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Atletico draw to leave Barcelona even closer to title

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid warmed up for their Europa League clash with Arsenal by playing out a 0-0 draw with in-form Betis in La Liga on Sunday, a result that left Barcelona closer still to the Spanish title.

Antoine Griezmann was left out of the starting line-up by coach Diego Simeone and Atletico drew a second blank in four days, following their 3-0 defeat away at Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Former Brazil great Rivaldo advises Neymar to quit PSG

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Injured Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar should leave France and resume his career in Spain if he wants to become the world’s top player, former Brazil great Rivaldo said Sunday.

Rivaldo, who starred in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, told GloboEsporte.

Former Brazil great Rivaldo advises Neymar to quit PSG

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Injured Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar should leave France and resume his career in Spain if he wants to become the world’s top player, former Brazil great Rivaldo said Sunday.

Rivaldo, who starred in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, told GloboEsporte.

Barcelona rout Sevilla 5-0 for 30th Copa del Rey triumph

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona trounced Sevilla 5-0 to win a fourth successive Copa del Rey with skipper Andres Iniesta marking his last Spanish final with one of the goals.

Two goals from Luis Suarez and one from Lionel Messi put Barca 3-0 ahead at half-time with Iniesta, tipped to move to China at end of the season, on target after a smart shimmy in the 54th minute.

Valverde, Barca looking to put European exit behind them in Cup final

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde knows victory in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Sevilla would go some small way towards making up for the disappointment of their recent Champions League exit.

“After a big defeat we want a big victory. We have the opportunity to put that little disappointment behind us,” Valverde said at a press conference on the eve of the game, which will be played at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Valverde, Barca looking to put European exit behind them in Cup final

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde knows victory in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Sevilla would go some small way towards making up for the disappointment of their recent Champions League exit.

“After a big defeat we want a big victory. We have the opportunity to put that little disappointment behind us,” Valverde said at a press conference on the eve of the game, which will be played at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Juanmi double blows hole in Atletico title hopes

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Madrid (AFP) – A brace from late substitute Juanmi sealed a precious 3-0 win for Real Sociedad on Thursday to virtually end Atletico Madrid’s fading hopes of challenging for the Spanish league title.

With a 12-point deficit to Barcelona, Atletico were already facing an uphill task to overhaul the runaway La Liga leaders.

Juanmi double blows hole in Atletico title hopes

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Madrid (AFP) – A brace from late substitute Juanmi sealed a precious 3-0 win for Real Sociedad on Thursday to virtually end Atletico Madrid’s fading hopes of challenging for the Spanish league title.

With a 12-point deficit to Barcelona, Atletico were already facing an uphill task to overhaul the runaway La Liga leaders.

Messi may be rested against Celta Vigo – Valverde

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi could be among a number of key players rested from Barcelona’s game against Celta Vigo on Tuesday, according to coach Ernesto Valverde.

Barca broke the record for the longest unbeaten streak in La Liga on Saturday when they beat Valencia to make it 39 league games without defeat.

Messi may be rested against Celta Vigo – Valverde

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi could be among a number of key players rested from Barcelona’s game against Celta Vigo on Tuesday, according to coach Ernesto Valverde.

Barca broke the record for the longest unbeaten streak in La Liga on Saturday when they beat Valencia to make it 39 league games without defeat.

Barcelona closing in on La Liga title ahead of Celta Vigo trip

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Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Barcelona will have one eye on the Copa del Rey final while Europe is the main focus for Real and Atletico Madrid so what is left for La Liga?

Barca are 11 points clear at the top of the table but, with an overhaul of the squad expected in the summer, few players can afford to ease off during the run-in.

Barca set new La Liga record after 39 games unbeaten

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona set a new La Liga record by extending their unbeaten run to 39 games with a 2-1 victory over Valencia on Saturday.

Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti were both on target as Barca passed the 38 matches Real Sociedad managed without defeat between 1979 and 1980.

Barca set new La Liga record after 39 games unbeaten

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona set a new La Liga record by extending their unbeaten run to 39 games with a 2-1 victory over Valencia on Saturday.

Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti were both on target as Barca passed the 38 matches Real Sociedad managed without defeat between 1979 and 1980.

Don’t take Roma for granted warns Klopp

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp has warned his Liverpool stars that Roma’s epic comeback against Barcelona proves the Italian club shouldn’t be underestimated when they clash in the Champions League semi-finals.

Klopp could have been forgiven for feeling relieved that Liverpool avoided holders Real Madrid and formidable German champions Bayern Munich in Friday’s draw.

