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LaLiga: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confident of retaining Quique Setien's services next season
Barcelona finally appeared to click in Sunday’s outstanding 4-1 win at Villarreal and Bartomeu said he thinks they are heading in the right direction.
Dodgy transfers, boardroom mayhem, managerial merry-go-round: Barcelona have been in disarray for a while, the cracks are deepening now
Barcelona may be just four points behind Real Madrid in the league but the club has all but conceded defeat while dropping six points in last four games.
LaLiga: After Barcelona's chaotic start to 2020 with on and off field setbacks, Lionel Messi calls for calm to think about football
Messi made the call for his club to put its house in order ahead of an important stretch of matches for the defending league champions
Former Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his next job could take him 'off the beaten track', to Australia or Japan
'A career in football does not last forever and sometimes you think you have to take the opportunity to live in strange places', said Valverde
Premier League: Pep Guardiola quashes talks of Manchester City signing Leo Messi, says he wants to see Argentine finish career at Camp Nou
Messi has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou at the end of the season after he caused a stir by criticising the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal over who was responsible for the sacking of Ernesto Valverde last month.
LaLiga: Lionel Messi criticises Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal for comments about players' work ethic
Abidal and Messi played together at Barcelona between 2007 and 2013, with the French defender returning to the club after retirement to become sporting director in June 2018
LaLiga: Barcelona manager Quique Setien admits there are quite a lot of things to correct post defeat at Valencia
Barcelona coach Quique Setien admitted he is struggling to get his ideas across to his players after the champions were beaten 2-0 to Valencia on Saturday.
LaLiga: Barcelona’s new coach Quique Setién off to winning start thanks to Lionel Messi's goal against Granada
Barcelona's all-time leading scorer finally broke down a stubborn Granada after the visitors were reduced to 10 men to secure a 1-0 win at Camp Nou on Sunday.
LaLiga: For Barcelona's new coach Quique Setién, all football knowledge comes from Catalan club's possession-based game
Setién inherits Valverde's team in first place at the halfway point of the Spanish league season, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference
LaLiga: Barcelona appoint new coach Quique Setien; tasked with restoring Catalans' iconic passing style
Setien delivered an example of what his sides are capable of last season when Betis beat Barcelona 4-3 at Camp Nou — the first team in two years to triumph there and also the last side to do so.
LaLiga: League-leaders Barcelona sack coach Ernesto Valverde after Spanish Super Cup defeat, appoint Quique Setien
The tide appeared to turn against Valverde after a 2-2 draw at struggling Espanyol which was followed by a 3-2 defeat by Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals
LaLiga: Former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta believes Spanish champions treating coach Ernesto Valverde unfairly
Barca approached Iniesta’s former team mate Xavi Hernandez to replace the under-pressure Valverde who they wanted to sack after defeat by Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final last week, reports in the Spanish media said.
LaLiga: Xavi declines Barcelona coaching offer, but Ernesto Valverde's position as head coach still unsafe, claim reports
Latest developments suggest that Xavi has put the plan on hold, at least for a season. As per reports, Al Sadd manager told Abidal and Grau on Sunday that the former midfielder was open to the possibility of joining the club next season but not right now.
La Liga: Xavi focussed on Al Sadd's Qatar Cup final, still undecided on taking up offer to coach Barcelona, says club source
The source said Xavi, coach of Qatari club Al Sadd, is focused on Friday’s Cup final against Al Duhail and has decided against accepting or declining Barca’s offer.
Xavi Hernandez has said it is his dream to coach his former side Barcelona after his current club, Qatari outfit Al Sadd, confirmed that the ex-Spain midfielder has been in negotiations with the Catalans
Spanish Super Cup: Barcelona's loss to Atletico Madrid raises familiar questions on Ernesto Valverde's men imploding from strong positions
Barcelona squandered one of its best performances of the season by conceding two late goals to Atlético Madrid, falling 3-2 in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.
Spanish Super Cup: Alvaro Morata, Koke on target as Atletico Madrid battle past Barcelona to set up finale against Real Madrid
Atlético Madrid rallied with two late goals to beat Barcelona 3-2 in a back-and-forth game on Thursday, setting up a meeting against city rival Real Madrid in Sunday's final at the revamped Spanish Super Cup.
Spanish Super Cup's format, relocation to Saudi Arabia caused by football's desire for money, says Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde
Valverde also questioned the merits of opening the competition up to Atletico and Real Madrid, who ended last season empty-handed
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid kick off tournament in Saudi Arabia with comfortable semi-final win over Valencia
Real Madrid midfielder Kroos curled in an exquisite right-footed shot from the corner flag in the 15th minute after spotting Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech out of position
LaLiga: Arturo Vidal’s lawsuit against Barcelona over bonus payments dispute won't affect status in team, coach Ernesto Valverde
Arturo Vidal's lawyers have filed a complaint to Spain’s player’s union (AFE) citing an unpaid bonus of 2.4 million euros (2.05 million pounds).