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FC Barcelona News: 11 December 2023; Barça lose to Girona, Xavi wants Giovani Lo Celso in January

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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FC Barcelona 2-4 Girona: Lost opportunity - FC Barcelona
Sunday was Barça’s chance to close the gap on the front two in La Liga. Real Madrid had dropped two points the day before, and now they were at home to the side in second place.

Xavi: 'Without playing badly we picked up a bad result' - FC Barcelona
After falling to defeat in the Estadi Olímpic against Girona, Barça coach Xavi Hernández analysed the events out on the field against Míchel's side in his post game press conference.

Barça Women 5-0 Eibar: Goalfest in the Johan - FC Barcelona
The blaugranes overwhelmed Eibar in the Estadi Johan Cruyff, taking a 5-0 victory in which all the goals were scored after the break. The Basque side showed great resilience in defence in the first half but in the second a quick fire hat-trick from Esmee Brugts plus goals from Caroline Graham Hansen and Ari Arias secured a comfortable win for Jonatan Giráldez's team.

Lugo 1-1 Barça Atlètic: A point to stay in contention - FC Barcelona
Barça Atlètic had to work hard to get something out of their trip to Lugo on Sunday. After conceding early on, they quickly found a reply at the other end, but that was as far as it went for goals in this one. But a point away from home is never a bad thing and it leaves the catalans in the playoff zone for another week.

Xavi and Ilkay Gundogan highlight defensive errors in Barcelona loss to Girona - Football España
Barcelona’s 4-2 La Liga loss to Girona was down to defensive mistakes according to Xavi and Ilkay Gundogan. La Blaugrana suffered just their second home defeat of the season as neighbours Girona netted four times at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.

Frenkie de Jong admits Barcelona deserved Girona loss - Football España
Frenkie de Jong insisted Barcelona can have no excuses after their 4-2 La Liga loss to Girona. La Blaugrana’s clash with their Catalan neighbours was billed as an opportunity for Xavi’s charges to boost their their title defence chances and break Girona’s unbeaten run.

Barcelona preparing to offer new contract to Ronald Araujo amid strong interest from Bayern Munich - Football España
Ronald Araujo’s future at Barcelona has been under the microscope in recent days. Bayern Munich are growing increasingly keen on signing the Uruguayan defender, and reports have suggested that they intend to “go all-out” in their efforts to secure his signature.

Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel addresses Ronald Araujo speculation - "I also spoke to my mother" - Football España
On Friday, it was reported that Araujo spoke to Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel regarding a possible move to Bavaria. The player’s entourage has since denied this, although Tuchel himself has now addressed the situation.

Giovani Lo Celso identified by Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez as top target for January - Football España
Having all-but secured the arrival of Vitor Roque in January, Barcelona have moved on to exploring the possibility of signing a midfielder during the winter transfer window. Head coach Xavi Hernandez is keen to sign another option following the season-ending injury suffered by Gavi last month. A creative player is wanted, and Sport say that Xavi’s top target is Tottenham Hotspur’s Giovani Lo Celso.

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