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FC Barcelona News: 26 August 2019; Barcelona Hammer Real Betis, Juventus Make New Ivan Rakitić Offer

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Barcelona V Real Betis, La Liga regular season. Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Barça 5–2 Betis: Five-star! | FC Barcelona
On the occasion of Gerard Piqué’s 500th game for the Blaugrana, Barça started on the front foot and kept the ball exclusively in Betis’ half for the opening minute of play. Closing down quickly, the hosts worked the first chance of the match through Rafinha.

Debut delight for Griezmann at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
There are players who just make things happen and Antoine Griezmann is one of those such player. The French striker was one of the stars of Barça’s excellent 5-2 win over Betis at Camp Nou, scoring twice and creating another in the absence of the injured strike trio of Messi, Suárez and Dembélé.

‘He reacted perfectly’ - Valverde praises Griezmann for stepping up | Goal
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised Antoine Griezmann for stepping up in their La Liga win over Real Betis on Sunday. Griezmann scored his first goals for Barca with a brace in a 5-2 victory over Betis at Camp Nou.

Ansu, 16, Barca’s youngest debutant in 78 years | ESPN
Ansu Fati became the second-youngest player to feature for Barcelona in La Liga after being handed his debut in Sunday’s 5-2 win over Real Betis. With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele all missing through injury, Ansu -- aged 16 years and 298 days-- was called up to the 18-man squad along with B team winger Carles Perez.

Ansu Fati father: Real Madrid offered more money | Football Espana
The father of Barcelona debutant Ansu Fati has revealed they were offered much more to sign for Real Madrid earlier in his career. The 16-year-old moved to Spain from his native Guinea-Bissau as a six-year-old and his talent was initially spotted by Sevilla, who incorporated him into their youth team.

Sweet recovery | FC Barcelona
After the league win at Camp Nou against Betis (5-2) the squad returned to work this Monday. The players available from the first team worked out on Pitch 2 of the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, and those who participated in Sunday’s game did post-match recovery work. Iñaki Peña, Sarsanedas, C. Pérez and Abe of Barça B, as well as Tenas and Ansu Fati of U19A, made up the numbers.

Barcelona exercising maximum caution with Messi | Marca
Lionel Messi didn’t train with the rest of his teamates on Monday morning as he continued his recovery in the gym, with Barcelona exercising maximum caution with the Argentine. Having returned to training in the middle of the previous week, Messi felt some further discomfort in his calf muscle and was forced to take a backseat in preparation for the Real Betis fixture.

The training schedule for the third week of the league season | FC Barcelona
After playing the first league game at the Camp Nou against Betis, Barça return to the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to prepare for the third match of the 2019/20 campaign. The team will visit El Sadar to play against Osasuna on Saturday, August 31, at 5.00pm CEST.

Juventus launch another bid to sign Ivan Rakitic this month | Sport
‘Tuttosport’ claim the ‘Old Lady’ are offering a swap deal involving Emre Can and Ivan Rakitic. The former Liverpool midfielder is searching for a new club in the days before the window closes. However, with finances tight, Juve must first offload someone before they can sign anyone else.