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FC Barcelona News: 11 November 2019; International Break Begins, Barcelona B Draw

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The agenda for Barça’s international players | FC Barcelona
The last international break of the year, and there are 16 Barça players called up for their countries (11 from the first team and 5 from Barça B). European players will dispute the final qualification matches for Euro 2020, while the South Americans will play friendly matches. Leo Messi returns for the Argentine national team, for whom he has not played since the Copa América.

A session without the players on international duty | FC Barcelona
After the victory against Celta (4-1) and Sunday’s rest day, this Monday saw a return to training. The available players of the first team worked out on Pitch 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, and were joined by Riqui Puig, Van Beijnen, Chumi, O. Mingueza, Jandro, Monchu, Collado, Marqués and C. Pérez from Barça B. The international players have begun to join up with their teams, while N. Semedo and Jordi Alba continue their recovery process.

Lionel Messi will stay at Barcelona for another five years, insists president Josep Maria Bartomeu | Sky Sports
The Argentinian is under contract until 2021 but has a clause inserted in his deal which could see him leave the Nou Camp for nothing in the summer. And although the club are preparing for a post-Messi era with a number of high-profile signings over the past few years, Bartomeu believes the side won’t lose Messi anytime soon.

Griezmann’s worrying statistics: Fewer goals and passes than with Atletico Madrid | Marca
Antoine Griezmann’s barren run in front of goal continued against Celta Vigo as he failed to score for the fifth game in a row. The Frenchman’s time at Barcelona has been marked by his failure to strike up a relationship with Lionel Messi and his inconsistency at finding the net.

Barcelona cross their fingers with Luis Suarez | Marca
Luis Suarez has been named in Uruguay’s 22-man squad for their games against Hungary and Argentina over this upcoming international break, having just received the medical green light after resting with a soleus injury.

Valverde has already lost half of his Barcelona squad to injury | Marca
It took just 20 minutes for Ernesto Valverde to be forced into a substitution against Celta Vigo, with Nelson Semedo coming off with what was later revealed as a calf injury, being replaced by Sergio Busquets. In doing so, he became the 13th injured player for Barcelona this season, which means that more than half of the squad have been hit.

Calciomercato: Juventus want Barça’s Rakitic but put off by his salary | Sport
Juventus seem to want to push hard for the signing of Barcelona’s Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who is still not playing regularly in Ernesto Valverde’s side. A number of other Italian clubs are also interested in Rakitic, such as AC Milan and Inter, and he could leave Camp Nou in January if his situation does not change.

This is what Barça’s week looks like | FC Barcelona
After the match against Celta, the Blaugranes are getting ready for a new week. Ernesto Valverde will not be able to count on his international players, but those that remain in Barcelona will prepare for the match on Wednesday against Cartagena (7.00pm CET). A friendly and charitable game, the revenue from the sale of tickets will be destined for the victims of the recent floods in that area.

Cartagena v Barça, live on the web and the FC Barcelona app | FC Barcelona
As announced in October, on Wednesday, November 13, FC Barcelona will play a friendly against Cartagena. The match will take place at the Cartagonova stadium, at 7.00pm CET, and can be followed live through the official website and the FC Barcelona app. To be able to see it live, you will only have to register as Barça Fan, and it’s completely free. You can also watch it on Barça TV in Spain.

Rival watch: Dortmund lose, Inter and Slavia win | FC Barcelona
Barça’s next Champions League opponents, Borussia Dortmund, have been beaten for the second time in this season’s Bundesliga, this time by champions Bayern Munich, who went ahead through Lewandowski on the quarter hour, extended it through Gnabry just after the restart before Polish striker Lewandowski for a second time and an own goal from Mats Hummels completed the rout.

Ebro 1-1 Barça B: A deserved point | FC Barcelona
Barça B drew 1-1 against Ebro thanks to a goal from Ronald Araujo in the final play of the game. That’s now five games unbeaten (two wins and three draws), allowing the Blaugranes to move closer to the play-off positions. Garcia Pimienta’s side began dominating the rhythm of play and had the best chances early in the game, but both Ludovit Reis and Riqui Puig were unable to convert. Kike Saverio had the clearest chance of the first half but Loscos stood tall to make the save.

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