Aleñá coolly dispatched.