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FC Barcelona News: 4 February 2018; 19 Named in Match Squad, Date for Atletico Madrid Clash Confirmed

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LIGA PREVIEW: RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Ousmane Dembélé and Thomas Vermaelen are still injured for FCB, and although Andre Gomes is over his illness, he was also left out of the squad announced on Saturday. Colombian Carlos Sánchez, better known as ‘La Roca’ (the rock), has been included in the Espanyol squad just a few days after being loaned from Aston Villa via Fiorentina. Dídac Vilà and Pablo Piatti both miss the game through injury.

Who’s in Barça’s squad to face Espanyol? | FC Barcelona
Before releasing the squad list, Ernesto Valverde and the coaching staff oversaw the team’s final preparatory session before Sunday’s game. Ousmane Dembélé took part in the session but has yet to receive medical clearance, thus keeping him sidelined for Sunday’s derby. Thomas Vermaelen and André Gomes are also out.

Philippe Coutinho: ‘It’s going to be a special, but tough, match’ | FC Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho, who made his Barça debut just over a week ago in the Copa del Rey, will be facing Espanyol in La Liga for the first time since signing with Barça. The 25-year-old Brazilian spoke to La Liga on Saturday about his memories there and his expectations for his first La Liga derby.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘We will try and control the game from the start’ | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde spoke to the assembled media in his pre-match press conference as he discussed the latest in a string of Barcelona derbies. Barça knocked Espanyol out of the Copa del Rey over two legs.

Espanyol vs Barça: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
The oldest surviving fixture in Spanish football was first contested way back on 23 December 1900. The recently formed Sociedad Española de Futbol was made up of university students and were not expected to be much of a match for the more established FC Barcelona, who left all their experienced foreigners out of the team and fielded young local players instead.

Barça v Atlético Madrid on Sunday 4 March at 4.15pm CET | FC Barcelona
The top-of-the-table clash, albeit with eleven points separating the two teams, will kick-off at 4.15pm CET on Sunday 4 March at the Camp Nou, and comes just three days after Barça’s midweek league fixture away to Las Palmas (Thursday 1 March at 9.00pm CET).

Barcelona transfer dealings under microscope as La Masia impact runs dry | ESPN
In general terms, January was actually a good month for them. They landed Coutinho, a player they’ve been chasing for a long time, and also signed promising Colombian defender Yerry Mina. Meanwhile, they managed to shift Javier Mascherano, Arda Turan, Rafinha and Gerard Deulofeu from the wage bill, lightening Valverde’s squad in the process.