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FC Barcelona News: 9 February 2020; Squad Announced for Real Betis Trip

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The squad for Betis | FC Barcelona
The list is as follows: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Arthur, Messi, Lenglet, Griezmann, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Vidal, Umtiti, Junior, Iñaki Peña, Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati and R. Araujo. Luis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé and Neto are all absent through injury, while Gerard Piqué is serving a suspension.

PREVIEW | Betis v Barça | FC Barcelona
Quique Setién is returning to the club that he managed for the last two seasons, and Júnior Firpo was at the Sevilla-based club for five years before coming to Barça. But they are not the only ones who will be reunited with familiar faces at the Benito Villamarín. Former Barça players Marc Bartra and Cristian Tello are now at Betis, and it is also the club to which Carles Aleñá has gone on loan until the end of season. Full-back Àlex Moreno was also at Barça in in younger days.

Marc Bartra to have ‘eyes wide open’ against Barça | FC Barcelona
Sunday is going to be a big day at the Villamarín for Marc Bartra. His former club, Barça, are Seville for the game with Betis at 9.00pm CET. The centre back joined La Masia in 2002/03 and made his first team debut on 14 February 2010 against Atlético Madrid. His last season at Camp Nou was 2015/16, after which he left for Borussia Dortmund and he has since moved back to la Liga Betis.

Barcelona fall apart in the closing stages of matches | Marca
In the last eight games, the Catalans have conceded ten times, and the notable pattern of those goals is when they have been scored. Only one of those ten have come in the first half, against UD Ibiza in the Copa del Rey while the rest arrived in the second period.

Setien makes Griezmann, Semedo and Umtiti train blindfolded | Marca
Quique Setien is known for his unique approach to football but his latest training methods were out of the ordinary even for his standards. The Barcelona coach put Antoine Griezmann, Nelson Semedo and Samuel Umtiti through an exercise where they had to run with their snoods covering their faces.

Setien: It’s obvious that Barcelona need a striker | Marca
The likes of Willian Jose, Loren Moron and Lucas Perez have all been linked with Barcelona, but first they must receive permission from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to sign a replacement for the Frenchman. ”If the arrival of a No.9 is possible, he should be as versatile as possible, but it is not easy,” Setien acknowledged.

Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele set for operation in Finland | Football Espana
Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele could be sent to Finland for an operation on his troublesome hamstring injury. The French international has endured a injury plagued season so far at the Camp Nou, after he suffered a damaged thigh ligament in their win over former club Borussia Dortmund back in November 2019.

Barcelona linked with move for Real Zaragoza’s Luis Suarez | FC Barcelona
Barcelona are reportedly considering a move for Real Zaragoza forward Luis Suarez, to ease their striker shortage until the end of the season. Following injuries to their own Luis Suarez, and French international Ousmane Dembele, the Catalan giants are potentially eligible to make an ‘emergency’ signing outside of the transfer window, subject to RFEF approval.