FC Barcelona News: 1 November 2017; Barcelona Held by Olympiacos, Sergi Roberto Injured


Olympiacos 0-0 FC Barcelona: Shutout in Piraeus | FC Barcelona
Piraeus prepared a warm reception for a man who has brought them so much joy over the years, Ernesto Valverde, but that was as far as the hospitality went in tonight’s Champions League encounter. Olympiacos were looking for their first point in Group D and Barça had won three out of three, but no matter how much the Catalans pushed and pushed, the Greek champions refused to budge and the game ended has it had begun.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘Step forward, but not the step we wanted’ | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde had plenty to say after tonight’s goalless draw in Greece. Here’s a selection of post-match comments following his return to his former club: “We were lacking a goal. We tried to get closer to their area on the basis of longer possession. But they did a great job in defence and tried to hit us on the counter attack, spurred on by their fans.”

Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen: One bad match can cost the title | ESPN
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is not getting carried away with the excellent start Barcelona have made under new coach Ernesto Valverde and is all too aware that “one bad match” could cost them dearly. Barca have made their best ever start to a La Liga season, picking up 28 of a possible 30 points and building an eight-point lead over Real Madrid, who lost to Girona at the weekend.

HIGHLIGHTS: Olympiacos vs FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
A stalemate in the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium between Olympiacos and FC Barcelona in the fourth game of the group stages in this season’s Champions League. Ernesto Valverde returned to the club where he spent three highly successful seasons but he could only look on as his side gave everything but were unable to find the net.

Ernesto Valverde honoured by Olympiacos before Champions League meeting | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was honoured in style tonight at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, where he led Olympiacos to glittering success in two separate spells in charge at the club, winning three Greek Super Leagues and a couple of national cups as well.

Sergi Roberto has a hamstring strain | FC Barcelona
Sergio Roberto had to be subsituted at the end of the first half against Olympiacos as he has a hamstring strain in his right leg. On Wednesday the Barça midfielder will have more test to find out the exact extent of the injury. The man from Reus in Catalonia injured himself when defending just before the break and was replaced by Gerard Deulofeu.

Barca to return for Lemar? | Football Espana
Barcelona have restarted their interest in Monaco forward Thomas Lemar after initial interest over the summer, according to reports. The 21-year-old playmaker is also being heavily linked to Arsenal and Liverpool and a move away from the French champions at the end of the season is said to be plausible.

Patrick Kluivert presents partnership with Emirates NBD Egypt | FC Barcelona
Barça Legend Patrick Kluivert was in attendance, joined by the Chief Executive Officer of Emirates NBD Egypt, Giel-Jan M. Van Der Tol, the Head of Priority Banking and Wealth Management at Emirates NBD Egypt, Ayman Gamgoum and FC Barcelona’s Business Development Manager for the Middle East and Africa, Ali Aissaoui.



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