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Wijnaldum explains decision to join PSG following months of Barca links
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Wijnaldum explains decision to join PSG following months of Barca links

The Netherlands international says Mauricio Pochettino played a key role in convincing him to move to Parc des Princes Georginio Wijnaldum has explained his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain following months of strong links with La Liga giants Barcelona. PSG officially announced the signing of Wijnaldum on Thursday, with the midfielder's move to Parc des Princes set to be finalised when his contract at Liverpool expires at the end of the month. Barcelona were originally touted as the favourites to land Wijnaldum on a free transfer, but he has ultimately decided to embark on the next stage of his career in Ligue 1, citing Mauricio Pochettino as a major influence.
‘It was a joke!’ – Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico
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‘It was a joke!’ – Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Suarez to Atletico

The Spanish full-back thinks his employers were wrong to sell the prolific striker to a direct rival last summer Jordi Alba has branded Barcelona's decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid as "a joke" while admitting his ex-team-mate has "shut a lot of mouths" at Wanda Metropolitano. Suarez completed a €6 million move to Atletico from Barca last summer, bringing to an end his trophy-laden six-year career at Camp Nou. The Uruguayan was deemed surplus to requirements in Catalunya due to his age, but the 34-year-old proved he is still sharp as a tack in front of goal by firing the Los Rojoblancos to their first La Liga title in seven years last term.  
‘They’re top leagues’ – Bayer Leverkusen winger Paulinho open to future Premier League move
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‘They’re top leagues’ – Bayer Leverkusen winger Paulinho open to future Premier League move

The Brazilian has spoken about his hopes for the future, including featuring at the 2022 World Cup and possibly playing in the English top flight Bayer Leverkusen winger Paulinho is open to a move to either the Premier League or La Liga in future. The Brazilian, 20, arrived in European football in 2018 with a big reputation having signed from Vasco da Gama for £16 million, however, a serious knee injury caused him to miss almost all of the 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign. Paulinho is now back to full fitness, playing 66 minutes of Leverkusen's final league game of the season, and has outlined his hopes for the future of his career.
Arsenal Announce departure of four players
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Arsenal Announce departure of four players

  Arsenal have announced the departure of four first-team players. They are: Dani Ceballos, David Luiz, Martin Odegaard and Mat Ryan. The four players will leave the club this month, after their contracts expire on June 30. Ceballos, Odegaard and Ryan had all been on loan with the Gunners, while Luiz ends his two-year stay at the Emirates, having signed from Chelsea in 2019. Odegaard could yet be re-signed by the Gunners, while Ceballos is expected to return to La Liga. Brighton goalkeeper Ryan’s future is uncertain. “Our thanks and best wishes go to the following players across our teams whose contracts officially end with us on June 30, 2021,” a statement on the club’s website read.
Jordi Alba wants to ‘stay at Barcelona for life’ as summer transfer talk is shrugged off
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Jordi Alba wants to ‘stay at Barcelona for life’ as summer transfer talk is shrugged off

The Spain international full-back has seen a move away from Camp Nou mooted, but he has no intention of pushing for an exit Jordi Alba is among those to have sparked exit talk at Camp Nou, but the long-serving left-back says he wants to "stay at Barcelona for life". Change is being mooted in Catalunya as La Liga giants, who struggled for consistency in 2020-21, seek to return themselves to the loftiest of domestic and European perches. There have been suggestions that Alba could be among those offloaded as Barca look to lower the average age of their squad, but the 32-year-old has no intention of heading through the exits.
Barcelona gives Koeman ‘non-negotiable’ conditions to continue as manager
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Barcelona gives Koeman ‘non-negotiable’ conditions to continue as manager

Ronald Koeman will continue as Barcelona manager in the 2021/2022 season, but he will have to play a 4-3-3 formation, according to SER Catalunya. The Dutchman’s position has remained in doubt, following a miserable end to the season. Barca finished seven points behind champions Atletico Madrid in LaLiga and was dumped out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by PSG. However, Koeman will continue until his contract runs out in June 2022, after the Spanish giants failed to find a replacement.
Yeremy Pino: Villarreal wonderkid who rejected Barcelona
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Yeremy Pino: Villarreal wonderkid who rejected Barcelona

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a breakout campaign at El Madrigal and could become the youngest winner of the Europa League on Wednesday Regardless of the result on Wednesday, this promises to be a momentous week in the history of Villarreal. Their Europa League showdown with Manchester United marks the club's first ever European final, less than 20 years after they first played in continental competition. Much of their success since the turn of the century has been built around their academy, with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Bruno Soriano and current Spain No.9 Gerard Moreno having flourished both in La Liga and further afield.
Valverde has Messi story his grandchildren won’t believe as ex-Barcelona boss reflects on coaching an icon
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Valverde has Messi story his grandchildren won’t believe as ex-Barcelona boss reflects on coaching an icon