Don’t take Roma for granted warns Klopp

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jurgen Klopp has warned his Liverpool stars that Roma’s epic comeback against Barcelona proves the Italian club shouldn’t be underestimated when they clash in the Champions League semi-finals.

Klopp could have been forgiven for feeling relieved that Liverpool avoided holders Real Madrid and formidable German champions Bayern Munich in Friday’s draw.

Barca coach tells players to forget Roma collapse

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona need to put their painful Champions League exit to Roma behind them and concentrate on winning the Spanish league, their coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday.

Lionel Messi and his teammates were dumped out of Europe after Roma beat them 3-0 Tuesday, but the Catalan giants remain 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Barca coach tells players to forget Roma collapse

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona need to put their painful Champions League exit to Roma behind them and concentrate on winning the Spanish league, their coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday.

Lionel Messi and his teammates were dumped out of Europe after Roma beat them 3-0 Tuesday, but the Catalan giants remain 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Barcelona’s Rakitic set for operation on fractured finger

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has fractured a finger in his left hand and will need an operation, the club announced on Wednesday.

Rakitic sustained the injury during Barca’s shock 3-0 defeat to Roma on Tuesday as the Catalans were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals.

Barcelona’s Rakitic set for operation on fractured finger

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has fractured a finger in his left hand and will need an operation, the club announced on Wednesday.

Rakitic sustained the injury during Barca’s shock 3-0 defeat to Roma on Tuesday as the Catalans were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals.

Roma feat among Champions League’s craziest comebacks

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Paris (France) (AFP) – “The fall of Rome” was how one Catalan daily described Barcelona’s shock 3-0 defeat to Serie A side Roma on Tuesday which ended the Spanish league giants’ bid for a place in the semi-finals.

As Roma look forward to their first semi-final since 1984, Barcelona are licking their wounds having failed to reach the Champions League last four for the second consecutive season.

Roma feat among Champions League’s craziest comebacks

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Paris (France) (AFP) – “The fall of Rome” was how one Catalan daily described Barcelona’s shock 3-0 defeat to Serie A side Roma on Tuesday which ended the Spanish league giants’ bid for a place in the semi-finals.

As Roma look forward to their first semi-final since 1984, Barcelona are licking their wounds having failed to reach the Champions League last four for the second consecutive season.

Roma dreaming of Kiev after magical recovery against Barcelona

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Rome (AFP) – Roma have their sights on Kiev and the Champions League final after completing a miracle comeback against Barcelona on Tuesday to overhaul a three-goal first-leg deficit and take their place in the competition’s last four.

The Italian capital came alive after a magical night at the Stadio Olimpico in which Roma - fourth in Serie A and fresh from being booed off in a 2-0 defeat against Fiorentina at the weekend - swept Lionel Messi and co aside in front of a crowd that roared itself hoarse.

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Manchester United ‘double the offer’ of Manchester City to sign £130k-per-week Barcelona playmaker

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According to Diario Gol, Manchester United have ‘doubled the offer’ from Manchester City to sign Barcelona playmaker Ivan Rakitic this summer. The 30-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou at the end of the season and could make the English Premier League his next destination.

Manchester City deal with Barcelona ‘already on the table’ for £180k-per-week ‘cornerstone’

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According to Don Balon, Manchester City have an offer “already on the table” for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets. Manager Pep Guardiola wants the Spanish international as a potential replacement for Fernandinho and is hoping a deal can be agreed this summer.

The £180k-per-week deep-lying playmaker has risen through the youth ranks to the Barcelona first-team, becoming a cornerstone of the side, making over 470 appearances in all competitions.

Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to agree deal with Liverpool for £90k-week ‘humble player’

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According to Don Balon, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wants Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at the Camp Nou this summer.

The Egyptian international’s form for the Merseysiders has led to a lot of interest in his signature, and Messi believes he’d be more perfect for Barca than Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann due to being a ‘humble player’.

Manchester United blow as Bayern Munich could agree deal for £75k-per-week star

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According to Don Balon, Manchester United have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, with Bayern Munich having entered the race for his services and being determined to land his signature this summer.

United were tipped to trigger the French international’s £60m release clause at the end of the season as manager Jose Mourinho looked to strengthen his defensive options, but Bayern’s interest could throw a spanner in the works.

Manchester City agree deal with Barcelona for highly-rated playmaker

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Manchester City have beaten out competition from Arsenal to procure the signature of 16-year-old midfielder Adrian Bernabe. The teenage hot prospect rejected a new contract at Barcelona and looks set to join City’s academy this summer.

