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FC Barcelona News: 20 February 2019; Barcelona Held Scoreless in Lyon, Search for Reinforcements Continues

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Lyon 0-0 Barça: Scoreless in France | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have it all to do in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie with Olympique Lyonnais following Tuesday’s 0-0 draw. But it could have been oh so different. The blaugrana were the superior side from start to finish and had no fewer than 25 attempts on goal, but it was one of those nights when the ball just did not want to go in.

Defensive organisation is not enough to win the Champions League | Marca
A draw away from home is not a bad result, though it would have been better had Barcelona managed to score at Lyon. Ernesto Valverde’s team were excellent defensively and should be applauded for that.

0-0: Plenty of reasons to be cheerful | FC Barcelona
Opinions are divided as to whether a goalless draw in France was a good or a bad result for FC Barcelona’s Champions League interests. So, we decided to flick through the history books to get a sense of perspective, and it turns out that 0-0 away has generally worked out fine in the end.

Ernesto Valverde ‘not worried’ by Luis Suarez form | Football Espana
Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde has played down fears over Luis Suarez’s form in the Champions League after firing a blank in Lyon. The Uruguayan striker has not netted in five Champions League games this season and going further back, has just one in his last 17 games in the competition – a run stretching back to 2017.

Luis Suarez: No Champions League goal away from home in 24 hours | Narca
If anyone in particular suffered from Barcelona’s drought in Lyon it was Luis Suarez as he had another goalless Champions League night away from the Camp Nou, which means that he has gone 16 games without scoring, accumulating over 24 hours of football. The Uruguayan is not in his best form and hasn’t scored in his last four LaLiga Santander appearances.

Nelson Semedo’s great leap forward | Sport
Valverde explained that it took Semedo some time to fit. “All the players when they arrive at our club find it hard to get into the dynamic of the team. Sometimes we play with little space and this game you have to learn. Nelson, for his characteristics is a player that needs space. But he’s very fast, hard to neutralise and we love him.”

La Gazzetta: Ivan Rakitic, a step away from Inter Milan | Sport
They say there is the “smell of a deal” and that Inter delegate Giuseppe Marotta and sporting director Piero Ausilio have met in secret with Barcelona to negotiate. Their offer is 35 million but Barcelona want 45m. 10m separating the two. If there is an agreement it could be around 40m.

Barcelona closing on €20m double deal for Palmeiras starlets Vitao & Candido | Gpač
Barcelona are close to completing a €20 million (£17m/$23m) double deal for highly-rated Palmeiras pair Vitao and Luan Candido, Goal understands. Negotiations between the Liga giants and their Brazilian counterparts are believed to be at an advanced stage.

Barcelona spy on two possible transfer targets in France | Sport
Barcelona know the Uruguayan at some point must be replaced and they are looking at Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, the Ivory Coast striker. France Football say Barcelona took advantage of the trip to France for the Champions League to play Lyon to watch Pepe at the weekend. Lille drew 0-0 with Montpellier, but Pepe impressed.

Spanish Super Cup to be expanded to four teams and played abroad | Sky Sports
The revamped tournament is set to start this August, with the winners and runners-up of both La Liga and the Copa del Rey qualifying under the new format proposed by Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales.