Barcelona clinched their third league victory on the bounce as they moved level on points with Real Madrid at the highest of los angeles Liga on Saturday.

The Catalan giants played host to Getafe and despite Angel Rodriguez pulling one back for the visitors within the last half , earlier goals from Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto sealed a 2-1 win.

However, the sport also marked Lionel Messi’s fourth league game without a goal.

The Ballon d’Or winner last found internet in Spain’s top flight slightly below a month ago, bagging the sole goal in Barca’s 1-0 victory over Granada.

And after failing to seek out internet this weekend, Messi is experiencing his longest La Liga goal drought in six years.

Rewind to January 2014 and therefore the Argentine went on an eight-game run without finding internet .

Messi remains way off hitting that number this point around as he looks to finish the drought when Barca face Eibar next weekend.

However, despite his recent goal scoring woes, it hasn’t stopped the striker from proving why he’s the world’s best, that’s needless to say .

That’s because Messi has racked up six assists out of a possible seven within the last four games.

An incredible stat.

That moves Messi up to 12 assists in 19 appearances this campaign and another will equal his tally from last season.

Take a glance at his assist from yesterday’s win below:

On top of that, Messi was also handed two 10/10 ratings and three man of the match titles by WhoScored too.

And despite being quiet ahead of goal lately , the 32-year-old remains the league’s top scorer with 14 strikes to his name.

Messi and Barcelona will now be hoping for a true Madrid slip-up tonight as their rivals look to regain their three-point cushion once they host Celta Vigo.

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Le10Sport claim Barcelona have the ‘green light’ from Aubameyang for a January transfer. He reportedly wants a move this window, and playing in La Liga tempts him. Barcelona have had a keen interest within the striker for several months.

Barcelona are looking to sign a centre-forward, following Luis Suarez’s injury. Suarez will miss around four months after his operation, in order that they need someone in quickly.

They’d need to make a very attractive offer to convince Arsenal to sell though. Reports from Goal suggesting they’re posing for the striker on loan are ridiculous. Arsenal aren’t getting to run down a 30-year-old’s contract when he’s their top scorer.

Aubameyang is out with a suspension at the instant . He’ll miss another game domestically, the FA Cup fixture against AFC Bournemouth. He’s still club captain with 17 goal contributions in 26 games this season though.

Gabriel Martinelli is stepping up in his place well, but he’s an 18-year-old. His form will come and go, and Alexandre Lacazette isn’t offering enough goals. Arsenal can’t sell (or loan) without pile and a replacement in mind.

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Barcelona could reportedly see Philippe Coutinho return to the Nou Camp this summer as Bayern Munich are being tipped to snub their choice to buy.

As noted by BBC Sport, the Brazilian international joined the reigning Bundesliga champions on a season-long loan deal last summer, with an choice to buy set at €120m.

It seems as if the 27-year-old has had a comparatively decent campaign so far having scored seven goals and provided seven assists in 23 appearances for the Bavarian giants.

However, as reported by Calciomercato, via Bild, it’s suggested that Bayern aren’t convinced by Coutinho’s form this season then they might opt against exercising their choice to buy and send him back to Barcelona instead.

That’s a bitter blow for Coutinho as after his struggles at the Nou Camp in discovering his best position and form, he could are hoping to form the foremost of his loan spell with Bayern to form clean slate and flourish in Germany.

That said, it now remains to be seen whether or not he could fit into new Barcelona coach Quique Setien’s plans moving forward, as he could be hospitable handing the Brazilian playmaker a clean slate and a key role in his plans after replacing Ernesto Valverde this month.

Time will tell if Bayern don’t change their mind within the coming months as Coutinho could arguably still have time to prove he’s worth keeping.

If not, then it’ll be interesting to ascertain if Setien decides to stay him at Barcelona for next season and see how he fits in, or if an equivalent approach is taken and Coutinho finds himself on the move again over the summer to perhaps fund Barca’s pursuit of targets that Setien is eyeing to stamp his mark on the squad.

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The new coach brought a new way of playing in a very short time in charge

FC Barcelona may be a different beast under Quique Setién. the previous Real Betis manager has given Barcelona’s style a facelift, without necessarily changing personnel. Out is Ernesto Valverde’s more cautious approach, and a return to a good more possession-focused style is in its place.

Valverde’s Barcelona already dominated possession ninefold out of ten, but Setién’s men take it a step further. They made more passes last weekend than the other team since the Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova years. This Barça is all about control. Granada were happy to step off and park the bus, and that they did so pretty successfully, to be fair. But they were undone within the end by a Lionel Messi strike after an excellent little bit of build-up play.