A man who guided the Blaugrana to two La Liga titles still looks back fondly on his time working with an all-time great Ernesto Valverde admits his grandchildren will not believe his tales of how he once worked with a player who was "was capable of dribbling past seven rivals and scoring", with the former Barcelona boss still in awe of Lionel Messi's remarkable talents. A man who landed two La Liga titles during his time in charge at Camp Nou has remained out of management since being relieved of his duties in Catalunya back in January 2020. Despite being unceremoniously dumped by a side that has struggled for a spark since he departed, Valverde still looks back fondly on his time in Catalunya and the opportunity to work with a six-time Ballon d'Or winner.
Man Utd make Pellistri call after impressive Alaves progess
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Man Utd make Pellistri call after impressive Alaves progess

Manchester United are ready to extend Facundo Pellistri's loan with Alaves into next season. Though Alaves have been battling relegation, Pellistri has made 10 appearances in La Liga, mainly being selected on the right wing. With the loan having been a successful one, it now appears that Alaves will be rewarded by being given Pellistri for a full season. That is according to Calciomercato, who claim that the 19-year-old is expected to return to the Mendizorrotza Stadium for the whole of next season. They report that the two clubs “have almost defined the agreement" to extend Pellistiri's stay in the Basque region until the end of next term
Juventus warned they will be banned from Serie A without Super League withdrawal
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Juventus warned they will be banned from Serie A without Super League withdrawal

Gabriele Gravina, head of the Italian Football Association, has informed the Bianconeri that their participation in the 2021-22 campaign is at risk Juventus have been warned that failure to withdraw from the much-maligned Super League proposal will see them barred from competing in Serie A next season. A divisive project that had been speculated on for some time proved to be a disastrous failure when plans for its implementation were announced, with 12 European superpowers having to backtrack frantically. Six heavyweight Premier League sides led the turnaround, which occurred inside 48 hours, but Juve - along with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid - are yet to officially stand down.
Suarez, Llorente Can Wreck Barcelona At Camp Nou
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Suarez, Llorente Can Wreck Barcelona At Camp Nou

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has expressed optimism that the duo of Luis Suarez and Marcos Llorente would give Barcelona a tough nightmare ahead of today’s La Liga clash at Camp Nou. With just two points separating both teams, Atletico, who are currently top of the league will be hoping to cause an upset against Barcelona. Interestingly, a win for Barcelona could also push them to the top of La Liga table as they currently sit third on the log. Speaking ahead of the game, Simeone in a press conference, stated that he’s banking on Suarez and Llorente to wreck Barcelona’s title dream. “Their season speaks for itself. They have been having a fantastic season, two extraordinary players, one with a lot of history, like Luis, claiming what was not expected of him, and Llor...
Messi delight for Getafe’s young Ghanaian midfielder Sabit
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Messi delight for Getafe’s young Ghanaian midfielder Sabit

The youngster reflects on taking to the pitch against Barcelona in La Liga last month Ghanaian and Getafe midfielder Abdulai Sabit reveals playing on the same pitch with Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was nothing but surreal. On his second-ever appearance in La Liga, Sabit was a 46th-minute substitute as his side succumbed to a 5-2 defeat against the Blaugrana last month. "Before the Barcelona match, I had the feeling that I was going to get maybe five to 10 minutes playing time but when the coach made the selection, he kept one or two best midfielders on the bench," Sabit told BBC Sport Africa.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl highlights Salisu’s strength ahead of Liverpool trip
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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl highlights Salisu’s strength ahead of Liverpool trip

  The 22-year-old is gradually finding his feet in the English top-flight after his initial struggles with injuries Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said Mohammed Salisu’s strength is without the ball and he has the potential to be a big player for the club. The Ghana defender has played in eight Premier League matches so far since his permanent signing from La Liga club Real Valladolid last August. Ahead of their league trip to Liverpool on Saturday, Hasenhuttl disclosed the area that Salisu needs to improve on after overcoming his injury challenges.
LaLiga: Messi’s brace against Valencia keeps Barcelona in title race
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LaLiga: Messi’s brace against Valencia keeps Barcelona in title race

Lionel Messi netted twice for Barcelona as they beat Valencia 2-1 in LaLiga on Sunday. The win kept the title hopes alive for Ronald Koeman’s team. Valencia took the lead through Gabriel in the 50th minute. But Messi’s brace either side of an Antoine Griezmann goal earned Barca all three points. Carlos Soler scored a brilliant goal for Valencia from outside the area as full-time approached, but Barcelona were able to see out the victory. The result took the Catalans up to 74 points, good enough for second place in La Liga ahead of Real on goal difference and two behind first-placed Atleti. Barcelona play Atleti in a potential title-decider on May 8.
Samuel Chukwueze Challenges Messi For La Liga Player Of The Month
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Samuel Chukwueze Challenges Messi For La Liga Player Of The Month

The Nigeria international has been shortlisted for the Spanish top-flight’s monthly prize alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid stars. Villarreal star Samuel Chukwueze has been nominated for the La Liga Player of the Month award for April. The Nigeria international will compete with Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, and Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa for the individual accolade. Chukwueze was in terrific form for the Yellow Submarine during the month in question, scoring three goals in five Spanish elite division matches, while the 33-year-old Argentine superstar found the net on four occasions from the same number of outings.
Chukwueze Ends 17-Game La Liga Goal Drought With Brace In Villarreal Win
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Chukwueze Ends 17-Game La Liga Goal Drought With Brace In Villarreal Win

The 21-year-old returned to the scoresheet in style as Unai Emery's side bounced back to winning ways in the Spanish top-flight Samuel Chukwueze has ended his 17-game goal drought in La Liga with a brace in Villarreal's 5-1 hammering of Levante on Sunday. It was the first time the Nigeria international scored a goal since December 3, when he found the back of the net against Sivasspor in the Uefa Europa League and against Real Valladolid in a league match on November 2. Chukwueze stretched the visitors' lead at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia in the 63rd minute to make it 3-1 after Gerard Moreno's first-half strike and Postigo's own goal in the ninth minute. Nine minutes after his first goal of the night, Levante conceded another own goal through Ruben Vezo and Chukwueze w...
‘I’m Not A Terrible Coach, I’m Not The Best Either’ – Zidane
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‘I’m Not A Terrible Coach, I’m Not The Best Either’ – Zidane

Zinedine Zidane defended himself on Saturday against accusations he is a lucky coach but again refused to commit to staying at Real Madrid next season. An impressive week has put Madrid in sight of winning both La Liga and the Champions League after they beat Barcelona in the Clasico last weekend before knocking out Liverpool on Wednesday. Despite sitting one point behind Atletico Madrid, Zidane’s team are now favorites to defend the title they claimed the last term in the Frenchman’s first full season back in charge. It would add to the 11 major trophies Zidane has already won across his two spells as Real Madrid coach, which includes two league titles and three consecutive successes in the Champions League. Asked if it annoys him when he is called lucky, Zidane said: “I a...
Simy Nwankwo Equals Aiyegbeni’s Decade-old Goalscoring Record
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Simy Nwankwo Equals Aiyegbeni’s Decade-old Goalscoring Record

Simy Nwankwo, Super Eagles striker, on Saturday scored his 17th goal of the season to equal Yakubu Aiyegbeni’s 10-year-old goalscoring record — but his team, Crotone, lost 2-1 to Udinese. Yakubu held the record for the most goals by a Nigerian in a single season in any of the top five leagues in Europe — English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Série A, Ligue A. He scored 17 goals with Blackburn Rovers in the 2011/12 season. Nwankwo’s Crotone entered the fixture rooted to the bottom of the table with relegation breathing down their neck. The defensive frailty that has consigned them to the bottom spot reared its head 40 minutes into the game. The defense was sluggish to respond after Alex Cordaz, Crotone goalkeeper, stopped a shot from Roberto Pereyra with his leg. Pere...
Sergio Ramos Tests Positive For COVID-19
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Sergio Ramos Tests Positive For COVID-19

Spanish Professional Football Club, Real Madrid has revealed that its defender, Sergio Ramos has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. This was revealed on the official website of the football club as the player is out of their upcoming match with Liverpool on Wednesday, 14 April 2021. Ramos was also absent from his team’s weekend win over fierce rivals Barcelona, which placed them in a strong position to defend their league title. The Spanish giants won 3-1 thanks to a brace from Vinicius Junior and Marcos Asensio, who are both in excellent form ahead of tomorrow’s match at Anfield. Meanwhile, the Grid Company Limited(GRIDCo) has explained the reason behind the sudden power outages in the country yesterday. In a statement release, the company revealed that there was...
Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane’s men go top of the table
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Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona: Zinedine Zidane’s men go top of the table

