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Valverde unhappy with Celta Vigo draw

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has revealed his unhappiness at the 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Tuesday evening. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were left out of the starting eleven by Ernesto Valverde as the Barca coach kept one eye on the Copa del Rey final this Saturday evening. Chances were then handed to the likes of Denis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, and it was the latter who gave the Catalan side the lead at the Balaidos. The Frenchman capitalised on a lapse in concentration in the Celta back-line and…

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Not even El Clasico is interesting Barca fans as season comes to an end this week

May’s El Clasico tie with Real Madrid at Camp Nou is somewhat of a glorified friendly now this season after Barcelona all-but secured the La Liga title at the weekend. Should Atletico Madrid slip up this week in any of their two La Liga games against Real Sociedad and Real Betis – and Barca win, then the Spanish title will be firmly in the hands of the Catalan club. Matched with their domination in the league this term, which sees them remain unbeaten heading into the Tuesday night game with…

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Valverde asking for more Barcelona credit after unbeaten run

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has asked for more credit to be directed at his side after they remain unbeaten in La Liga. The Catalan side broke Real Sociedad’s La Liga record of 39 games unbeaten with the 2-1 win over Valencia at the weekend, leaving Valverde’s side on the verge of a record breaking league title. With the prospect of Valencia losing midweek, Barca can wrap up the title if they win their next two games – putting pressure on Tuesday’s game at the Balaidos. Speaking ahead of the fixture…

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Valverde unconcerned by La Liga record; pleased with Roma reaction

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said he preferred to look at his side’s reaction to the defeat against Roma, instead of their record breaking result against Valencia on Saturday. Ahead of second place, Atletico Madrid by 14 points, Barcelona broke a 38-year record set by Real Sociedad after goals by Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti in either half. The last three fixtures between these two free scoring sides had not seen any goals in the first half, before a sumptuous through ball pass from Phillipe Coutinho released Uruguay striker Luis…

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Global News 

Pique and Valverde involved in bust-up after latter fails to press Roma

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique and Ernesto Valverde had a fall-out during the defeat to Roma after the former called on his boss to put more pressure on the Italian side. Sport have confirmed that Pique called for Valverde to instruct his team to change their tactics and press the Serie A side, however, the former Athletic Club coach is said to have reacted angrily to the centre-back and told him to stay out his way. Pique, who has a big influence in the Barca dressing room is said to have been…

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Valverde on Roma’s win and dressing room reaction

Ernesto Valverde has discussed his side’s Champions League exit to Roma on Tuesday evening, saying the dressing room has been deeply affected. Kostas Manolas scored a late header to complete a remarkable comeback victory for Roma over Barcelona and send the Italians into their first European Cup semi-final in 34 years. Barcelona, who led 4-1 after the first leg, conceded first when striker Edin Džeko poked home, and went further behind after captain Danielle De Rossi’s converted penalty, before defender Manolas flicked home the decisive goal. Džeko punished the visitors…

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Roma 3-0 Barcelona: Italian miracle sends Valverde’s men out of Champions League

Kostas Manolas scored a late header to complete a remarkable comeback victory for Roma over Barcelona and send the Italians into their first European Cup semi-final in 34 years. Barcelona, who led 4-1 after the first leg, conceded first when striker Edin Džeko poked home, and went further behind after captain Danielle De Rossi’s converted penalty, before defender Manolas flicked home the decisive goal. The away team, who came into the fixture unbeaten since mid-January, had an early opportunity through Sergi Roberto, but the Spaniard’s shot was straight at goalkeeper…

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Valverde: Our fourth goal was very important

Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona did enough to beat Roma in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday evening at the Camp Nou. The Catalan side started looking rather jaded following the 2-2 draw with Sevilla at the weekend but they did spring into life half way through the first half. Luis Suarez had a goal rightly ruled out for offside, before Ivan Rakitic hit the post with a superb effort as the home side attempted to take the lead. Whilst Suarez and Lionel Messi had attempts saved by Alisson, it was Daniele…

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Sevilla vs Barcelona: Andalusians next to try to end Barca’s unbeaten streak

In the biggest game of the weekend, Sevilla welcome Barcelona to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the late Saturday kick-off. Barcelona are unbeaten in the league in 38 games and will be hoping to continue their impressive debut year under Ernesto Valverde. With eight games left in the campaign, Barcelona are already on course to win the title, but eyes will start to turn to the Catalans becoming the first Spanish team to go an entire season without defeat. Barca star Lionel Messi will be available for the trip despite…

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Valverde discusses ‘suffering’ Barca performance

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said his side were made to suffer against Chelsea, despite winning 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening. The Catalan side proved too good for Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Lionel Messi scoring an impressive double and Ousmane Dembele getting on the score sheet. The scoreline somewhat flaterred Barca, who were tested by Antonio Conte’s side over two legs, and Valverde has opened up about the problems his side faced from the English side. “The match had…

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