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Abidal Speaks On Messi Leaving Barcelona
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Abidal Speaks On Messi Leaving Barcelona

Eric Abidal, the Sporting Director at Barcelona, has revealed that Lionel Messi wants to remain at the club. Messi was recently involved in a public bust-up with Abidal. This is after the Frenchman accused some Barca players of not working hard enough under sacked manager, Ernesto Valverde, who was replaced last month by Quique Setien. Messi had fired back in an Instagram post, telling the former France international to face his work. The clash led to speculation that the Argentine superstar might leave Camp Nou this summer, especially since Abidal was told his job is safe. Messi could decide to end his career in another club after seeing out the final 12 months of his current contract. Abidal told reporters that he hopes the Argentine skipper will sign a new deal soo...
Eric Abidal Will Retain His Job At Barcelona Despite Messi Criticism
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Eric Abidal Will Retain His Job At Barcelona Despite Messi Criticism

Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal is to keep his job at the club despite being criticised by star forward Lionel Messi. Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi spoke out against Abidal after he had said players were not working hard under former coach Ernesto Valverde. Valverde was sacked in January and replaced by Quique Setien. Barcelona called an emergency meeting with ex-France defender Abidal on Wednesday to discuss the issue. After two hours of talks, it was decided the 40-year-old would remain in his role at the Nou Camp. Abidal, a former team-mate of Messi, made the comments in an interview with Spanish newspaper Diario Sport. But on Tuesday, 32-year-old Argentine Messi responded: "When you talk about players, you have to give names because if not, it gives air t...
Xavi Furious With Abidal Over Comments on Barcelona’s Job Offer
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Xavi Furious With Abidal Over Comments on Barcelona’s Job Offer

Former Barcelona midfield maestro, Xavi, is allegedly ‘extremely angry’ with the club’s sporting director, Eric Abidal, over his comments that he had never offered him the chance to become the Catalan manager at Camp Nou, according to Spanish outlet, El Larguero. DAILY POST had reported that Abidal has said that there was no offer for Xavi to become Barcelona manager. Abidal told Sport: “We had no offer for Xavi to become Barca coach. If he has one, let him display it because I have not seen it. “The first meeting we had with Xavi, he pays attention, and told us his plan in the second meeting. “The speculations in the media was more political than sporting and I do not do politics. I only discuss about football. “My interests is the way a coach works, and different thing...
Setien Speaks after Barcelona’s 2-0 Defeat to Valencia
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Setien Speaks after Barcelona’s 2-0 Defeat to Valencia

  Barcelona manager, Quique Setien has reacted to his side’s La Liga 2-0 defeat to Valencia on Saturday. Valencia defeated Barcelona, thanks to Maxi Gomez’s strike and an Jordi Alba own goal at Mestalla. It is Setien’s first defeat as Barcelona manager in just his second La Liga game in charge after replacing Ernesto Valverde some days ago. “The reality is that we did not play well at all, especially in the first half,” Setien said at his post-match press conference. “We couldn’t get near their goal and at certain moments we did not understand each other well and Valencia made the most of our mistakes. “We made a lot of passes for the sake of making them and were not capable of causing any damage.”
Jurgen Klopp beat Guardiola, Valverde to rank No 1 Coach, Mourinho missing in Top 20
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Jurgen Klopp beat Guardiola, Valverde to rank No 1 Coach, Mourinho missing in Top 20

Jurgen Klopp beat Guardiola, Valverde to rank No 1 in the latest coach Ranking. The new ranking sees the former Barcelona coach been replaced by Klopp. The sacked Barcelona coach was ranked number one, with Liverpool boss in second position, but the new performance by the Reds Coach sees him to the top of the list.   Klopp has set new records in the Premier League, and he us about to break Arsenal Invisible records. Another movement in the ranking was Juventus boss Sarri who left Chelsea for Juventus move ahead of Man City coach Guardiola. Meanwhile Atletico Madrid Manager Simeone is ranked 11th. Former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery is among the top 20, despite been sacked by  Gunners for his woeful performance last year December. Ma...
Messi Tells Setien Striker he Should Buy as Suarez’s Replacement
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Messi Tells Setien Striker he Should Buy as Suarez’s Replacement

