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Tottenham winger Gil replaces Llorente in Spain squad for Nations’ League finals following injury to Atletico star
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Tottenham winger Gil replaces Llorente in Spain squad for Nations’ League finals following injury to Atletico star

Spurs' £22 million ($30m) summer signing will join up with Luis Enrique's group ahead of their last four meeting with Italy in midweek Tottenham winger Bryan Gil has replaced Marcos Llorente in Spain's squad for the UEFA Nations' League finals following an injury to the Atletico Madrid star. Luis Enrique confirmed his initial 23-man squad on Thursday, with Premier League stars David De Gea, Robert Sanchez, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Reguilon, Marcos Alonso, Rodri and Ferran Torres all making the cut. Gil has now been added to that list after the withdrawal of Llorente, who picked up a thigh problem in Atletico's 2-0 Liga victory over Barcelona on Saturday.  
Spain call up 17-year-old Barcelona wonderkid Gavi after just six senior appearances at club level
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Spain call up 17-year-old Barcelona wonderkid Gavi after just six senior appearances at club level

The highly-rated midfielder will make history as the youngest player to represent La Roja if he plays for his country in the Nations League finals Spain coach Luis Enrique has named his squad for the Nations League finals, with Barcelona wonderkid Gavi getting a potentially historic senior call-up at just 17 years of age. He is not the only exciting youngster to get the nod, with 18-year-old Villarreal winger Yeremi Pino also being selected for the first time. La Roja will be hoping that an intriguing blend of youth and experience puts them in the mix for another major honour, with continental silverware up for grabs in early October.  
I’ll happily hand over Spain national team to you – Enrique tells Guardiola
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I’ll happily hand over Spain national team to you – Enrique tells Guardiola

Spain coach, Luis Enrique has said that he would happily hand over the national team to Pep Guardiola. Enrique said he would hand the role over to the current Manchester City manager if he (Guardiola) wanted the job. Speaking ahead of Spain’s World Cup qualifying game against Kosovo on Wednesday, Enrique told reporters “I’d love that, I wish [Guardiola] was the Spain coach. I’d love it – it would be perfect. “What’s more, I’d love to see our national team with his stamp on them. “I don’t think Spain could have a better coach.” Enrique led Spain to the semi-final of the Euro 2020 where they suffered a penalty shootout heartache against eventual winners Italy. They are now back on the road to Qatar 2022, with some new faces being added to the pot alongside e...
Are you ashamed of the national team?’ – Luis Enrique making trash TV show El Chiringuito the butt of Euro 2020 jokes
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Are you ashamed of the national team?’ – Luis Enrique making trash TV show El Chiringuito the butt of Euro 2020 jokes

The depressingly popular programme has been scathing in its assessment of Lucho and his players throughout the European Championship “Bravo,” jeered Luis Enrique, voice dripping with sarcasm like chocolate running off a dunked churro. The Spain coach had been asked if he would make changes to his team for the last 16 clash with Croatia. “Maybe I will,” said Luis Enrique, before pausing. “And…?” asked the coach. “Maybe you won’t,” said the reporter, reluctantly. “Bravo.” Luis Enrique does not have much respect for the media and has made that known throughout his career as a coach. From laughing in the face of an Italian television journalist while at Roma when asked if his team had a psychological problem, to various run-ins during his spell on the Barcelona bench, there has long...
Pedri, Garcia & Torres among Spain’s Euro 2020 players named in Tokyo Olympics squad
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Pedri, Garcia & Torres among Spain’s Euro 2020 players named in Tokyo Olympics squad

A number of players currently on national team duty at the European Championship will also be required to serve their country at the summer games Pedri, Eric Garcia and Pau Torres are among a whole host of Spain's Euro 2020 players to have been named in the Tokyo Olympics squad. Luis de la Fuente named his 22-man squad for the summer games on Monday, including a number of players currently starring at the European Championship. All of the 22 players will travel to Japan, but only 18 can be registered, with the other four on standby in case of injuries. Those who have been selected to play will only have a 10-day turnaround period between the Euros and the Olympics if Luis Enrique's side make it all the way through to the final at Wembley on July 11.
We’re following a generation of geniuses’ – Spain struggling with weight of expectation at Euro 2020, admits Morata
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We’re following a generation of geniuses’ – Spain struggling with weight of expectation at Euro 2020, admits Morata

