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Champions League: PSG Gave Barcelona “Cold Bath of Reality” – Ronald Koeman
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Champions League: PSG Gave Barcelona “Cold Bath of Reality” – Ronald Koeman

  Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman, has admitted that Paris Saint-Germain gave his team a “cold bath of reality.” Koeman said this while reacting to Barcelona’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg 4-1 defeat to PSG on Tuesday night. Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick and a goal from Moise Kean gave Mauricio Pochettino’s men the victory as Lionel Messi’s strike was not enough. “That was a cold bath of reality,” Koeman told reporters at a post-match press conference after the game. “The game showed us we are lacking a lot of things to be a top-level team, especially of the level you need in the Champions League. “The scoreline reflects how superior they were. They were far more effective than us.” He added, “The first half was more even, and when we were 1-0 up we had th...
Barcelona Banned From Signing Georginio Wijnaldium
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Barcelona Banned From Signing Georginio Wijnaldium

Barca boss Ronald Koeman has made Wijnaldum one of his two priority transfer targets – but his plans to sign the 29-year-old have been thrown into disarray. Georginio Wijnaldum’s future has been thrown into confusion after Barcelona were banned by La Liga rulers from signing the Kop star. New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman had identified Liverpool title-winning midfielder Wijnaldum as his number one priority along with fellow Dutch striker Memphis Depay from Lyon with both stars in the last year of contracts. But Barcelona’s dire financial crisis has forced them to shelve plans to sign Wijnaldum with the Spanish league’s governing body stepping in to block the move. La Liga clubs are operating under strict financial guidelines following the Covid-19 pandemic. Barce...
Barcelona Still Missing Things Despite 3-2 win Over Real Betis – Quique Setien
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Barcelona Still Missing Things Despite 3-2 win Over Real Betis – Quique Setien

Barcelona boss, Quique Setien says his side are still missing things despite coming from behind twice to beat Real Betis 3-2 in the La Liga encounter on Sunday night. He also hailed captain, Lionel Messi, and the rest of the Barcelona players for their resilience during the encounter against Real Betis Barcelona defeated Real Betis at Benito Villamarin, thanks to three goals from Frenkie de Jong, Serigo Busquets and Clement Lenglet. Sergio Canales and Nabil Fekir did score for the host. “I love the team,” Setien told reporters at his post-match. “Well, we could have done some things against Betis better during the match, we came from behind twice and I am delighted. “I am delighted with our displays and result because the ...
Valencia Boss Celades Unsure Over Moreno Future Amid Reported Barcelona Interest
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Valencia Boss Celades Unsure Over Moreno Future Amid Reported Barcelona Interest

The forward is rumoured to be on Quique Setien's wanted list as the new Blaugrana boss looks to bolster his forward line before the transfer deadline Valencia boss Albert Celades would not confirm whether Rodrigo Moreno will be staying at the club amid reported interest from Barcelona. The Catalan giants have been linked with a host of forwards after Luis Suarez was ruled out for four months following knee surgery earlier this month. Goal reported last week that Barca were planning a shock move for Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the transfer deadline. RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is another name regularly linked with a move to Camp Nou, while Chimy Avila was rumoured to be attracting interest before he suffered a season-ending knee injury of his own during Osasuna...
Ansu Fati Becomes Youngest Goalscorer In UCL History At 17 Years
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Ansu Fati Becomes Youngest Goalscorer In UCL History At 17 Years

Teenager Ansu Fati became the youngest goalscorer in Champions League history as Barcelona ended Inter Milan's hopes of reaching the last 16. Fati, 17, came on as an 85th-minute substitute, and a minute later scored from Luis Suarez's pass. Barcelona, already qualified, took the lead through Carles Perez's close-range goal on his Champions League debut. Romelu Lukaku equalised with a low 25-yard strike but Fati's late winner consigned Inter to the Europa League. "I played the give and go with Luis and when I scored the stadium just went silent. I'm super-happy," said Fati, who has represented Spain at under-21 level. "It's a dream. Everything seems to be going at high speed. I just have to take every opportunity I'm given. But here, you look around and think: 'what have I...
I Haven´t Thought About Resigning – Barcelona Boss Ernesto Valverde
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I Haven´t Thought About Resigning – Barcelona Boss Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde insisted offering to resign as Barcelona coach had not crossed his mind after seeing his side bounce back from their Champions League nightmare with victory over Getafe on Sunday. Barca were knocked out of Europe in sensational fashion on Tuesday night when Liverpool overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit to win their semi-final 4-3 on aggregate. That chastening defeat came after Barca were dumped out of last season’s Champions League in similar fashion by Roma, and questions have been raised about the long-term futures of Valverde and several senior players. The coach is determined to fight on though, and when asked if he had considered stepping down he told reporters: “No, I haven’t thought about it.” Valverde was speaking after Barca beat Getafe 2-0 at the N...
Why Liverpool may beat Barcelona to  Qualify for Final – Ernesto Valverde
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Why Liverpool may beat Barcelona to Qualify for Final – Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, has admitted that Liverpool could beat his side and qualify for the final of the Champions League despite their three goals advantage. The Spaniard noted that in football anything can happen, and that it would not be the first time if they lose today. Barcelona travel to Liverpool for the second leg of their Champions League semi final with three goals advantage. Last season, Roma shocked the football world when they upturned three goals deficit against Barcelona in Italy. Evening Standard quoted the 55-year-old as saying that, “Experiences help a lot. “They could beat us. In football, lots of things can happen. They are good, very good. They have lost only one match this season in the Premier League. They are extraordinary with set piec...