Real Madrid are now top of the La Liga table after doing the double over Barcelona for the first time since 2007-08 by winning 2-1 on Saturday night, April 10. It was a very entertaining game as Madrid’s counter-attacking tactics worked well, particularly in the first half as Karim Benzema put Madrid 1-0 ahead. 33-year-old Benzema was first to meet Lucas Vazquez's low cross towards the near post, squeezing a backheeled flick past Marc-Andre ter Stegen for his 25th goal in 35 appearances this season. Barcelona fell further behind when Kroos' free-kick took a deflection off Sergino Dest on its way past Ter Stegen. Federico Valverde could have made it 3-0 before half-time, but his shot across goal came back off the inside of the far post. In the second half Coach Ro...
Atletito Madrid player, Luis Suarez joins Messi and Ronaldo in 500-goal club
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Atletito Madrid player, Luis Suarez joins Messi and Ronaldo in 500-goal club

Atletico Madrid and Uruguay striker, Luis Suarez, is now among the 500 goal club after scoring in a crucial La Liga victory against Alaves on Sunday night, March 21. Luis Suarez netted the goal in the 54th minute of Atletico Madrid's clash with Alaves as he headed home a cross from Kieran Trippier to give the La Liga's leaders the lead. The goal was Suarez's 19th league goal of the season, with only Lionel Messi having more in La Liga this season, with 21. Suarez is now the first Uruguayan player to ever reach the 500 goal landmark. At Barcelona he scored 198, at Ajax he netted 111 goals while he scored 82 times during his stay at Liverpool. For his country, Suarez has scored 63 times, while he scored 15 for his old clubs Groningen and 12 for Nacional. Suarez is only ...
‘You’ll be Embarrassed’ – Ferdinand Blasts Rudiger after Chelsea’s 2 -0 Win Over Atletico
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‘You’ll be Embarrassed’ – Ferdinand Blasts Rudiger after Chelsea’s 2 -0 Win Over Atletico

  Former Manchester United defender and football pundit, Rio Ferdinand has told Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, that he will be ’embarrassed’ for his theatrics that played a role in getting Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic sent off in Chelsea’s 2-0 Champions League win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The German defender had thrown himself to the turf after getting an elbow into the chest from Savic, leading to the Atletico Madrid defender being promptly shown a red card. The La Liga leaders were already 1-0 down at this stage after Hakim Ziyech had put Chelsea ahead in the first half. Emerson Palmieri made it 2-0 and 3-0 on aggregate for Blues with his late effort. Ferdinand was less impressed by Rudiger’s conduct late on in the match “Rudiger, I think will...
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Simeone Announces Strong Squad for LaLiga Clash
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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Simeone Announces Strong Squad for LaLiga Clash

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone, has named a 20-man strong squad that will face Real Madrid in today’s La Liga derby clash at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. Simeone announced the list in a post via Atletico Madrid’s official website. Atletico Madrid head to the game after beating Villarreal 2-0 last Sunday, Real Madrid played a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad last Monday. Atletico are currently on top of the La Liga table with 58 points from 24 games, while Zinedine Zidane’s side are in the third position with 53 points from 25 games. Atletico Madrid’s squad against Real Madrid: Grbic, Oblak, Renan Lodi, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso, Trippier, Vrsaljko, Kondogbia, Torreira, Koke, Saul, Lemar, Marcos Illorente, Vitolo, Carrasco, Joao Felix, Suarez, Correa, Dembele. ...
Sergio Ramos Shows Off Football Career Trophies For Club And Country
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Sergio Ramos Shows Off Football Career Trophies For Club And Country

Here is the moment Sergio Ramos showed off the trophies he has won during his football career. The 34-year-old Spanish defender has been at Real Madrid for more than 10 years. At Real Madrid, Ramos has won the Champions League, La Liga, Copa Del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and the Club World Cup. With the Spanish National Team, he won the 2010 World Cup, and Euros. In the video, Ramos showed all his trophies for both club and Country. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/3r-nYh-rUP4
Messi Fires Blank as Barcelona Thrash Sevilla, Qualify for Final
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Messi Fires Blank as Barcelona Thrash Sevilla, Qualify for Final

  Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, was not on the score sheet as the La Liga giants thrashed Sevilla 3-0 in the Copa del Rey semi-final second-leg on Wednesday night to qualify for the final. Ousmane Dembele opened the scoring for Barcelona in the first half before Gerard Pique scored a late goal to force the game into extra time. Martin Braithwaite then scored in the first half of extra time to ensure Ronald Koeman’s side qualified for the final ahead of Sevilla on 3-2 aggregate. Recall that Barcelona had lost 2-0 against Sevilla in the first leg last month. Barcelona will now face the winner between Levente and Athletic Club in the final on April 4. Barcelona’s next fixture is against Osasuna in the La Liga on Saturday. The Blaugrana are currently in the sec...
Barcelona vs Cadiz: Messi Makes History, Surpasses Xavi’s Record after La Liga Draw
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Barcelona vs Cadiz: Messi Makes History, Surpasses Xavi’s Record after La Liga Draw