The forward was in no mood for excuses after La Roja's disappointing 1-1 draw with Poland at Estadio La Cartuja Alvaro Morata admits Spain are struggling with the weight of expectation at Euro 2020 as they try and follow a "generation of geniuses". Spain lifted the trophy for the second time in 2008 before becoming the first country to win the competition back-to-back four years later, with a World Cup triumph wedged in between. With Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Fernando Torres, David Villa and Sergio Ramos at the peak of their powers, La Roja were an unstoppable force but the squad is currently going through a transitional phase under Luis Enrique.
‘I can’t be liked by everyone’ – Morata addresses Euro 2020 criticism
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‘I can’t be liked by everyone’ – Morata addresses Euro 2020 criticism

After a huge miss against Sweden on Monday, the Spanish forward has hit back at his detractors Alvaro Morata says that he is unfazed by criticism of his performances for Spain, and that he "can't be liked by everone" ahead of his country's Group E clash with Poland at Euro 2020 on Saturday. Luis Enrique's side completed more passes than any other nation in their opening game against Sweden in Seville on Monday, but were unable to find a goal to break the deadlock in a stubborn 0-0 draw. Much of the blame has subsequently been laid at the feet of Atletico Madrid man Morata, who this week extended his loan spell with Juventus into 2022 - but speaking ahead of this weekend's crucial encounter, the forward has hit back at the focus zeroed in on his efforts.
Covid, a goal drought and the Ramos backlash – Luis Enrique feeling the heat ahead of Spain’s Euro 2020 opener
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Covid, a goal drought and the Ramos backlash – Luis Enrique feeling the heat ahead of Spain’s Euro 2020 opener

He left out every Real Madrid player available to him, has had to deal with a Covid-19 crisis and his team are struggling in front of goal Spain have endured a rocky Euro 2020 build up and the coach’s risks have exacerbated the chaos instead of containing it. For better or worse, Luis Enrique is a stubborn man who knows what he wants. The former Barcelona manager is insisting everything is fine, from the team’s issues in font of goal to their scattered preparations after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for Covid-19. Only time will tell if he is right.
‘I don’t like complaining about the squad’ – Fabregas backs youthful Spain to repeat Euro 2008 success
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‘I don’t like complaining about the squad’ – Fabregas backs youthful Spain to repeat Euro 2008 success

The former Chelsea midfielder is backing Luis Enrique's side to shrug off their critics at Euro 2020 and emulate his own team's success Spain is hoping that history will repeat itself at this summer's European Championship. Manager Luis Enrique has controversially picked a squad that does not include any Real Madrid players, even omitting Sergio Ramos following a number of injury issues for the veteran defender. Instead, the ex-Barcelona boss is pinning his hopes on a young and relatively untested group of players.
Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos Reacts to Spain’s 2020 Euro snub
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Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos Reacts to Spain’s 2020 Euro snub

Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has reacted to the 2020 Euro 24-man squad released by coach Luis Enrique on Monday. RUSHHOURSPORT reports that Ramos was left out of Spain’s 2020 Euro squad. The Euro 2020 will start on June 11-11 July 2021. Reacting, Ramos said he was hurt after he was snubbed by Enrique. The defender also wished his teammates the best of luck at the tournament. “I wish all my teammates the best of luck and I hope we have a great Euro Cup. I will cheer as one more from home,” Ramos wrote on Twitter. “After a few fucked-up months and an atypical season that is different from what I have experienced in my entire career, the Eurocup also joins. “After a tough few months and a strange season unlike anything I have experi...
Real Madrid Captain, Sergio Ramos Dropped by Spain for Euro 2020
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Real Madrid Captain, Sergio Ramos Dropped by Spain for Euro 2020

Sergio Ramos has been sensationally left out of the Spain squad for this summer’s Euros. The Real Madrid captain has won 180 caps for his country and lifted the World Cup with them in 2010. Ramos has also won the Euros twice with Spain, and won't a chance to add a third crown this summer after manager Luis Enrique left him out of his squad following an injury-hit season. Enrique has named a 24-man group, despite Uefa allowing countries to pick 26, with not a single Real Madrid player representing Spain at a major tournament for the first time in history. The Premier League have 10 players, including four from Manchester City with Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Ferran Torres and Rodri all making the cut. FULL SPAIN EURO 2020 SQUAD Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), ...
World Cup Qualification: I Almost had Heart Attack – Enrique on Spain’s 2-1 Win Over Georgia
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World Cup Qualification: I Almost had Heart Attack – Enrique on Spain’s 2-1 Win Over Georgia

