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FC Barcelona News: 25 September 2019; Barcelona Edge Villarreal, Lionel Messi Set to Miss Getafe Clash

LaLiga Santander”FC Barcelona v Villarreal CF”

FC Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal: Job done at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Barça maintained their 100% record at the Camp Nou this season with a 2-1 victory over Villarreal on Tuesday night. But although two early goals may have had some expecting a walk in the park the Catalans instead ended up grinding out a win against a Yellow Submarine that refused to be sunk too easily.

Sources: Injured Messi to miss Getafe clash | ESPN
Lionel Messi is expected to miss Barcelona’s trip to Getafe this weekend as the Spanish champions look for their first away win of the season, sources have told ESPN FC. Messi, 32, made his first start of the campaign in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Villarreal at Camp Nou but he was forced off with a groin problem at half time.

Ansu Fati has earned a place at Barcelona | Marca
Ansu Fati has again shown Ernesto Valverde that he’s ready to become an important player at Barcelona, despite not yet turning 17. He arrived in the 78th minute against Villarreal for Luis Suarez, who had disappointed and was whistled on his departure, and he showed more in 15 minutes on the pitch than Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi had, combined, all night.

A ‘dangerous’ World Cup for Ansu Fati and Barcelona | Marca
Ansu Fati again brought the Camp Nou to its feet on Tuesday evening in just 15 minutes on the pitch for Barcelona against Villarreal. The 16-year-old has shone so far this term, playing in six of their seven games, and the thought of losing him for a month to the U-17 World Cup was described as a “setback” by Ernesto Valverde.

Messi: ‘I like Ansu Fati and I’ll try to help him’ | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi celebrated his 400th league appearance with FC Barcelona this Tuesday, becoming the foreign player with the second most games played in the history of La Liga, and surpassed only by the Brazilian, Donato (415). On the same day that the game was held, published an interview for ‘The Best’ award, won by Messi on Monday in Milan.

‘We are far from our best’ - Griezmann backs Barcelona to continue improvement | Goal
Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann remains confident the club’s performances will improve after a sluggish La Liga victory over Villarreal on Tuesday. The Spanish champions have made an underwhelming start to the new season with their displays lacking the flair and panache of recent seasons.

Tebas: Barcelona wanted to play on Wednesday instead of Tuesday | Marca
La Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed that Barcelona requested for their game against Villarreal to be played on Wednesday, rather than Tuesday, due to their players’ involvement at The Best awards in Milan on Monday night. Lionel Messi was named The Best men’s player, and a number of others were in attendance.

Messi is the best player in history, claims La Liga president Tebas | Goal
Lionel Messi is ‘the best player in history’ according to La Liga president Javier Tebas, who praised the Barcelona superstar. Messi claimed The Best FIFA Men’s Player award for the first time , ahead of Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo, in Milan on Monday.

Lionel Messi - Barcelona must improve a lot | Football Espana
Lionel Messi believes Barcelona ‘need to improve a lot’ and need a reaction to their sluggish start to the campaign. The Blaugrana have picked up just one point from their opening three La Liga away games - suffering defeats at Athletic Club Bilbao and Granada, while only earning a point at Osasuna.

Pique points to pre-season for Barcelona’s poor La Liga start | Goal
Gerard Pique blamed Barcelona’s pre-season fixtures for their slow start to the campaign after a 2-1 win over Villarreal on Tuesday. Barca eased the pressure on head coach Ernesto Valverde with their victory at Camp Nou, moving onto 10 points from six La Liga games.

Emotional farewell to the Miniestadi before it is demolished | Football Espana
It was an emotional afternoon in the Auditori 1899. In the build-up to Barça v Villarreal at the Camp Nou, the venue hosted a tribute to the Miniestadi, titled ‘Gràcies, Mini’, involving players, coaches and directors who share fond memories of the stadium that is about to be demolished.

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