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FC Barcelona News: 7 April 2019; How Gerard Pique tried to calm Diego Costa down

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Diego Costa: Piqué’s words to Atlético striker after red card | AS

Gerard Pique ushered Diego Costa off the Camp Nou pitch following his red card and tried his best to calm the Atletico Madrid striker down. He reportedly told Costa: “Stop talking now! What do you want, a four-match ban?”

Bartomeu: Griezmann? Barcelona do not talk about other players | Marca

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been asked about those Antoine Griezmann rumors again. He said: “No, at Barcelona, at this stage of the season, we do not talk about players, and certainly not about players of other teams. Many names have come out but we must focus on LaLiga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.”

Barça boss Valverde brings up 50 league wins | Sport

Barcelona’s win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday made it a half century of La Liga wins for manager Ernesto Valverde. The Barcelona boss has hit the landmark in 69 games, only Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola and Helenio Herrera did it quicker.

Barça president Bartomeu comments on Rakitic’s future at the club | Sport

Bartomeu has also spoken about Ivan Rakitic’s future at the club amid speculation he could depart in the summer. He told ESPN: “Rakitic is one of Barcelona’s most important players,” but added “we have to maintain the correct balance in terms of the wage bill. We will see at the end of the season what happens.”

Coutinho explains how Liverpool experience will help Barcelona beat Man Utd | Mirror

Philippe Coutinho reckons his previous Liverpool experience can help Barcelona knock Man Utd out of the Champions League. He said: “If they boo myself and Luis Suarez, then that’s normal at Old Trafford because of the team we used to play for. But it won’t make any difference to me. And, even more than that, it is an incentive to play better and to be even more focused.”

Valverde explains how Manchester United can hurt Barcelona | Manchester Evening News

Ernesto Valverde offered his view on Manchester United after seeing his team move 11 pointa clear at the top of La Liga. He said: “They are a powerful team, They are going through a good run, even if they lost their last match. Physically they are really strong and they know how to put pressure on their opponents. They have players who are physically very powerful, and they can be dangerous strategically as well.”

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