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FC Barcelona News: 4 November 2019; Focus Turns to Champions League, Barcelona B Draw

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Barcelona train with eyes on the Champions League | Sport
Barcelona trained on Sunday morning at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper de Sant Joan Despi with minds on the Champions League clash against Slavia Prague on Tuesday. The team are set to train again next at 7pm on Monday after a press conference around 4pm from Ernesto Valverde and Nelson Semedo.

Oliver to officiate Barcelona vs Slavia Prague, Karasev appointed for Valencia vs Lille | Marca
English referee Michael Oliver has been appointed by UEFA to take charge of Barcelona’s Champions League meeting with Slavia Prague, while Russian Sergei Karasev will oversee Valencia’s match with Lille. Oliver will be assisted by compatriots Stuart Burt and Simon Bennet.

Barcelona’s worst start in away games for 13 years | Sport
Barcelona are struggling away from home. At Camp Nou they have won five from five, but after 2-0 and 3-0 wins at Getafe and Eibar seemed to have got the situation under control, it’s got bad again. The Catalans are leaders despite that, but there is a problem away from home.

The details of Luis Suarez’s injury | Sport
Luis Suarez had to be taken off during Barcelona’s 3-1 defeat by Levante at the Ciutat de València. The first impression was subsequently confirmed: Suárez suffered a new calf injury to his right leg. It is the same injury he suffered in the opening league match at the San Mames.

The curse of the Barcelona left-back | Marca
One of the best full-backs in Europe, he’s left a number of other talented players waiting on the bench as his backup. His latest victim is Junior Firpo. The former Real Betis player landed last summer for a considerable fee that could hit 30 million euros including variables.

Why Newell’s’ dreams of lining up with Messi will never come true | Goal
Newell’s are clearly a club which venerates its heroes. A further clue lies in the name given to their stadium, the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa, in recognition of the current Leeds boss’ wonderful time on the bench during the late 1980s and early 90s. There is one man, though, that the Lepra would love to welcome back more than any other.

Koeman insists he can’t take Barcelona job until post-Euro 2020 after release clause revealed | Goal
Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that there is a clause in his contract that will allow him to move to Barcelona, but only after Euro 2020. Director of football at the Dutch Football Association Nico-Jan Hoogma revealed last month the presence of a clause in the manager’s contract, one that would allow Koeman to return to Camp Nou should Barcelona make an approach.

Barça B 0-0 Andorra: Everything but the goal | FC barcelona
Barça B and Andorra have drawn 0-0 in game in which the reserves played plenty of great football but just could not find the net. That still four games unbeaten and no losses at all at the Estadi Johan Cruyff but three points would have been nice to send the team into the playoff positions.

Riqui Puig opens the door to his Barcelona exit | Sport
Riqui Puig spoke on Sunday after Barcelona B’s draw with Andorra at the Johan Cruyff stadium and said he wants more protagonism at the club. ”I’d like to have more minutes (up a level) and if I see I won’t get them I’ll have to take a decision,” he said in the mixed zone.