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FC Barcelona News: 8 November 2019; El Clasico Set for Early Kickoff, Celta Vigo Match Approaches

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Barça-Madrid Clasico could be played between 1pm and 5pm on a Wednesday | Sport
If the kick-off time is confirmed, it would avoid the Clasico clashing with Copa del Rey games. It would also mean a ‘primetime’ kick off for Asian countries, a growing market for La Liga.

Barcelona board support boss Ernesto Valverde | Football Espana
Ernesto Valverde retains the support of the board at Barcelona but there are concerns over the level of recent performances. The Blaugrana were hugely disappointing in the scoreless draw against Slavia Prague at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, which means their hopes of progressing from a tough group are no longer guaranteed.

Valverde wants to see a more daring Junior Firpo | Marca
Jordi Alba was injured against Slavia Prague and the left-back stayed in the dressing room at the break, as Sergi Roberto came on in his place and Nelson Semedo, in turn, moved across to the left. Junior Firpo, meanwhile, was watching on from the stands, and not for the first time this season as he was left out of Ernesto Valverde’s matchday squad.

Barcelona annoyed by the ostracism of summer signing Junior Firpo | Sport
The injury to Jordi Alba should have opened the door to Junior Firpo to come in as Barcelona’s left-back. The Spain U21 international has had some injury problems, but he’s in shape and ready to play now and the club are annoyed by his ostracism in recent weeks.

The lowdown on RC Celta de Vigo | FC Barcelona
The several small clubs in Vigo, on the Atlantic coast not far from the Portuguese border, decided in 1923 that in order to be more competitive on a national level they would be better off combining forces as a single club. Thus Real Club Celta was formed, named in honour of the Celtic tradition in the region of Galicia, where it vies for supremacy with traditional rivals Deportivo La Coruña.

Griezmann needs time to match huge expectations at Barcelona, says Deschamps | Goal
Antoine Griezmann will go on to enjoy a successful Barcelona career, Didier Deschamps believes, adding he has no concerns over the forward’s form. Griezmann left Atletico Madrid for Barca over the summer, but he has failed to find his best form so far at Camp Nou.

Ansu Fati and Carles Pérez attend youth football presentation | FC Barcelona
Ansu Fati and Carles Pérez were the protagonists of the presentation for the youth football teams at FC Barcelona. The two young first-team squad players were presented as Barça B players, although both continue to be part of the first team dynamic, having done so since Ernesto Valverde called them up in August.

Ansu Fati: I want to be at Barcelona my entire life | Football Espana
Fati - born in Guinea Bissau, who now has Spanish nationality and also qualifies to represent Portugal - scored and assisted on his first start for the Blaugrana in their 5-2 win over Valencia in September and his level of performance has generated a great level of excitement.

‘Convince Barcelona!’ - Suarez wants MLS move, claims Lodeiro | Goal
Seattle Sounders attacker Nico Lodeiro has claimed Barcelona star Luis Suarez wants to play in MLS and a move to the competition is “only a matter of time”. Lodeiro and Suarez are good friends having lined up for Uruguay together, with the former set to compete in the MLS Cup final on Sunday against Toronto FC.

‘Barca isn’t everything’ - Denis Suarez advises Alena he may need to leave Catalan giants | Goal
Carles Alena should not settle for a bit-part role at Barcelona and should consider opportunities to pursue his career elsewhere, according to Denis Suarez. Alena, 21, has been sparsely used at Camp Nou this season despite a spate of injuries which have disrupted the Catalans early in 2019-20.

‘Barcelona are approaching the end of a cycle’ – Edmilson expecting big decisions next summer | Goal
Barcelona are approaching “the end of the cycle”, says Edmilson, with some big decisions set to be made at Camp Nou when the current campaign comes to a close. Questions are already being asked in Catalunya amid struggles to find a spark and consistency in 2019-20.