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Valverde vows to ‘revisit’ Barca’s tiki-taka

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Barcelona (AFP) – Newly-installed Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde vowed Thursday to “deepen” and “revisit” the renowned slick passing game of the Catalan giants in a bid to lead the club to success in all possible competitions next season.

“I know the style because I played here” between 1998-2000, Valverde said at his first press conference after being named successor to Luis Enrique on a two-year contract with the option of a further year.

Valverde vows to ‘revisit’ Barca’s tiki-taka

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Barcelona (AFP) – Newly-installed Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde vowed Thursday to “deepen” and “revisit” the renowned slick passing game of the Catalan giants in a bid to lead the club to success in all possible competitions next season.

“I know the style because I played here” between 1998-2000, Valverde said at his first press conference after being named successor to Luis Enrique on a two-year contract with the option of a further year.

New Barcelona boss Valverde vows to ‘revisit’ tiki-taka

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Barcelona (AFP) – Newly installed Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde vowed Thursday to “deepen” and “revisit” the renowned slick passing game of the Catalan giants in a bid to lead the club to success in all possible competitions next season.

“I know the style because I played here” between 1998-90, Valverde said at his first press conference after being named successor to Luis Enrique on a two-year contract with the option of a further year.

Valverde’s poise to be tested by Barca pressures

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Madrid (AFP) – In the worst kept secret in European football, Ernesto Valverde was officially named Barcelona coach on Monday.

Valverde follows in a long and famous line of former Barcelona players to manage the club.

However, unlike two of his more recent predecessors, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, Valverde is little known outside of Spain having had a far less distinguished playing and managerial career thus far.

Valverde’s poise to be tested by Barca pressures

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Madrid (AFP) – In the worst kept secret in European football, Ernesto Valverde was officially named Barcelona coach on Monday.

Valverde follows in a long and famous line of former Barcelona players to manage the club.

However, unlike two of his more recent predecessors, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, Valverde is little known outside of Spain having had a far less distinguished playing and managerial career thus far.

Valverde hired as new Barcelona boss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona’s fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants’ new boss on a two-year deal on Monday.

“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at a press conference.

Valverde hired as new Barcelona boss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde is the man charged with reviving Barcelona’s fortunes after being confirmed as the Catalan giants’ new boss on a two-year deal on Monday.

“Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and the experience. He promotes the youth players and he has a Barça way,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at a press conference.

Barcelona set to confirm Valverde as new coach on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barcelona set to confirm Valverde as new coach on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barcelona to make coach appointment on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barcelona to make coach appointment on Monday

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are expected to confirm Ernesto Valverde as their new coach later on Monday after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu called a press conference for 1900 local time (1700 GMT).

Bartomeu said after Saturday’s Copa del Rey final win over Alaves that there would be a board meeting on Monday afternoon where he will “examine the options and announce who will be our next coach”.

Barca assistant Unzue takes over at Celta

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Madrid (AFP) – Luis Enrique’s assistant coach at Barcelona for the past three years, Juan Carlos Unzue will step out on his own next season after being named Celta Vigo coach on Sunday.

Unzue signed a two-year deal to return to the Galicians, where he also served as assistant to Luis Enrique for the 2013/14 season.

Barca assistant Unzue takes over at Celta

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Madrid (AFP) – Luis Enrique’s assistant coach at Barcelona for the past three years, Juan Carlos Unzue will step out on his own next season after being named Celta Vigo coach on Sunday.

Unzue signed a two-year deal to return to the Galicians, where he also served as assistant to Luis Enrique for the 2013/14 season.

Barcelona seek winning end to Luis Enrique’s reign

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Madrid (AFP) – Gerard Pique wants Barcelona to reward outgoing coach Luis Enrique with a ninth trophy of his three-year spell in charge in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves.

Victory would see Barca lift the Cup for the third straight season under Enrique, but unlike in the past two years it would be Barca’s only major silverware of the campaign.

