Ernesto Valverde was asked who should win the Ballon d’Or on Saturday and made his feelings quite clear. He said: “I would vote for the best, obviously. Ever year you always vote depending on how the seasons have gone for the players. But if you have to give it to the best, let’s just give it to Messi and the problem is solved.”
Barcelona players have learned who they will face in the group stages of Euro 2020. France, Portugal and Germany have been drawn in the Group of Death which is likely to involve Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Antoine Griezmann, Clement Lenglet, Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti.
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone wants his side to show more aggression against Barcelona. He told a press conference: “We want to score more goals and be more aggressive in both penalty areas, which is where the games are resolved. We work to compete in the best way and we want to win the match. We played well in Turin and hopefully we will do the same but with a different result.”
Manchester United are reportedly in talks with Arturo Vidal’s agent over a January move, according to FcInterNews. The Red Devils are hoping to land the Chile international for £13 million and are said to have a good relationship with his agent Fernando Felicevich.
Diego Simeone has a number of injury problems ahead of Sunday’s clash with Barcelona. Centre-backs Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic are both out with injury as well as striker Diego Costa. Thomas Partey and Saul Niguez are back in the squad after suspension.
Hristo Stoickov has made it clear he would be happy to bring Ronald Koeman to Barcelona as manager and has also backed Antoine Griezmann. He said: “I would sign Ronald Koeman for Barça with my eyes closed, but it doesn’t depend on me. [Griezmann] He’s one of the great players there is and it is always good to see him have fun. Don’t forget, he’s a world champion.”