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Rivaldo – Barca disrespected Valverde and will easily sack Setien

Former Barcelona forward Rivaldo believes that Erenesto Valverde was disrespected by Barcelona and says that Quique Setien will be sacked with ease if things do not turn out well at the Camp Nou. It can be recalled that Valverde was dismissed by Barca on Monday after negotiations with Xavi at the weekend were revealed and eventually replaced with Quique Setien who signed a two-and-a-half-year deal. "At the end of the day, it's never a good thing to be negotiating with a new coach while the current one is still working for you." According to Rivaldo, Barca had no choice but to hire Setien because they were left with very little options after negotiations with Xavi came to light READ: Inter reach agreement with Man United for Ashley Young "I think Barca have hired Setien because...
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Barca set to appoint Setien as Valverde replacement

Barcelona have reportedly lined up former Real Betis coach Quique Setien as a possible replacement for Ernesto Valverde. Valverde oversaw training with the Catalan club on Monday but reports are rife that he would be sacked after two-and-a-half seasons in charge at the Camp Nou. Barcelona are expected to release a statement later on Monday evening after a lengthy board meeting was held earlier in the day with Setien's agent reportedly in the city and in negotiations with the club. GET THE LATEST FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS FOR TODAY Live Football Streaming Over 1.5 Goals predictions for today BTTS Tips for today The former Betis boss has previously not hidden his admiration for Barcelona's style of football in the past and will take over on a short-term deal until the end of t...
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Valverde – Dembele must earn his place in the team

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has thrown a challenge at Ousmane Dembele to fight to earn his place in the first team. The ongoing season has been frustrating thus far for the French forward due to recurring injury problems. The Frenchman was also sent off in the 4 nil win against Sevilla and this resulted in a two-game ban. Dembele is available again but was not part of the team that lost 3:1 to Levante in the La Liga. Speaking ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League game against Slavia Prague at the Camp Nou, Valverde insisted that the 22-year-old must work had to get chances in the team. "Everyone always has to earn their place—Dembele is no exception," said Valverde. "When he plays, he can stay in that position [if he plays well], as happens to Ansu [Fati], Luis [Suare...
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Spurs eye Barce starlet Alena as possible replacement for Eriksen

Christian Eriksen's time at Tottenham is seemingly close to an end and reports suggest that a rising starlet from Barcelona could be the one to replace the Danish star. Tottenham are not known for their big spending on established stars and may, therefore, go for a much younger player who can blossom into world-class status whilst playing the role which may soon be left vacant by Eriksen. Barcelona starlet Carles Alena fits the bill and Mundo Deportivo have claimed that the 21-year-old is not happy with his lack of opportunities at the Camp Nou, thus creating an avenue for Tottenham officials to speak with the player's representatives about a possible move to North London. The London club have previously expressed interest in Alena but it seems there's more drive to make a move fo...
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Messi reaches landmark 50 free-kick goals in win over Valladolid

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde revealed that he has run out of words to describe Lionel Messi after the Argentine clinched another landmark in the 5:1 thrashing of Real Valladolid in the La Liga on Tuesday. Lionel Messi who scored a brace on the night, including a 50th career free-kick, helped his side return to the top of the log. Other goalscorers were Clement Lenglet, Arturo Vidal and Luis Suarez. This was Barcelona's 7th consecutive win in all competitions. Valverde, who was full of praise for his skipper said: "What else can be said about him? I’ve run out of words. We always know that he will appear, whatever the match His talent isn’t comparable to anything, the reality is that every time he touches the ball, something special happens. I just don’t know what to say." READ: Gra...
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Pique – Barca must step forward from Anfield nightmare

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has opened up about his side's embarrassing 4 nil defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in the semi-finals of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League. According to Pique, the event is a nightmare that he and his teammates must move on from and forget about. Barcelona went to Anfield with a seemingly comfortable 3 nil lead from the Camp Nou but saw themselves out of the competition after the final whistle was blown at Anfield, conceding 4, and failing to score. The collapse was very similar to what transpired when they were eliminated from the competition by Serie A outfit AS Roma in the 2017/18 season. READ: https://footiehound.com/mourinho-a-third-ucl-final-defeat-will-crush-klopp/ “When something like that happens, everything or almost everything goes ...
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Valverde admits uncertainty over his future at Barca

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has cast doubts on his longevity as manager of the Catalan outfit as he's yet to receive an offer of a new deal from the club. Valverde has a contract with Barcelona until 2020, although there is an option on the contract which states that the deal can be terminated a year before if there is a decline in the performance of the club. Barcelona won the La Liga last season under Valverde and currently sit three points above title rivals at the top of the log this season. The manager has started speculating on his future as the club have been silent on any contract renewal offers. 'If we don't win, it will be very difficult to go after... 'I don't care about the result, I just want to enjoy the... 'I do not know what I will do next season' R...
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More injury worries for Barca as Malcom sprains ankle

The injuries are beginning to mount at the Camp Nou and another player joined the list in the course of his exertions for Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday. Barcelona winger Malcom was forced to leave the pitch in tears after he sprained his ankle during the Catalan's 4:1 win over Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey. He scored in the course of the game but was unable to complete the game due to the injury. He will be made to undergo some medical tests to ascertain the extent of the injury. READ: Angry Sarri – Sometimes my players have too much confidence Malcom is yet to become a mainstay in the Barcelona and has struggled to establish himself under Ernesto Valverde since making the move from Bordeaux in the Ligue 1. Valverde revealed why he had to take the player ...
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Valverde – Dembele was superb in Barca’s defeat of Villareal

Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele produced one of his best performances of the season which saw Barcelona coast to a 2 nil win over Villareal at the Camp Nou on Sunday, and it's no surprise he has received plaudits from his boss Ernesto Valverde. The France international was very impressive in the game and provided the assist to Gerard Pique to open the scoring for the Catalans in the 36th minute. Dembele's stats now stands at 3 assists and 2 goals in his last 6 games for Barcelona, and hopefully, he continues in this form. READ: Roma begin discussions with Antonio Conte Speaking after the game, Valverde said: “Dembele produced a great performance” ”He was one of the players that stood out. He has so many things to his game: pace, he can dribble, beat players, self-confi...