International break over, La Liga returns

FCB-Sevilla last season / FCB ARCHIVE
FC Barcelona players made their mark in recent international matches

The squad’s attention now turns to Saturday’s game with fifth-place Sevilla

  Special game for Ivan Rakitic 

Luis Suárez and Aspas meet again

Interview with Barça’s Denis Suárez who is on loan at Sevilla

Sergi Roberto: Sevilla and Valencia will be key games

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Internationals over and La Liga returns

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The FC Barcelona players have made their mark in the recent internationals and now the squad’s attentions turns to Saturday’s game with Sevilla

  Special game for Ivan Rakitic 

Luis Suárez and Aspas meet again

Interview with Barça’s Denis Suárez who is on loan at Sevilla

Sergi Roberto: Sevilla and Valencia will be key games

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Adama Traoré renews contract until 2018

Silvio Elías, Adama Traoré and Andoni Zubizarreta at the signing / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
After signing the striker revealed ‘it’s the dream that any player from the youth system has’

Adama Traoré has signed this Wednesday a contract extension with FC Barcelona that will take him to the 30th of June, 2018. The Barça B striker put pen to paper in the presence of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and the director responsible for Barça B, Silvio Elías.

Talking to Barça TV, Adama Traore expressed his delight at the agreement: “I am very happy. It’s a dream come true for any player from the youth system. It’s a happy day for my family.” He also had words for those who had helped him get where he is today: “I think a lot of the blame for my progression lies with the coaches I have had here at Barça as they have told me how to improve, which is what I try to do.”

A fixture in the side under Eusebio

Adama has played 11 games this season, 10 as a starter , for Barça B this season. He has scored once and been booked three times. Last season he played 26 games in the Second Division, scoring 5 times in the process. It was also the campaign in which he made his debut with the first team coming on against Granada in the home victory in the league and in the Champions’ League win over Ajax also at home.

International players round up

Neymar in action against Àustria / FIFA.COM
Messi, Neymar and Suárez shone for their countries whilst Pedro and Busquet scored for Spain

Luis Suárez: The Barça number 9 played the full 90 minutes in Uruguay’s friendly with Costa Rica and scored the opening goal. Suarez was given permission to skip Uruguay’s next friendly against Chile in order to get back into training at the Camp Nou.

Leo Messi: Messi scored from the spot and played the whole game in Argentina’s win over Croatia and again captained the side in the friendly against Portugal, hitting the woodwork in the first half before being withdrawn at the break

Mascherano: Played the full 90 minutes against Croatia and came close to scoring in the second half with a fierce drive from the edge of the box. Also completed the whole game against Portugal, taking the captain’s armband off Messi for the second half.

Neymar Jr: The Brazilian kept up his excellent scoring record for club and country with two goals in the 0-4 friendly win against  Turkey, though he failed to score in Brazil’s next game, the 2-1 win over Austria, and was subbed late on.

Rakitic: Played a big part in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with Italy and showed his class by constantly worrying the Italian defence throughout the 90 minutes.

Claudio Bravo: Captained Chile for the 5-0 win against Venezuela and over the 90 minutes made a series of important saves. Although he conceded two in the 1-2 defeat to Uruguay, he made a brilliant one-handed save late on to deny the Uruguayans a third

Piqué: Started against Belarus alongside Sergio Ramos at the heart of the defence and looked solid throughout. Also figured in the starting XI against Germany before being replaced at half time.

Bartra: Came on as a second half replacement for Piqué against Germany after missing out in the Belarus match.

Pedro: Started against Belarus and rounded off a good move to score Spain’s third, before hitting the woodwork with another effort with an eye catching performance. Came on late against Germany.

Jordi Alba: Played a solid defensive 90 minutes against Belarus before being rested for the Germany game.

Sergio Busquets: Hit Spain’s second against Belarus with a long range shot which deflected in off a defender and put in a typically dominant performance. Played the first 45 minutes against Germany, when Spain dominated midfield.

Ter Stegen: Played the full 90 minutes in the German under 21s 3-1 win over Holland and then sat out the 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic.

Barça B:

Samper: Played the first 45 minutes for the Spanish Under 21s against Belgium.

Munir: scored the only goal against Belgium as Spain crashed to a 1-4 defeat.

Sandro: Showed some quality touches in the first 45 minutes when he was on the pitch against Belgium.

Halilovic: Played the second half of Croatia’s 2-1 defeat against Argentina.

Sergi Roberto gets medical all clear

Sergi Roberto in training / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
Montoya was also back with the group in Wednesday morning’s training session, whilst Iniesta continued on his recovery work.

Mascherano came in to do some recovery work after playing for Argentina at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

The first team squad were back in training on Wednesday morning with Rafinha, Mathieu and Sergi Roberto  – who was given the medical all clear after the session – all training with the rest of the group. Andrés Iniesta continued to work apart on his recovery, whilst Barça B youngsters Sandro, Munir and Samper, as well as Youth A keeper Onana all joined in.

Javier Mascherano also came into the session voluntarily, doing some recovery work after playing the full 90 minutes for Argentina in their friendly against Portugal at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.