Setién didn’t necessarily pick a team too different than Valverde would. With Arthur just returning from injury, and Luis Suárez and Frenkie de Jong out, the alternatives Setién made were logical. Yet, even with a two midfielders known a minimum of the maximum amount for his or her industry as their ability on the ball, Barcelona kept the ball very effectively. Ivan Rakitić and Arturo Vidal did their jobs, although you are feeling Setién is trying to find a flash to travel back to Arthur and De Jong as starters.

The only real novelty is that of Riqui Puig. The youngster had been kept out of the most team by Valverde, but Setién immediately brought him into the fold. That paid dividends as Puig was great in his role off the bench.

Setién also tinkered with the team’s shape. It’s a matter of debate, actually, whether he changed the formation or not. there have been two ways you’ll have read the lineup, as a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3. That depends on whether you saw Sergi Roberto as a defender or as a conservative fullback. In truth, perhaps he played something of a hybrid role.

Jordi Alba was given license to motor forward, while Roberto stuck by on his side. Antoine Griezmann was on the left, but with Alba in support, he was cutting inside constantly. Meanwhile, Ansu Fati, on the proper side of attack, gave the team width as Roberto didn’t usually go up to supply it.

Interestingly, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti almost had reflection heatmaps and passmaps. this means that they were both playing as central defenders. Both Roberto and Umtiti have guile on the ball, ready to bring the botch or pass it to create from the rear .

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The ex-Nerazzurri centre-forward has moved to the Catalan capital to play for his or her second team

Barcelona have signed Rey Manaj from Albacete for an initial €700,000, with the previous Inter striker agreeing a contract until June 2023.

The fee could rise by €2 million (£1.7m/$2.2m) in performance-based bonuses over subsequent three and a half years, with 22-year-old Manaj set to line up for Barcelona B within the Spanish third tier.

After starting his senior career with Cremonese, the Albania international – who features a €50 million (£42.7m/$55.5m) release clause in his contract at Barcelona – moved to Inter but made just six appearances for the club during a four-year stint that included loans to Pescara, Pisa and Granada.

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A Leo Messi goal quarter-hour from time gave Quique Setien a win in his first game as coach of FC Barcelona as Barca beat Granada 1-0 within the Camp Nou Stadium on Sunday.

Barca looked on top of things against the rival that limited their options in attack, but posed few problems going forward.

Setien had a few of surprises in his first starting 11 with Samuel Umtiti starting in central defense, while Ansu Fati was given the prospect in attack within the place of Luis Suarez, who are going to be out for around four months after a knee operation.

Meanwhile Arturo Vidal started alongside Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic in midfield for the suspended Frenkie de Jong.

Setien’s teams are known for his or her possession football and Barca enjoyed 80 percent of the ball within the half , although they struggled to make clear cut chances against a well-organized Granada.

Fati poked the shock early , while Leo Messi sent a place kick over the bar after quarter-hour .

Jordi Alba was again one among Barca’s main attacking outlets and Fati should have done better from his left cross within the 21st minute, while Messi fired into the side netting following another pass from the left back on the stroke of halftime.

However, for all of their control of the ball, chances were few and much between before the break.

The last half followed an equivalent script with Barca struggling to interrupt down their hard-working rivals and therefore the best chance fell to Granada within the 65th minute when Eteki Yan Brice hit the post for Granada from outside of the world .

Things were made easier for Barca within the 69th minute when Granada defender German Sanchez, was sent off after seeing a rather harsh second yellow card.

Setien reacted by bringing young midfielder Riqui Puig on for Rakitic and Puig played a task within the start of the move that ended with Vidal back-heeling for Messi to open the scoring within the 76th minute.

Messi then drew a flying save from Rui Silva with 12 minutes left to play, while Griezmann fired into the side netting as Barca saw out the closing minutes with few problems.

The win keeps them top of the league, but fans expecting a revolution from Setien may need to attend a touch longer.

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Brazilian legend Ronaldinho said he could see Lionel Messi was getting to become a star from the beginning after reminiscing about their spell together at Barcelona .

Ronaldinho, who was one among the foremost talented players of his generation, played for Barcelona between 2003-2008, while Messi’s introduction for the senior team came within the 2004-2005 season,

The two South Americans went on to make a lethal partnership until Ronaldinho departed for AC Milan, and chatting with Panenka magazine the 2002 World Cup winner said the 2 quickly formed a bond.

“When I received Barcelona, there was already talk about a child who stood out,” Ronaldinho said.

“Then we were friends; we started playing together and got on alright . He arrived being different to all or any the others, and that we spoke with [Frank] Rijkaard in order that he came to coach with us – it had been all in no time .”

“I was lucky enough to offer him the pass for his first goal. Over time, it’s extremely nice to ascertain someone who starts out so on the brink of you then conquers the planet .”

Ronaldinho said their chemistry on the pitch grew over time, and praised the six-time Ballon d’Or winner for his calmness.

