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FC Barcelona News: 30 September 2018; Barcelona Extend Winless Streak, Barcelona B Win

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FC Barcelona 1-1 Athletic Club: Point saved at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The Catalans would have loved to celebrate what is now their longest unbeaten stretch at home (40 games) since 1993 with a win, and did everything and more to warrant the three points. But lady luck turned her back on the blaugrana this Saturday afternoon and they had to settle for a frustrating draw.

HIGHLIGHTS: Barça v Athletic | FC Barcelona
The game between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club ended in a 1-1 at Camp Nou in week 7 of the league. A goal from De Marcos in the first half gave the visitors the lead at half time but an equaliser in the 84th minute from substitute Munir handed Ernesto Valverde’s team a point.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘We need to fight our way out of this bad run’ | FC Barcelona
Speaking after today’s 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Club, Barça coach Ernesto Valverde admitted that “we need to fight our way out of this bad run, lift our heads up and keep looking forwards. This has been a difficult week. We were hoping to get nine points and we’ve only got two.”

Lionel Messi: ‘It’s still early days’ | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi used the Argentinian term empipado, which means something akin to ‘stuffed’, to describe the mood among the squad after failing to win for the third time in a row, but insists that they are keeping calm about things. “There’s no anxiety” he said after the 1-1 draw with Athletic Club. “There are a lot of things that we need to improve but this is just the start of a very long league season.”

Bad luck for Messi: Seven shots off the woodwork in nine games | Marca
Barcelona star Lionel Messi went through another game on Saturday against Athletic at the Camp Nou in which he was frustrated and denied by the woodwork. Incredibly, it is the seventh time this season that is has happened to him.

Don’t mess with Messi! Valverde playing with fire by resting Barcelona ace | Goal
They are faltering – collectively and individually – and the only aspect keeping them on the requisite level is Messi. In that regard, it was a strange decision from Valverde to leave him out. Barca needed to bounce back after their midweek loss to Leganes; surely the most productive thing to do would be to play Messi, win convincingly and ensure confidence is high going into Wednesday. Instead, Valverde has invited more criticism and more pressure.

Marc-André ter Stegen: 150 official games for Barça | FC Barcelona
Marc-André ter Stegen is celebrating. Playing in the match against Athletic Club which ended in a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou meant that the German goalkeeper had reached his 150th game for Barça. The goalkeeper made his debut on September 17, 2014 against Apoel, and his performances since have endeared him to all Barça fans.

Alba on dropped points, improvements and benching Messi | Sport
“That’s three games without winning,” Alba told reporters. “It’s clear that we have to make changes to try and get three points. We have to look at a lot of things. But the team tried, we just lacked a little luck. We got into the box a lot and the ball didn’t want to go in.

Injured Sergi Roberto to miss at least one game | FC Barcelona
Sergi Roberto has pulled the rectus femoris muscle in his right thigh during Saturday’s game with Athletic Club and post-match examinations have determined that he will be unable to play in the Champions League game with Tottenham Hotspur later this week.

Barça B 2-1 UE Olot: First win in the Miniestadi | FC Barcelona
Barça B have six points from their last two games after seeing off UE Olot at the Miniestadi thanks to two goals in the opening ten minutes. It was an intense, quality showing from the reserves, with Chumi getting them off to the perfect start and a hard-working Abel Ruiz very much putting them in the driving seat with a quick second.

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