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FC Barcelona News: 23 November 2018; Full Squad Back in Training, Paco Alcacer Set for Permanent Transfer

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All the internationals back at training | FC Barcelona
There’s just one more training session left before travel to Madrid for a high profile clash with Atlético, but Thursday was the first time that Ernesto Valverde was able to work with his full squad ahead of the trip. Arthur, Luis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé, Rafinha and Arturo Vidal were all back at the Ciutat Esportiva for a session on pitch number 2 that also featured Juan Miranda and Riqui Puig of Barça B.

When and where to watch Atlético Madrid – FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The League returns after the international break and Ernesto Valverde’s side will visit Atlético Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. FC Barcelona want to win in a difficult stadium to ensure the sole leadership in the domestic competition.

The best goals from Messi at the Calderón | FC Barcelona
Vicente Calderón was one of Leo Messi’s favourite stadiums, both in finals and the matches against Atlético Madrid. The Argentinian managed a total of 14 goals there, and it’s the stadium where the No.10 has scored the third most, only surpassed by the Camp Nou (331 goals) and Santiago Bernabéu (15).

Malcom: Barcelona stars behind Dembele during tough spell | Goal
Malcom and his Barcelona team-mates are standing by Ousmane Dembele as he comes through a difficult spell at Camp Nou. Dembele has not started a match in La Liga since September and was left out of Barca’s matchday squad against Real Betis recently, with subsequent reports claiming the club are unhappy with the player’s attitude.

Rivaldo: Barcelona should not sell Ousmane Dembele for a bargain price | Sport
Former Brazilian Barcelona player Rivaldo says Antoine Griezmann preferred to stay at Atletico Madrid instead of going to Barcelona because he will remain the star with the Rojiblancos, while with the Blaugrana he would have been in the “shadow” of Messi.

Barcelona incorporate data analysis into their Cruyff-inspired principles | ESPN
Ernesto Valverde had a question for Javier Fernandez. Were Barcelona transitioning too quickly? Would they be able to create more space by slowing down and letting the opposition retreat first? Fernandez got to work.

IFAB asks for handball clarification, rule on substituted players wasting time | ESPN
Football’s rule-making body IFAB has agreed that the rules of the game have to be clearer in defining what constitutes accidental handball. IFAB said the subject was discussed at length at a meeting on Thursday “with an agreement being reached on the necessity for a more precise and detailed wording for the different types of handball offences.”

Borussia Dortmund to sign Paco Alcacer from Barcelona ‘this weekend’ | Football Espana
Borussia Dortmund will exercise their €23m option to buy Barcelona loanee Paco Alcacer this weekend, according to their reports. The striker has enjoyed a remarkable run of form since joining the Bundesliga club on a season-long loan deal from Barca this summer, netting nine goals in just four starts.

Barcelona CEO: ‘Club will consider La Liga games in China’ | Football Espana
Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau has not ruled out the club giving their backing to playing La Liga games in China in future years. Grau and the club have given their backing to playing their league game against Girona in Miami this season and want to play future league games away from Spain.

Rafinha: ‘My head is fully at FC Barcelona’ | FC Barcelona
This Thursday, Rafinha Alcántara attended the presentation of the 2nd edition of the Barcelona Fun Run in aid of Cancer Research, where he made it clear that “I am a Barça player and I am fully committed to the team. My head is at FC Barcelona”.

Arturo Vidal faces the Mystery Box | FC Barcelona
A box, four objects and many memories. Arturo Vidal faces the challenge of the ‘Mystery Box,’ a game where players from the first team must recognise, without seeing them, objects related to their career or personal life. Do you remember what Vidal’s great passion is, which he confessed to us in his car interview this summer?