Suárez and Junior Firpo in squad for Valencia game | FC Barcelona
Luis Suarez and Junior Firpo have both returned from injury and been named in the 20-man squad for Saturday’s clash with Valencia. However, there is bad news about Samuel Umtiti who is out for up to six weeks with a foot injury.
Luis Suarez is Valencia’s nightmare | Marca
Luis Suarez seems to love playing against Valencia. The Uruguayan has scored 10 goals in 13 meetings against Los Che, the only La Liga team he has scored more against is Real Madrid.
Neto returns to Barcelona training | Marca
Neto is closing in on a return to action after joining up with training on Friday. The goalkeeper has been out with a hand injury but could be available soon. He’s not in the squad for the Valencia match but may return against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
Ernesto Valverde: It hasn’t been bad with Gerard Pique | Sport
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde spoke about Gerard Pique and the defender’s involvement in the tennis world in his pre-match press conference. He said: “There’s no need to worry, it’s not been bad for us with Pique, It’s true he goes to some places, but we hope he has as good a season as he did last year. If in his free time he wants to watch a game of tennis, it’s his free time.”
‘It’s time to turn the page’ - Valverde tired of discussing Barca’s Neymar pursuit | Goal
Ernesto Valverde is also tired of talking about a possible Barcelona return for Neymar. He explained: “We’ve been speaking about Neymar before the window, during it and now afterwards we’re still talking about him. It’s time to turn the page. He’s a very good player. The market closed days ago. He’s a great player, I know everyone has their opinion. Talking about these things is bad for the club. I do not like it.”
Ter Stegen and Cillessen compete again | Marca
Saturday’s match sees Marc-Andre ter Stegen come up against former Barcelona back-up Jasper Cillessen. The German had never lost to Valencia in eight meetings, as Cillessen played in goal when the two sides met in the Copa de Rey final in May.
Jose Mourinho explains how Lionel Messi made him a better manager | FourFourTwo
Jose Mourinho has been talking about how he thinks Lionel Messi made him a better manager. He said: “I always say that I owe so much to my players, as to those who have not been my players and have created problems for me, For example, Messi never played on my team but I played against him and he has made me a better coach for having to prepare matches, for having to organize my team. When I say Messi I also say all the great players I have played against.”