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2016/2017 Season

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Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer not obsessing over scoring first goal

Luis Enrique stresses the difficulty of Barcelona winning against any club in Group C, especially away from home.

Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer insists he's not obsessing about the goalless start he's made to life at his new club.

The former Valencia frontman has played four games for Barca so far, starting two of them, including the midweek 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League.

However, he was taken off after just 53 minutes in Germany and there's been criticism that he looked lost in an unfamiliar position on the right of a front three.

Alcacer remains calm, although he admits that...

Arda Turan, Rafinha eager to take chances as Barcelona travel to Celta

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Paul Mariner predict some of the biggest La Liga fixtures in week 7.

What did Luis Enrique tell Arda Turan when he sent the Turkish international on against Borussia Monchengladbach with Barcelona a goal down in Germany? "He told me to attack so that's what I did," Turan revealed after scoring the equaliser in Wednesday's Champions League game, which the Catalan side eventually went on to win 2-1.

Turan may have had his customary grin spread across his face when he came off the pitch at Borussia Park at full-time, but he may not have been so smiley when he heard...

Barcelona legend criticises Luis Enrique over Paco Alcacer positioning

ESPN FC's Gemma Soler checks in from the Borussia-Park to break down Barcelona's 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.
ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Paul Mariner predict some of the biggest La Liga fixtures in week 7.

Former Barcelona star Luis Suarez has criticised Luis Enrique's decision to play Paco Alcacer out wide during Wednesday's 2-1 Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Alcacer, a €30 million summer signing from Valencia, was selected to fill the gap left by the injured Lionel Messi in Germany, starting alongside Neymar and Barca's present-day Luis Suarez in the front three. 

However, he was hardly involved in the game -- as was the case in his debut against Alaves in La Liga...

France's Didier Deschamps backs Jeremy Mathieu, then replaces him

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson breaks down the latest from social media, including Arsene Wenger's 20th anniversary at Arsenal.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest edition of Shaka's Power Rankings which see Bayern Munich lose the top spot.
Jeremy Mathieu
Jeremy Mathieu will not play for France in October after initially being named to the squad.

France coach Didier Deschamps has replaced Jeremy Mathieu with Valencia's Eliaquim Mangala despite insisting the Barcelona defender is "not finished" when he originally named him in the squad for October's World Cup qualifiers.

"After an exchange with Mathieu, the coach has decided not to keep the Barcelona player in the squad for the next gathering of the France team," a brief statement from the French Football Federation confirmed on Friday.

Mathieu missed out on the European Championship in his...

 By Chris Wright

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis drops in on Barcelona training

With his band in town for two nights as part of their European tour, Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis took time out of his busy schedule to make a surprise visit to the Barcelona training complex.

Kiedis was accompanied by his young son Everly, who was presented with his very own personalised Barca shirt by Neymar as part of the deal.

How nice of Neymar to just... give it (the shirt) away.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.