Luis Suarez says Barcelona are aiming to win the treble this season. He told Mundo Deportivo: “We have an obligation to try and win everything and our mentality is to try and win every title. We are through to the Copa del Rey semi finals, we have a lead in La Liga, in terms of points, and in the Champions League, we have the experience to deal with any situation.”
Marcelino has been talking about Lionel Messi ahead of Saturday’s game with Valencia. He said: “Messi gives us all joy, except when you play against him, then he makes you suffer. He’s been playing at such a high level for many years. We’ll try to keep his time on the ball limited, but that will be very difficult.”
Mateu Lohez will referee the first leg of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid it has been announced. The last time he took charge of a Barcelona game it ended in a 4-3 defeat to Real Betis.
Borussia Dortmund have formally exercised their option to sign Paco Alcacer permanently. Barcelona announced in a statement on Friday that the German team have paid €23 million plus €5 million in variables, they will also receive five per cent of any future transfer fee.
Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants Xavi to manage the club before Lionel Messi retires. “I’m in tune with Xavi, in relation to the project, and personally I love talking to him about football. I hope he can lead our footballing project. We have a lot of challenges for the next five or 10 years. A key one, and one of the first, is the management of the end of Lionel Messi (as he gets towards retiring).”