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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

Match Recaps

Messi’s Brace Powers Barça Past Alaves Two matches, two 2-0 victories for Ernesto Valverde's men.

Barcelona’s first two games La Liga games under Ernesto Valverde, both 2-0 victories, have had similar patterns. Mounds of possession, little breathing room for the opposition’s midfield, Lionel Messi taking loads of shots and very few clear cut chances for either team. Against Alaves, Barcelona kept the ball for as long as they pleased throughout… Keep Reading

Match Previews

Match Preview: FC Barcelona v. Alaves The Blaugrana travel to the Mendizorrotza for their first away fixture of the season.

The fixture While all of the attention is on Ousmane Dembélé’s impending arrival at the Nou Camp and final pursuits of Philippe Coutinho and Jean-Michael Seri, Barcelona has a tricky fixture away to Alaves to get through before a number of players are released for the first international break of the season. The opponent When… Keep Reading

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