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FC Barcelona News: 4 April 2019; Ajax Eying Carles Alena Loan Deal as Injuries Mount for Atletico Madrid

Villarreal CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

When and where to watch FC Barcelona - Atlético Madrid | FC Barcelona
League action returns to the Camp Nou, with Barça playing an always difficult opponent, Atlético Madrid. It’s an 8.45pm kick-off local time, and this guide will help you to work out what time it will be starting in your part of the world.

The Comeback Kids | FC Barcelona
By now you probably know that Barça carried out yet another late comeback, this time coming away from Villarreal with a 4-4 draw after being down a pair of goals in the 90th minute. Barça have now managed to win eight points from losing positions in the final ten minutes of their games this season, best in the competition, one more than both Alavés and Valladolid.

There was another 4-4 draw at Villarreal — with a comeback too! | FC Barcelona
Another buzzer-beater for Barça. On Tuesday night at Villarreal, Luis Suárez scored on the final play of the game to draw Barça level, 4-4, and give them a valuable point in the standings as they continue their push towards another La Liga title. Just four minutes earlier, Villarreal were up 4-2 and appeared to be headed towards a victory. Leo Messi made it 4-3 in the 90th before Suárez knotted it up in the 93rd. Curiously, an eerily similar finish occurred on the same field some 18 years earlier.

Ivan Rakitić is Barcelona’s secret weapon | GQ
The Swiss-born-and-raised Croatian who lives in Catalonia is speaking in English, the fourth of the six languages he speaks. He’s in his fifth season at Camp Nou and he’s more important than ever – no Barça player has played as many games this season.

Barcelona planning €300m summer sales to finance new signings - sources | ESPN
[T]he club’s hierarchy are aware that to push through with their plans, players must leave first.There are two categories of players who could leave Camp Nou -- those regularly linked with big money moves away -- including Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic -- and others who do not feature in coach Ernesto Valverde’s plans.

David Villa: “Messi is the greatest footballer of all time” | Sport
Lionel Messi is continuously referred to as the greatest footballer of all time. He’s won five Ballon d’Ors and at the age of 31, continues to lead the way out on the pitch. His form this season has been no different to the previous campaigns and he was applauded by the Real Betis fans for his genius recently.

Ousmane Dembélé looks set for Champions League return against United | Sport
Injuries have been a thorn in Dembele’s side at Barça and the current one has taken longer than expected to heal. Ernesto Valverde is aware of the situation and won’t call up the Frenchman for the LaLiga encounter, according to ‘AS’.

Alvaro Morata ruled out of Atletico Madrid’s clash with Barcelona | Sky Sports
Morata, who is on loan from Chelsea, suffered the injury in Tuesday’s 2-0 win at home to Girona. Morata’s injury creates a further selection headache for head coach Diego Simeone, who could also be without Diego Costa after he missed the win over Girona with a muscle injury, while France winger Thomas Lemar is not expected back from injury for another two weeks.

Ajax are interested in a season-long loan deal for Carles Aleñá | Sport
Ajax are extremely interested in loaning Carles Aleña next season if Barça open the door to letting the midfielder leave. After the emergence of Arthur alongside the incoming Frenkie de Jong, Aleña might find it difficult to get the regular playing time he desires at the Camp Nou during the 2019/20 season. He’s in a similar position to French defender Todibo, who is also looking at a loan move in the summer.

Barça already know which defenders they want at the club next season | Sport
The four centre backs Barça want for next season are: Piqué, Lenglet, Umtiti and De Ligt. This would see all four have their immediate - and long term - futures tied to FC Barcelona, until 2023 to be precise. Pique’s deal actually expires a year before but his is a special case. There’s no danger of him leaving the club and he is free to decide when his time is up so he can retire at the Camp Nou.

Johan Cruyff’s name ready on future stadium | FC Barcelona
The name of Johan Cruyff, the legendary Dutchamn who made history both as a Barça player and manager, is now shining at the stadium that’s in the process of being completed at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The letters have been positioned on the upper section of the main covered grandstand and also on the roofs behind the two goals.

De Ligt’s decision will have to wait | Marca
Matthijs de Ligt is wanted by half of Europe and has several important offers on the table, but he does not want to make a decision - or at least not make it official - just yet as his current side, Ajax, are still fighting for the Eredivisie, the KNVB Cup and the Champions League.

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