Sergi Roberto trains with the group | FC Barcelona
After two days rest, the league leaders have returned to training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. S. Roberto was back with the group, two days before receiving Real Valladolid at Camp Nou for the week 11 league fixture (9.15pm CET). The available first team players worked out on the Tito Vilanova pitch, and were joined by C. Pérez of Barça B and Ansu Fati of the U19A team.
Samuel Umtiti misses Barcelona training | Football Espana
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is a major injury doubt for their midweek clash at home to Real Valladolid. The French international has struggled with a persistent knee injury over the last 12 months, but the club stated in the summer that they were confident he had completed a full recovery.
Leo Messi: ‘I’ve learned to read the games better’ | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has given an interview to TyC Sports where he talked extensively about his football career. The Argentine, who recently picked up his sixth Golden Shoe, confessed that he doesn’t feel like “a goal scorer” - despite being the top scorer in the history of FC Barcelona, and Argentina. He also assured that over time he has improved in certain aspects of the game.
Lionel Messi: I prefer to start on the bench than being substituted | ESPN
Lionel Messi has said he does not like to be substituted and would rather start the game from the bench. In the past, the Barcelona captain has refused to be taken out of a game even when his team is winning by a big margin.
Messi doubts dream return to Newell’s Old Boys will happen amid ‘daily madness’ in Argentina | Goal
Lionel Messi conceded his dreams of a fairytale return to Newell’s Old Boys are fading as he reflected on the “madness” of Argentina’s obsession with football. Barcelona superstar Messi has long expressed a desire to end his career in his hometown of Rosario, where he played for Newell’s as a child.
Carles Alena to leave Barcelona in January loan deal | Football Espana
Barcelona have decided to allow Carles Alena to leave on loan in January according to reports in Diario Sport.The 21-year old has been linked with a move away from Catalonia in recent months, with Premier League duo Tottenham and Arsenal both reported to be interested in signing him.
PSG alert to Ivan Rakitic’s movements | Sport
PSG have stayed alert to the movements over Ivan Rakitic’s future. He is not poised to continue at Barcelona, uncomfortable as a reserve in coach Ernesto Valverde’s schemes. Everything indicates he’s ready to leave in January and PSG, through Leonardo, are paying attention to the negotiations.
Granada win again to top La Liga ahead of Barcelona | ESPN
Promoted Granada continued their stunning start to the season by climbing above Barcelona to the top of La Liga on Sunday after beating Real Betis 1-0 for a fourth consecutive home win. Former Betis forward Alvaro Vadillo struck the only goal of the game just after the hour mark, tucking the ball inside the near post with one touch to complete a quick counter-attack.
Barça B 1-0 Sabadell: A prestigious victory | FC Barcelona
Monchu’s first half goal against Sabadell gave Barça B a fifth victory of the season, taking them up into the play-off places. The Johan Cruyff Stadium has become a fortress for the young side, and with five games played there they’ve yet to taste defeat (three wins and two draws).