Ernesto Valverde unsure whether Real Madrid will be weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo

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Chasing top honours again: Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde doesn’t necessarily believe Real Madrid will be weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

The Blaugrana coach admitted he is not too focused on the club’s eternal rivals but did compare Ronaldo’s departure to that of Neymar.

Watch Valverde speak ahead of his team’s trip to Valladolid (12.15am UAE time on Sunday) below:

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Daniele Verde and Lionel Messi are key players as Barcelona travel to Real Valladolid

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Barcelona will be looking to make it two wins out of two when they travel to Real Valladolid on Sunday.

The La Liga champion started with a victory at home to Deportivo Alaves while Valladolid came away from Girona with a 0-0 draw.

Watch the video below for the match preview.

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Live Barcelona Blog: Rafinha and Paco Alcacer left out of Barcelona's squad

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Hello Barcelona fans!

With the La Liga season underway and the transfer window deadline looming in Spain (August 31), there is no shortage of news coming out from the Camp Nou.

As ever, get in touch with us throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

10:35pm – Rafinha and Paco Alcacer left out of Barcelona’s squad

Barcelona have announced the 18-man squad to travel to Real Valladolid.

Rafinha Alcantara and Paco Alcacer however are not included while Thomas Vermaelen is also left out.

Read the full story here.

9:00pm – Real Valladolid v Barcelona preview

Barcelona will be looking to make it two wins out of two when they travel to Real Valladolid on Sunday.

Watch this video for the match preview.

7:00pm – Barca talking points

Brendon Netto lists three talking points ahead of the trip to Real Valladolid including Luis Suarez’s need to adapt.

Read the piece here.

12:00pm – Alcacer inches closer to Dortmund move

Borussia Dortmund are closing in on the signing of Paco Alcacer from Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The German club are set to secure the Spaniard on an initial loan deal, with an option to buy, as they look to strengthen their forward line.

The former Valencia and Getafe forward has played second fiddle to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez over the course of his two campaigns to date at the Camp Nou, and is seeking a new challenge away from the club.

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