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FC Barcelona News: 1 November 2018; Barcelona Edge Cultural Leonesa, Xavi Talks La Masia

Cultural Leonesa v FC Barcelona - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Cultural Leonesa 0-1 FC Barcelona: Lenglet wins it in León | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde had warned that Cultural Leonesa would be giving it 200%, and that proved to be the case. Barça, with several of the biggest names being rested, struggled to get to grips with the intensity of the Division 2B side in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey round of 32 first leg.

Three from La Masia make first team debuts | FC Barcelona
Three products of the FC Barcelona youth team all got to make their official debuts in Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey. Juan Miranda, Juan Brandarizna (Chumi) and Jorge Cuenca of Barça B all started in Ernesto Valverde’s defence at the Reino de León.

HIGHLIGHTS: Cultural Leonesa v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Victory for FC Barcelona away at Cultural Leonesa thanks to an injury time goal from French defender Clément Lenglet. The blaugranes fought for the opening in the first leg of their tie against the Segunda B side but had to wait right until the death to get the winner.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘Football is a permanent test’ | FC Barcelona
Speaking after his side had won 1-0 at Cultural Leonesa, Ernesto Valverde admitted that “this was a difficult game. These are among the hardest of the season because there’s always a special kind of difficulty. The team had the right winning attitude. But it was hard to get our game flowing and we lost a lot of balls because they were coming in so strong. Football is always a permanent test, but I did see a lot of good things today.”

Lenglet has solved Barcelona’s third-choice centre-back problem | Marca
It has taken some time, but Barcelona finally have three centre-backs they can count on in Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet. With Umtiti having been out through injury, Lenglet has had to step up in recent weeks and he has done a good job.

Xavi Hernandez: What are Barca doing with La Masia? | Sport
“The situation with youth football at Barcelona worries me,” said Xavi. “It’s bad they have sacked Joan Vila. What’s going on at Barcelona? He’s the person with the most knowledge of Barcelona’s positional play. I don’t understand it,” he told Catalunya Radio.

The Asturian ‘pearl’ that Barca and Man City are fighting over | Sport
Sporting renewed the right winger’s contract for five seasons but Barca launched a new bid this summer to try and bring him into their Juvenil A team. However they weren’t able to, with Sporting demanding a big fee.

FC Barcelona Museum incorporates new digital fan experience | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Rakuten Viber, in partnership with Dugout, have joined forces to create an augmented reality feature that will radically transform the fans’ experience of the Museum, whereby they will be able to feel like a first team player on the day of his or her presentation.

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