Saturday, January 23

Tag: Copa del Rey Final

Gaizka Garitano signs new contract with Athletic Bilbao
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Gaizka Garitano signs new contract with Athletic Bilbao

Gaizka Garitano has signed a new contract with Athletic Bilbao to 2021. Garitano's future is tied to Athletic Club until June 2021 after he and the Basque club reached an agreement over a one-year contract extension. The 44-year-old's current deal was set to come to an end this summer, but he has been rewarded for having led Athletic to the Copa del Rey final, which they will dispute against arch-rivals Real Sociedad when the opportunity allows, and for ensuring they push for a Europa League finish in LaLiga Santander. Garitano has been in charge of Athletic since December 2018 and has overseen 61 games, winning 27, drawing 18 and losing 16. Negotiations between Athletic and Garitano were fast and easy as both parties were on the same page
Neymar move in doubt as Barcelona announce profits down from last season
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Neymar move in doubt as Barcelona announce profits down from last season

For a sixth successive season the Blaugrana have announced record revenue figures, though reduced profits could affect their transfer activity Barcelona have confirmed record revenues of €990 million during the 2018-19 campaign, though the club's profits fell from 2018. Ernesto Valverde's side retained their La Liga title last term, though the season ended in disappointing fashion with a Copa del Rey final loss to Valenciafollowing a disastrous defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. Off the pitch Barca - who last year stated an intention to make €1bn in revenues by 2021 - are in a strong position, having far surpassed last season's then-record total of €914m.
What Valverde said after Barcelona’s 2-1 Defeat to Valencia
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What Valverde said after Barcelona’s 2-1 Defeat to Valencia

Barcelona Manager, Ernesto Valverde, has insisted he feels “fine”, despite his side’s poor end to the season. The LaLiga champions were beaten 2-1 by Valencia in, the Copa del Rey final on Saturday night. It means that Barca have seen their hopes of winning a Treble evaporate over the last 19 days, after giving up a three-goal lead in their Champions League semi-final clash against Liverpool. Valverde declined to answer a journalist asking him if his “credit has run out” as Barca coach after recent results but did confirm he’s keen to continue to lead the team forward. “I feel fine. When you win, obviously you feel much better, much happier — but this is a different feeling to Liverpool, even though we’ve lost again. “We have not been able to fulfil the expectations that...
Barcelona Speak on Sacking Valverde after Copa del Rey Final Loss to Valencia
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Barcelona Speak on Sacking Valverde after Copa del Rey Final Loss to Valencia

Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, is adamant that manager Ernesto Valverde should not carry the blame for their surprise Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia. Barca wrapped up a fourth league title in five years in April, but have seen their hopes of winning the Treble go up in smoke over the last 19 days. The LaLiga champions gave up a three-goal lead in their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, losing 4-0 at Anfield in the second leg and then lost the Spanish cup final to underdogs Valencia 2-1 on Saturday. Bartomeu and team captain Lionel Messi gave their support to Valverde after the debacle at Liverpool and the president says that the club’s stance will not change following the failure to beat Valencia. “Valverde has a contract, he’s the coach. ...
Mourinho Reveals Player that Should win Next Ballon D’ Or
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Mourinho Reveals Player that Should win Next Ballon D’ Or

Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has backed Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi to win this year’s Ballon d’ Or, ahead of Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi is still in the European competition, after Barcelone saw off Manchester United. Barca are also currently on course to secure another La Liga title, while a Copa del Rey final against Valencia also lies in wait. Speaking on who will win this season’s Ballon d’ Or, Mourinho told Russia Today, “Messi is experiencing a fantastic season. “Now that Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus has been eliminated from the Champions, the Golden Ball is waiting only for the Argentine.”
Benzema soaring above the wreckage of Real Madrid’s wasted season
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Benzema soaring above the wreckage of Real Madrid’s wasted season

The forward is one of few players that can hold their heads high this campaign after putting in another strong effort on Sunday Amid the wreckage of Real Madrid’s season, there are one or two players who can stand up tall and say they did their best. One of the very few footballers whose reputation has been enhanced in a shocking campaign which is effectively over by March has been Karim Benzema. Real Madrid are out of the Copa del Rey, out of the Champions League and 12 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, with nothing to be proud of, but French striker Benzema is still ticking. The forward struck twice to help a stuttering Madrid to an eventually easy 4-1 win over Real Valladolid at the Jose Zorilla Stadium on Sunday, making a game that started off tricky, comfortabl...
Barcelona Eye Bernabeu Double Triumph
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Barcelona Eye Bernabeu Double Triumph

Having been beaten 4-0 in the reverse fixture of the La Liga and 3-0 in the second leg of the Copa del Rey, Real Madrid will be hoping to save their face and restore parity and they take on arch rival Barcelona today Barcelona forward Luis Suarez returns to the Santiago Bernabeu to take on Real Madrid just days after knocking them out of the Copa Del Rey with a double in a 3-0 win After knocking Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona now have the opportunity to send their rivals packing in the title race too. Barca’s 3-0 victory on Wednesday means they will return to the Santiago Bernabeu today with a spring in their step, even if Madrid were the better side and had the better opportunities until the chaotic final 30 minutes, when a Luis Suarez double and Raphael Varane own go...
Valverde Speaks On El Clasico Being LaLiga Title Decider
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Valverde Speaks On El Clasico Being LaLiga Title Decider

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has insisted that the title race in LaLiga will not be over, even if they win away to rivals Real Madrid on Saturday. Madrid are nine points behind Valverde’s men, who won 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday to book a place in the Copa del Rey final. They are also winless in their last five league games against Barcelona, with October’s 5-1 thrashing at Camp Nou leading to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui. “We have points to play for in this game, it’s a different competition to Wednesday. “It’s very difficult, as I said the other day, for the same result to occur in the same game twice in a row but we would obviously like that to happen. “We’re going there to search for a win that would be a big blow for them and a bi...
Ivan Rakitic Ready To Play In The Copa del Rey Final
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Ivan Rakitic Ready To Play In The Copa del Rey Final

The Croatian had his hand operated on after suffering a finger fracture but on Thursday was able to train normally after missing the last couple of matches, ahead of Saturday's clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. Valverde will be able to take his whole squad to Madrid on Saturday and pick from everyone for the game. Rakitic has been absent since sustaining the injury against Roma in the Champions League.