La Copa News 

Valverde on Copa final, Pique and busy January

Ernesto Valverde has discussed his side’s win over Valencia on Thursday, which booked their fifth Copa del Rey final in a row. Luis Suarez’s close range header in the second half in the first leg at the Camp Nou last week gave Barca a slender advantage to take to Valencia but Los Che were by no means out of the tie. The best chance of the first half fell the way of Valencia when Rodrigo saw his header come crashing off the underside of the bar with Jasper Cillessen in…

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Valverde believes ‘injured’ Pique to start against Valencia

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said he expects Gerard Pique to start Thursday evening’s tie with Valencia. The Catalan centre-back scored the equaliser against rivals Espanyol on Sunday afternoon but finished the game with a knock after a rough challenge from Gerard Moreno. The 31-year-old was set for a month out, according to various reports – and was expected to miss the upcoming Champions League clash with Chelsea later this month. Early reports claimed Pique will be back in early March, meaning Valverde now had limited defensive options ahead of the…

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Who were the Hits & Flops from La Liga’s Round 21

We take a look back for the biggest performers and the worst in our Hits & Flops from the Round of 21 in La Liga. FLOP: Mario Hermoso The Espanyol defender had a game to forget against Leganes on Sunday morning after netting two own goals which saw his side lose 3-2. The 22-year-old did grab a goal back for the Catalan side, although the ball did come off his face, knowing little about it – but his error from Nordin Amrabat’s weak cross saw more pressure build on Quique…

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Gossip News 

Are Barcelona looking at Fabian Ruiz to replace Rafinha?

  Rumours are circulating that, 21 year old Real Betis starlet Fabian Ruiz may become Ernesto Valverde’s choice of replacement, for soon to be Inter Milan player Rafinha. Quoted when speaking about Fabian Ruiz, “I think he’s a great player. He has done a great game today. I have seen him get really stuck in, pressing us well. This is his first full season in the top flight and he has been one of the surprises of La Liga this season.” Ernesto Valverde has made his admiration already clear for…

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La Liga News 

Valverde delighted with Messi show

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has spoken about Lionel Messi’s masterclass against Real Betis on Sunday evening. Messi, who has been in excellent form this season, continued in that same vein, scoring an impressive brace against Quique Setien’s Betis, who pushed the Catalan side for large parts of the game. Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring after a scoreless first half, before Luis Suarez (2) and Messi (2) also grabbed goals. And, Barca boss Valverde has heaped praise on the Argentine forward for his performance, which has further enhanced the club’s lead…

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La Liga News 

Valverde relying on Rafinha, despite exit talk

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said he expects Rafinha to play a big part this season, despite talk of a January exit. Brazilian international Rafinha damaged his knee ligaments last season in the 4-1 win over Granada and has not featured for the current La Liga leaders since April in the league. Having undergone various recovery methods, the youngster was deemed fully fit early in December but as expected – playing time is now hard to come by due to the form of Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Paulinho. Having…

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La Liga News 

Valverde heaps praise on ‘determined’ Barca

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has praised his team-mates for not dropping their heads in the 4-2 win over Real Sociedad. Sociedad started off well and took the lead in 11 minutes thanks to Willian Jose whose diving header found the back of the net. Barcelona nearly equalised straight away through Paulinho but his shot was blocked by Raul Navas. Just before the half hour mark Sociedad thought they had doubled their lead through Jose again, but it was ruled out after the referee deemed he had fouled Ivan Rakitic. A few minutes…

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Umtiti has a future at Barca, claims Valverde

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has attempted to end reports linking Samuel Umtiti with a move to Manchester City or Manchester United. The French international joined the Catalan side last summer from French club Lyon and he has instantly become a regular starter and fan favourite at the club, forming a solid partnership with Gerard Pique and ousting Javier Mascherano from the starting eleven. Matched with his club form, the central defender has excelled for the French national side and will be looking to consolidate his place at the heart of…

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La Liga News 

Valverde remains coy on Coutinho arrival

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has remained coy on reports linking Philippe Coutinho with a move from Liverpool. The long rumoured interest from Barca in the Brazilian international almost saw a summer move come to life, but Anfield bosses held strong and rejected such bids from the Catalan giants. Further interest has emerged and it is reported that a January bid is being prepared with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde keen to build on his impressive start to both the domestic and European season. Coutinho, is said to have already agreed terms…

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Valverde discusses disappointing Neymar exit; Dembele confidence

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has promoted Ousmane Dembele’s return from injury, discussing the exit of Neymar last summer in the process. Having arrived at the Camp Nou last summer, Valverde was instantly hit with the decision of Brazilian Neymar leaving for French side Paris Saint Germain, leaving him with a rush to sign a replacement. The former Athletic Club boss moved to sign French youngster Dembele from Borussia Dortmund, but his impact has been minimal due to an injury picked up in his full debut against Getafe in October. Dembele’s…

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