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FC Barcelona News: 5 November 2019; Arthur Left Out Once Again, Samuel Umtiti Given Medical Clearance

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PREVIEW: FC Barcelona - Slavia Prague | FC Barcelona
The Champions League returns to the Camp Nou. After a defeat at the Ciutat de València Stadium, focus is back on European competition, as Barça look for the win which will into the next stage. Slavia Prague are the visitors (Tuesday, 6.55pm CET) for the fourth match in the group stage.

Squad named for Slavia Prague game | FC Barcelona
The Champions League returns to the Camp Nou this Tuesday with Barça welcoming Slavia Prague to the Camp Nou. The match takes place at an uncharacteristic kick-off time of 6:55pm CET, and sees the Spanish and Czech league winners from last year go head-to-head for a second time in under a month.

Losing is fine because it forces us to react, says Barca boss Valverde | Goal
Ernesto Valverde understands the pressure is increasing at Barcelona following their shocking collapse against Levante, yet he is trying to remain calm as they aim to get back to winning ways against Sparta Prague. Not for the first time in Valverde’s reign, Barca let slip a promising position on Saturday, conceding three times in seven second-half minutes to suffer a 3-1 defeat in La Liga.

Crosas: Barcelona are becoming dull because they reflect Valverde | Marca
Barcelona academy graduate Marc Crosas has suggested that the Blaugrana are becoming a dull team due to Ernesto Valverde. Crosas spent much of his early career with the Catalan club before successful spells with Celtic and Santos Laguna, yet he feels totally detached from the current Blaugrana side.

‘Everyone always has to earn their place’ - Valverde challenges Dembele to prove his worth at Barcelona | Goal
Ernesto Valverde has challenged Ousmane Dembele to earn his place in the Barcelona team after the forward was surprisingly left out against Levante. Dembele was not part of Valverde’s squad for Saturday’s shock 3-1 loss in La Liga, despite being available again after serving a two-game suspension.

Semedo: Obviously Barcelona have to improve a lot | Marca
Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo attended the media ahead of the Blaugrana’s Champions League match with Slavia Prague at the Camp Nou on Tuesday evening, with the defender recognising that the Catalans need to improve after their 3-1 defeat away at Levante on Saturday.

Tottenham to make loan move for Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena | Football Espana
Barcelona and Carles Alena have come to a mutual agreement that the player should leave on loan in January, report El Mundo Deportivo. Tottenham are said to be monitoring the possibility of making a move while Italian giants Milan have previously been linked.

Vinicius: I had offers from Barca but I chose with my heart | Goal
Vinicius Junior admitted that he had to “follow my heart” when he signed for Real Madrid, turning down interest from rivals Barcelona in the process. The Brazilian signed with Real Madrid in May 2017, although his transfer from Flamengo did not go through until after his 18th birthday in July 2018.

Koeman open to Barcelona job after Euro 2020 | ESPN
Ronald Koeman will not quit his role as Netherlands head coach before the European Championships in 2020 but said he could leave for Barcelona next summer.

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