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FC Barcelona News: 9 November 2018; Training Turns Focus to Real Betis, Seven Called Up by International Teams

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

Return to work thinking about Betis | FC Barcelona
After the Champions League tie against Inter Milan (1-1) and a rest day on Wednesday, Ernesto Valverde’s squad returned to training this Thursday. Already looking ahead to the next League game against Real Betis at the Camp Nou, players from the first team, including Lionel Messi and Samuel Umtiti, trained on pitch two of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

RAC1: Barça couldn’t locate Dembele for over an hour on Thursday | Sport
According to RAC1, Barça took an hour and a half to find Dembele before confirming that he had a stomach bug. The club tried to contact him for the 90 minutes after the players were due at the training ground without success. Eventually, they got through to him.

Which Barça players have been summoned for national team duty? | FC Barcelona
Fullback Jordi Alba, who was left out of Spain’s squad during the last series of International matches, has been selected this time by manager Luis Enrique for Spain’s UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia and their friendly versus Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto were also summoned by their former coach.

Copa del Rey Round of 32 second leg date confirmed | FC Barcelona
A date has been set for the second leg of FC Barcelona’s first Copa del Rey appearance of the season. The reigning holders of the cup competition will host Cultural Leonesa at the Camp Nou on 5 December, in a game that will kick off at 9:30pm CET.

Goals are being shared by everyone | FC Barcelona
A total of 12 different players have already scored this season for Ernesto Valverde’s side. They are Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé, Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic, Jordi Alba, Gerard Piqué, Rafinha, Arturo Vidal, Clément Lenglet, Munir El Haddadi and Malcom, the last of whom was decisive in the Champions League game in Milan.

Tebas refuses to admit defeat over his Girona-Barça in Miami dream | Sport
Javier Tebas says there hasn’t been a positive or negative answer given to his idea of Barcelona and Girona playing an official LaLiga match in Miami. “They haven’t told us yes or no but we’ve already started the legal procedures required with all the relevent parties. I’m not going to bet on it happening because it upsets other people. We know that we’ll need to go through various legal battles anyway.”