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Sources: Frequent muscle injuries worrying Barca

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SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN

2019/2020 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Barcelona 8 1 3 25
2 Real Madrid 7 4 1 25
3 Atletico 6 6 1 24
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Shaka Hislop says there are no superlatives left to describe Lionel Messi's talent after another hat trick.
Alejandro Moreno says Slavia Prague's lack of quality is the only reason Barcelona earned a point Tuesday.
Janusz Michallik questions whether Ernesto Valverde has much time left at Barcelona after their loss vs. Levante.
After Real Madrid's 4-0 win at Eibar, Shaka Hislop believes they are working their way back to their best.

Barcelona and Real Madrid could meet in the final of the revamped Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia in January after the two sides were kept apart in Monday's draw.

Madrid will play Valencia in one semifinal on Jan. 8 with Barca facing Atletico Madrid in the other match one day later. The final will then be contested on Jan. 12.

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Sources: Barcelona worried by frequent muscle injuries

Shaka Hislop says there are no superlatives left to describe Lionel Messi's talent after another hat trick.
Alejandro Moreno says Slavia Prague's lack of quality is the only reason Barcelona earned a point Tuesday.
Janusz Michallik questions whether Ernesto Valverde has much time left at Barcelona after their loss vs. Levante.
Steve Nicol feels Gerard Pique shouldn't stick his nose in Barca's transfer business involving Neymar.

Barcelona are worried about the number of muscle injuries they are suffering this season after losing full-back Nelson Semedo to a calf problem for five weeks, sources have told ESPN FC.

Since the season began in August, manager Ernesto Valverde's side have endured 17 injuries, with 15 of them muscle related. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele have all been affected.

Semedo was taken off after just 20 minutes during Saturday's 4-1 win over Celta Vigo with a pulled calf muscle. The...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi 'uncontrollable' in masterclass vs. Celta - boss

Shaka Hislop says there are no superlatives left to describe Lionel Messi's talent after another hat trick.

Celta Vigo coach Oscar Garcia said Lionel Messi is uncontrollable after the Barcelona forward's 34th La Liga hat trick spoiled his return to management.

Garcia replaced Fran Escriba as Celta coach earlier this week but was helpless on the touchline as three Messi set-piece goals helped Barca to a 4-1 win.

Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot before scoring two free kicks as Ernesto Valverde's side returned to winning ways following defeat by Levante and a draw with Slavia Prague.

"With...

Messi's set-piece magnificence, De Jong's efficiency see Barcelona past Celta Vigo

BARCELONA -- Lionel Messi scored his 34th La Liga hat trick as Barcelona got back to winning ways with a 4-1 win over struggling Celta Vigo.

Barca's talisman opened the scoring from the penalty spot but then gave away the free kick from which Lucas Olaza levelled the scores. In response, Messi not only matched the Celta defender, but raised him another with dead-ball masterpieces either side of half-time.

Sergio Busquets completed the scoring late on, following good work from Frenkie de Jong and...