  On Sunday, Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, made history following his side’s 1-1 draw against Cadiz in the La Liga. Messi also surpassed the club’s legend, Xavi Hernández’s La Liga appearances for the Catalan club after Barcelona’s draw with Cadiz. A first-half goal from Messi and a late second-half penalty from Alex Fernandez ensured both Barcelona and Cadiz shared a point each at Camp Nou. According to OptaJose, Messi’s goal means the Argentine captain has scored in six La Liga games in a row (nine goals) for the first time since February 2019 (eight appearances). Messi also becomes the first Barcelona player with the most LaLiga appearances of 506, surpassing Xavi’s 505 appearances after the game. However, the 33-year-old is far from beating Real Betis’ Joa...
Koeman Criticizes Messi, Other Barcelona Players for Failing to Beat Cadiz
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Koeman Criticizes Messi, Other Barcelona Players for Failing to Beat Cadiz

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has criticized his players including captain, Lionel Messi, after they failed to beat Cadiz in the La Liga on Sunday. Koeman saw Barcelona drew 1-1 at Camp Nou following a first-half penalty from Lionel Messi and a late second-half penalty from Alex Fernandez. The Dutchman said that Barcelona players were not up to the task in the attack, adding that they should have defended differently against the visitors. According to him, the result was a great disappointment and a missed opportunity for Barcelona after Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 against Levante on Saturday. “It’s disappointing,” Ronald Koeman said at a post-match press conference after the game. “These kinds of games have to be won, and we did not. It’s a missed opportunity after Atl...
We Believe We can win Title – Real Madrid Midfielder, Casemiro
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We Believe We can win Title – Real Madrid Midfielder, Casemiro

  Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has said that Zinedine Zidane’s side believe they can win the La Liga title after his goal earned a 1-0 win at Real Valladolid on Saturday evening. Casemiro’s goal against Valladolid narrowed the gap with leaders Atletico Madrid to just three points on Saturday. The result came after title favourites Atletico Madrid were beaten 2-0 by Levante earlier on Saturday for their first home La Liga loss since Dec. 2019. “It is not just because Atletico Madrid lost. We believe [we can win] the league,” Casemiro said at a post-match press conference. “I think there are still 42 points left. That is a lot of points. “We know there’s a lot of league left. We know it’s difficult, but we believe in the league.” Real Madrid’s next game is ...
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Need Better Teammates – Wenger
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Need Better Teammates – Wenger

  Former Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has said that both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi need better teammates in their respective clubs. The legendary manager noted that both Juventus and Barcelona are overly reliant on the two superstars. While Juventus fell 2-1 to FC Porto in Portugal, Barcelona suffered a 4-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 with both Ronaldo and Messi leading their various teams. Messi fired Barcelona into the lead from the spot-kick, but a Kylian Mbappe-inspired hat-trick sealed a successful comeback for the French side. Speaking on beIN SPORTS, Wenger pointed out that Juventus’ reliant on Ronaldo showed that the “players around him just aren’t good enough. “It’s a problem that [Juve] are only relying on Ro...
Champions League: Pochettino Reveals Conversation With Messi after PSG Defeated Barcelona
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Champions League: Pochettino Reveals Conversation With Messi after PSG Defeated Barcelona

  Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has revealed that he exchanged pleasantries with Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi after his team defeated the La Liga giants 4-1 in the Champions League round of 16 first leg tie earlier this week in Spain. Pochettino also said that he didn’t have any discussion with Messi about the 33-year-old’s future at Barcelona amid interests from PSG. Messi’s contract at Barcelona will expire at the end of the season, and PSG are the frontrunners for the Argentine captain’s signature. Messi and Pochettino did cross paths immediately after the full-time whistle at Camp Nou, but the PSG boss is now saying that they only said ‘hello and goodbye’. “With Messi, we just said hello and goodbye,” Pochettino told Spanish outlet Tot Cos...
Rivaldo Identifies Club Messi Will Join From Barcelona
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Rivaldo Identifies Club Messi Will Join From Barcelona

  Barcelona legend, Rivaldo, has revealed that captain, Lionel Messi, will join Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires this summer. Rivaldo believes Barcelona’s 4-1 defeat against PSG would be Messi’s last Champions League game for the La Liga giants at Camp Nou. Recall that PSG thrashed Barcelona in Spain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night, thanks to a hat-trick from Kylian Mbappe. “This heavy defeat against PSG will almost certainly be Messi’s last Champions League game with Barcelona at the Camp Nou,” Rivaldo told Betfair. “[Barcelona cannot give Messi] the real possibility of fighting for big trophies. “His future will be PSG, even more so given his display at the Camp Nou. They are a team that can give him the opti...
Champions League: Wenger Advises PSG Against Signing Messi From Barcelona
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Champions League: Wenger Advises PSG Against Signing Messi From Barcelona

