Historic Lionel Messi: Barça star set for 700th appearance vs. Dortmund | Sport
Lionel Messi will hit another landmark on Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund. The Barcelona captain is set to make his 700th appearance for the club in their Champions League tie. He will become only the second player to reach that figure after Xavi Hernandez.
Dembélé: ‘Dortmund will be a special match for me’ | FC Barcelona
Ousmane Dembele has been talking about the prospect of facing former club Borussia Dortmund. The French star admits it will be a special match for him and that it will be a “bit difficult” emotionally. He also talked about how he has improved since joining Barcelona, particularly in how he prepares for games.
Pique: President of Barça? Right now I’m really having fun with the tennis | Sport
Gerard Pique has once again been asked about if he fancies becoming Barcelona president in the future. The defender, who was in Madrid for the Davis Cup Finals, replied: “At the moment I am really entertained with this and the truth is that I’m really enjoying it. Right now I want to compete as a footballer and try to keep going for as long as possible.”
Jurgen Klopp says Virgil van Dijk deserves Ballon d’Or win over Lionel Messi | Mirror
Jurgen Klopp reckons Virgil van Dijk should win the Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi. He said: “If you give the Ballon d’Or to the best player of his generation, you give it always to Lionel Messi, that’s how it is. If you give it to the best player of last season then it was Virgil van Dijk.”
“I was surprised Barça boss Valverde lined up with four forwards” | Sport
Leganes boss Javier Aguirre was surprised by Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI on Saturday at Butarque. He said. “Ernesto surprised me with the four attackers. It’s scary on paper. I wasn’t expecting it. My concern was where Messi was going to play. With the four upfront and (full-backs Moussa) Wague and (Junior) Firpo, they were attacking with six players.”
Barcelona’s half-time team talk suggests worrying signs | AS
Barcelona were 1-0 down at Leganes at half-time on Saturday which prompted plenty of “negativity and frustration” in the dressing room at the break. Some players were angry, some quiet, while Griezmann, Umtiti and Dembélé “got caught up in a heated discussion.” Eventually Pique and Messi took charge and rallied the team for the second half.
Eric Abidal hints at Barcelona summer spending spree | Football Espana
Eric Abidal has hinted that Barcelona could splash the cash in the summer transfer window. According to Mundo Deportivo, the club are looking to bring in a replacement for Luis Suarez and also want to strengthen defensively.