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has urged new manager, Quique Setien to make a bid for Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, the UK Mirror reports. Messi was summoned for a one-on-one meeting with Setien after he replaced Ernesto Valverde last week. It is believed that the Argentine told the new boss that Aguero is the perfect player to replace injured Luis Suarez. Suarez will be sidelined for at least four months after undergoing surgery. Aguero has scored 249 goals for City, since joining the club from Atletico Madrid in 2011. His contract at the Etihad expires in the summer of 2021.
Real Madrid Go top After Sevilla Win
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Real Madrid Go top After Sevilla Win

  Real Madrid beat Sevilla 2-1 on Saturday, to climb above rivals Barcelona into first place. Casemiro scored twice on either side of Luuk de Jong’s fine strike, to make the difference at the Santiago Bernabeu. Zinedine Zidane’s men have now gone 17 matches unbeaten. Sevilla stay fourth, eight points off the top. Barca can reclaim first place on Sunday, when they face Granada at Camp Nou. It will be Quique Setien’s first game in charge, after replacing Ernesto Valverde.
Why I Turned Down Barcelona – Xavi
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Why I Turned Down Barcelona – Xavi

Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez, has explained that he turned down an opportunity to become the club’s new manager because he is only just beginning his managerial career. DAILY POST had reported that Xavi appeared set to replace Ernesto Valverde at the Nou Camp after Barcelona chiefs, Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau held talks with him in Doha and offered him a contract. But the Al-Sadd manager rejected a two-and-a-half-year deal and the Blaugrana quickly turned their attention to Quique Setien. “Yes, I received an offer from Barcelona in a meeting with Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau but I did not accept it, especially because it is too early to train Barcelona but it will remain my dream in the future to be a Barca coach,” Xavi told Mundo Deportivo. “First I t...
Liverpool, Man United set to thrill fans on super Sunday
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Liverpool, Man United set to thrill fans on super Sunday

Football fans can look forward to an action-packed weekend starting from tomorrow January 17 to Sunday, January 19 when their favourite teams will engage in another thrilling round of games in the race to become ultimate champions of their respective leagues. In England, the pick of Premier League matches this weekend is undoubtedly the clash between league leaders Liverpool and struggling Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday evening. The tasty clash involving the top two most successful teams in the country will see them reigniting the North-West rivalry which dates back almost 126 years, with United leading with 88 wins compared to Liverpool’s 76. This game will be live on SuperSport Maximo and SuperSport 3. Both teams had played out a one-all draw when they met back...
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Messi Finally Speaks as Barcelona sack Valverde, Appoint Setien

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has penned a farewell message to Ernesto Valverde, who was sacked as manager on Tuesday. Valverde was fired despite winning the La Liga title in each of the two seasons he spent with the Nou Camp side. But it is his poor performances in the Champions League and last week’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup semi-final that cost him his job. Messi has now taken to social media to share a parting message. “Thank you for everything,” Messi posted on Instagram . “I’m sure you’ll do great wherever you go because besides being a great professional you are a magnificent person. “Good luck and a big hug.” Quique Setien has since been appointed as Barca’s new manager.
Quique Setien Officially Unveiled As New Coach Of Barcelona After Ernesto Valverde Sacking (Photos)
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Quique Setien Officially Unveiled As New Coach Of Barcelona After Ernesto Valverde Sacking (Photos)

Quique Setien has been unveiled as the new coach of Barcelona following the sacking of Ernesto Valverde, who was dismissed on Monday.   The former Real Betis manager was presented at Nou Camp on Tuesday, where he faced the media as Barcelona's new manager for the first time.     The 61-year-old who signed a contract until June 2022 said: 'Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being here. Yesterday I was walking past the cows in my village, now I'm here training the best players in the world.'   Asked about coaching Lionel Messi, the former Betis and Las Palmas coach added: 'I have enjoyed the last 12 years sat in front of the television watching him and these players who have made football so enjoyable to watch and it has been every...
Sacked Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde Sends Emotional Farewell Message To Fans As Lionel Messi Pays Tribute To Him
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Sacked Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde Sends Emotional Farewell Message To Fans As Lionel Messi Pays Tribute To Him