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Barcelona considering £60m deal with Manchester United for £65k-per-week outcast

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According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona are considering a £60m deal to sign Manchester United forward Anthony Martial, with the French international tipped to leave the club after a lack of playing time this summer.

Martial joined United from AS Monaco in 2015 and has gone on to make 132 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 63 goals.

3 matches that defined Barcelona’s role as the greatest team in Europe

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Following the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, Sir Alex Ferguson soberly spoke to the media after the match. The legendary manager spoke on behalf of a team who had just defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the final of Europe’s premier club competition. The date was May 28, 2011.

The team was FC Barcelona.

3 matches that defined Barcelona’s role as the greatest team in Europe

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Following the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, Sir Alex Ferguson soberly spoke to the media after the match. The legendary manager spoke on behalf of a team who had just defeated Manchester United 3-1 in the final of Europe’s premier club competition. The date was May 28, 2011.

The team was FC Barcelona.

Tottenham set to battle it out with West Ham for 24-yr-old technically gifted star

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Tottenham are interested in signing the Barcelona playmaker Andre Gomes this summer.

The player has been linked with a move to West Ham as well and it will be interesting to see where he ends up eventually.

As per the reports, Gomes wants a move to the Premier League after being frustrated with the lack of regular first-team action at Camp Nou.

Manchester United hit stumbling block in £54m deal with Barcelona for £75k-per-week man

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According to Don Balon, Manchester United are interested in Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, but Manchester City and Real Madrid could throw a major spanner in the works. The French international has been linked with a move away this summer after a contract dispute with the Catalans giants.

Hearing that United won't have it all their own way if they push ahead with an attempt to sign Samuel Umtiti - Man City watching the situation

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United want a world-class centre-back as Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are expected to leave this summer, while Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have been too inconsistent to rely on for another season.

Manchester United

Monday Kickoff: Vidal doubtful for UCL semifinals, Dortmund coaching search continues and more

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While one German club received some bad news ahead of a Champions League semifinal, another continues to look ahead to next season.

Arturo Vidal is doubtful for the Champions League semifinals against Real Madrid after undergoing knee surgery. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc did not rule out the idea of keeping Peter Stoger as coach going forward as the club has yet to confirm a coach for next season.

Remarkable List Of Participants For 2018 International Champions Cup

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If you thought that The International Champions Cup would take scale back this year due to this summer's World Cup, guess again as tournament is shaping up to be the biggest one yet.

The annual showcase of European teams as they go through their preseasons will feature 18 teams from six leagues.

Champions League

Roma President James Pallotta Pays Fine And Apologises To Mayor After Leaping Into Fountain To Celebrate Win Over Barcelona

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AS Roma club president James Pallotta has paid a fine and apologised to the mayor after celebrating his side's remarkable win over Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals by leaping into a fountain on thePiazza del Popolo.

Pallotta admitted that he spent the next morning waiting for the phone to ring and, sure enough, it wasn't long before he was forking out €450 (approx £390) to local authorities and saying sorry to Virginia Raggi, the Mayor of Rome.

Fun, Frolics, And Club Presidents Leaping Into Fountains: Amazing Reaction To Roma’s Wondrous Champions League Win Over Barcelona (Photo & Video)

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One thing's for sure, there are going to be several thousand thick heads in the Italian capital city this morning following Roma's truly formidable fightback against Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The Giallorossi were faced with a 4-1 first-leg deficit to overcome at the Stadio Olimpico and, thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas, that's exactly what they did eventually sending Barca packing on away goals.

Barcelona President Apologises To Fans After Europe Exit

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has apologised to fans after being knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Barcelona went out of the competition on away goals after Roma won 3-0 on the night to level the aggregate score at 4-4.

Bartomeu spoke after the defeat at the Stadio Olimpico and said Barcelona let down the fans who travelled.

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SPANISH CUP FINAL | SEVILLA FC 0 FC BARCELONA 5

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Is a change of Playing Style required?

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Problems at Arsenal based on player analysis and playing style analysis:-

Keeper:

This hasn't traditionally been our big problem area over the last few seasons, so is not the right place to look to for our consistent failings. It may be that in the here and now a new keeper is needed with father time catching up with Cech and a lack of world class options behind him.

Modern Football Is Rubbish: Barcelona Legend Andres Iniesta To Leave For China To Help Drive Wine Sales In Burgeoning Market

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In a somewhat depressing turn of events, it looks like Andres Iniesta is set to end his impeccable 22-year association with Barcelona at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old's contract is up at the end of June and, with a new deal looking unlikely, it's being reported that Iniesta plans to formally announce his departure afterthe Copa Del Rey final on 21st April.