Valencia 2-0 FC Barcelona: A tough loss | FC Barcelona
In the bright Valencian sunshine, Barça took the game to their hosts from the first whistle, keeping the ball for the majority of the first 10 minutes when they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession. Valencia’s first break of note in the 11th minute led to a penalty, but Marc-André ter Stegen’s flying save from Maxi Gómez preserved his clean sheet.
Barcelona boss Setien: Players still struggling to adapt to my style | ESPN
“The [players] still aren’t interpreting what we want to do — or maybe we’re not explaining it well. Positionally there are things to correct and improve. No one likes what we have seen today.”
Barcelona’s defeat at Valencia shows Setien the size of his task at Camp Nou | ESPN
The warning signs for Barcelona had been there against Ibiza in midweek, when the third division side scored with their first attack and could have been 3-0 in front by half-time. A late Antoine Griezmann brace spared humiliation, but Setien admitted he had been given a “fright.”
Sergi Roberto’s cage: The first sacrificed for Quique Setien’s system | Sport
Quique Setien’s Barcelona’s new tactical scheme has holes in it. One of them is Sergi Roberto’s position. The Reus player has been chosen as the one to join the defence to create a three-at-the-back system. This is a move that limits his attacking influence, putting the cantera player in a cage.
Roma reach agreement with Barcelona for Carles Perez | Marca
Roma and Barcelona have come to an agreement for Carles Perez to join the Giallorossi on loan with an obligation to buy for 13 million euros, so it will now be down to the winger to decide whether he wants to make the move to Italy. Carles Perez went from starting against Ibiza to being told that he is not in Quique Setien’s plans.
Forty-eight frantic hours in the Rodrigo deal | Marca
Valencia may well have handed Barcelona a painful 2-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon, however the two clubs are set to meet again very soon, only this time at the negotiating table as we head into 48 frantic hours in the Rodrigo Moreno deal.
Christian Eriksen: Barcelona enquire about signing Tottenham midfielder this month | Sky Sports
Barcelona have made an enquiry about signing Christian Eriksen from Tottenham in the January transfer window. Eriksen met with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy on Tuesday and reiterated that he wants to join Inter Milan this month, according to Sky in Italy.
Parma interested in Barcelona B center-back Jorge Cuenca | Sport
Cuenca is currently in the final phase of his recovery and is expected to return to action soon. And according to Sportitalia, that return could come with Parma, who have proposed a loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.