Damage limitation, and a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey, will be the prize if Barcelona beats Valencia on Saturday as Barca’s rejuvenated opponent eyes a final flourish to its remarkable comeback season.
Barcelona is set to make another attempt to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid after last year’s long saga led to the France international rejecting the Catalan club, according to multiple reports in the Spanish media on Tuesday.
Liverpool will be without top scorer Mohamed Salah for Tuesday's Champions League semifinal, second leg against Barcelona after manager Jurgen Klopp revealed he was concussed in a 3-2 win at Newcastle.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised Lionel Messi for settling his side down after a nervy start against Manchester United and inspiring the Catalans to a 3-0 victory to reach the Champions League quarterfinals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a charmed life as interim Manchester United manager but Barcelona's visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday will show him the scale of the task he faces as the new fulltime boss.
Barcelona was hailed as La Liga champion-elect in the Catalan media after its 1-0 win at Real Madrid on Saturday, while the capital’s press called for sweeping changes at Real after another domestic failure.