Fortress Camp Nou: A decade of impregnability | FC Barcelona
Throughout history, the Camp Nou has always been a fortress where opposition teams have been concerned, but in recent years, that impregnability has increased. In the last decade, Barça have played a total of 298 games at home in official competition, of which 252 have been won. In addition, 32 matches have been drawn and only 14 have been lost. Absolutely spectacular figures.
The return of Umtiti | Marca
Ernesto Valverde hasn’t been able to rely on Samuel Umtiti of late, yet the French defender is now set to return from his fitness issues. Not since the early stages of the 2018/19 campaign have Barcelona supporters seen the best version of the former Lyon defender, with varying physical ailments having completely stopped his Camp Nou career in its tracks.
The reasons for Arthur’s radical physical change | Marca
Conditioning was a problem for the former Gremio midfielder, and it became problematic that he couldn’t finish a full match, and at the end of his debut year the club sat down and had a frank conversation with him over his stamina. Barcelona were keen to impress that despite his fabulous ability to pass a football, if he didn’t develop physically then he simply wouldn’t succeed in the way he wanted at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona’s Ansu Fati called up to Spain U21 squad | ESPN
Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati has been added to Spain’s Under-21 squad for Tuesday’s game against Montenegro after club teammate Carles Perez dropped out injured. Ansu, 16, was not called up originally because he did not have the necessary paperwork from FIFA.
Barcelona rising star Fati tipped to make Euro 2020 squad by Spain coach Moreno | Goal
Ansu Fati could be named in Spain’s squad for Euro 2020, says coach Robert Moreno. The 16-year-old forward has burst on to the scene this season, becoming Barcelona’s youngest LaLiga goalscorer when he struck against Osasuna.
Barça duo Ansu Fati and Pedri named two of football’s biggest talents | Sport
Included on the list is Barcelona forward Ansu Fati, who has started the season in incredible form since being promoted to the first team. In other Barça interest, Pedri is also there. The attacking midfielder is still at Las Palmas but has already agreed to join the Blaugrana at the end of the season.
Vidal: Ousmane Dembele knows he’s made mistakes at Barcelona | Sport
In an exclusive interview which you can read in SPORT on Saturday, the Chilean international reveals the chats the players have had with the French forwards and says that “Dembele knows he’s made mistakes, mistakes which we all commit when we are young.”
Araujo: Did you know? | FC Barcelona
Ronald Araujo made his first team debut against Sevilla last weekend. The centre back who arrived from Uruguay to join the Barça B ranks last year has got a lot of people talking, so it’s time to learn a little more about him.
Barcelona are keeping tabs on Coutinho at Bayern Munich | Marca
Barcelona loaned out Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich this summer after they were unable to find a club willing to buy the Brazilian. The Catalans preference was to sell Coutinho and recoup as much of their initial outlay as possible, but a lack of suitable offers led to the playmaker moving to Bayern on a season-long loan.
Euro 2020 roundup: Kanté injured in warm-up as France sink Iceland | The Guardian
Olivier Giroud scored the only goal from the penalty spot as world champions France claimed a 1-0 victory. The Chelsea striker tucked home in the 66th minute of the Group H clash in Reykjavik after Antoine Griezmann had been kicked by Ari Skulason. “It was a very tough game but we ground through and Olivier’s goal did the job,” said Griezmann.