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FC Barcelona News: 13 August 2018; Barcelona Win Super Cup, Lionel Messi Breaks Record

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Sevilla FC – FC Barcelona: Super Cup Champions! (1-2) | FC Barcelona
Barça were on the front foot from the first whistle, but it was Sevilla that went ahead through Sarabia after the first VAR review in Spanish football, just before the 10 minute mark. Sharp, incisive passing, particularly down Sevilla’s right side, ensured that the Blaugrana continued to dominate possession with new signing, Arthur, in the thick of the action.

FC Barcelona win 13th Spanish Super Cup | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona won its 13th Spanish Super Cup after beating Sevilla in Tangier. Ernesto Valverde’s men, who’ve been in eight of the last nine finals, didn’t allow Pablo Machín‘s side time or space to build up any rhythm, and ended the match at the Stade Ibn Battouta with a convincing 2-1 victory. It’s a first title of the season for the Blaugrana, days before the start of a new La Liga campaign.

HIGHLIGHTS: Sevilla vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde’s team had to do it the hard way, coming back from a goal down after Pablo Sarabia had given Sevilla the lead in the opening 10 minutes. However, an equaliser from Gerard Piqué before half time and a memorable winner from Ousmane Dembélé turned things around for the blaugranes. See all the best moments from the game in Morocco right here!

Ernesto Valverde: ‘We got better as the game went on’ | FC Barcelona
“We need a bit of shooting practice, but we are happy because in spite of everything, we have beaten a great rival,” Ernesto Valverde said after watching his players come from behind to win the Spanish Super Cup in Tangiers against Sevilla. The Blaugrana coach valued the victory and acknowledged the difficulties his team encountered: “We fell behind and that cost us, but we got better as the game went on.”

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde wants Ousmane Dembele to stay after ‘wonder goal’ | ESPN
Dembele scored the winner in the 78th minute after Gerard Pique had cancelled out Pablo Sarabia’s opener as Barca beat Sevilla 2-1 in Tangier, Morocco. ”He has a lot of quality and he’s a Barcelona player,” Valverde said in his post-game news conference. “I know there’s a lot of things going round [...] But he started the game, he scored a wonder goal and he linked well with the team.

Messi, the player with most honours in Barça history | FC Barcelona
Thanks to the 2-1 win against Sevilla in the final of the Spanish Super Cup played in Tangier, Morocco, Leo Messi has become the player with most honours in the Club’s history. The first trophy of the season takes the Argentine’s total to 33, moving past another Barça legend, Andrés Iniesta who has 32.

Ter Stegen admits ‘penalty correct’ | Football Espana
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen admits Sevilla’s last minute penalty was justified but he ‘could not have moved out of the way’. The German goalkeeper was booked for bringing down former teammate Aleix Vidal in the last minute before saving Wissam Ben Yedder’s spot-kick effort.

Enrique: Pique retirement irreversible
Spain Coach Luis Enrique admits Barcelona defender Gerard Pique’s decision to retire from the national set-up is ‘irreversible’. The central defender confirmed the decision in recent days, although he had stated as far back as 2017 that he would call it a day on the international scene after the World Cup.

Barcelona refuse to rule out signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United | ESPN
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu neither confirmed nor denied reports that the club is preparing to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Mundo Deportivo claim Pogba, who is contracted to United until June 2021, wants to leave Old Trafford this summer because of a strained relationship with coach Jose Mourinho.