Gerard Pique set for landmark 300th La Liga appearance

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Gerard Pique is set to make his 300th La Liga appearance.

Gerard Pique is set to make his 300th La Liga appearance on Saturday when Barcelona face Real Valladolid.

The 31-year-old made his debut in 2006 as a Real Zaragoza player, on loan from Manchester United having moved to England straight from Barcelona’s youth set-up.

In typical fashion, Pique marked that match with a goal, the first of 25 he’s scored so far in the league, an impressive tally for a centre-back.

Pique, who recently signed a new contract with the Nou Camp outfit to keep him at the club until 2022, has emerged on the winning side in 220 of his 299 league appearances so far, and he’ll be hoping to make it 221 on Saturday, regardless of whether he adds to his goals tally or not.

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Live Barcelona Blog: Rafinha, Paco Alacacer left out of squad to face Real Valladolid

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Hello and welcome to today’s live Barcelona blog.

Stay tuned for all the updates ahead of Blaugrana’s trip to Real Valladolid in La Liga this evening (12.15am kick-off UAE time), as well as any transfer news that might materialise during the day.

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2:10pm – Valverde unsure if Madrid will be weaker without Ronaldo

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Manager Ernesto Valverde has compared Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure from Real Madrid to Neymar‘s Barca exit last summer, but doesn’t believe that Madrid will be weaker without the talismanic striker.

Read more here.

11am – Rafinha, Alcacer left out of squad to face Valladolid

Absentee: Rafinha.

Midfielder Rafinha and striker Paco Alcacer have been left out of the matchday squad for Saturday’s fixture, with both expected to complete moves away from the club in the coming days.

Read more, here.

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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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