Sacked Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde has publicly thanked the club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu and fans shortly after he was sacked.   Despite winning back-to-back league titles and guarding Barcelona to the top of La Liga Table, Valverde was dismissed on Monday following the club's Spanish Super Cup semi-final 3 - 2 defeat to Atletico Madrid last week.   He has been replaced with former Real Betis coach, Quique Setien, who has signed a contract to be with Barcelona until June 2022.   In an open letter to the club's supporters, posted on Barcelona's official website, Valverde said: "My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end. It has been an intense two and a half years right from the start.   "In that time I have enjoyed some j...
Yesterday I Was Walking Around With Cows And Now I’m Coaching Barcelona – Quique Setien
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Yesterday I Was Walking Around With Cows And Now I’m Coaching Barcelona – Quique Setien

Quique Setien admitted that he was in his hometown 'walking with cows' before the call came offering him the Barcelona job. The 61-year-old took training on Tuesday morning before signing a contract until June 2022. Speaking to the media after signing his contract, Setien said: 'Yesterday, I was walking around my hometown with cows around me and now I'm here at Barcelona managing the best players in the world. 'I want to thank this institution for giving me the chance. Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this. I have to thank the club. 'I'm excited about this challenge and this project. That is the biggest thing I have to transmit to the players. I have to show the players that and normally it's not very complicated for me to transmit that.' When asked wh...
Quique Setien Oversees First Training As Barca Coach
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Quique Setien Oversees First Training As Barca Coach

After his appointment on Monday, Quique Setien took charge of his first session as Barcelona coach on Tuesday morning even before putting pen to paper on the contract. Arthur who continues his recovery work has joined the team for a part of the training. There was no sight of Jean-Clair Todibo, however, who is reportedly still set to join Schalke despite the managerial change. As a reminder, Barca new boss is set to officially sign his Barcelona contract this afternoon. Setien replaces Ernesto Valverde who was sacked on Monday night. The 61-year-old was without a job since his Real Betis’ resignation in 2019. He is already liked by Barca fans because of his coaching style which is inspired by late Johan Cruyff.
Messi Threatens To Leave Barcelona
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Messi Threatens To Leave Barcelona

  Lionel Messi has every right to be dejected and fed up of Barcelona, and he has now posted an ultimatum in front of the club after persistent problems. Barcelona lost out on their chance to get 2020 off to a flyer after suffering a defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup’s semi-final last week. More than anything, it was a lapse of concentration and tactical failure from the Blaugrana with Ernesto Valverde once again being blamed for the debacle. However, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were quick to put the Barca manager behind their backs and insisted that the loss was only their responsibility. Diario GOL has reported that there is a lot more cooking behind the scenes and nobody really is happy within the dressing room with the kind of job that V...
Buhari’s Aide, Ahmad Bashir Slams Barcelona For Sacking Head Coach
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Buhari’s Aide, Ahmad Bashir Slams Barcelona For Sacking Head Coach

The New Media Aide to President Buhari, Bashir Ahmad has slammed Barcelona for sacking Manager, Ernesto Valverde and appointing Quique Seiten as new head coach of the football team on Monday Night, January 13th Bashir on his official verify Twitter handle said the Catalan Football team are “so ungrateful” for sacking Ernesto Valverde after he won ‘two La Liga titles, one Copa Del Ray and one Spanish Supercopa for the Camp Now Club He wrote: Valverde only lost 16 out of 145 games in charge at Barcelona, “so ungrateful. Can the the new manager shine more brightly than Ernesto Valverde? I doubt, strongly MCI had reported that Barcelona has sacked Ernesto Valverde as the club head coach and appointed Quique Setin
Everything You Need To Know About Barcelona New Coach, Quique Setien
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Everything You Need To Know About Barcelona New Coach, Quique Setien