  Spain coach, Luis Enrique, has said that he was “on the verge of a heart attack” after his team needed a last-minute winner to beat Georgia in their World Cup qualification on Sunday. Spain played out a draw with Greece in their opening qualification game against Greece on Thursday and looked set for another frustrating evening in Tbilisi as the game entered stoppage-time with the scores level at 1-1. However, midfielder, Dani Olmo came to their rescue with a shot from distance to give the former World Cup winners a 2-1 win Enrique told TVE after the game, “I was on the verge of a heart attack. We have been losing confidence and you could see that in the first half. “We conceded from a slight defensive error and knew it would be complicated from that point on. Our...
Chelsea Goalkeeper, Kepa Suffers Another Major Setback
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Chelsea Goalkeeper, Kepa Suffers Another Major Setback

Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, has suffered another major setback on Monday after he was snubbed by Spain ahead of this month’s international break. Kepa, who is currently behind Edouard Mendy in Chelsea’s choice of goalkeepers at Stamford Bridge, was not invited by Spain coach, Luis Enrique, for their World Cup qualifiers against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo. The 26-year-old has been regularly called up despite usually playing second fiddle to Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, but this time he has missed out. However, Enrique instead included Brighton’s Robert Sánchez and Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simón in the list ahead of Kepa. Spain’s squad against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo: Goalkeepers: De Gea, Robert Sánchez, Unai Simón Defenders: Pedro Porro, Eri...
Adama Traore Tests Positive For COVID-19
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Adama Traore Tests Positive For COVID-19

The 24 year-old is part of the players called picked by Luis Enrique to represent Spain in the Uefa Nations league later this month. But Traore will not be part of the squad after he was confirmed that he has been infected with the virus. Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal was the first player in the squad to test positive for COVID-19. Every player must undergo testing as part of UEFA’s mandatory protocol for the any Uefa Nations League match to hold. Adama Traore is yet to be capped by Spain all thanks to the injury that ensured he pulled out from the Spanish squad that faced Romania and Malta in November 2019.
Spain captain Ramos offers tribute to Luis Enrique after Spain coach steps down
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Spain captain Ramos offers tribute to Luis Enrique after Spain coach steps down

The former Barcelona man has resigned after 11 months in charge and the Real Madrid skipper has lent his support to the 49-year-old Spain captain Sergio Ramos has paid tribute to former coach Luis Enrique after the ex-Barcelona man stepped down from his role as boss of the national team. Having taken on the role at short notice ahead of last year’s World Cup, the 49-year-old brought to an end an 11-month tenure in the post having been absent from the international camp since March due to personal reasons. Enrique was appointed last July after Fernando Hierro stepped down following their round-of-16 exit to the hosts in Russia, with the latter himself having been hired at short notice to replace the unceremoniously sacked Julen Lopetegui.
Luis Enrique Resigns As Spain Coach
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Luis Enrique Resigns As Spain Coach

Luis Enrique has stepped down from his role as Spain manager and will be replaced by assistant manager Robert Moreno. Enrique, the former Barcelona manager, has been in charge of Spain less than a year but has missed their last three internationals amid personal issues. Spain announced Enrique’s absence from the Euro 2020 European Champions qualifier with Malta back in March, citing “an urgent family matter”. A statement said: “The RFEF confirms that our national team coach, Luis Enrique Martinez, will be absent from this evening’s game due to a family matter of the utmost urgency. We ask that his privacy be respected at this time.” He also missed the recent qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Sweden, and Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales confirmed the ma...
Spain 3 Sweden 0: Second-half flurry sees La Roja’s 100 per cent start continue
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Spain 3 Sweden 0: Second-half flurry sees La Roja’s 100 per cent start continue

Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Morata and Alvaro Oyarzabal scored as Spain beat Sweden 3-0 without coach Luis Enrique in Euro 2020 qualifying. Spain made it four wins from as many games in Euro 2020 qualifying despite coach Luis Enrique's continued absence as a second-half flurry saw them beat Sweden 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday. Luis Enrique has been on leave since March due to a family emergency, but Robert Moreno continues to keep the ship on course in his stead, with Serio Ramos, Alvaro Morata and Alvaro Oyarzabal scoring in the final 26 minutes to send Spain five points clear in Group F. Sweden could count themselves extremely fortunate to remain on level terms until the break, as Robin Olsen was forced into several fine saves and Dani Parejo had a goal controversially ...
Guardiola Names two Best Teams he has Faced in his Career
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Guardiola Names two Best Teams he has Faced in his Career