“We were always very close,” he continued. “We learned things, he taught me Spanish and that i taught him Portuguese, but with the ball we understood one another perfectly.

“I’d be left amazed by how calm he’s . That’s something i really like about him; he never gets into trouble, he’s always together with his family and people closest to him. Leo has everything, he didn’t need anything from me.”

Messi’s Barcelona are currently top of los angeles Liga on goal difference, although they recently replaced their manager Ernesto Valverde with former Real Betis boss Quique Setien .

They host Granada on Sunday, where Messi are going to be looking to feature to his 13 goals and 6 assists from 14 La Liga games thus far this season.

 

Source : mirror.co.uk

New Barcelona boss Quique Setien took time to see out Abel Ruiz and Alejandro Marques in training on Thursday as he ponders the way to replace the injured Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan has been ruled out for four months after undergoing knee surgery, meaning the team are in need of a replacement No.9.

Antoine Griezmann is one choice to fill certain Suarez, while the club could also look to usher in a player because the January transfer window is open.

However, Setien also appears to be brooding about turning to the club’s youngsters to fill the gap in attack.

Yet neither player has impressed this season ahead of goal for Barca B. Ruiz has three goals and two assists in 17 Barca B outings this season, while Marques is yet to seek out the rear of internet in 11 appearances.

Ruiz said in November he may need to go away Barcelona to urge first-team opportunities, and Mundo Deportivo are reporting the club have received two offers for him which he’s approved.

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Barcelona are reportedly on the verge of securing the signing of Palmeiras midfielder Matheus Fernandes during a deal worth €11m.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a spell at Botafogo before his move to Palmeiras last January, as he has bagged three goals and 4 assists in 87 appearances at senior level.

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Predominantly used as a central midfielder, Fernandes has also been deployed during a more defensive role also as on the proper side of the midfield to point out some crucial versatility.

It appears as if his form has attracted the eye of Barcelona, and as reported by Mundo Deportivo, via multiple reports in Brazil, the Catalan giants are now on the verge of signing him during a deal worth €11m in total, €7m initially with an extra €4m in add-ons.

Such is that the confidence that the deal goes to travel through, it’s added that Fernandes has said goodbye to his teammates as he envisages the move materialising within the coming days, then Barca appear to possess a midfield reinforcement arriving this month.

That said, there has been no official announcement as of yet, then until that’s released, it remains to be seen if everything goes through with none hitches.

Fernandes though appears set to be the primary signing since Quique Setien was appointed as Barcelona boss, then he’ll potentially be ready to call upon the Brazilian youngster to assist the reigning La Liga champions still compete for major trophies moving forward.

As seen with the signings of Arthur, Frenkie de Jong and now possibly Fernandes, Barcelona appear to possess made some extent of targeting talented young midfielders, as they arguably look to usher in long-term replacements for stalwarts like Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic now before leaving it too late.

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Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona into making the huge signing of a Manchester City superstar to spice up their Champions League chances.
Barcelona manager Quique Setien features a big task on his hands, which is get his side to consistency and check out to compete for 3 trophies during the rest of the season. The UEFA Champions League continues to of absolute focus for the Catalans, but they’re going to got to manoeuvre through the knockout phases without lethal scorer Luis Suarez.

Luis Suarez picked up an injury within the Super Cup semi-final versus Atletico Madrid, in what was Ernesto Valverde’s last match within the dugout and has now been ruled out for as many as four months. altogether probability, the Uruguayan are going to be back just for the Copa America later this year and have for the Blaugrana within the 2020/21 campaign.

Whether the previous Liverpool ace are going to be a first-choice striker for subsequent season remains to be seen because Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez has been tipped to form a move to the Camp Nou during the summer and can be Luis Suarez’s successor at the club. thereupon said, Antoine Griezmann will got to adapt to a left winger’s role with Ousmane Dembele staring down the entrance .

Diario GOL has reported that Lionel Messi has asked the club’s board to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero during the summer. Aguero has become the Premier League’s all-time top scorer from amongst foreigner players and also has struck most hat-tricks, overtaking Alan Shearer’s record of 11 last weekend against Aston Villa.

Sergio Aguero will slowly start to be phased out by the Citizens as Gabriel Jesus gets inducted into the regular side and having won all trophies in England, the Argentinian striker could also be hospitable moving to Barcelona even at 32 years aged so as to offer it a go at winning the UEFA Champions League for the primary time in his career at almost its end.

Messi’s request has seemingly been turned down by the Barca board which doesn’t see Sergio Aguero as a beautiful option thanks to his age and can prioritise on the signing of Lautaro Martinez for the summer. The Inter Milan striker is enjoying a blockbuster striker within the Serie A and is nearly certainly getting to be a Blaugrana at the top of this season.

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