The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you the latest Barcelona news on Monday.
9:50pm – Suarez and Messi bring up record-breaking stat
Lionel Messi’s crucial goal on Sunday had greater significance because of the man who assisted him, Luis Suarez.
8pm – Pique hits out at media criticism
Gerard Pique’s form has come under scrutiny but the defender lashed out at his critics after Sunday’s draw with Valencia.
3pm – Barcelona training schedule for the week ahead
2pm – Barcelona resume training after Valencia draw
12pm – No excuses, says Rakitic
Ivan Rakitic refused to blame Barcelona‘s hectic schedule after they failed to return to the top of La Liga.
10am – Things learned from Valencia v Barcelona
Check out our things learned as Barcelona slumped to a fourth successive La Liga match without a win.
9am – Ratings from Valencia v Barcelona
Pique a 5? Coutinho a 6? Messi a 7? Read our ratings from the 1-1 draw against Valencia
Gerard Pique believes he is unfairly blamed for any goal Barcelona concede, after the centre-back was criticised for his role in Valencia’s second-minute goal during Sunday’s 1-1 draw between the two sides.
He failed to completely deal with a Los Che corner in the build-up to Ezequiel Garay’s goal, the latest in a string of high-profile errors from Pique this season that have cost Barcelona, who lost top spot in La Liga to Sevilla due to the result despite Lionel Messi‘s brilliant equaliser.
However, the defender believes the criticism he is receiving is harsh, and stems from people in the media having it out for him.
“I know that there are many people who are hoping that things don’t go well for me,” the 31-year-old said.
“They can enjoy it, they should come out of their caves and enjoy the sun. There are many people waiting for me and want to go for me.
”When we concede a goal it’s my fault, there are people who are waiting for me, but not only in Madrid. The TV can take advantage, come out of the cave, because this is going to change.”
Arthur retained his spot in the Barcelona midfield for Sunday evening’s La Liga trip to Valencia (22:45 UAE KO), with Thomas Vermaelen’s replacement of centre-back Clement Lenglet the only change.
Arthur, 22, excelled during his first Champions League start on Wednesday – a 4-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur. Such form convinced head coach Ernesto Valverde to keep faith in the summer buy from Gremio, as the champions attempt to arrest a three-game winless run in the top flight.
Elsewhere, as the leaders look to stretch their advantage thanks to Real Madrid’s shock 1-0 reversal at Alaves on Saturday, Samuel Umtiti’s injury gave Vermaelen just a second league start of the season.
His previous run-out, however, was last month’s 2-1 loss at Leganes.
Valencia came into the match in an unfamiliar 16th place.