PREVIEW: FC Barcelona - RCD Espanyol | FC Barcelona
LaLiga is back with a bang this weekend, as Spanish top flight action gets underway again following the international break. FC Barcelona have an always intense Catalan derby against RCD Espanyol on Matchday 29, as they look to earn local bragging rights and another 3 points for their title quest.
The squad to face Espanyol | FC Barcelona
After the recent break for international matches, the league return this weekend with the Catalan derby between Barça and Espanyol. Coach Ernesto Valverde has announced the following 18 man list for the Saturday’s 4.15pm CET kick off: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Coutinho, Arthur, Suárez, Messi, Malcom, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Prince, S. Roberto, Aleñá, Vidal, Umtiti and Iñaki Peña.
Barça v Levante kick off time confirmed | FC Barcelona
The clash comes after the visit to Mendizorroza to take on Alavés on the ‘Dia de Sant Jordi’, the day that celebrates Catalonia’s patron saint and before the trip to Balaídos to take on Celta the following weekend. The game also comes just before a possible Champions League semi final first leg should the blaugranes get past Manchester United in the quarter finals.
Espanyol far above Pique ‘nonsense’, says Rubi | Goal
Rubi said Espanyol are “far above this nonsense” in response to Barcelona defender Gerard Pique’s claims he has more money than their budget for the season. Pique stoked the fire ahead of Saturday’s LaLiga derby at Camp Nou after telling Movistar+ show ‘La Resistencia’: “I have more money than the budget of Espanyol this year. Nope, not just €57million, it’s plenty more than that.”
Barcelona’s Messi: Even son questions why I receive so much criticism in Argentina | ESPN
After four days off, he returned to training with Barcelona on Wednesday, which led to a slew of abuse in his native Argentina about his decision to miss the friendly match against Morocco. ”I’m used to what they say about me, they are always making things up about me,” the Barca forward told Radio 94.7. “Nothing surprises me.
Messi: I miss having Ronaldo in La Liga | Goal
Lionel Messi says he misses facing rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the former Real Madrid forward gave “prestige” to La Liga. After helping Madrid win a fourth Champions League title in five years, Ronaldo left the club to join Serie A giants Juventus in July.
Barcelona closer to Bayern Munich defender David Alaba
Barcelona’s hopes of signing Bayern Munich defender David Alaba have increased following Lucas Hernandez’s move to the Bavarians, say Mundo Deportivo. The Austrian international is predominantly a left-back and the Catalan giants are keen to add competition for long-term full-back Jordi Alba.