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has advised Paris Saint-Germain to prioritise securing the long-term futures of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe rather than sign Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi. Wenger said this as PSG defeated Barcelona 4-1 in the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie on Tuesday night at Camp Nou, thanks to three goals from Mbappe and a strike from Moise Kean. Messi was heavily linked with a move away from Barcelona last summer and the Argentine captain looks set to leave the La Liga giants this summer. Asked whether PSG should try to sign Messi, Wenger told beIN Sports: “That is another question because Lionel Messi demands huge investment. “I would say PSG should be more focused on keeping their two best players and invest all the money they have in thes...
Hazard injury update offers Champions League hope for Zidane and Real Madrid
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Hazard injury update offers Champions League hope for Zidane and Real Madrid

The Blancos boss has revealed that a Belgian playmaker is closing in on a return to full training following another untimely spell on the sidelines Zinedine Zidane has suggested that Eden Hazard could come back into contention ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League last-16 encounter with Atalanta, as the Belgian forward is stepping up his recovery from another untimely injury. The Belgium international, who has suffered a string of fitness setbacks since joining the Blancos in 2019, has been back on the treatment table with a muscle complaint. He will play no part in a La Liga clash with Valencia on Sunday, but may be ready for a recall before the Blancos return to European action on February 24.
‘I’ll Call Messi’ – Guardiola Challenges Bayern Munich to a sextuple Match With Barcelona after Winning Club World Cup
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‘I’ll Call Messi’ – Guardiola Challenges Bayern Munich to a sextuple Match With Barcelona after Winning Club World Cup

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has challenged manager Hansi Flick and his Bayern Munich team to a ‘battle of the sextuples.’ The challenge came after Bayern Munich matched Guardiola’s Barcelona team’s achievement with a sixth straight trophy. Bayern beat Tigres to win the Club World Cup on Thursday, adding to five other titles they won in a single year. Bayern won the Bundesliga, Champions League, DFB-Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and DFL-Supercup titles over the last year. This means that the Bundesliga giants became only the second side ever to win the sextuple, matching Guardiola’s legendary 2009 Barcelona team. Reacting to the development, Guardiola who now manages Manchester City, congratulated Bayern Munich and the manager for equaling his record. “But I would like...
Bayern Munich Win Club World Cup, Matching Barcelona’s Record as Only Club to Win all Six Trophies in One Season
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Bayern Munich Win Club World Cup, Matching Barcelona’s Record as Only Club to Win all Six Trophies in One Season

Bayern Munich are now Club World Cup champions after beating Mexican side Tigres 1-0 on Thursday night, making history as the second team after Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team to win a historic sextuple (six trophies in one year) Benjamin Pavard scored the only goal of the game and the Bundesliga giants are now undisputed champions of Germany, Europe and the World. Bayern now have all six titles available to them - the Bundesliga, Champions League, Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, their national domestic cup (DFB-Pokal) and super cup (DFL-Supercup). Before Bayern's win on Thursday night, Barcelona were the only team ever to hold all six titles at the same time before.   In 2009, Barcelona coached by Guardiola won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Esp...
LaLiga: 85 Percent of Referees are From Madrid, they Favour Real Madrid – Gerard Pique
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LaLiga: 85 Percent of Referees are From Madrid, they Favour Real Madrid – Gerard Pique

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has said that referees in LaLiga favour Real Madrid. Pique said this while discussing Barcelona’s decision to let top Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez join Atletico Madrid and his(Pique) relationship with Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos. “The other day a former referee said that 85 per cent of the referees are from Madrid,” Pique said in an interview with Post United. “How are they not going to whistle in favour of Madrid? Even unconsciously, how are they not going to give more for one side than the other?” Pique had called for changes in Barcelona, following their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the ChampionsLeague. This was after Barca were eliminated from the competition in the quarter-final stage for the second time in thr...
COVID-19: Atletico Striker, Dembele Tests Positive
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COVID-19: Atletico Striker, Dembele Tests Positive

Atletico striker, Moussa Dembele has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus disease. His club in a statement released on Thursday said the squad underwent testing on Wednesday, from which “Moussa Dembele’s result came back positive. According to the statement, Dembele is currently isolating in his home while strictly complying to the recommendations by health officials. “Moussa Dembele had a positive result for the coronavirus infection after the squad underwent a PCR test. “The striker remains isolated at his home, strictly complying with the recommendations of the health authorities and La Liga protocol,” the statement said. Dembele joined Atletico on loan in January from Lyon until the end of the season but is yet to make an appearance for the La Liga leaders. ...
Atletico Madrid Forward, Joao Felix Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Atletico Madrid Forward, Joao Felix Tests Positive for Coronavirus

