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FC Barcelona News: 17 December 2023; Barça draw against Valencia, Pressure on Xavi continues to grow

A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and rumors

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Valencia 1-1 FC Barcelona: Held at Mestalla - FC Barcelona
Under normal circumstances, a draw at Mestalla would generally be viewed as a decent result. But these are not normal circumstances. In recent years, Valencia have not been the force they usually are, while given the widened gap between Barça and the top pair in la Liga, anything other than three points from this fixture could only be regarded as a disappointment.

Xavi demands more - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona really needed all three points from their trip to Valencia and Xavi Hernández was far from happy with a third consecutive failure to win. And the coach was very clear in his belief that the reason for that was his team's wastefulness in front of goal.

Carlo Ancelotti backs under-fire Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez - "He is a great coach" - Football España
Speaking in his pre-match press conference (via MD) ahead of Sunday’s match with Villarreal, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti discussed Xavi’s situation, and managerial pressure as a whole.

Claudio Echeverri "attracted" by Barcelona, but €25m+ offer turned down by River Plate - Football España
Earlier this week, it was reported that Barcelona made their move to sign Argentinian wonderkid Claudio Echeverri. The young attacking midfielder is considered to be a huge talent in South America, and he impressed at the recent U17 World Cup in Indonesia.

Barcelona backed to sign Bruno Guimarães next summer if Robert Lewandowski is sold - Football España
Over the course of 2023, they have been linked with Newcastle United’s Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. The 26-year-old would be a top signing for Barcelona, but their ongoing financial problems have prevented them from making any advances into any possible negotiations.

Barcelona Femeni head coach to step down in 2024 - Football España
Barcelona Femeni head coach Jonatan Giraldez is set to leave his role at the end of the 2023/24 season. Giraldez’s current deal in Catalonia expires in June, and as per a report from Mundo Deportivo, he will not be signing a renewal.

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