Jordi Alba is the best player in La Liga right now, something Luis Enrique cannot ignore
After Barcelona's home defeat to Real Betis, the FC crew examine the club's issues in the back, and Gab Marcotti questions their preparation. "I think I've talked about Jordi Alba enough," Luis Enrique protested, but there was one more thing to say, left to the last minute. In the end, even he couldn't resist. On Thursday, the Spain coach returned Alba to the national team for the first time since the World Cup and the first time since he took over, finally ending one of the oddest absences anyone could remember.Luis Enrique said he didn't change his mind because of the "clamour," but the noise, like the evidence, had become overwhelming.... LIVE Transfer Talk: Liverpool plan record �85m move for Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele
The FC panel answer your tweets on Liverpool's precarious position in Group C, how Cavani's absence affected PSG and if Ousmane Dembele or Malcom is more likely to leave Barca. With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest.TOP STORY: Liverpool ready record move for Barca's DembeleLiverpool are set to shatter their transfer record to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona, according to the Sun.France forward Dembele joined Barca last summer but could be on his way out amid questions over his attitude, with the Sun saying Jurgen Klopp "wants him to boost his team's Premier... Barcelona's Jordi Alba denies clash with Spain coach Luis Enrique
Jordi Alba is back in the Spain squad after being omitted by Luis Enrique for international breaks in September and October.Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba denied there is any friction between him and Spain coach Luis Enrique.Alba was omitted by his former Barca coach in the previous two Spain squads before being recalled this week for Thursday's UEFA Nations League game at Croatia and the international friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina three days later."I've never had a problem with Luis Enrique and his staff," Alba said in Tuesday's news conference. "On the contrary, he [Luis Enrique] helped me a lot at Barca....
Messi receives two awards at Marca ceremony
Lionel Messi shared his thoughts on his arm injury after he won the Pichpichi and Di Stefano prizes for top goalscorer and best player in the 2017/18 La Liga season. Real Betis expose Barcelona using the tactics that made modern Barca great
To immediately understand the principal reason Betis humiliated Barcelona this weekend at the Camp Nou, you can go back to mid-July 2008 on a training pitch in St. Andrews, Scotland.Yes, Ernesto Valverde was soundly beaten on tactics by Quique Setien.Yes, if you compare Pau Lopez's superb first-half save from point-blank range, when Clement Lenglet thought he had scored, against Marc-Andre ter Stegen's limp-wristed effort that let Betis go 3-1 up, they can tell one tale of why the points went... Neymar joining Real Madrid would not upset former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta
After Barcelona's home defeat to Real Betis, the FC crew examine the club's issues in the back, and Gab Marcotti questions their preparation. Lionel Messi scored twice in his return from injury, but Real Betis netted four goals of their own to win 4-3, spoiling the Blaugrana star's return. Andres Iniesta has said it would not upset him to see his former Barcelona teammate Neymar play for Real Madrid one day.Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 a world-record €222 million transfer after four successful seasons alongside Iniesta at Barca, has been repeatedly linked with Real Madrid.When Iniesta was asked about that possibility, he told Cadena Ser: "It wouldn't hurt me because they are decisions that if they happen, happen. Madrid would reinforce themselves with a unique...