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How Barcelona Got Revenge On Juventus Ernesto Valverde's Barça looked a lot more dangerous than his predecessor's iteration.

After being held scoreless at the Nou Camp and beaten 3-0 in Turin against Juventus in the Champions League knockout round last season, Barcelona returned the favor in the opening game of the group stage this campaign. With a new manager, a different No. 11 and some familiar tactics from the club’s golden age, Barcelona… Keep Reading

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The Forgotten Man Ivan Rakitic should be rejuvenated and reinvented under Ernesto Valverde.

Before Neymar went and flipped Barcelona’s outlook for the summer transfer window upside down, the club’s main objective for this offseason was to strengthen the midfield. PSG star Marco Verratti was the Blaugrana’s top target, and for a brief time it seemed Barcelona had finally managed to recruit a legitimate replacement for Xavi. Once that… Keep Reading

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A Review Of Ernesto Valverde’s First Preseason

As far as results go, Ernesto Valverde’s first preseason with Barcelona could not have gone much better. The blaugrana swept through their ICC competition in the United States, winning the illustrious summer tournament with wins against Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid, before returning to Catalonia, where they drew in a practice fixture with Gimnastic… Keep Reading

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