La Liga League leaders, Atletico Madrid has announced that forward Joao Felix is now the third player in two weeks to test positive for Covid-19. "Joao Felix has tested positive for Covid-19. The striker is isolating at home, in compliance with the health authorities' guidelines and La Liga protocols," Atletico said in a statement on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Portuguese youngster joins teammates Yannick Carrasco and Mario Hermoso, who tested positive for coronavirus last week, on the sidelines. Carrasco and Hermoso missed Atletico's 4-2 win at Cadiz on Sunday, but club record-signing Felix started and played 60 minutes yet will now be unavailable for Monday's clash at home to Celta Vigo. Felix, who moved to Atletico from Benfica for a club-record £113m in the summer of 201...
Ibrahimovic denies using racist language in on-field spat with Lukaku in Inter vs AC Milan derby clash
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Ibrahimovic denies using racist language in on-field spat with Lukaku in Inter vs AC Milan derby clash

The Swede took to social media to promote a message of unity after banging heads with the Belgian Zlatan Ibrahimovic has denied all allegations of using racist abuse during his on-field clash with Romelu Lukaku in the Coppa Italia match between Inter and AC Milan on Tuesday evening. The attackers squared up to each other at half-time, trading verbal blows and ultimately being cautioned by referee Paolo Valeri. Lukaku came out on top in the end, scoring the equaliser in a 2-1 win for the Nerazzurri, while Ibrahimovic was shown a second yellow in the second half and was given his marching orders.
Elche 0-2 Barcelona: De Jong And Riqui Puig Seal Win For Messi-less Barca
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Elche 0-2 Barcelona: De Jong And Riqui Puig Seal Win For Messi-less Barca

BARCELONA won again without the suspended Lionel Messi as goals from Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig were enough to secure a scruffy 2-0 win over Elche in La Liga. De Jong poked the ball over the line just before half-time at the Martinez Valero, which would have proved a suitably scrappy winner before Puig came off the bench to head in a second late on. Despite an uninspiring performance, Ronald Koeman will be relieved to see Barca make it two consecutive victories without Messi and since their loss in the Spanish Super Cup final last weekend to Athletic Bilbao, after an extra-time victory over Cornella in midweek. Messi is still serving his punishment for being sent off in Seville but the Argentinian will be available again for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey tie away at Rayo Vallec...
Suarez Strikes Again As Atletico March On With Valencia Win
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Suarez Strikes Again As Atletico March On With Valencia Win

Luis Suarez scored a brilliant team goal as Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 on Sunday and move seven points clear at the top of La Liga. After Real Madrid thrashed Alaves on Saturday, Barca had earlier followed suit with a scrappy victory over Elche. But Atletico was undeterred in the capital, as their considerable advantage was restored again, with a game in hand. “We don’t get carried away or think too far ahead, we think about getting better,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. Suarez finished off a flowing move that had started almost on Atletico’s goal-line before substitute Angel Correa capped another slick string of passes to end Valencia’s resistance. The visitors had taken an early lead in stunning fashion, Uros Racic curling into the top c...
USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine
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USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine

The 20-year-old hasn't found his best form at Camp Nou since joining from Ajax in the summer but trusts in his own potential Sergino Dest admits his confidence has taken a hit since his summer move to Barcelona, but Ronald Koeman has backed him to find his feet at Camp Nou. The United States international joined from Ajax amid some fanfare in the last transfer window and has played in 15 of Barca’s 17 games in La Liga so far this season. Dest hasn’t always been at his best in Spain but he believes in his own potential to get over a tricky start to life at his new club.
What Simeone Said about Suarez after Atletico Madrid Defeated Eibar 2-1
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What Simeone Said about Suarez after Atletico Madrid Defeated Eibar 2-1

Atletico Madrid Coach,siego Simeone, has described striker, Luis Suarez, as an ‘extraordinary player’ after the Uruguay international scored a brace in his side’s 2-1 win over Eibar in the La Liga on Thursday. Simeone said that Suarez was active for Atletico against Eibar at Municipal de Ipurua. Suarez’s second-half two goals gave Atletico Madrid all three points against Eibar, as Marko Dmitrovic’s first half penalty was not enough to give the host a point. The win against Eibar means Atletico Madrid are on top of the La Liga table with 44 points from 17 games. Speaking on Suarez after the game, Simeone said at post-match, “He’s an extraordinary player, and we are very happy that we have him with us. “He was active throughout. “He found the goal after a loss of the ball...
“We Aren’t Puppets” – Thibaut Courtois Hits Out At La Liga
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“We Aren’t Puppets” – Thibaut Courtois Hits Out At La Liga

