Hola Blaugrana fans. And welcome to Thursday’s Barcelona blog.
The Sport360 team will be in place throughout the day to bring you all the latest Barca news, views and gossip.
20:15 – Christensen could come in
Barcelona have approached a reluctant Chelsea about the possibility of landing underused centre-back Andreas Christensen this winter if Samuel Umtiti has to undergo surgery.
10:15 – Pique believes that there is no margin for error in the knockout stages of the Champions League
The Barcelona defender was happy to help his team finish as group winners in a challenging group in the Champions League and believes that the competition will spring to life in the knockout stages, leaving no margin for error.
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10:00am – Assist to Pique was unintentional according to Messi
Barcelona star Lionel Messi bailed the Catalans out with a goal and an assist against PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League fixture. Gerard Pique scored from a set-piece which saw the Argentine chip the ball to the defender. Messi dismissed debates that this was a rehearsed move.
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9:32am – Improved Barcelona away form music to Valverde’s ears
Ernesto Valverde is soothed by Barcelona‘s record on the road in the Champions League this season after they guaranteed top spot in Group B with a 2-1 win at PSV Eindhoven.
Read what the Barca boss had to say about his side’s triumph here.
8:52am – Two 9s but also two 4s and a 3 in Barcelona ratings v PSV
A lacklustre performance from Barcelona saw them edge past PSV Eindhoven 2-1 in the Champions League after lady luck took their side on the night.
We rate the Barca players based on their performance on the night.
Read Sooraj Kamath’s verdict here.
Barcelona have approached a reluctant Chelsea about the possibility of landing underused centre-back Andreas Christensen this winter if Samuel Umtiti has to undergo surgery, according to reports.
Umtiti, 25, has been hampered by a knee problem throughout 2018/19. A flare up before Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League win at PSV Eindhoven has caused the La Liga champions’ medical department to consider sanctioning a procedure that would see the France international sidelined for at least four months.
SPORT have stated that an approach has been made to the Blues about Denmark’s Christensen. This, however, was not warmly received even though the 22-year-old has not appeared in the Premier League thus far in 2018/19.
Chelsea view Christensen – who is well behind David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order – as an excellent long-term prospect.
Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti is reluctant to undergo surgery that could bring a premature end to his campaign, according to reports.
Umtiti, 25, has been dogged by injury throughout 2018/19 and has only made eight club appearances. A flare up in his longstanding knee problem caused him to sit out Wednesday’s 2-1 victory at PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, sparking the club’s medical team to consider new treatment methods.
Mundo Deportivo have stated that the La Liga champions may decide to get the problem definitely sorted out with a surgical procedure that would mean a minimum four-month lay-off.
But this scenario does not currently appeal to the France international.