Elche hosted Barça today in a tense affair in the 27th Matchday of LaLiga Santander. Barça came out 2-1 victors, with goals from Ferran & Memphis sealing the comeback. Xavi, ter Stegen, and Ferran Torres spoke after the game.
Barça came agonizingly close to beating Napoli on several occasions in the first leg of the Europa League playoff round, but luck was not on the Catalan outfit’s side. Xavi, Piqué, and Eric Garcia spoke after the game of the stadium’s atmosphere, the team’s performance, and the return leg in Naples next Thursday.
According to SPORT’s Toni Juanmartí, Barça will soon inform Samuel Umtiti that he absolutely has to leave the club. The Frenchman had requested minutes in the preseason to prove he has recovered, and the club honoured his request, but their stance has not changed: he cannot stay under any condition.
García Pimienta has been dismissed from his role as FC Barcelona B manager today, in what comes as a bombshell to most people following Barça B. According to Mundo Deportivo’s Ferran Martinez, this is part of a complete remodeling of grassroots football in the club. The futures of other leading figures in the La Masia system are also under the magnifying glass per the same report.