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FC Barcelona News: 9 September 2019; Preparations Begin for Valencia Match, Samuel Umtiti Returns

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The plan for training ahead of the game against Valencia | FC Barcelona
Following a week in which only three training sessions were held, due to the international break, the players not called up by their respective countries have enjoyed a 10-day rest before preparations start for LaLiga Matchday 4.

Barcelona gear up for a crazy September | Marca
Once the international break comes to an end, Barcelona have a busy and important month on their hands. Ernesto Valverde’s side will play seven matches in the space of three weeks, starting with Valencia at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

‘Neymar clearly wanted Barcelona move’ – Filipe Luis says summer speculation told its own story | Goal
Neymar clearly wanted to return to Barcelona over the summer, says fellow Brazilian Filipe Luis, with a domination of transfer gossip columns making it apparent what his future preference was. The 27-year-old forward spent an entire window being linked with moves away from Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona set for civil war? How failed Neymar transfer risks splitting dressing room in two | Goal
Even though Barcelona failed to capture Neymar over the summer, his spectre lives on in the Camp Nou dressing room. The Brazilian’s much-debated possible return dominated the transfer talk in Catalunya and, now that the window has shut, the aftermath of months of rumours, speculation and failed negotiations will be long felt.

Umtiti returns to Barcelona for treatment | Marca
Samuel Umtiti has left the France setup to return to Barcelona in order to undergo medical tests at the club’s facilities. The defender was discarded by Didier Deschamps ahead of the game against Andorra after being confirmed as unable to play.

Umtiti rubbishes Arsenal rumours & talk of being Neymar bargaining chip | Goal
Samuel Umtiti has rubbished reports suggesting that he had contact with Arsenal over the summer and was a potential bargaining chip in Barcelona’s bid to bring Neymar back to the club. Transfer talk raged around the World Cup winner for much of the last transfer window.

Barcelona called Emerson if Nélson Semedo headed to PSG | Football Espana
Barcelona own the Brazilian right back Emerson and thought to bring him to Camp Nou this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo. The report says that Barcelona wanted to cover their backs in case their Portuguese right back Nelson Semedo would have gone to Paris.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Being Germany sub drives me crazy | Sport
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is one of the finest goalkeepers in the world. He’s one of the top three up for the ‘The Best’ prize and an undoubted starter for the Catalans. However for the German national team he’s still behind Manuel Neuer. A situation which he admits sometimes ‘drives me crazy’.

Why is Marc-Andre ter Stegen constantly being overlooked by Germany? | Sport
FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen has hit a brick wall in his attempts to establish himself as Germany’s number one stopper. Despite being a certain starter at the Camp Nou, finding himself on the shortlist for ‘The Best’ goalkeeper awards and putting in fantastic performances in both LaLiga and the Champions League, Joachim Low prefers to stick with Manuel Neuer for the national team.

Inside Barça’s Champions League opponents, Part III: Slavia Prague | FC Barcelona
Founded on November 2, 1892, Slavia Prague are one of the oldest clubs in Europe. The dominant force in the Czechoslovakian league dueing the first half of the 1900s, they went half a century without a league title before winning it again in 1996. Financial problems hit the club, but last season they won the title again for the 19th time. They have also lifted the Czech Cup on nine occasions -including the last two years.

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