Luis Enrique says could return as Barcelona boss

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Barcelona (AFP) – Luis Enrique will take charge of Barcelona for the final time as coach in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves, but refused to rule out a return to the club in the future on Friday.

Enrique can add a ninth title to a generally successful three-year spell in charge in the final competitive game at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon this weekend.

Copa del Rey final last chance to salvage Barcelona’s season

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Madrid (AFP) – Only victory in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves will salvage some pride from Barcelona’s season and give coach Luis Enrique a successful send-off, whilst the Basques dream of lifting the trophy for a first time.

On a night of goodbyes as Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon hosts its final competitive fixture, Enrique will take charge of Barca for the last time.

Copa del Rey final last chance to salvage Barcelona’s season

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Madrid (AFP) – Only victory in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves will salvage some pride from Barcelona’s season and give coach Luis Enrique a successful send-off, whilst the Basques dream of lifting the trophy for a first time.

On a night of goodbyes as Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon hosts its final competitive fixture, Enrique will take charge of Barca for the last time.

I’ll cherish Messi memories, says Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique insisted on Tuesday he will revel in his memories of coaching Lionel Messi, rather than miss him when he steps down at the end of the season.

Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open once more by scoring twice to bring up his 500th Barcelona goal in a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Football: ‘Best ever’ Messi turns tables on Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique revelled in turning the tables on bitter rivals Real Madrid as Lionel Messi struck deep into stoppage time to edge a thrilling El Clasico 3-2 on Sunday.

Messi’s second goal of the night was his 500th for Barcelona and took the Catalans to the top of La Liga.

Football: ‘Best ever’ Messi turns tables on Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique revelled in turning the tables on bitter rivals Real Madrid as Lionel Messi struck deep into stoppage time to edge a thrilling El Clasico 3-2 on Sunday.

Messi’s second goal of the night was his 500th for Barcelona and took the Catalans to the top of La Liga.

Five things we learned from El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal deep into stoppage time to earn the Catalans a 3-2 win over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

Here, AFP sports looks at five things we learned from the five-goal thriller.

Title race back on

Victory for Madrid would have all but sealed their first La Liga title in five years.

Five things we learned from El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal deep into stoppage time to earn the Catalans a 3-2 win over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

Here, AFP sports looks at five things we learned from the five-goal thriller.

Title race back on

Victory for Madrid would have all but sealed their first La Liga title in five years.

Busquets back as Barca seek new miracle

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique welcomed back Sergio Busquets with the Catalans needing another remarkable comeback to oust Italian champions Juventus and reach the Champions League semi-finals at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Juventus claimed a 3-0 lead in last week’s quarter-final first leg, but Barca overcame a 4-0 deficit in the last 16 by beating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 back on home soil.

Barca need five to beat Juve – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will need to hit at least five goals past Juventus to produce another miracle Champions League comeback, but have nothing to lose according to outgoing coach Luis Enrique.

The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.

Barca need five to beat Juve – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will need to hit at least five goals past Juventus to produce another miracle Champions League comeback, but have nothing to lose according to outgoing coach Luis Enrique.

The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.

Barcelona eye another famous comeback with semis in sight

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Paris (AFP) – Little over a month after producing the greatest comeback in Champions League history, Barcelona need another special turnaround as they face Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday.

Luis Enrique’s side were taken apart in the first leg in Turin, losing 3-0 to a Juve team inspired by Paulo Dybala, who scored twice.

Luis Enrique eyes time out, not new job after Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hinted he will follow Pep Guardiola’s lead by taking a sabbatical rather than seeking a new job when he steps down at the end of the season.

Enrique announced last month he will not renew his contract at Camp Nou despite winning eight trophies in his three-year reign and with the possibility of adding three more in La Liga, Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his final months in charge.

Luis Enrique eyes time out, not new job after Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hinted he will follow Pep Guardiola’s lead by taking a sabbatical rather than seeking a new job when he steps down at the end of the season.