Ex-Real Betis coach Quique Setien has been appointed Barcelona manager following Ernesto Valverde’s inevitable dismissal. With both Xavi and Ronald Koeman turning down the opportunity of their former club, the Barcelona board have chosen the Spaniard as head coach on a deal that runs until 2022 following a challenging period for the club under Valverde. Valverde’s position at Camp Nou had long been under scrutiny, but the pressure intensified following Barcelona’s elimination in the Supercopa to Atletico Madrid. It is understood that Barcelona were initially eager to appoint Xavi as permanent coach to replace Valverde, but the current Al-Sadd manager stated that any return to his former club will only happen in the summer. However, Setien has been given a contract until the e...
Barcelona Have Sacked Their Coach Ernesto Valverde And Appointed Quique Setien
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Barcelona Have Sacked Their Coach Ernesto Valverde And Appointed Quique Setien

Spanish champions Barcelona have sacked their coach Ernesto Valverde and appointed Quique Setien as his replacement, the club announced on Monday. The decision to remove Valverde was confirmed following a board meeting that lasted more than four hours at Camp Nou on Monday afternoon. Barca are top of La Liga but have won only one of their last five matches. Valverde is the first coach the club has sacked mid-season since Louis van Gaal in 2003. “FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that united both parties,” read a club statement released on Monday night. Setien will be presented in a press conference at Camp Nou at 2.30pm local time (1330 GMT) on Tuesday.
Barcelona Inform Valverde He Will Be Sacked
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Barcelona Inform Valverde He Will Be Sacked

Two major Catalan radio stations, Onda Cero and Catalunya Radio, are reporting that Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has been informed he is to be sacked. Speculation has grown around Valverde in recent days, following Barca's 3-2 Supercopa defeat to Atletico Madrid. Xavi, Mauricio Pochettino and Quique Setien are among the coaches linked with replacing him at Camp Nou.
Iniesta Blasts Barcelona for Trying to Replace Valverde With Xavi
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Iniesta Blasts Barcelona for Trying to Replace Valverde With Xavi

Former Barcelona midfielder, Andres Iniesta, has lashed out at the club over the treatment of manager Ernesto Valverde, describing it as “a little ugly”. This comes amid speculations that Valverde will soon be replaced by Iniesta’s former team-mate, Xavi. It has been confirmed that discussions have been held with Xavi, who is currently managing Al Sadd in Qatar. Iniesta told Onda Cero: “Barcelona’s behaviour has been a little ugly. “You have to have respect for your current coach. The way things are done is what can hurt the most.” Iniesta however admits that “Valverde’s situation has been weakened” recently, with Barca having lost the Spanish Super Cup semi-final to Atletico Madrid, a trophy Real Madrid went on to win.
Xavi Confirms Meeting with Barcelona Chiefs, Speaks on Coaching La Liga Champions
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Xavi Confirms Meeting with Barcelona Chiefs, Speaks on Coaching La Liga Champions

Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez has confirmed that he had spoken with Barcelona chiefs, Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau amid report linking him to replace current Blaugrana manager, Ernesto Valverde at Camp Nou. The 39-year-old also reiterated his desire to coach Barcelona where he won 25 trophies in a magnificent 17-year career at the Catalan club. DAILY POST had reported that Valverde is under intense pressure at Barcelona after he saw his side beaten 3-2 by Atletico Madrid in Jeddah on Thursday night in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final encounter, with Diego Simeone’s side going on to face Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa final. Report emerged on Saturday that members of Barcelona’s board, Eric Abidal and Oscar Grau, had a smooth meeting with Xavi in a bid for him to succeed V...
Griezmann Reveals Who To Blame For Barcelona’s 3-2 Loss To Atletico Madrid
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Griezmann Reveals Who To Blame For Barcelona’s 3-2 Loss To Atletico Madrid

