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Barcelona fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sevilla in a Copa del Ray cup tie last time out as Lionel Messi was left out of the starting lineup atEstadioRamon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Manager Ernesto Valverdo has now revealed that he has no regrets leaving the Argentine superstar on the bench as he felt that was the best thing to do.
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One of the young gunners of Arsenal who is having an exceptional tournament and going through the best form of his life received a call from Barcelona to join their club. However, his decision shocked many people of the football community as he turned down the opportunity to sign the contract for Barcelona in order to continue his career at the club of Arsenal.

Emile Smith, 18 years, just broke into the first team of Unai Emery in this season and he scored 3 goals in total 6 matches in which he appeared for the senior side. The youngster of Croyde for his performance awarded with an all-new contract (long-term) at the Emirates during this summer. His development and performance in North London didn’t go unnoticed and he was praised by many legends of the football community.
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The Argentine returned to training last week and could play for Blaugrana against Inter, but his coach takes no chances. Ernesto Valverde insisted he will not take any unfortunate risks despite mentioning Lionel Messi in his Barcelona team only two and a half weeks after he broke his arm. Messi has not played since he was forced into the first half of a 4-2 win over Sevilla on October 20, but Valverde included him at the party that traveled to Milan to meet Inter in the Champions League.

Barca has won all four of their matches without the Talisman Argentine, with a 2-0 win over Inter and the 5-1 demolition of the Real Madrid standout results. “Leo is at the point where he could be available, but we have to wait. It depends on training,” Valverde told a press conference. “There are three or four options, but we do not take risks with Messi. I think it is better if he is there. More than anything because he is one more player and we have more to choose from. Of course, Messi is required to recover.”
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Barcelona managed to salvage a draw against Girona thanks to a goal from Gerard Pique in the 63rd minute. All started well for Barcelona when Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the first half. Fans were then hoping that Barcelona will have an easy game but things will change for the worst for them with the sending off of their defender Lenglet in the 35th minute.

The dismissal of the defender will change the game and Girona will manage score to equalize just before the break through Stuani. Things will become even worst for Barcelona when Stuani will add a second goal to give Girona a deserved lead against the ten-man side.
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Yerry Mina made some revelations recently with regards to his 5 year deal with Everton which made him leave Barcelona. The defender who has been the winner of a league in Brazil has agreed to sign a permanent deal with Everton. The 23 year old was connected with Manchester United however, was thrilled with the plans made by Marco Silva for the club. Mina said that it’s necessary for the club wishes to fight for something and hence he was there. He has been watching the premier league for long and knows that it’s the best one in the world. Signing a deal has given him a great chance and he looks forward to compete in his new club.

Mina is well versed with the players of Everton and he looks forward to play with his all new teams. He has interacted with the coach quite a bit and has realized the passion and determination the coach has for Everton. This is one of the reasons that made him agree to sign a deal as he wants to do his best for Everton. Marco Silva, the manager of Everton said Mina is a great defender, best player and likes to take up new challenges. He knows all about the position of the game and is good with the ball. He would be great and will certainly not disappoint his new team.
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La Liga giants Barcelona have announced Eric Abidal as the new sporting director at the club. The former Barca star played almost two centuries of games in six years after moving to Spain from Lyon. He won two Champions League, four league titles, two Copas del Rey, two Super Cups and two World Cups. Whilst at the Catalan giants, he was diagnosed with cancer and had to do a liver transplant in 2012. He eventually moved to AS Monaco the following year.

Abidal blasted the Barcelona management whilst in France, pointing accusing fingers at SandroRosell and the rest of the Barca board for the way they treated him up until his departure. Barely two years later, Abidal joined the campaign of Joan Laporta for president with him being promised sporting director but the bid failed.
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Sky Sports transfer expert Guillem Balague has said that Barcelona are ahead of Manchester United in the pursuit of Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. The France international came on the brink of joining the Red Devils in the summer, but Atleti’s failure to lift their transfer embargo saw him stay put for the season.

Since then, he has been regularly linked with the Mancunian giants, but Balague has brought a fresh twist to the transfer story. Balague has been following Barcelona’s interest in Griezmann for a while and in a Q&A session on Sky Sports, the Spaniard revealed that club president Josep Bartomeu has held close contact with the player’s family.

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Former Barcelona star Xavi has ripped the current Real Madrid setup apart, declaring that they do not want to pay beautiful football. The Spaniard opines that Madrid are in search of titles without having to pay beautiful football like their long term rivals Barcelona.

Madrid won the La Liga and Champions League last season, with the Champions League title being the third in four years. However, Coach Zinedine Zidane and his boys are struggling this term. They are 16 points behind Barcelona already. Xavi says this is not one off, that Madrid lack a culture of playing beautiful football.
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Barcelona defeated Alaves 2-1 in the La Liga on Sunday. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi had to dig deep to get the goals after a first half strike from John Guidetti. The Catalan side continued their strong run this season with the victory to remain almost certain of capturing the La Liga title.

After the Guidettii goal, Barca found it difficult netting an equalizer. Suarez scored in the 72nd minute to assure them of getting a share of the spoils at least. However Messi ensured Barca claimed maximum points with his stunning free kick in the 84th minute.More Link

It appears that Barcelona will return with an improved bid for Liverpool and Brazil forward Phillipe Coutinho in January. The Spanish team tried in vain to sign the Brazilian player during the summer window and will be hoping that they could achieve this in January.

It is believed that Liverpool will be prepared to sell the player in January as there are no signs that Phillipe Coutinho will be extending his stay with the Anfield side.

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