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FC Barcelona News: 23 September 2019; Ousmane Dembele Trains in Full, Eric Abidal Scouts Napoli

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Barça ready for FIFA gala | FC Barcelona
The time has come for the annual FIFA gala, where the names of the best players of the season will be known. This Monday afternoon, at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the traditional ceremony will take place. And as is often the case, there will be Barça representation.

Post-match recovery | FC Barcelona
After the defeat at the Nuevo Los Cármenes (2-0) against Granada, the team are looking ahead to the next match, against Villarreal on Tuesday, where they’ll have an opportunity to return to winning ways. The available players from the first team worked out on the Tito Vilanova pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, and those who played against Granada did some post-match recovery.

Ousmane Dembele returns to give Barcelona an attacking headache | Sport
Ernesto Valverde could have all his forwards available against Villarreal on Tuesday. Ousmane Dembele, who injured his hamstring against Athletic Club, has returned to full training and will receive the medical all-clear on Monday to return to competitive action.

Villarreal have lost on last eight visits to Camp Nou | Sport
Villarreal visit Barcelona on Tuesday at Camp Nou. where they have lost on their last eight visits and not won for over a decade. Last season they lost 2-0 with goals from Gerard Pique and Carles Alena. The Barca team was: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Arturo Vidal (Aleñà), Dembélé, Messi and Coutinho (Malcom).

Valverde’s credit is starting to run out | Marca
It was a shameful night in Granada for Barcelona. It’s not the first time either, as they’ve made the same mistakes on each of their last few trips away from the Camp Nou. It’s four away games without a win now, but it was the feeling of absolute powerlessness that was most worrying on Saturday.

Xavi: FC Barcelona return is not easy | Football Espana
Former FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has moved to quieten speculation about his potential return to the club. Xavi, who is currently managing Qatari side Al Sadd, has been linked with a potential return to replace current boss Ernesto Valverde, but he has insisted that is not on his mind at the moment.

Who was Abidal scouting at Lecce vs Napoli? | Marca
Eric Abidal was in attendance at the Stadio Via del Mare for Napoli’s trip to Lecce, which they won 4-1. Fernando Llorente was the star of the show with two goals, but one of the other goalscorers was Fabian Ruiz and he might be the player the Barcelona director was scouting.

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