Barcelona forward, Antoine Griezmann has blamed himself and his teammates for making too many ‘mistakes’ following their defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday night. Ernesto Valverde’s side was beaten 3-2 by Atletico Madrid at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, with Diego Simeone’s side going on to face Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa final. The Catalan club had looked certain to win the game, after Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Koke’s opener. But Atletico netted two late goals through Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa to turn the game around. “I don’t know what happened. I think we lost because of our own mistakes and they had fresher legs at the end,” Griezmann was quoted by Sport as saying after the match. ...
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...
Oshoala’s Tweet About Barcelona’s Men’s Team Causes Controversy
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Oshoala’s Tweet About Barcelona’s Men’s Team Causes Controversy

Nigerian international Asisat Oshoala lent her thoughts to Barça's laboured Champions League draw but swiftly deleted her message. Javier Miguel AS English 06/11/2019 13:54 FC Barcelona Femení striker Asisat Oshoala, the 2015 BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year and scorer of the side’s goal in the 4-1 Champions League final defeat to Lyon last season – the first time a Spanish team had reached the final – was a frustrated spectator as her club’s male counterparts laboured to a 0-0 draw against Slavia Prague on Wednesday. A member of the Super Falcons 2014, 2016 and 2018 African Women’s Championship, a Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner at the tournament, with an FA Cup, a Chinese Super League and Nigerian Championship among her laurels, Oshoala knows a bit about winning footb...
Levante Stuns Barcelona
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Levante Stuns Barcelona

Three second-half goals condemned the Liga champions to a first loss in eight with their Argentine playmaker the only bright point on a miserable day Barcelona have occasionally been accused of Messidependencia over the years - reliance on their captain and talisman Lionel Messi - but it now seems truer than ever. Ernesto Valverde’s side, in the coach’s third year in charge, are reliant on the Argentine and appear to have little else up their sleeve. That was explicitly clear in their 3-1 defeat at Levante on Saturday in La Liga, ending a streak of seven consecutive victories.
Lionel Messi Injured Again On First Match After Returning From Injury
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Lionel Messi Injured Again On First Match After Returning From Injury

Lionel Messi suffered an injury on his first start of the season in Barcelona's narrow win over Villarreal at the Nou Camp. Messi, who had recovered from a calf injury to feature, was replaced at the start of the second half after suffering a thigh problem. The Argentine, making his 400th La Liga start, provided the corner for Antoine Griezmann to head home off the bar before Arthur made it 2-0. Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back. After the game, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde described Messi's injury as a "small problem in the adductor". "When something happens to Messi, everyone stops, not only on the field, but in the stands as well," he said. "As a precaution we have decided not to risk it. In theory, it is nothing more but we will see tomorrow how it is." Although far...
Neymar Willing To Take £13.7m Pay Cut In Order To Rejoin Barca
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Neymar Willing To Take £13.7m Pay Cut In Order To Rejoin Barca

Neymar would be willing to take a pay cut of 15 million euros (£13.7m) to rejoin Barcelona from Paris St-Germain, says BBC Radio 5 Live's Guillem Balague. The Spanish giants are believed to have made several offers for the Brazil international, including one of 100m euros (£92.4m) plus Philippe Coutinho. However, those bids have been rejected with PSG holding out for more money. "The player is happy to reduce his wages from 38 million euros net to 23 million euros net," said Balague. "It is an interesting situation at Barcelona. They feel they have to try really hard to get him back. "Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez want him back but also the president Josep Maria Bartomeu has two more years in his mandate and he wants to leave a big legacy. Can you imagine all t...
Valverde backs Griezmann to flourish alongside Messi and Suarez
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Valverde backs Griezmann to flourish alongside Messi and Suarez

The World Cup winner has been tipped to slot right in alongside the Argentina duo up front for the Blaugrana this season New boy Antonie Griezmman will likely settle well alongside Barcelona veterans Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez when the trio link up for the new season, says coach Ernesto Valverde. The striker, who arrived from Atletico Madrid as the Blaugrana's biggest recruit of a busy off-season so far , made his second appearance for the club inSaturday's 2-0 friendly win against Vissel Kobe in Japan. The La Liga champions, who also lost to Chelsea in Saitama on their pre-season tour, return to Spain now ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, where they will link up with Argentina duo Messi and Suarez following the duo's extended post-Copa America break.
Valverde hints at new Barcelona signing but won’t be rushed in hunt for new left-back
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Valverde hints at new Barcelona signing but won’t be rushed in hunt for new left-back

