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FC Barcelona News: 30 October 2021; All set for Alavés match, Laporta explains Koeman sacking

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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PREVIEW | FC Barcelona v Alavés - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona enters a new era on Saturday at 9.00pm CEST as caretaker manager Sergi Barjuan takes charge of the team for the first time. The 49-year-old, who did such a wonderful job at left-back for the senior side from 1993–2002, and who until now was coaching the reserves, was announced as Ronald Koeman’s interim replacement on Thursday.

The lowdown on Alavés - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona host Alavés this Saturday at 9.00pm CEST in their first game under caretaker manager Sergi Barjuan. Let’s take a closer look at the team that stands between them and badly needed points.

Coutinho back in the Brazil squad - FC Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho is back in the Brazil squad after an absence of more than a year. The blaugrana midfielder, who on Wednesday featured in his 100th game for Barça, has been called up for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in South America.

Sergi Barjuan ready to 'put joy back in the team' - FC Barcelona
Sergi Barjuan has given his first press conference since taking on the role of caretaker manager at FC Barcelona. "I want to thank the club” he said at an event where he was joined by president Joan Laporta. “But I’d also like to wish all the very best to Ronald Koeman, who I have been working with very closely until now.”

Laporta: 'The situation was unsustainable' - FC Barcelona
Joan Laporta and Sergi Barjuan spoke to the press on Thursday, following the latter’s appointment as interim coach of the FC Barcelona senior team. “Sergi knows the system as was part of one the best teams ever, Johan Cruyff’s Dream Team” said the president. “He is a club man who understands our philosophy. He’s a brave, ambitious man. Today is a day of hope.”

Al Sadd issue statement on Xavi's future amid Barcelona links - Football Espana
Qatari side Al Sadd have offered a reminder to Barcelona over Xavi’s contract at the club. Xavi has been heavily linked with a highly anticipated return to the Camp Nou in the coming weeks with the La Blaugrana board targeting the former Spanish international as Ronald Koeman’s replacement at the club.

Ansu Fati to remain out for Barcelona's clash with Alaves - Football Espana
Barcelona have been dealt an injury blow ahead of their clash with Alaves on Sunday. The Blaugrana have now suffered back-to-back defeats to Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, a run that saw Ronald Koeman lose his job.