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FC Barcelona News: 8 August 2019; Barcelona Beat Napoli

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Barça 2 - 1 Napoli: Sergio and Rakitic make the difference | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic notched one goal apiece as FC Barcelona rolled to a 2-1 victory over Napoli on Wednesday night at Hard Rock Stadium.Napoli pulled one back in the 42nd, four minutes after Busquets opened the scoring, when Barça’s Samuel Umtiti redirected a low cross into his own net.

World champions in Miami | FC Barcelona
World champions together in Miami! Following the game between Barça and Napoli in Miami, there was a very special encounter in the corridors of the Hard Rock Stadium.Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann, who all won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, crossed paths with Ashlin Harris and Ali Krieger, both of Orlando Pride and also the USWNT that recently won the Women’s World Cup in France.

‘Suarez is ageing well like Messi & Ronaldo’ - Recoba hails ‘one of the best in history’ | Goal
Luis Suarez has been likened to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by fellow Uruguayan Alvaro Recoba, with the Barcelona striker considered to be ageing in style. A prolific frontman will turn 33 during the 2019-20 campaign and can be considered to be approaching the end of a distinguished career.

‘We don’t know what will happen’ - Valverde unsure on Coutinho’s future at Barca amid transfer links | Goal
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde believes Philippe Coutinho will remain with the La Liga champions despite conceding that he does “not know what will happen” as exit talk continues to swirl. Coutinho, 27, has been linked with a return to the Premier League, a year and a half after joining Barca from Liverpool for a reported €114 million ($128m, £105m).

Coutinho’s Premier League return unlikely | Marca
Philippe Coutinho’s return to the Premier League appears ever less likely with no club able to meet the demands of Barcelona, neither in a loan capacity nor a permanent deal. Despite a host of top English sides being keen on the Brazilian, Tottenham appeared to be the last realistic hope for the Catalans to part ways with their record signing, though those negotiations proved unsuccessful.

Neto: I pray that Coutinho stays at Barcelona | Marca
New Barcelona signing Neto is hoping that his compatriot Philippe Coutinho remains at the club, despite him seeming to be on his way out of the Camp Nou this summer. The goalkeeper has developed a good relationship with the ex-Liverpool star, but he’s expected to depart sooner rather than later as the Catalans continue to dream of signing Neymar.

PSG block negotiations with Barca over Neymar | Sport
Barcelona believe PSG are trying to stop Neymar returning to Camp Nou. The Blaugrana have done everything possible to get Neymar but in Paris they have been slowing things down because there is another club that wants the Brazilian - Real Madrid. The only way for Barca to break the block is for Neymar to come out and say he only wants to sign for Barcelona.

Abel Ruiz: I don’t rule out leaving Barcelona, I want to play and enjoy football | Marca
Ernesto Valverde granted Abel Ruiz first-team minutes as Barcelona beat Napoli 2-1 in Miami, leaving the youngster in dreamland. But Ruiz doesn’t know if he’ll remain at the Camp Nou in 2019/20, though he is clear that wants to make it big with the Catalans.

Court decision on La Liga start date delayed until next week | Football Espana
The proposed match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Barcelona at the San Mames was originally scheduled for Friday 16 August, but the Spanish FA have tried to ban matches on Friday and Monday nights in the division.A court in Madrid has now deferred making a decision on the governing body’s authority to overrule La Liga - who want to maintain the time slots - until Monday 12 August.

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