Real Betis expose Barcelona using the tactics that made modern Barca great | ESPN
To immediately understand the principal reason Betis humiliated Barcelona this weekend at the Camp Nou, you can go back to mid-July 2008 on a training pitch in St. Andrews, Scotland. Yes, Ernesto Valverde was soundly beaten on tactics by Quique Setien.
Leo Messi receives 2017-18 Top Goalscorer and Player of the Year awards | FC Barcelona
Whether team or individual, Leo Messi just never stops winning trophies! And now he has another two for his enormous collection. On Monday, the Barça striker was the star attraction at the Marca 2017/18 Football Awards, held at the Convent dels Àngels in Barcelona.
This week’s international fixtures for FC Barcelona players | FC Barcelona
Which of our stars are playing for their countries, against whom, where and when? This at-a-glance guide will answer all your questions.
Rafinha called up by Brazil | Marca
Following the injury to Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, he has been replaced in the Brazil squad by Barcelona’s Rafinha. The Real man will miss the entire international break as he nurses a sprained ankle.
Deschamps to Dembele: I know your excuses when you’re late | Marca
The French coach, Didier Deschamps, appeared at a press conference and spoke about Ousmane Dembele’s persistent lateness. Barcelona winger Dembele has consistently shown a lack of professionalism, and it’s now impacting on the minutes he’s being played by Ernesto Valverde.
France recall is proof of Dembele quality - agent says criticism of Barca star is overblown | Goal
The criticism of Ousmane Dembele is overblown, according to the player’s agent Moussa Sissoko. Dembele was not in the Barcelona squad that suffered a 4-3 shock loss to Real Betis on Sunday as reports circulated he had been disciplined for a violation of team rules.
Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets gives signed shirt to Betis coach Quique Setien, boss tipped for Camp Nou | ESPN
After becoming the first coach to inflict a home defeat on Barcelona in 26 months, Real Betis manager Quique Setien’s stock has never been higher. With a reputation for prioritising attractive, attacking football, the word on the wire in Spain is that Setien may well end up plying his trade with Barca, and sooner rather than later.