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FC Barcelona News: 17 March 2019; Atletico Madrid Defeated, Barcelona B Lose Derby

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The Squad List for #BetisBarça | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde has named his team for Sunday’s 8.45pm CET kick-off, for which Ousmane Dembélé’s name is added to a casualty list that already included Rafinha. Todibo, Murillo, and Thomas Vermaelen are the other players that miss out on the following list: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Coutinho, Arthur, Suárez, Messi, Cillessen, Malcom, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Boateng, Sergi Roberto, Aleñá, Vidal and Umtiti.

A duel between the leaders of possession | FC Barcelona
This Sunday, the Benito Villamarín and Quique Setién’s Real Betis welcome Ernesto Valverde and FC Barcelona, in the match corresponding to the 28th day of the League championship (8.45pm CET). It’s a game between the teams with the highest percentage of possession per game in the League: Barça have an average of 64.81%, while the Verdiblancos have 63.84%.

Atletico Madrid title hopes hit by soft defeat at Athletic Bilbao | ESPN
Atletico Madrid’s faint La Liga title hopes suffered a setback with a 2-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday which could leave them 10 points behind leaders Barcelona by the end of the weekend. The loss was the first for Atleti against Bilbao since January of 2013, ending an 11-game unbeaten run against them.

Barcelona boss Valverde takes blame for Dembele ‘risk’ against Lyon | ESPN
“But as it was a vital game, I included him on the squad. With the way the match was going, it was the right moment [at 2-1] to take a risk, which we did, and now he will be out for three or four weeks.

Barcelona seek maximum profitability with Coutinho | Marca
Few players go through a performance slump as sharp and constant as that of Philippe Coutinho, who has had many opportunities to redeem himself. But the blind confidence which Valverde has in him, and the newest injury for Ousmane Dembele, mean that the Brazilian is going to have a new and prolonged opportunity to get back on form and pull himself out of his funk.

L’Equipe: Barcelona to make another move for Griezmann | Marca
Barcelona’s pursuit of Antoine Griezmann doesn’t seem to have faded away completely, even after the Frenchman rejected the Catalan club at the end of last season. Just when the speculation had died down, Atletico Madrid’s defeat in the Champions League seems to have thrown the forward’s future into doubt once more.

Barça and Betis’ co-owned Emerson not yet taken off in La Liga | Sport
Emerson has hardly played since joining Real Betis. The Brazilian has appeared just twice since arriving in Seville, against Rennes in the Europa League and Celta Vigo in La Liga. That’s not many minutes to evaluate the performance of a player that could play for Barcelona in 2021 if things go as planned following the two clubs’ joint deal to bring the player to Europe in January.

Barça B 0-1 RCD Espanyol B: No luck in the derby | FC Barcelona
Barça B have lost had home to Espanyol B in the ‘reserve derby’ at the Miniestadi despite controlling the game from start to finish. Solid defending from the visitors and a lack of accuracy when finishing off chances condemned the blaugrana to a defeat they didn’t really deserve.

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