MATCH PREVIEW: Málaga v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The fortunes of the two teams couldn’t be different as they head into their week 28 fixture. Málaga are already eight points adrift of safety whilst Barça are eight points ahead at the top of the table – but this game is also a return to the venue of the Catalans’ last league defeat, a record-chasing 34 games ago!
Squad announced for Málaga | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde has named the 18 players that will be travelling to Málaga for Saturday’s top-against-bottom Liga clash at 8.45pm CET.Nélson Semedo, Denis Suárez and Andrés Iniesta all miss out through injury. Lionel Messi withdrew at the last minute due to personal reasons, so Yerry Mina takes his place.
Ernesto Valverde warns of a Málaga in desperate need of points | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona visit La Rosaleda this Saturday at 8.45pm CET in week 28 of La Liga. Opponents Málaga currently prop up the table and are in desperate need of points, something that has not escaped the attention of blaugrana boss Ernesto Valverde.
Messi missing for Barcelona due to ‘personal reasons’ | Goal
Lionel Messi has been removed from Barcelona’s squad to face Malaga for “personal reasons”, the Primera Division giants have announced. The Argentine superstar will play no part for the Catalan club in their latest outing as he has been freed to leave Ernesto Valverde’s ranks.
Ousmane Dembele will improve in time - Barca’s Ernesto Valverde | ESPN
Ernesto Valverde says Ousmane Dembele still needs to improve in certain areas but the Barcelona coach has every confidence in the France forward coming good. Dembele, a €105 million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, has endured a tough first season in Spain and is still without his first goal for his new club.