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is not happy the game against Osasuna was allowed to go ahead despite the bad and has hit out at La Liga for treating them like puppets. Some La Liga games this weekend were postponed due to bad weather as Storm Filomena caused chaos in Spain. But Madrid was left to travel despite the warnings as La Liga scheduled their game to go ahead. Madrid spent hours in Pamplona on Friday due to a frozen runaway and one could tell in the game against Osasuna as they didn't look sharp. The game ended goalless and some of the players were not happy with the results as they feel the game should have been postponed. One of them is Thibaut Courtois who spoke with Movistar after the game. "I want to thank the people of Osasuna for having the pitch like t...
Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season
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Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season

Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has joined Getafe on loan until the end of the season, the clubs announced on Wednesday. Getafe, who have dropped to 16th in La Liga, will pay all of Alena’s wages as the 23-year-old looks to kickstart his career away from Camp Nou. “FC Barcelona and Getafe CF have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Carles Alena until the end of the 2020/21 season,” Barca said in a statement. Alena has long been circled as a potential star of the future after coming through at Barca’s La Masia youth academy but he has been unable to establish himself in the first team. He failed to make much of an impression during a loan spell at Real Betis last season and has made only five appearances for Barca this term under new coach Ronald Koeman. The...
Messi Left Out Of Barcelona’s 19-Man UCL Squad For Trip To Dynamo Kiev
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Messi Left Out Of Barcelona’s 19-Man UCL Squad For Trip To Dynamo Kiev

Barcelona have left Lionel Messi out of their 19-man squad to face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Argentine played the full 90 minutes of Barca's 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid on Saturday, but was not included in the list of players who will travel to the Ukraine for the Group G match. Manager Ronald Koeman advised he has decided to rest Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the European tie because they are in a good position in their group but are struggling in 12th place in La Liga. The club cannot afford another injury after Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto joined Ansu Fati and Samuel Umtiti in the long-term absentee list. The superstar forward is due a rest after missing just 45 minutes of action in total for Barca this season and played all of bo...
Barcelona are not ‘at the level’ to win the Champions League, claims Dynamo Kiev coach Lucescu
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Barcelona are not ‘at the level’ to win the Champions League, claims Dynamo Kiev coach Lucescu

The Romanian spoke to the media on the eve of his team's showdown with the Catalans at Camp Nou Dynamo Kiev head coach Mircea Lucescu does not believe Barcelona are at the level to win the Champions League. Group G leaders and La Liga giants Barcelona will host Ukrainian visitors Dynamo at Camp Nou on Wednesday. Barca equalled their worst tally of La Liga points after six games since the Spanish competition reverted to three points for a win – Ronald Koeman's side drew 1-1 with Deportivo Alaves on Saturday, meaning they have just eight points so far in the early stages of the 2020-21 campaign.
“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou
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“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou

Guardiola is in the last six months of his current contract with Manchester City, and this week Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu announced he will be stepping down as president following the club's failures on and off the pitch last season.   Barca presidential candidate Victor Font also announced he wanted to bring Guardiola back so as to arrange a reunion between the 49-year-old and Lionel Messi. "It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation, and most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club - like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carlos] Puyol," Font told Sky Sports earlier this we...
‘We’re not here to shut them up’ – Zidane hits out at Real Madrid critics after Clasico win
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‘We’re not here to shut them up’ – Zidane hits out at Real Madrid critics after Clasico win

The Frenchman remains focused on his job despite speculation that pressure on his position was mounting Zinedine Zidane insisted he was unfazed about silencing Real Madrid's critics after recording a 3-1 Clasico win over Barcelona. After Ansu Fati cancelled out Federico Valverde's opener, Sergio Ramos scored a 63rd-minute penalty and Luka Modric sealed Madrid's win at Camp Nou. Zidane was under pressure at the helm after back-to-back losses to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, but Madrid moved top of La Liga after Saturday's win.
‘Messi’s reputation would be damaged if he left Barcelona’ – La Liga chief Tebas urges Argentine to stay
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‘Messi’s reputation would be damaged if he left Barcelona’ – La Liga chief Tebas urges Argentine to stay

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner pushed for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer, but has been talked into honouring his contract Lionel Messi’s reputation would be “very damaged” if he were to leave Barcelona, claims La Liga president Javier Tebas. The Argentine forward did push for the exits at Camp Nou over the summer. Having become disillusioned with life in Catalunya on the back of a disappointing end to the 2019-20 campaign, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner felt the time was right to take on a new challenge.

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