PREVIEW: FC Barcelona – Valladolid | FC Barcelona
Barça are currently on a four-game winning run in LaLiga, but face a Valladolid side who are unbeaten in the last five. Both games last season resulted in 1-0 wins for the blaugrana, and another on Tuesday could see them overhaul Granada at the top of the table.
The squad for Valladolid | FC Barcelona
Barça welcome Real Valladolid to the Camp Nou on Tuesday, the first time a league match has been played at the stadium since October 6 when the Blaugrana beat Sevilla 4-0. Ernesto Valverde’s team will face the side coached by Sergio González, and the Basque has called up 18 players for the game.
Luis Suárez has Valladolid in his sights | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez has scored against 26 of the 27 La Liga opponents and the only name missing from his list is that of Valladolid, the visitors to Camp Nou on Tuesday. With kick off at 9.15pm CET, the striker will have another chance to chalk off the name of Sergio González’s side from his collection of La Liga victims.
Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde cites Johan Cruyff in defending tactics | ESPN
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has hit back at criticism over his team’s running statistics by suggesting he is following the philosophy instilled at the club by the late Johan Cruyff. Barca ran fewer kilometres than any other team in the Champions League last week. Valverde’s side ran just 100.4 km, while opponents Slavia Prague travelled 115.2 km across the 90 minutes.
Umtiti trains but won’t play against Real Valladolid | Marca
Samuel Umtiti has stepped up his recovery from a knee injury which forced him out of Barcelona’s trip to Slavia Prague on Wednesday. The Frenchman completed part of the session with the main group on Monday but will not be available to Ernesto Valverde for the visit of Real Valladolid to the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
Barcelona wrong for allowing Clasico to be postponed, says Laporta | Goal
Laporta, who was the president of Barca between 2003 and 2014, believes the match should have been played as initially planned and feels it is the Catalan side who are to blame for the postponement. ”Yes, [I would’ve played] the game on Saturday because if Real Madrid wanted to play then I don’t see the problem,” he said.
Barcelona and Ivan Rakitic agree on January exit | Football Espana
Barcelona and Ivan Rakitic have come to a mutual agreement about a parting of the ways in January, according to a report in Marca. The Croatia international has been an integral part of the club’s midfielder for five years but has featured only sparingly this season and whilst no transfer away has been finalised, it is now said to be a formality.
No Barcelona move for Carlos Vela - Ernesto Valverde | Football Espana
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has appeared to rule out a January move for Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela. Now aged 30, Vela netted a total of 66 La Liga goals for Real Sociedad across seven seasons having initially joined the club from Arsenal in 2011.
Barça join Bayern Munich and AC Milan in the race for Lille’s Osimhen | Sport
FC Barcelona are in the race for one of the young stars of France’s Ligue 1, the Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen who plays for Lille. The 21-year-old striker, who is already capped at international level, is also attracting interest from Bayern Munich and AC Milan, according to the website Soccer Link.