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Tuesday September 24 2019
Sergio Busquets praises FC Barcelona reaction against Villarreal CF

FC Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets praised his teammates following a hard fought 2-1 win at home to Villarreal CF.

First half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Arthur Melo secured the win for Ernesto Valverde's side, as they looked to bounce back from the weekend loss away at Granada CF.

The defending La Liga champions struggled against the newly promoted side, and Spanish international Busquets hailed the resilience of the side after a tough few days at the club.

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Tuesday September 24 2019
Ernesto Valverde dampens Lionel Messi injury fears

FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has eased fears that club captain Lionel Messi has suffered a serious injury.

Messi started against Villarreal CF, in his first start of the 2019-20 season, after struggling with a calf problem during pre-season.

The Argentina international came off at half time against Javi Calleja's side, with a hamstring injury, however Valverde has confirmed his substitution was a precaution.

"Of course when Messi gets injured, everyone takes notice.

"However it does not look like a serious injury.

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Tuesday September 24 2019
POST MATCH: FC Barcelona edge past Villarreal CF in Camp Nou test

FC Barcelona returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Villarreal CF at the Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde's side lost 2-0 at Granada CF at the weekend, following on from a 0-0 Champions League draw against Borussia Dortmund, but they move up to fourth in the table with three points against Javi Calleja's side.

Antoine Griezmann got the defending champions up and running after just six minutes, nodding home Lionel Messi's near post corner.

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Tuesday September 24 2019
La Liga LIVE: FC Barcelona v Villarreal CF

FC Barcelona host Villarreal CF in midweek La Liga action - Follow our LIVE blog for updates.

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Tuesday September 24 2019
La Liga Line Ups: FC Barcelona v Villarreal CF
FC Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde makes three changes from the 2-0 weekend to Granada CF - with Lionel Messi making his first start of the 2019-20 season.
 
Messi replaces Carles Perez in attack, and Sergio Busquets and Arthur Melo replace Frenkie De Jong and Ivan Rakitic.
 
The defending La Liga champions host Villarreal CF tonight, as they look to get back to winning ways.
 
Javi Calleja's side have won back-to-back games ahead of the trip to the Camp Nou, and he makes two ch
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Sunday September 22 2019
Xavi: FC Barcelona return is not easy

Former FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has moved to quieten speculation about his potential return to the club.

Xavi, who is currently managing Qatari side Al Sadd, has been linked with a potential return to replace current boss Ernesto Valverde, but he has insisted that is not on his mind at the moment.

"People expect a lot from me (as a coach), he told an interview with Catalan newspaper ARA.

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Sunday September 22 2019
Sporting Lisbon deny Ansu Fati's father's comments

Sporting Lisbon have move to rejected the claims of Ansu Fati's father about the demands from the 16-year old.

Fati's father, Bori, claims that his son was interested in amove to the Portuguese side this summer - however the Primeira Liga side were only willing to offer him a place in their youth set up.

However the club have denied these claims, insisting that their links with Fati were based on him being a first team player, via an official club statement.

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Sunday September 22 2019
Ernesto Valverde reveals concerns about FC Barcelona away form

FC Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has voiced his concern about the club's poor away form this season.

The defending La Liga champions have won both of the La Liga home games so far in 2019-20 by a 5-2 scoreline, however their form away from the Camp Nou has been inconsistent.

La Blaugrana are without a win on the road, with draws at Osasuna CF and Borussia Dortmund, with defeats away at Athletic Bilbao and Granada CF.

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Saturday September 21 2019
Luis Suarez demands answers from FC Barcelona team mates following Granada CF defeat

FC Barcelona forward Luis Suarez believes the La Liga champions must a look at their performances following a second defeat of the season.

Goals from Ramon Azeez and Alvaro Vadillo confirmed Granada CF's 2-0 win over Ernesto Valverde's side, and the Uruguayan was clear in where the blame lies for the defeat.

"Tonight was a worrying defeat, and it hurts a lot.

"There were many things that we did not do well and we must be self critical.

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Saturday September 21 2019
POST MATCH: Granada CF shock defending La Liga champions FC Barcelona

Granada CF pulled off a major shock with a win over FC Barcelona in a memorable night for the La Liga new boys.

Diego Martinez's side have impressed so far in 2019-20, following their return to the Spanish top flight and they stunned Ernesto Valverde with a 2-0 victory at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes.

Ramon Azeez stunned the visitors with a goal inside the first 60 seconds, heading home at the far post, after Jose Puentas profited from a slip by Junior Firpo - on his first start for the Catalan side.

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