Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team-mates train in the rain ahead of Sevilla clash

Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team-mates train in the rain as they try and ignite La Liga campaign against Sevilla

  • Lionel Messi was pictured training with his Barcelona team-mates on Friday 
  • They will try and get their La Liga campaign back on track against rivals Sevilla
  • Ernesto Valverde’s side have not won in their last four La Liga outings
  • It is over a decade since the Catalan side went five league matches without a win

Max Winters For Mailonline

Lionel Messi was pictured training with his Barcelona team-mates on Friday as they prepare to try and get their La Liga campaign back on track against Sevilla on Saturday.

Ernesto Valverde’s side have not won in their last four league matches, leaving the reigning champions two points off overnight leaders Alaves.

The Catalan giants surprisingly dropped points against Girona, Leganes, Athletic Bilbao and Valencia in recent weeks, but it is over a decade since they went five successive league matches without a victory.

Lionel Messi was pictured training with his Barcelona team-mates in the rain on Friday

Lionel Messi was pictured training with his Barcelona team-mates in the rain on Friday

Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and  Messi in action at the club's Joan Gamper training facility

Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Messi in action at the club’s Joan Gamper training facility

It is over a decade since Barcelona went five successive league matches without a victory

It is over a decade since Barcelona went five successive league matches without a victory

Sevilla’s run of four straight triumphs had seen them clamber to the top of the table before Alaves’ 1-0 win over Celta Vigo on Friday night took them to the summit.

Valverde will still have defensive issues for the Sevilla clash with Samuel Umtiti struggling to return from a muscle injury, in addition to the expected absence until at least November of Thomas Vermaelen. 

The boss confirmed that both Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez will be available for selection as his side enter a potentially pivotal week in their season, with the midweek Champions League clash with Inter Milan followed by next Sunday’s meeting with Real Madrid.

Players were seen taking part in a light session at the Joan Gamper training facility on Friday. The wet conditions failed to dampen spirits though as morale appeared high with players gathering into a group huddle to punish some members of the squad.

Ernesto Valverde has defensive issues with Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen both out

Ernesto Valverde has defensive issues with Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen both out

Players gathered into a group huddle to punish some members of the squad during practice

Players gathered into a group huddle to punish some members of the squad during practice

Goalkeepers Jasper Cillessen (L) and Marc-Andre ter Stegen (R) were put through their paces

Goalkeepers Jasper Cillessen (L) and Marc-Andre ter Stegen (R) were put through their paces

On Friday, Valverde dismissed reports linking Neymar with a return to the Nou Camp as purely ‘speculation’.

Valverde’s current problems will tempt many to relish the potential return of the Brazilian who left the club 14 months ago for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal.

Neymar has long been linked with a return after being left disappointed and disenchanted with the quality of Ligue 1 but Valverde has ruled out a switch in the near future. 

He said: ‘I know that any time is a good time to think about Neymar but he is in another team and it is speculation.

‘We are not in the market and it’s not something you are going to see in the short term. It is a question that is good to entertain people but we don’t know what will happen in the future.’ 



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