With Junior Firpo reportedly close to arriving, the man in charge at Camp Nou has provided an update on transfer intentions in Catalunya Ernesto Valverde confirmed a new left-back is on Barcelona's wishlist and said the door would remain open for new arrivals until the transfer window closes. La Liga champions Barca want to find support for Jordi Alba and are reportedly moving closer to signing Junior Firpo from Real Betis. Philipp Max of Augsburg is said to be an alternative, while Bayern Munich star David Alaba figured in rumours as a less realistic option.
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.
Barcelona Identify Premier League Star as Perfect Strike Partner’ for Messi, Suarez
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Barcelona Identify Premier League Star as Perfect Strike Partner’ for Messi, Suarez

Barcelona have identified Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, as a perfect strike partner for captain, Lionel Messi and striker, Luis Suarez. According to Spanish newspaper, Sport, the La Liga champions have contacted the Red Devils over the possibility of signing the 21-year-old England international in this summer’s transfer window. The report claimed that Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde, wants a major overhaul in his squad ahead of next season after a devastating Champions League campaign and their Copa del Rey final 2-1 defeat to Valencia last month. The report also claimed that Man United will demand a fee of around of €100million for Rashford. Rashford scored a goal in England’s 3-1 defeat to Netherlands on Thursday nigh...
‘Ernesto is spectacular’ – Guardiola backs under-fire Valverde to remain at Barca
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‘Ernesto is spectacular’ – Guardiola backs under-fire Valverde to remain at Barca

The Manchester City boss feels that his Spanish colleague has done a good job at Camp Nou, despite growing speculation over his position at the club Under-fire Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is still the right man to lead the club forward, according to Pep Guardiola. The Blaugrana successfully retained the Liga title this season, finishing 10 points clear of runners-up Atletico Madrid and 19 ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid. However, they came up short in the Champions League for a fourth successive year, suffering a shocking semi-final exit at the hands of Liverpool.
Premier League giants alerted as Barcelona plan £220M-plus clearout
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Premier League giants alerted as Barcelona plan £220M-plus clearout

Premier League clubs are on red alert as it emerges Barcelona are planning a £220m-plus clearout this summer. Mundo Deportivo says Manchester United, Chelsea, ArsePhilippe Coutinho nal and Tottenham look most likely to profit from the major clear-out, with the most high-profile name on the list. Ivan Rakitic could be the next casualty of the club's clear-out, but Barcelona legend Rivaldo has also urged the star to snub a move and stay at the Nou Camp. Arsenal and United have been linked to him, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to tie-up a £48m move to replace the departing Ander Herrera. Malcom has fallen out of favour under coach Ernesto Valverde, making just 12 league appearances last season, but Barca will still demand £45m for the Arsenal and Spurs target. Andre Gom...
Klopp: Liverpool were like wolves that hadn’t eaten in eight weeks vs Barca
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Klopp: Liverpool were like wolves that hadn’t eaten in eight weeks vs Barca

The German boss says his team were "madmen' in the last four Champions League tie, as they managed to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit Liverpool were like a pack of food-deprived wolves in their Champions Leaguesecond leg semi-final tie against Barcelona, according to Jurgen Klopp. The Reds beat the Spanish champions 4-0 at Anfield on May 5, thanks to braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum, completing one of the most dramatic comebacks in the history of the competition. Barca won the first leg 3-0 at Camp Nou and were favourites to reach the final in Madrid, but nothing went to plan for Ernesto Valverde's men on Merseyside.  
Pique Speaks on Valverde’s Future at Barcelona After Copa del Rey Final Loss to Valencia
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Pique Speaks on Valverde’s Future at Barcelona After Copa del Rey Final Loss to Valencia

