Barça 5-0 Celta: Quick off the mark | FC Barcelona
Following the 1-1 draw at Balaídos, there were some nerves in the build up to Thursday’s Copa del Rey round of 16 second leg. But those concerns were soon dispelled as Barça stormed off the blocks and with four goals in the first 31 minutes, the remaining hour was nothing more than a formality.
HIGHLIGHTS: Barça 5 Celta 0 | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona put in a great performance to beat Celta 5-0 at Camp Nou to secure a 6-1 aggregate win in their last 16 Copa del Rey tie. Leo Messi scored twice with Jordi Alba, Luis Suárez and Ivan Rakitic getting in on the act also with four of those goals coming in the first half.
Dembélé wins Camp Nou fans’ hearts | FC Barcelona
Ousmane Dembélé’s fitness is improving day by day. The French attacker, a substitute against Celta, had the Camp Nou falling in love with him after a wonderful cameo appearance during the 31 minutes he was on the pitch. It was his fourth match for the Blaugrana – the second after the serious injury suffered in September – but the No.11 left the Barça fans in no doubt as to his quality.
Espanyol, opponents in the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
There will be a derby in the Copa del Rey after Espanyol and FC Barcelona were paired with each other in the quarterfinals of the Cup competition. The first leg will be played at the RCDE Stadium on January 17 or 18, while the return will be at the Camp Nou one week later. Dates and times are still to be confirmed.
Barca must sell after Coutinho, Mina arrivals but bargaining position is weak | ESPN
Oscar Grau, Pep Segura and Robert Fernandez can give themselves a pat on the back. We’re not even at the halfway point in January and they have managed to tie up deals for the two players Barcelona wanted this month: Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina.
Ernesto Valverde hails Mina’s ‘potential and youth’ | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde was naturally delighted after the 5-0 defeat of Celta to reach the last eight of the Copa del Rey. “The first half was extraordinary on every level” he said. “We were fully concentrated against an opponent who we respect very highly and who have made things difficult for us this season.”
Yerry Mina’s first hours in Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Next, let’s take a look at the Colombian central defender’s second day in the city of Barcelona. The medical check-ups, the photo with the shield… don’t miss it!
Only Messi should be worth more than €100m – Voller | Goal
World Cup winner Voller, however, believes such fees for those players are exorbitant. “For me, there is only one player worth more than €100m, and of course that is Lionel Messi,” he told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “But I’ve grown used to being amazed.”
‘Arda to Basaksehir 99% likely’ | Football Espana
Arda Turan’s agent has confirmed that the Barcelona midfielder is “more than 99 percent” likely to join Istanbul Basaksehir. Arda is surplus to requirements at Barca, having not made a single appearance for the side this season, while Basaksehir lead the Turkish top flight by a point and would welcome their countryman’s arrival.