Barcelona could make changes for Saturday’s match against Valencia. Samuel Umtiti could replace Clement Lenglet who had a busy international break. Umtiti should be fit after only suffering a bruised foot. Sergi Roberto could come in for Nelson Semedo, while Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez may also start.
Barcelona will train on Monday which will be his last chance for Lionel Messi to prove his fitness ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund in Germany. The team will train in Barcelona at 12:00 p.m. local time and then fly out to Dortmund in the afternoon.
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been talking again about his disappointment at being on the bench for Germany over the recent international break. He said: “It is not easy to find an explanation as I am giving the best account of myself in each game to make the decision more difficult. I am trying [to become the first-choice goalkeeper] anyway, but this trip with the national team has been a tough blow for me.”
New Valencia manager Albert Celades will bring his team to the Camp Nou on Saturday and return to the club where he began his playing career. Celades came through the youth academy and spent four seasons at Barcelona before joining Celta Vigo.
Recently retired former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has been talking and thinks Jose Mourinho should come back to the Camp Nou. He explained: “It would be beautiful. I’d like to ask Jose to come to Mallorca, that would be good, the best city in Spain. But I’d like him at Barca even more.”
Former Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is looking forward to taking on his old team on Saturday in La Liga. He said: “We are ready to win at the Camp Nou, but FC Barcelona are a very tough and competitive side - especially at home. We have a very good feeling after beating RCD Mallorca before the international break, and gained confidence in that game. Even though we have had a change of coach, we still have a good feeling that it will be possible to get a good result.”
Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart thinks that Lionel Messi’s interview with Sport contained warnings about the direction the club is headed in. He said: “After every statement came a ‘but’ and while the club might understand them as irrelevant, I think they are warnings that he doesn’t like how the club is going.”