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Liverpool are one of the best two teams he has ever faced during his time as a coach. Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League on Saturday, meaning that Manchester City must now win their final two matches, starting with Leicester City on Monday night, to be certain of retaining their Premier League title. Guardiola said it would be an even more remarkable achievement to finish ahead of a side he compared to the Barcelona team that thrashed former club, Bayern Munich, in a Champions League semi-final in 2015. “In my career as a manager I have played against incredible sides and there are two that were ‘wow’. “One is Barcelona with Luis Enrique, with Neymar, Messi and Suarez up front – the other is this Live...
Alba Returns As Spain Name Squad For Croatia, Bosnia
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Alba Returns As Spain Name Squad For Croatia, Bosnia

Spain coach Luis Enrique ended the recent controversy over defender Jordi Alba by recalling the Barcelona left-back for an upcoming Nations League match against Croatia and a friendly with Bosnia. Enrique, a former coach of Alba at Barcelona, courted controversy when he left Alba out of his first squad announcement in September. Alba had been in the midst of a strong start to the season with the Catalan giants and many, including Spain stars Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos, felt Enrique had been wide of the mark when he left him out for games against England, Croatia and Wales. On Thursday Enrique put an end to the polemic by recalling Alba to a 24-man squad that included debutants Brais Mendez of Celta Vigo and Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso. Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals...
Luis Enrique: “Lionel Messi Is The Best Player In The World”
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Luis Enrique: “Lionel Messi Is The Best Player In The World”

Spain Coach Luis Enrique has stated that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is the best player on the planet. Messi had forged a great reputation as one of the best footballers ever and has 5 Golden Ballon D'or Awards to his name. Messi was recently snubbed for the UEFA Player Of The Year Award, which Luka Modric won. While the 31-year-old has been left off the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men's Player, with Modric set to scrap it out with Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah. Luis Enrique's Spain will face Modric's Croatia on Tuesday night in the UEFA Nations League. And he's claimed Lionel Messi is the best player on the planet. "If I talk about Croatia [players], I would talk about Modric and [Ivan] Rakitic," Enrique said. "They both deserve individual prizes. "But...
Why I want To Leave Chelsea – Morata
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Why I want To Leave Chelsea – Morata

      Morata was dropped from the Spain squad after scoring only three times in 23 games for Chelsea in the second half of last season. “Yes I considered returning to Spain or Italy, but you cannot always escape reality,” Morata said.      “I left Spain to be at the World Cup and I did not go.”   Since then, Luis Enrique has taken the Spanish reins from Julen Lopetegui’s short-term replacement, Fernando Hierro, while Maurizio Sarri has arrived at Chelsea after Antonio Conte departed in July.   Enrique’s first squad included a recall for Morata, who has also started Chelsea’s four Premier League games so far under Sarri.   “Last year I started well but in the end it was a disaster,” Morata said. “I did not even know where I was when I went out to play.”   ...
Gerard Pique Confirms International Retirement
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Gerard Pique Confirms International Retirement

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed he has ended his glittering international career with the Spanish national team despite his former Barca coach Luis Enrique being appointed as coach. The 31-year-old declared his intention to quit international football after the 2018 World Cup saying he was tired of repeated criticism from supporters and the media, and that he wished 'to be left in peace'. 'I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago. He called me and I told him the decision was taken a long time ago and that I had thought about it carefully,' the defender told a news conference on Saturday ahead of Sunday's Spanish Super Cup game against Sevilla. 'It was a beautiful time with the national team in which I had the chance to win the World Cup and the European Championship. N...
Former Barcelona Coach Named As Spain Manager On A 2-Year Deal
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Former Barcelona Coach Named As Spain Manager On A 2-Year Deal