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique has insisted that he and his teammates want manager, Ernesto Valverde to continue as the club’s coach despite Barca’s 2-1 defeat to Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday night. Two first-half goals from Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo gave Valencia all three points against Valverde’s side. However, Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi did score for the La Liga champions in the second half of the encounter. Speaking on the possibility of Barcelona sacking Valverde after Copa del Rey defeat to Valencia, Pique told Teledeporte: “In the end, there are decisions that are not in our hands. “This is something that we cannot control. But we would like him  to continue, as we have already said. He did very well. “We do not worry. We have to make an ...
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. ...
Messi Speaks on Valverde Getting Sacked
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Messi Speaks on Valverde Getting Sacked

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has called for manager Ernesto Valverde, to be kept at the club beyond this season. Valverde’s future at the Nou Camp is up in the air, following another Champions League debacle this year. The Spanish champions squandered a 3-0 first leg advantage at Anfield, falling 4-0 to the Reds in the return match of their Champions League semi-final. It is the second straight year featuring a return leg collapse for the LaLiga giants, after blowing another three-goal lead against Roma in the quarter-finals of the competition last season. “I would like Valverde to continue. You may like it or not, but as we play this year we can win another double. But this is a very big spot. “In these two years, two games were...
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...
Valverde Refuses to Resign as Barcelona Manager after Champions League Exit
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Valverde Refuses to Resign as Barcelona Manager after Champions League Exit

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, has vowed not to resign from his role, following their exit from the Champions League this week. The LaLiga champions were sent out, after Tuesday’s humiliating 4-0 defeat by Liverpool, despite winning the first leg 3-0. It was Barca’s second successive dramatic exit from Europe’s elite competition under Valverde, after being knocked out by AS Roma last year after winning a quarter-final first leg 4-1. “I feel strong, I’m ok and I’m looking forward to taking a step forward, I’m not going to hide behind a wall. “I’ve spoken to the president and I have always felt supported by him and he has given me his absolute backing. When something like this happens it seems like everything is falling apart but we know what this world is like. “Eve...
Coutinho To Be Sold By Barcelona After UCL Exit, Valverde Fate Uncertain Too
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Coutinho To Be Sold By Barcelona After UCL Exit, Valverde Fate Uncertain Too

Philippe Coutinho is "not a Barcelona player" and will be the first casualty of their shambolic Champions League exit to Liverpool, while the board are set to meet to decide coach Ernesto Valverde's fate, sources have told ESPN FC. Sources also confirmed that a number of the coaching staff are disappointed with Coutinho's performances this season. The Brazilian is the club's record signing at €160 million but his displays against his former side across both legs of the semifinal strengthened the idea that his time at Camp Nou is up. "Coutinho is not a Barcelona player, that's been made clear," a club source told ESPN FC. The ex-Liverpool playmaker started the season well but his form and confidence have fallen off a cliff since an injury in October. He's been unable to re-find his...
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...
Barcelona’s Squad Against Celta Vigo Revealed
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Barcelona’s Squad Against Celta Vigo Revealed

Barcelona have released their squad to face Celta Vigo in tonight’s La Liga fixture. Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde released a list of 18 players through the club’s official Twitter page on Friday night. Barcelona head to the game after defeating Liverpool 3-0 in the Champions League semi-final’s first leg encounter on Wednesday. Below is Barcelona’s squad against Celta Vigo: N.Semedo, Todibo, Coutinho, Arthur, O. Dembele, Cillessen, Malcom, Lenglet, Murillo, Prince, Alena, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Riqui Puig, Inaki Pena, Collado, Wague. The kick-off time for the match is 7:45 pm Nigeria time.
Barcelona Crowned LaLiga Champions after 1-0 win Over Levante
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Barcelona Crowned LaLiga Champions after 1-0 win Over Levante

