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FC Barcelona News: 1 February 2018; 18 in Squad as Barcelona Take on Valencia in Copa del Rey

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COPA DEL REY PREVIEW: FC Barcelona v Valencia CF | FC Barcelona
Despite admitting that “we were drawn against the worst possible opponent, the most in-form side in Europe” with the added difficulty of having so many key injuries, Valencia boss Marcelino says that “we still have the rest of the squad. We aren’t giving this up as lost. We are excited about the chance to make it into the final.”

Squad for Valencia | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are looking for a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey title, and qualification to what would be their fifth final in the competition in a row. Ernesto Valverde’s men host Marcelino García Toral’s Valencia side this Thursday at the Camp Nou (9.30pm CET), with the two teams having already played against each other in the league this season, a game that ended with a draw in Mestalla (1-1).

Ernesto Valverde is eager for a first leg advantage | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona are ready for the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia, and the current champions want to continue dominating the competition, achieving a fourth consecutive final. However, Los Che are a difficult rival and one of the few teams that have managed to take a point from Barça in the League.

Barça’s arrivals and departures in the winter transfer window | FC Barcelona
A look at all the moves for the first team, Barça B, Barça women and the Barça Lassa basketball team in a busy January.

Report: Barcelona Eyeing Summer Move for Bayern Munich’s David Alaba | SI
While the Catalan outfit are showing late interest in another Bundesliga target in Max Meyer as the current transfer window draws to a close, the long term goals of Ernesto Valverde could well include the addition of Alaba, who has become one of the best left backs in world football since joining Bayern.

Top 5 goals from the FC Barcelona Academy | FC Barcelona
This week’s video captures great goals from FC Barcelona youth set up: Riqui Puig from the U19A team kicks us off with goals also from Nomoko Samakou and Arnau Marés from the U10A side. Nouhan Sylla from the U12D team contributes a cracker with the selection rounded off by Cristóbal Muñoz’s effort from the game involving the U14B team.