PREVIEW: Valencia v FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
The Blaugrana travel to Mestalla for a difficult league game against Valencia. A win for the visitors at a ground where they’ve not lost in any competition since March 2008, will see them end the weekend as joint leaders of LaLiga at the very least.
The squad for the visit to Mestalla | FC Barcelona
A visit to Mestalla almost always guarantees goals, and Barça have been fortunate enough to find the net on their last 12 visits. Indeed, they’ve only failed to score twice there since 2006. Former Barca player, Albert Celades, is in charge of Los Che, who’ll be looking to end Quique Setién’s unbeaten start as Barça coach, after his two wins against Granada and Ibiza.
Riqui Puig won’t travel to Valencia | Marca
Riqui Puig missed Barcelona training on Friday due to an illness and will not travel with the squad to take on Valencia. Following Quique Setien’s arrival at Barcelona, Puig had been involved in the new coach’s first two games against Granada in LaLiga Santander, and Ibiza in the Copa del Rey.
Carles Perez expected to leave Barcelona in January | Marca
According to Onda Cero, Quique Setien has told the 21-year-old to look for a new club between now and the summer, while MARCA understands that he could even be let go as early as January, with Barcelona possibly bringing in Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia.
Setien’s philosophy explained by 20 of his former players | Marca
Quique Setien has spoken several times about the football style he intends to impose to his teams. Domination on the ball, offensive approach, physical preparation and youth development are some of the aspects of his work.
Fati & Pedri are the best Spanish players of their generation, says Under-18s coach | Goal
Ansu Fati and Pedri are the best Spanish players of their generation, according to Under-18’s head coach Pablo Amo. Fati is currently enjoying a breakout season at Barcelona, scoring three goals in 15 appearances across all competitions.