Enrique announced last month he will not renew his contract at Camp Nou despite winning eight trophies in his three-year reign and with the possibility of adding three more in La Liga, Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his final months in charge.

Barca visit hands Sampaoli last chance to impress

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Madrid (AFP) – Jorge Sampaoli has a final shot to further his case to land his dream job at the end of the season when his slumping Sevilla side travel to Barcelona on Wednesday.

Sampaoli looked to be at the head of the queue when Barca boss Luis Enrique announced he would step down at the end of the campaign little over a month ago.

Barca visit hands Sampaoli last chance to impress

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Madrid (AFP) – Jorge Sampaoli has a final shot to further his case to land his dream job at the end of the season when his slumping Sevilla side travel to Barcelona on Wednesday.

Sampaoli looked to be at the head of the queue when Barca boss Luis Enrique announced he would step down at the end of the campaign little over a month ago.

Barca await speedy Rafinha diagnosis

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are waiting to see how midfielder Rafinha’s knee injury evolves to begin the appropriate treatment, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The Brazilian had to be replaced after just 17 minutes as Barca ran out 4-1 winners at Granada on Sunday with a slight tear to the inner meniscus of his right knee.

Barca await speedy Rafinha diagnosis

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are waiting to see how midfielder Rafinha’s knee injury evolves to begin the appropriate treatment, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The Brazilian had to be replaced after just 17 minutes as Barca ran out 4-1 winners at Granada on Sunday with a slight tear to the inner meniscus of his right knee.

‘Impeccable’ Messi, Pique miss Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique claimed Lionel Messi’s behaviour towards referees is “impeccable” despite the Argentine racking up suspensions for club and country.

Messi is banned for the first time in five seasons for Sunday’s La Liga trip to Granada just days after being slapped with a four-game suspension for insulting an assistant referee during Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile.

‘Impeccable’ Messi, Pique miss Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique claimed Lionel Messi’s behaviour towards referees is “impeccable” despite the Argentine racking up suspensions for club and country.

Messi is banned for the first time in five seasons for Sunday’s La Liga trip to Granada just days after being slapped with a four-game suspension for insulting an assistant referee during Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile.

Outspoken Pique rested for Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Gerard Pique will join Lionel Messi on the sidelines for Barcelona’s return to La Liga action on Sunday at Granada after being left out Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad on Saturday.

Pique played in both Spain’s wins over Israel and France during the recent international break.

Outspoken Pique rested for Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Gerard Pique will join Lionel Messi on the sidelines for Barcelona’s return to La Liga action on Sunday at Granada after being left out Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad on Saturday.

Pique played in both Spain’s wins over Israel and France during the recent international break.

Difficult to rest Messi: Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique suggested Lionel Messi will have to be rested for some of an April packed with huge clashes, but that even the Catalan giants would struggle without the “best player in the world”.

Messi has started every Barca game in 2017 and will do so once more when Valencia visit the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Ramos strikes again as Madrid prosper from Barca hangover

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos struck another late winner as the European champions usurped Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

Earlier, Barca boss Luis Enrique accepted his side had struggled to shrug off the euphoria of a remarkable Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish champions slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Deportivo la Coruna.

Barca suffer PSG hangover in Deportivo defeat

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona suffered a hangover from their remarkable Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain as Alex Bergantinos’s winner 16 minutes from time handed Deportivo la Coruna a famous 2-1 win on Sunday.

Joselu had fired Deportivo into a first-half lead before Luis Suarez levelled in the first minute of the second period.

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4-3-3 v Villarreal: Enrique without these 3 Barcelona players for vital game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Barcelona vs Villarreal Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Barcelona vs Villarreal
Liga BBVA 2016/17
6th May, 17:30 pm BST
Camp Nou, Barcelona
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Barcelona Team News & Preview

Barcelona host Villarreal in La Liga this weekend and the home side will be looking to add to their impressive run of form at Camp Nou with another win.