Lionel Messi netted the only goal, as Barcelona were crowned LaLiga champions on Saturday night. Ernesto Valverde had dropped the Argentine maestro for the visit of Levante, but was forced to summoned him from the bench in the second half, as the game proved to be tougher than expected. The win means Barca now have a nine-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who beat Real Valladolid earlier in the day. With three rounds of fixtures left, Atletico cannot catch up with the Catalans anymore. Messi and co. will now turn their attentions to the Champions League, where they play Liverpool in the semi-finals, for their second trophy of the season.
Barcelona Close In On La Liga Title With Win Over Alaves
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Barcelona Close In On La Liga Title With Win Over Alaves

Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a comfortable victory at Alaves. After a goalless first half, midfielder Carles Alena, 21, opened the scoring with a close-range finish following a sweeping attack by the visitors. Barcelona were awarded a penalty soon after following a VAR handball review and Uruguay's Luis Suarez converted. Victory means Barcelona will be confirmed as champions on Wednesday if Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia. The reigning champions are 12 points clear of Atletico, who have five games remaining. While Atletico could potentially still finish level on points with their title rivals even if they slip up on Wednesday, Barcelona will win the title by virtue of a better head-to-head record between the two sides. The result ...
What Ter Stegen Told De Gea After Error in Man United’s Defeat to Barcelona
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What Ter Stegen Told De Gea After Error in Man United’s Defeat to Barcelona

Barcelona goalkeeper, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has finally disclosed what he told Manchester United keeper, David De Gea, following his error against Ernesto Valverde’s side in the Champions League quarter-final second leg 3-0 win over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on Tuesday. David de Gea was “inconsolable” after his howler saw Barcelona progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Spain international had a game to forget on Tuesday night at Camp Nou, letting a tame effort from Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, squirm through his grasp and into the back of the net. Ter Stegen said he told De Gea after the match that such error happens in football, adding that they are all human beings and it can also happen to him. S...
‘Messi is Messi’ – Alexis Sanchez Reacts to Man United’s 3-0 Loss to Barcelona
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‘Messi is Messi’ – Alexis Sanchez Reacts to Man United’s 3-0 Loss to Barcelona

Manchester United striker, Alexis Sanchez has finally reacted to his side’s Champions League quarter-final second leg defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday at Camp Nou. Two goals from Lionel Messi and a strike from Philippe Coutinho ensured Ernesto Valverde’s men dumped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men out of the Champions League. Sanchez, who returned from a knee injury he sustained six weeks ago, came on for Jesse Lingard in the 80th minute during Man United’s defeat to Barcelona, said ‘Messi is Messi’. The Chilean international, a former teammate with Messi during his time at Barcelona, hailed the Argentine international by saying that the Barca number 10 always maintains ‘high level of performance’. “They [Barcelona] played very we...
Barcelona Take Final Decision on Selling Umtiti to Arsenal this Summer
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Barcelona Take Final Decision on Selling Umtiti to Arsenal this Summer

Barcelona have finally decided not to sell defender, Samuel Umtiti to Arsenal this summer. Umtiti has been heavily linked with a move to the North London club at the end of the season in recent weeks. The World Cup winner has suffered a persistent knee injury in recent months and has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp as a result. In his absence, Clement Lenglet has stepped up to the plate and is now Ernesto Valverde’s preferred partner to Gerard Pique. Arsenal, who are in need of a new centre-back, are among the teams taking a look at Umtiti. However, Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has now disclosed categorically that the Catalan club does not plan to sell the France international this summer. ...
Barcelona Release Killer Squad Against Manchester United
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Barcelona Release Killer Squad Against Manchester United

Barcelona have released a strong squad to face Manchester United in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie at Camp Nou on Tuesday night. The La Liga champions have the upper hand in the tie after defeating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side 1-0 in the first leg encounter at Old Trafford last Wednesday. Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde released a list of 18 players through the club’s official Twitter page on Tuesday morning. Barcelona reached the Champions League last eight after beating Lyon 5-1 in the round of 16 second-leg encounter, while Man United defeated Paris Saint-Germain 3-1. Below is Barcelona’s squad against Man United: Ter Stegen, N. Semedo, Pique, I. Rakitic, Sergio, Coutinho, Arthur, Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Cillessen, Malcom, Lenglet, Jo...