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FC Barcelona News: 11 February 2019; Barcelona Held by Athletic Bilbao in Scoreless Draw

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Athletic Club 0-0 Barça: Six points clear | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona may have failed to score for the first time in 37 games, but there was also some bright news to bring home from San Mamés on Sunday night. A point is still a point, and thanks to Atlético losing the Madrid derby the day before, Barça are now even further ahead in the title race – six points following this weekend’s fixtures.

One year later Barca fail to score a goal in La Liga | Sport
FC Barcelona failed to find the net on Sunday at the San Mames. Ernesto Valverde’s team drew 0-0 with Athletic Bilbao and put an end to 37 games (15/22 last season and this) scoring goals. It was against Getafe on February 11, 2018, that they last failed to find the net, in the 23rd week of that campaign. Previously they drew 0-0 with Malaga on November 19, 2016.

Barcelona hurting from a ‘lack of communication’ - Luis Suarez | ESPN
Luis Suarez bemoaned a lack of communication among Barcelona’s players as the La Liga leaders dropped points for the second week running after being held to a goalless draw by Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Barca missed the chance to move eight points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, but did manage to restore their six-point gap at the top thanks to two stunning saves from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

‘Messi is fine’ - Valverde dismisses fitness concerns over Barcelona star | Goal
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde dismissed suggestions Lionel Messi was not fit enough to start in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao. La Liga’s leaders were held to a third draw in succession across all competitions, as they were frustrated at San Mames by Athletic.

Barcelona arrived in Bilbao out of breath | Marca
Real Madrid were closing in on Barcelona after their victory at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and Ernesto Valverde had no choice but to use Lionel Messi against Athletic Club. It was noticeable that he wasn’t at his best and, although he tried, he lacked the freshness he needs to be decisive.

‘Barcelona suffered from tiredness’ - Marc-Andre ter Stegen | Football Espana
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen believes his side may be suffering ‘from tiredness’ but must ‘look to improve’ their performance level. The Catalan giants have drawn three games in the space of a week with Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate at San Mames against Athletic Club Bilbao a frustrating evening for Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Coutinho retains Barcelona faith despite doubts over fit in Valverde system - sources | ESPN
Barcelona believe record signing Philippe Coutinho has a long-term future at the club despite recent criticism although there are doubts over where he fits into the side, sources have told ESPN FC. Coutinho has been taken off in each of Barca’s last three matches and his position in the starting lineup is under threat following the return of Ousmane Dembele.

Amor sends veiled warning to Coutinho over his recent form | Sport
“At the beginning with Coutinho we were happy and have always been happy. We have to give him chances and he’ll take them. He’s always shown his quality. He takes risks, he tries. It feels as if everyone is watching what he does, the poor guy. But we believe he’ll carry on going forward,” added Amor.

FAZ: Barça reach agreement with Bundesliga top scorer Luka Jovic | Sport
FC Barcelona have agreed personal terms with Serbian striker Luka Jovic according to German newspaper ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine”. The information claims Barça have moved to the front on the queue after talks with the player’s representatives and both sides hope to finalise the transfer in the summer. It’s a similar case to what happened with Frenkie De Jong: first agreeing terms with the player and later with the club.

Olympique de Lyon name their asking price for Barça target Mendy | Sport
Olympique de Lyon’s chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, has put a price on his team’s left back. Ferland Mendy is wanted by a host of sides next summer and one of those is FC Barcelona. Lyon and Barça meet in the knockout rounds of the Champions League and the two matches could be something of an audition for the left back.