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FC Barcelona News: 9 March 2019; Rotations Expected as Barcelona Take on Rayo Vallecano

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Match Preview: Barça v Rayo Vallecano | FC Barcelona
Another weekend, another game against Madrid-based opposition for FC Barcelona. Rayo Vallecano are the side who visit the Camp Nou on LaLiga Matchday 27, as Ernesto Valverde’s men attempt to extend their 7-point lead at the top of the table with a win against the relegation battlers.

Barça boss Valverde confirms rotations against Rayo Vallecano | Sport
Ernesto Valverde announced that he will rotate for Barcelona’s game against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. The coach confirmed “it’s likely there will be some cahnges,” although he suggested nothing too radical because “we’ve had the week off and there are four days [until the Champions League game against Lyon after]. We will be careful with some players, but we will look at it.”

Squad list for the visit of Rayo Vallecano | FC Barcelona
Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Piqué, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Coutinho, Arthur, Suárez, Messi, O. Dembélé, Cillessen, Malcom, Murillo, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, Aleñá, Vidal and Umtiti. Rafinha and Vermaelen are still out injured, there’s no place for Todibo and Boateng and Lenglet is suspended.

Bayern Munich are Barça’s only threat in pursuit of Ajax’s De Ligt | Sport
As revealed by SPORT on Thursday, Barcelona have made big moves in recent days to tie up the signing of Matthijs De Ligt. The club are hopeful based on the centre-back’s desire to move to Camp Nou and the fluid relationship with his club, Ajax -- key elements when it comes to getting the deal done.

Barcelona boss Valverde: Woman could coach men’s team in future | ESPN
Barca have invested heavily in their women’s side in recent years. Former World Player of the Year Lieke Martens and England international Toni Duggan are among a number of big signings made since the team went professional in 2015.

Success for ‘Barça: Women, plural’ on the day of International Women’s Day | Football Espana
Coinciding with International Women’s Day, FC Barcelona celebrated a special day at the Auditori 1899 organised by the Edelmira Calvetó Group, headed by the secretary of the Board of Directors, Maria Teixidor. Under the title, Barça: women, plural, the events promoted the place of women in various areas of sport via a series of talks and round tables discussions during the day in front of a large audience of the general public.

Luis Enrique admits ‘tension’ with Lionel Messi at Barcelona | Football Espana
Spain boss Luis Enrique admits there was a ‘time of tension’ between him and Lionel Messi when he coached the Argentine star at Barcelona. Enrique managed the club between 2014 and 2017, winning nine trophies including two league titles and the 2015 Champions League crown.

Barcelona miss out on Sochaux midfielder Lucien Agoume | Football Espana
Barcelona will not sign Sochaux midfielder Lucien Agoume this summer despite his €5m price tag, report El Mundo Deportivo. The 17-year-old has made 13 appearances this season for the Ligue 2 club and the report cites Sportbild as claiming that there is also interest from RB Leipzig.

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