Barcelona have been dealt a big blow ahead of their biggest game of the season following the news that young midfielder Pedri won’t be fit in time for the El Clasico this weekend. Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Nou Camp in the first of the two El Clasico meetings in the Spanish La Liga this season.
Spanish newspaper Marca revealed that Pedri won’t be in the Barcelona squad for the Real Madrid game due to the injury he sustained last month. Pedri has been a shining light for both club (Barcelona) and country (Spain). Spanish international Pedri is widely regarded as one of the best young players in the world. He was named the best young player at the Euro 2020 tournament this summer after helping Spain reach the last four stage of the tournament before they were beaten on penalties by eventual winners Italy after the two nations had played out a 1-1 draw at the end of both regulation time and extra time.
New Dutch national team manager Louis Van Gaal has won his first game in charge of the team after the emphatic win over Montenegro in a Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier at the weekend. Van Gaal was appointed the Dutch manager for the third time in his career this summer following the disappointing campaign at Euro 2020. Frank De Boer was sacked shortly after the Dutch were eliminated in the round of 16 by the Czech Republic with Van Gaal named as his replacement.
Ex-Manchester United, Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam boss Van Gaal didn’t have the best of starts after his team could only manage a 1-1 draw with hosts Norway last week Wednesday. Van Gaal’s team was much improved by the time Montenegro arrived in Amsterdam for their game.More Link
Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has reportedly informed the English club that he wishes to leave the Etihad stadium in favor of a move to the Spanish La Liga, with the league’s giants Barcelona and Real Madrid said to he keen on snapping him up this summer. Laporte has had a mixed spell since leaving Athletic Bilbao to sign for City some years ago and has found it hard to cement a regular starting spot in Pep Guardiola’s team. Guardiola has had to rotate his defensive options and has switched between John Stones, Nathan Ake, Laporte, and now Ruben Dias after the Portugal international defender joined from Benfica last summer.
After the signing of Dias, the Portuguese central defender has walked straight into the starting eleven and has not looked back since. His fine performances earned him a starting spot in the Portugal national team at the Euros but he was unable to guide his country to win the title. His emergence as City’s best defender has cast doubts over the future of Laporte at the Etihad and there is now a growing belief that the former Bilbao man could be on his way out of Pep Guardiola’s team.
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona have announced that forward OusmaneDembele will undergo a knee surgery after he picked up a serious knee injury while playing for France at the ongoing European Championship being hosted by 11 countries. Barcelona forward Dembele picked up the injury during the Group F clash between France and Hungary at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
Barcelona have confirmed that the player will miss several months of football action as a result of the injury. To this effect, Dembele is not expected to return to action until the end of the year meaning that he will miss the start of the new season for his club.
Five-time European champions Barcelona missed another opportunity to take the lead in the Spanish La Liga after they could only play a goalless draw at home to title rivals and league leaders Atletico Madrid at the weekend.
Barcelona needed a win to upstage Atletico at the top of the table but they were unable to get that win. To this effect, the Catalan giants stay in third place in the title race behind the Madrid duo of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Spanish football giants Barcelona will turn their attention to league football after the Copa Del Rey final victory over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend.
Barcelona showed ruthlessness against Bilbao to win the Spanish Copa Del Rey and will need to replicate that form in each of their remaining eight matches in the league if they want to end the season with an unlikely double. The Catalan giants have been able to recover from a poor start to the season under new manager Ronald Koeman.
FC Barcelona are heading into this match bearing it at the back of their mind that it is one of the biggest games of their campaign. It is the second leg of their Copa del Rey clash with league rivals Sevilla and they will have to be in their best form if they want to overturn the already-standing 2-0 deficit after the first leg.
The game will be a repeat of last Saturday’s La Liga match which Barca won by the same 2-0 scoreline and they will be banking on their individual brilliance and team efforts to come out of this tie as qualifiers and into the next round. Although the game will be played at the Camp Nou, Barca boss Ronald Lowman has suggested that it does not have any major impact on the tie and that his side will have to be at their very best if they want to proceed to the next round of the tournament.
Just days before Barcelona play their next UEFA Champions League game, they will be facing a seemingly easy test as they welcome Alavés to the Camp Noi in what is expected to be a comfortable win for the hosts. Barça will want to seal a win to continue their fine run of form in the Spanish La Liga and also start preparations ahead of their next European fixture.
Barcelona are currently the 2nd team on the table and are on 43 points while Alavés lie in 16th position with 22 points ahead of the Matchday 23 fixture. The game will be played km Saturday 13th of February by 9 pm and the venue is Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.More Link
Barcelona are still interested in snapping up Manchester City’s teenage sensation Eric Garcia when the transfer window opens for business in January. According to Catalunya Radio’s Marta Carreras, the Spanish giants will capture and announce the defender from Premier League outfit Manchester City, but he won’t be heading to Spain until in the summer.
Garcia, 19, is a product of the famous Barcelona’s La Masia Academy and he decided to leave the youth setup back in 2017 as he went in search of more game time. He did get his chance last season though, having featured for the Etihad club 20 times in what was a breakthrough season for him.
Spanish giants Barcelona face a hugely tough test as they come up against Real Sociedad on Wednesday in their La Liga clash at the Camp Nou. Sociedad are the current table toppers and should they manage to secure a win against Barcelona, they would extend their lead at the top of the table.
Barca won their last league game against Levante but it was an underwhelming performance from Ronald Koeman’s side. It was a slender 1-0 victory and could have ended in a reverse fashion, but Levante had their ill luck to blame.