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Barcelona B face fight for survival in Segunda

While Barcelona look set to become La Liga champions for the 25th time, the Spanish giants’ reserve team face a fight for survival in Spain’s second division. With just two points from their last five games, Barcelona B find themselves 18th in the Segunda Division, just one point from the drop zone. Defeats to relegation rivals Sevilla B, and Cultural Leonesa, along with two wins on the bounce for 20th placed Cordoba, mean just three points separate 17th and 20th. Managed by former player Gerard Lopez, the team achieved promotion…

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La Copa News 

Suarez discusses slender Copa win over Valencia

Luis Suarez has discussed Barcelona’s slender first-leg Copa del Rey lead over Valencia, saying his side ‘have a slight advantage’. Barcelona had 79% possession in a first half where despite their dominance of the ball they were unable to trouble Jaume Domenech in the Valencia goal. The visitors themselves struggled to even get out of their own half but defended strongly. Andreas Pereira and Sergi Roberto both picked up bookings in the first half with many people believing both could have seen red. Pereira for persistent fouling was eventually booked…

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La Liga News 

Luis Suarez praises team spirit after Sociedad comeback

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez 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…

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La Liga Match Centre News 

Real Sociedad 2-4 Barcelona: Barcelona finally break Anoeta curse

Barcelona came back from 2-0 down beat Real Sociedad 4-2 to keep the gap to Atletico Madrid to nine points. 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…

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Gossip La Liga News 

Messi wants to stop Griezmann transfer to Barcelona

Lionel Messi is reportedly thwarting Barcelona’s plans to sign Antoine Griezmann, as arch-rivals Real Madrid step up interest in the French international. According to Diario Gol, the Argentine feels his strike partner Luis Suarez will have to make way, should the Atletico Madrid move to Catalonia in the summer. While it has been rumoured that a deal to take Griezmann to Barca is almost finalised, Los Blancos, in particular president Florentino Perez and manager Zinedine Zidane, are hoping to say the Frenchman with the guarantee of a place in the…

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Gossip La Liga News 

Barcelona must keep Paco Alcacer, says Messi

Lionel Messi has been vocal of late as to who Barcelona should and should not bring in the next two transfer windows. But this time, the Argentine has told the board that they must not let team-mate Paco Alcacer go, despite the Spaniard only moving for €30 million 18 months ago, according to Don Balon. The former Valencia forward has only scored eight goals in La Liga since joining the club, but has become an important cog up front in recent times. Messi speaking up again This is not the…

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La Liga News 

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez doesn’t think Neymar would join Real Madrid

It could be one of the most controversial transfer deals in history, but Luis Suarez has dismissed claims that his former team-mate Neymar could head to Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain after a far from perfect start to life in Ligue Un. Clashes with team-mates and manager Unai Emery, as well as a poor disciplinary record of five yellow cards and a red in just 12 league games, have sparked speculation. Luis Suarez though, feels that he could not make such a move due to his links to his former…

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La Liga News 

Spanish Papers: Zidane ready to bolster options in January

Good Morning and welcome to our brief round up of the Monday morning Spanish papers, which feature Zinedine Zidane and his problems at Real Madrid, an interview with Barcelona striker Luis Suarez and the race to get Javier Mascherano fit. Spanish daily AS start the morning off with focus on Zidane after the 0-0 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday evening. Both Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo both hit the upright as Zidane’s side failed to get past a resilient Basque defence. Madrid needed three points to put pressure on…

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La Liga News 

Barcelona set to appeal Pique and Suarez bookings

Barcelona will appeal against the yellow cards given to Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez during the 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday. Pique was carded in the game which means he will now miss Sunday evening’s top of the table clash with Valencia, leaving boss Ernesto Valverde with just Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen and an injured Javier Mascherano as his available centre backs. Suarez, meanwhile, was booked for an incident involving Leganes keeper Ivan Cuellar. “FC Barcelona have decided to appeal against the yellow cards given to Gerard Pique and…

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Global News 

Luis Suarez explains Coutinho’s decision to leave Liverpool

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has discussed the reasons behind Philippe Coutinho’s desire to swap Liverpool for the Catalan giants. The long rumoured interest from Barca in Brazilian play-maker Coutinho 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. Suarez, who played alongside Coutinho in…

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