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FC Barcelona News: 25 August 2019; Lionel Messi Ruled Out Against Real Betis

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Barça-Betis: La Liga returns to the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou will premiere in the 2019/20 league season with the Barça-Betis fixture (Sunday, 9.00pm CEST). Week two of the competition will see Ernesto Valverde up against Joan Francesc Ferrer ‘Rubi’, both looking for the first three points of the season.

The squad to play Betis | FC Barcelona
With the exception of the Joan Gamper Trophy in early August, Barça return to the Camp Nou, this time for the league match against Real Betis, corresponding to the second game of the 2019/20 season. For this match, which will be played at 9.00pm CEST, Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players.

Valverde: If Messi isn’t 100 percent, we can’t risk him | Marca
Ernesto Valverde spoke to the press ahead of Barcelona’s opening home match of the season against Real Betis which will take place on 21:00 CEST on Sunday. The Catalans suffered defeat on the opening day against Athletic Club and are eager to put things right in front of their own supporters.

Valverde: Antoine Griezmann needs to get more involved | Sport
Antoine Griezmann: He needs to get involved in the game and make decisive plays. At the San Mames he didn’t get as involved as we would have liked and we want him to do it more. Griezmann must look to get a lot more involved.

Gerard Pique set for 500th Barcelona appearance | Marca
Sunday represents a special occasion for Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, not only kicking off another season at the Camp Nou against Real Betis, but also making his 500th appearance for the club. He has been almost ever present since rejoining the club from Manchester United, climbing to eighth in Barcelona’s all-time appearance ranking whilst winning 29 trophies in the process.

Junior Firpo could make dream Barcelona debut | Marca
Junior Firpo only left Real Betis at the beginning of August but the Spanish U21 international could make his first ever Barcelona appearance against his former employers. The 23-year-old is in the squad for Barcelona’s first home match of the season and is eager to make his debut when his old side visit the Camp Nou on Sunday.