Following their woeful outing at the ongoing 2018 World Cup in Russia, Spain has named a former Barca manager as their new football boss. The Spanish Football Federation has appointed Luis Enrique as Spain's new national team coach, the governing body's president Luis Rubiales said during a press conference on Monday (July 9). A former midfielder at Sporting Gijon, Real Madrid, and Barcelona, Luis Enrique won two LaLiga titles, one Champions League and three King's Cups as Barca coach between 2014 and 2017. The former Celta Vigo coach won the treble in the first campaign at Barca's helm and has spent the past year on sabbatical since leaving the Nou Camp in May 2017.   "Luis Enrique's appointment as coach for the next two years was approved unanimously," Rubiales told reporter...
Tuchel, Wenger And The Coaches Who Could Replace Emery As PSG Boss
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Tuchel, Wenger And The Coaches Who Could Replace Emery As PSG Boss

The inevitable was confirmed on Friday, when Unai Emery admitted that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. There was no indication as to whether the Spaniard jumped or was pushed, but regardless, the Ligue 1 champions have to find themselves a new coach to lead them into the 2018-19 season. With a squad containing the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, they should prove to be an attractive proposition for any incoming coach, although the stakes are high; failure to reach at least the Champions League semi-finals will leave Emery's successor vulnerable to the chop. A variety of coaches have been linked with the role, and here Goal looks at those who are the five front-runners for the position... CARLO ANCELOTTI His spell in charge began in inauspicious circ...
Vieira Rules Himself Out For Arsenal Job
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Vieira Rules Himself Out For Arsenal Job

The ex-midfielder though, has ruled himself out of being the next man in the dugout at the Emirates Stadium. "I spent nine years at Arsenal which makes the club really special for me," the New York City coach confessed. "But that is not enough to coach the team. I am always flattered to hear my name linked with different football clubs. "That is good for your ego but at the same time, I am happy here. We will see what will happen in the next couple of years." Viera spent nine years as a Gunner, winning three league titles, three FA Cups and three Community Shields before leaving in 2005, with Wenger saying that he has the potential to coach Arsenal one day. The other candidates to replace the Frenchman include Joachim Loew, Brendan Rodgers, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique and ...
Luis Enrique Is ‘One Step Away’ From Replacing Conte As Manager Of Chelsea
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Luis Enrique Is ‘One Step Away’ From Replacing Conte As Manager Of Chelsea

Conte is on the brink following Chelsea's 4-1 defeat at Watford on Monday evening, which came days after a 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth. Diario Sport report former Barcelona coach Enrique is the London club's first choice to replace Conte, who will be sacked right away. Enrique, 47, has also managed Roma and Celta Vigo, and is available immediately having left Barcelona last summer. The report in Sport also suggest former Barcelona and Chelsea full-back Juliano Belletti will be appointed sporting director at Stamford Bridge. Given Chelsea are set to play Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League, it raises the intriguing possibility of Enrique facing his successor Ernesto Valverde over two legs. Enrique's spell in charge of Barcelona was a successful one as he led them to two S...
Conte Sack Race: Luis Enrique Favourite To Be Next Chelsea Manager In Betting
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Conte Sack Race: Luis Enrique Favourite To Be Next Chelsea Manager In Betting

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been installed as the favourite to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager. Conte's days at Stamford Bridge look to be numbered after a 4-1 defeat to Watford meant that the Blues suffered back-to-back three-goal defeats for the first time in 23 years. The Italian coach dismissed the notion that he was concerned about his future, but indicated his time may be coming to an end. "I'm not worried," Conte said. "Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelesa coach or not. I try to do everything. If it's not enough, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.” A number of successful managers have been tipped to replace the 48-year-old if he is sacked by the Chelsea board, with Luis Enrique leading the race with odds of 2/1 from BetVictor. Enr...
Luis Suarez: I’ve Been Surprised By Ernesto Valverde… In A Good Way
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Luis Suarez: I’ve Been Surprised By Ernesto Valverde… In A Good Way

"Training is different because each coach has their own style of work. I always adapt because at the end of the day coaches look for the best for their players," he said. "You can tell that they [Valverde and his assistant Jose Antonio Pozanco] have played before and know the players and the club well. The manager has surprised me in a good way, due to his relationship with the squad, how he talks and how he lives." For the striker, there are differences between Valverde and Luis Enrique, although both have helped him during his time at Camp Nou. "Luis Enrique had a similar way of playing [to coaching]," he said when asked if Valverde was calmer than Lucho. "When I'm a coach, if I am, don't ask me to be calm because I am not on the pitch. "Everyone has their way of being, they have dif...
Ernesto Valverde Is At The Rhythm Of Tito Vilanova And Tata Martino
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Ernesto Valverde Is At The Rhythm Of Tito Vilanova And Tata Martino

