Barcelona fear Samuel Umtiti will miss first El Clasico of the season

David Cooper 11/10/2018
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Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is facing a race against time to be bit for the first El Clasico of the season on October 28.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Umtiti – who has been struggling with a knee injury – is likely to miss the Champions League clash with Inter Milan before Real Madrid come to town a few days later. The France defender has already been ruled out of the top-of-the-table clash with Sevilla on October 20.

Barca are taking things slow with Umtiti as they try and avoid the need for surgery, but the Catalan club have struggled in his absence.

Gerard Pique has put in a string of sub-par performances at the back and the Blaugrana have suffered the consequences – failing to win in La Liga since a 2-1 victory at Real Sociedad in September 15.

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The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you the latest Barcelona news on Wednesday.

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

10:30pm – Paco Alcacer reveals Barcelona disappointment

Spanish striker Paco Alcacer has revealed his unhappiness with his playing time in Barcelona prior to making the switch to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund on loan.

The forward scored a total of 15 goals in 50 appearances for Barcelona over the course of two seasons before making the temporary move to Germany this summer

Read what Alcacer had to say on his disappointing time at Barcelona here.

Alcacer left Barcelona in the summer to join Dortmund on loan.

Alcacer left Barcelona in the summer to join Dortmund on loan.

20:40 – Messi’s life is a circus

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Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi’s stupendous career will be the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show next year.

Find out the details here.

17:00 – Paulinho pops into Barcelona training

The Brazilian called in to watch his former team-mates at training on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old, who plays for Guangzhou Evergrande in China, is still technically a Barcelona player, although it is expected that the Chinese club will buy him outright soon.

15:00 – Training continues at the Camp Nou

Even with some squad members on international duty, training still continues at the Camp Nou.

12:00 – Goal morning Barca fans

10:00 – Chance for youth to impress

Barcelona’s famous Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training campus is quiet over the international break, with most of Ernesto Valverde’s star-studded squad away with their respective countries.

But the likes of Spain outcast Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto, who is making his way back from injury, were among the group on Tuesday, while B team players were also given a chance to impress.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is getting a well deserved rest.

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Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara reveals joy in leaving Barcelona

David Cooper 10/10/2018
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Thiago Alcantara

If Barcelona could go back in time, one mistake they would surely want to reverse is letting Thiago Alcantara join Bayern Munich.

The diminutive playmaker has revealed just why he left Camp Nou back in 2013 having grown frustrated with a lack of playing time.

The 27-year-old has since gone on to become a huge success with the Bundesliga giants, winning five straight league titles and emerging as one of the finest midfielders on the planet.

Speaking to SER on Wednesday, he said: “I have always wanted to play and since that wasn’t possible with Barça I had to leave to find the joy in playing football again.

“To me playing is more important than winning a trophy, in the end, you always ask yourself ‘To what extent I have contributed to the win?’.”

Thiago is currently away on international duty with Spain and will take on Wales and England over the next week.

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