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FC Barcelona News: 4 October 2019; Rivaldo talks resting Lionel Messi, Busquets in Spain squad

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Rivaldo: Resting Messi against Sevilla could have its long-term benefits | Marca

Rivaldo says that resting Lionel Messi against Sevilla could be a good idea. He explained: “The Sevilla game is an important one, but there is a long way to go in LaLiga Santander and protecting Messi now could have its benefits in the future. Because it allows him some more days to recover from this week at a time where he’s still not fully fit.”

Spain name their squad and there’s only room for one Barça player | Sport

Spain have named their squad for European qualifiers against Norway and Sweden, and midfielder Sergio Busquets is the only Barcelona player included in the 23-man list. Jordi Alba misses out due to injury, while Sergi Roberto has been overlooked.

Luis Suárez top of the pops at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona

Luis Suarez’s brace against Inter Milan on Wednesday means he has moved into third place in the club’s list of all-time goalscorers in the Champions League. The striker has netted 22 in the competition, Rivaldo has 22 and Lionel Messi 112.

Messi is ready to break his unwanted streak of 134 days without scoring | Sport

Lionel Messi will have gone 134 days without scoring for Barcelona on Sunday, his longest streak since 2006-07. His last goal came against Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey, and he is yet to open his account for the new campaign after an injury-interrupted start.

Barca offered opportunity to sign star ‘several times’ – Valverde’s side ‘said no’ | Sport Witness

Barcelona were offered the chance to sign Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij but said no. The Spanish champions did talk about the possibility of bringing the centre-back to the club but decided against the idea.

Barça deny reports they’ve contacted Gallardo about a Camp Nou switch | Sport

Barcelona have denied reports they have been in touch with River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo about replacing Ernesto Valverde. Reports in Argentina have suggested he has been under consideration but the Catalan giants have denied the speculation to Sport.