He has 10 wins and 1 draw in La Liga and the Champions League and is enjoying one of the best starts to the season in the last decade, since Pep Guardiola was in charge in 2008-2009. Barcelona have bounced back after defeat by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup and Neymar leaving to join PSG. Since then they have won 7 and drawn 1 in La Liga, while winning the first three UCL matches. Tata Martino and Tito Vilanova's opening results matched up to those of Ernesto Valverde in 2013-14 and 2012-13. However converting that into trophies is another thing - Pep Guardiola won the treble in 2008-09 while Luis Enrique did the same in 2014-15.
Bayern Munich Contact Former Barca Coach Luis Enrique
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Bayern Munich Contact Former Barca Coach Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique could meet with officials from Bayern on Wednesday to talk about filling the vacancy left by Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti last week. According to Sport1, Bayern plan to meet with Luis Enrique, although it seems it's unlikely they will get a positive response, given he's already said he wants to take a year off. That would leave ex-Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel in a better position to take on the role. Meanwhile, Bild report that Bayern have also shown an interest in Louis van Gaal, who has already coached the Bavarian club during his long career. Finally, Sky inform that Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, who's spending some time in Germany during the international break, met with Uli Hoeness to talk about who could take on the job.
No Rest For Messi: Argentine Has Played 990 Minutes In 11 Matches For Barcelona
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No Rest For Messi: Argentine Has Played 990 Minutes In 11 Matches For Barcelona

For the first time since his debut with the Catalan team, he has played the opening 11 official matches, with seven league games, the two Supercopa de Espana and the Champions League clash. Up to now the most that the Argentine had participated in at the start of a campaign came in 2014 during Luis Enrique's first season in charge when he played the full 90 minutes of the first ten matches before being subbed against Ajax in the Champions League, midway through the second half. The discussion of when the coaches should give the Barcelona forward a rest is always the talk of each season. It is tricky as there are moments where he seems tired but then suddenly appears and decides the game. And it is not easy to bench the player because his reactions are unpredictable. Many times he has be...
The managerial situation at Bayern Munich & Shortlist For Potential Candidates
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The managerial situation at Bayern Munich & Shortlist For Potential Candidates

For the time being, Willy Sagnol has been appointed as interim coach until further notice. Here’s the shortlist of potential candidates. Thomas Tuchel Bayern Munich have already had talks with the former Borussia Dortmund head coach, if SportBild are anything to go by. They may not be the most reliable outlet out there, but they do get things right from time-to-time. The question here remains as to whether Tuchel’s ego is a stumbling block for Bayern. Although he won the DFB Pokal with his previous employers, many found it hard to work with him, which could prove a problem for Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeneß. It’s also unlikely that Tuchel will want the role until the end of the season, especially with Julian Nagelsmann also linked. Julian Nagelsmann The fan favourite – It’s perh...
Jordi Alba: Valverde Doesn’t Get Involved In What Happens In The Dressing Room
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Jordi Alba: Valverde Doesn’t Get Involved In What Happens In The Dressing Room

Alba highlighted the work being done by Ernesto Valverde, compating the situation to the one last year under Luis Enrique. "This year we're playing as a team," Alba said. "This year we are all a great team, we are all really involved. Valverde doesn't get involved in what happens in the dressing room, it reminds me of the first year I arrived here." Asked about the number of own goals in Barça's favout, Alba said: "Those goals also count. The opposition sit back towards their own goal more and more and it's normal that it happens." After, he spoke about Jeremy Mathieu, who now plays for Sporting: "He's a great person, he deserves the best and he played really well today."
Lethal Messi Begins The Season With Eight Goals In Six Matches
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Lethal Messi Begins The Season With Eight Goals In Six Matches

Looking fresh after resting over the off-season, rather than spending his summer representing Argentina, Messi has scored once from the penalty spot in the Supercopa de Espana against Real Madrid, twice against Alaves in LaLiga, three times against Espanyol last weekend and twice when he took on Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night. In fact, not since 2013/14 has Messi scored so many goals in his opening half a dozen fixtures, while he did likewise in 2012/13 and 2011/12. Only during the Luis Enrique era did he have slower starts in terms of goals scored, but new coach Ernesto Valverde has moved the forward into a more central No.10 position and the impact has been huge.
Barcelona Fail To Sell Unwanted Players
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Barcelona Fail To Sell Unwanted Players

