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FC Barcelona News: 10 November 2023; Preparations continue for Alavés, Joan Laporta still backing Xavi Hernández

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When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alavés - FC Barcelona
After midweek defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in Europe, it's back to la Liga this weekend and a game at home to struggling Alavés at the Estadi Olimpic. Here's all the info that you will need to plan your viewing.

Gündogan, omnipresent - FC Barcelona
Ilkay Gündogan has quickly become one of the most essential parts of the Xavi Hernández game plan, having just completed a run of ten matches from start to finish. The last time he didn't play the full ninety was when he came on as a substitute against Betis in La Liga. Since the 5-0 win over Antwerp, Gündogan has not missed a single second of action.

Araujo and Mapi León, Barça Foundation ambassadors 2023/24 - FC Barcelona
In their first season, the BARÇA FOUNDATION Genuine team's ambassadors were Alexia Putellas and Gerard Piqué, in the second it was Aitana Bonmatí and Sergi Roberto, and now comes the turn of two more top class footballers in Mapi León and Ronald Araujo, who by coincidence both wear number 4 for their respective women's and men's teams.

Barcelona coaching staff and Sporting Director at odds over January transfer strategy - report - Football España
The Blaugrana had reportedly made it clear to manager Xavi Hernandez that they would have difficulties strengthening the team in the winter transfer window, but now Sport say that they are working towards being able to sign in January. They will know with more certainty in the next week whether they can, but Sporting Director Deco and Xavi will have to work out where the funds are destined to go.

The 17-year-old Barcelona starlet that Ilkay Gundogan and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are taking care of - Football España
Barcelona will be as interested as any club in the under-17 World Cup taking place in Indonesia this month, with a number of their players attending the tournament. One of them may well have Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Ilkay Gundogan keeping an eye on their results.

Barcelona looked at Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil before appointing Xavi Hernandez - Football España
Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil was all but the architect of Barcelona’s downfall at Anoeta on Saturday, but he could have been the constructor behind their success. Alguacil continues to spur La Real onto heights not seen in Donostia-San Sebastian since the 1980s, following four European qualifications in a row, and a Copa del Rey, they have now qualified for knockout stages in the Champions League, having returned for the first time in a decade.

Barcelona President Joan Laporta calls Xavi Hernandez after Shakhtar Donetsk defeat to deliver message - Football España
Barcelona President Joan Laporta felt compelled to speak with his manager, Xavi Hernandez, after the Blaugrana fell in chastening fashion to Shakhtar Donetsk, but only to back him. Having been dominated by Real Sociedad on Saturday night, and then suffered an even more concerning loss in Hamburg, Barcelona fans and media were up in arms at the image given by Barcelona on Tuesday evening.

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