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  Barcelona’s home match against Athletic Club wasn’t only significant because Ernesto Valverde returned to Camp Nou for the first time since his dismissal, but the game also represented a test for his 31-year-old defender Inigo Martinez, who is being considered as Gerard Pique’s ideal replacement. According to Spanish Publication Mundo Deportivo, Martinez’s link with […]

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Barcelona boss not counting trophies before they are secured

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has said that the team can’t afford to rest on their laurels with the La Liga title within their grasp. The Blaugrana are favourites to retain the league title with a 10-point gap over Atletico Madrid, but Valverde is refusing to count the silverware until they manage to officially secure the […]

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FC Barcelona defender Gerrard  Pique, who started in their stalemate  against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on Sunday, is now the only outfield player to start all 23 league games this season. Ernesto Valverde who  decided not to rest the centre-back in the Basque Country, perhaps because of the importance of the game and also because […]

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Gerard Pique unsure whether Lionel Messi would be recalled for the Copa del Rey

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said that he is unsure whether Lionel Messi will make the squad for the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Sevilla. Ernesto Valverde decided to field a weakened strike force during the first leg at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and that ended up costing them with […]

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Ernesto Valverde dismisses long-term injury concern for Samuel Umtiti

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has dismissed a long-term injury concern for Samuel Umtiti, who recently suffered a discomfort on his left knee. A recent report from Spain suggested that the Catalan giants could be without the Frenchman for a couple of months through injury but Valverde has seemingly dismissed those claims. Speaking in a […]

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Ernesto Valverde Denies Bust-Up Between Gerard Pique And Lionel Messi

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has denied suggestions of a bust-up between Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi in the aftermath of the club’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of AS Roma. The Blaugrana had a comfortable 4-1 advantage over the Giallorossi in the quarter-final first-leg, and they surprisingly underperformed at the Stadio Olimpico, where […]

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Gerard Pique Likely To Start Against Chelsea In The Champions League

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is likely to feature Gerard Pique from the off when the Catalan giants host Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg. The Spain international has been playing with a knee problem over the past few weeks, and this saw him left on the bench during the recent draw versus […]

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