They have not been able to make one euro out of the players that under-performed last season. It is true that they sold Tello for four million who had been at Fiorentina and they picked up 222 million for Neymar but this was clearly not a transfer that they wanted. The latest case has been Arda Turan who has refused to leave after a two year loan move to Galatasaray  had been agreed between the clubs. "The Galatasaray fans do not want me and for that reason I am staying and will see out my contract at Barcelona," he said. The Turan situation is particularly frustrating for Barcelona as in the last winter transfer window they had received a 50 million euro offer from a Chinese club but then coach Luis Enrique turned it down. Similar situations have happened with other players li...
Carles Alena Extends His Barca Contract By 3 Years Followed By 2 Optional Years
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Carles Alena Extends His Barca Contract By 3 Years Followed By 2 Optional Years

FC Barcelona and midfielder Carles Alena came to an agreement Tuesday whereby the 19-year-old will extend his deal with the club for a further three years. The deal also calls for a two-year club option should Alena, who currently plays for the reserves, end up making the first team. The buyout clause has been set at €75m. Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu was on hand for the signing, which took place at the Club’s offices at Camp Nou. Also in attendance were the Vice President of Sports, Jordi Mestre; the Director of Professional Youth Football, Silvio Elias; and the FC Barcelona CEO, Oscar Grau. Alena’s extension means the Club can continue to count on one of their homegrown players. Alena was one of the key players for Barca B last season, helping the reserves gain promotion to the ...
Carles Alena Agrees New Three-Year Contract To Stay With Barcelona
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Carles Alena Agrees New Three-Year Contract To Stay With Barcelona

Barcelona have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with midfielder Carles Alena over a new three-year contract with the club. In the case that Alena, 19, is promoted to the first team, a further two years will be added to the terms and his release clause will increase to €75 million. Barca will be relieved to have tied down the youngster — who on Tuesday was linked with a move to Tottenham — following the loss of teenage forward Jordi Mboula to Monaco last week. Reports also suggest Eric Garcia and Mateu Morey are set to leave for Manchester City and Bayern Munich respectively as the Catalan club fight to hold on to their brightest prospects. Alena was a key part of the Barca B team which won promotion to the second tier of Spanish football last season and trained regu...
I’ll Like To Stay With Barca Till End Of Career – Messi
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I’ll Like To Stay With Barca Till End Of Career – Messi

FC Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi says he will like to remain with the club for the remainder of his career. “It’s what I have always dreamt of and what I always wanted,” the 29-year-old said. Messi joined FC Barcelona at the age of 13 and made his first team debut at 17. He has since scored more than 500 goals for the club. The Argentine has won the La Liga eight times with Barca, the UEFA Champions League four times and Ballon d’Or world player of the year title five times. Last season under coach Luis Enrique, FC Barcelona were second in La Liga, three points behind champions Real Madrid. They lost 0-3 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals to eventual beaten finalists Juventus. Enrique had announced in March that he would leave the club in ...
All You Need To Know About Barcelona New Manager Ernesto Valverde
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All You Need To Know About Barcelona New Manager Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona have appointed Ernesto Valverde as their head coach on a two-year deal, with an option for a third. Former Barca forward Valverde announced last week that he was leaving Athletic Bilbao after four years in charge. He replaces Luis Enrique, who revealed in March that he would leave the club - who finished second in La Liga - at the end of his three-year contract. Enrique led Barcelona to the treble in his first season, the domestic double in 2016 and the Copa del Rey this year. They beat Alaves 3-1 in Sunday's final - his last match in charge. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu praised 53-year-old Valverde's "ability, judgement, knowledge and experience", adding: "He promotes young players and he plays the Barca way." Valverde's presentation as Barca's new coach will tak...
Luis Enrique Will Quit As Barcelona’s Coach In The Summer
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Luis Enrique Will Quit As Barcelona’s Coach In The Summer

FC Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique confirmed in the post-match news conference following Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon that he will not return next season due to the need to rest following his third season with the club. The official twitter handle of the club also confirmed this statement following series of tweets and best wishes. The 46-year-old’s contract expires in June and came close to stepping down from the role at the end of an historical first season in charge at Camp Nou, when he won a treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles. Luis Enrique confirmed the news on Wednesday, which temporarily at least, took them above Real Madrid at the top of the table. I want to announce to everyone that I won’t continue at Barcelona next year. It’s diffic...

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