Barcelona Striker Luis Suarez Opts to Take His Next Bite in the Culinary World With a New Restaurant
?Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has opened a new restaurant in the Catalan city.
The Sun reported that the Chalito Barcelona is Suarez’s latest venture into the restaurant business and offers a wide selection of home-made fast food.
?Following Barcelona’s seemingly unrelenting interest in Brazilian superstar Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool have supposedly yielded to the Blaugrana’s pursuit of the midfielder and named their price.
Barcelona were heavily linked with a move for Coutinho in the summer, with the player himself pushing to get his move by handing in a formal transfer request on the eve of Liverpool’s first league game of the season.
However, the Reds were stoic in their stance regarding the sale of Coutinho and now the 25-year-old has looked as though he’s back to his brilliant best at Anfield.
Though with the January transfer window set to open next month, speculation surrounding the Brazilian’s future has resurfaced, with Catalan publication ?Mundo Deportivo reporting the Reds would now be open to the idea of selling their number 10, but for nothing less than
The Blaugrana were left frustrated in the summer transfer window with Liverpool rebuffing three separate offers for Coutinho, though most of the add-on fees attached to the offers were dependant on the Brazilian fulfilling a plethora of unrealistic criteria throughout his time at Camp Nou.
Thus Liverpool constantly turned the Catalan outfit away, only quoting a price of €200m on transfer deadline day to serve as a deterrent.
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Barcelona welcome Celta Vigo to the Camp Nou this weekend as the league leaders look to extend their gap on top.
Ernesto Valverde’s men have had an incredible season thus far and will look to continue their dominance of the league as they face up against a formidable Celta Vigo side.
German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has become a fixture in the starting XI in recent times and rightfully so.
The shot-stopper has made some key saves this season and is a big factor in the success of the Barca side.
Valverde will want to revert to his most popular choices in regard to the defensive line, following Gerard Pique’s return from suspension. Nelson Semedo is beginning to look like a permanent choice for right back going forward and will certainly be amongst the starting XI come Saturday.
Pique and Umiti will look to resume their pairing in the middle while Jordi Alba will remain at left-back following his crucial goal in their last league game against Valencia.
The four in midfield will be a key to the success of the Catalan giants in the game against Celta Vigo. Busquets will be the defensive anchor for Barcelona with help from Rakitic, meaning 33-year-old maestro Andres Iniesta can push further up the pitch and help create chances for Messi and Suarez.
Paulinho has impressed ever since his arrival in Catalonia and this could be a big reason in why the Brazillian is often featured in the starting line-up for Valverde. With the Barcelona now reaching a pivotal part of their season, the 29-year-old become more valuable than ever.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will form the two-man attack. The Argentinian leads the league in scoring and has seemingly done it with ease.
Meanwhile, Suarez has been struggling for form this campaign and while the Uruguayan forward has shown glimpses of greatness, he is yet to get back to his best. This weekend could be the perfect opportunity to regain form for the former Liverpool man as Barcelona look to extend their lead at the top of La Liga.
Barcelona welcome Celta Vigo into town this weekend as they look to extend their gap at the top of La Liga to seven points.
The Catalan giants have had an incredible start to the season with exceptional performances from many of their stars, in the absence of summer departee Neymar.
After being held to a 1-1 draw by second place Valencia,
The potential of a goal-fest is on the cards leading up to the clash, as the last 4 league fixtures between the two sides have accumulated 24 goals.
Their clash on the 2nd of October 2016 is arguably the most memorable as Celta defeated the Catalan side 4-3.
Pione Sisto put the hosts ahead early in the 22nd minute, followed by a strike from Iago Aspas and an own goal from Mathieu which increased the deficit to three goals. Although Neymar and Pique pulled the visitors back to within one goal, Celta Vigo’s Pedro Hernandez sealed the win for the home side.
With the game essentially over, Pique scored his second as the home side defended their lead to ensure victory.
Iago Aspas vs Luis Suarez
The history of two sides suggests that there will be an array of goals scored in the clash on Saturday.
With that being said, the two key men in the encounter will be two forwards. Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas has scored 7 goals this campaign while Barcelona’s Luis Suarez trails by two goals, in an underwhelming start to the campaign.
However, you can expect numerous chances to be created and numerous goals scored as both sides boast an array of attacking talent.
Barcelona have no new injuries going into the game but are without long-term absentee Ousmane Dembele and centre-back Javier Mascherano.
Similarly, Celta Vigo have no fresh injuries but will be without key centre-back Sergi Gomez who will surely be missed with the attack of Barcelona looming. Gerard Pique will return for Barcelona after missing their last game due to suspension, which will fill a huge void in the side’s defence.
Predicted line-up for Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Umtiti, Pique, Alba, Paulinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez
Predicted line-up for Celta Vigo: Blanco, Mallo, Cabral, Fontas, Wass, Hernandez, Lobotka, Jozabed, Aspas, Sisto, Gomez.
Barcelona have been in incredible form this season, however, Celta Vigo certainly look to threaten their impressive record at the Camp Nou.
Celta Vigo have had no trouble with putting the ball in the back of the net this season and with the finishing of Iago Aspas, the Barcelona defence could be in for a shock as they look for their 19th straight home win in La Liga.
Prediction: Barcelona 3-2 Celta Vigo
?Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has admitted he misses his former teammate Neymar, and accepted his team have lost a bit of their creative magic since his departure, despite a strong start to the 2017/18 season.
After Neymar turned the footballing world upside down with his record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain, while Barcelona were expected to suffer this season in his absence.
Surprisingly, Ernesto Valverde’s side have so far excelled, leading La Liga by four points after 13 games, and are already eight points above bitter rivals Real Madrid.
However, Croatian maestro Rakitic has recently confessed in an interview with Mundo Deportivo (via the Daily Star) that he still misses the Brazilian.
“We had a bit more ‘show’ when Ney was here, maybe we lack that a little bit now. That was brought by Ney himself.
“I would prefer him to be here. If I had a magic wand, I would have him by my side. We’ve spoken about Ney a lot, though, but he’s not here any more and we’re doing really well.”
“I miss him, too, not just on the pitch but in the dressing room,” he added.
Rakitic also commented on the hysteria surrounding Neymar’s purported regret over the move, and his strained integration at the club, despite impressing.
He added: “It’s been the same for me before. When I left Germany for Sevilla, I missed everyone.
“Then when I came here, I was going back to Seville whenever I could. Later, you get used to your new surroundings and teammates.
“The strength of this team is in its values in the dressing room. We miss Ney. Whether he regrets leaving or not, you’d have to ask him.”
Barcelona maintained their imperious start to this campaign on Wednesday night, defeating Real Murcia 8-0 on aggregate in their Copa del Rey clash to advance to the last 16.