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Messi happy at Barcelona – Argentina coach

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi could not be happier than at Barcelona, and can crown his status as an all time great by winning the World Cup with Argentina, national coach Edgardo Bauza told AFP on Wednesday.

“I can see just how happy he is at Barcelona with his family around him,” said Bauza, who has been at the helm of the Argentine national team since August 2016.

Sampaoli focused on Leicester amid Barca links

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli insisted his focus is solely on making history in the Champions League despite increasing speculation the Argentine could take charge of Barcelona next season.

The Europa League holders host struggling English champions Leicester City in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Wednesday hoping to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in the Champions League era.

Sampaoli focused on Leicester amid Barca links

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Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli insisted his focus is solely on making history in the Champions League despite increasing speculation the Argentine could take charge of Barcelona next season.

The Europa League holders host struggling English champions Leicester City in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Wednesday hoping to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in the Champions League era.

‘Players right behind Enrique’ – Pique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Under-fire Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has the total support of his players, influential central defender Gerard Pique insisted on Monday.

Pique was keen to rally fans to the cause after they had booed the team during a 2-1 league win over lowly Leganes on Sunday, as the fallout from a 4-0 Champions League first-leg last-16 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last week turned ugly.

Barcelona boos unhelpful: Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique labelled harsh treatment dished out to his players by Barca fans nonsensical as the Spanish champions squeezed past Leganes 2-1 on Sunday.

Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, Barca needed a last minute Lionel Messi penalty to see off a Leganes side without a win since November and on their first ever league visit to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona boos unhelpful: Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique labelled harsh treatment dished out to his players by Barca fans nonsensical as the Spanish champions squeezed past Leganes 2-1 on Sunday.

Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, Barca needed a last minute Lionel Messi penalty to see off a Leganes side without a win since November and on their first ever league visit to the Camp Nou.

Guardiola rules out return to Barcelona

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he will never go back to Barcelona as their coach amid growing uncertainty about present incumbent Luis Enrique’s future.

Enrique is out of contract at the Nou Camp at the end of the season, and the chances of him leaving have increased significantly after a calamitous 4-0 defeat away to Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Barcelona capable of historic Champions League comeback: Suarez

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona striker Luis Suarez believes the Catalans can become the first side ever to overcome a four-goal first leg deficit in the Champions League when Paris Saint-Germain visit the Camp Nou on March 8.

Barca were torn apart in a 4-0 thrashing by the French champions in their last 16 clash on Tuesday, sparking fierce criticism in particular of coach Luis Enrique.

Lowly Leganes hand Barca chance to lick PSG wounds

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Madrid (AFP) – Still reeling from their humiliation at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona can’t afford a Champions League hangover as they return to La Liga action at home to Leganes on Sunday.

Barca trail league leaders Real Madrid by a point, but have also played two games more than their title rivals, leaving Luis Enrique’s men little room for error in their quest for a third straight La Liga title.

Champions League progress near impossible: Neymar

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona’s Brazil star Neymar says it will be a virtual ‘mission impossible’ for the Spanish giants to progress in the Champions League after their 4-0 first leg demolition by Paris Saint-Germain.

No team has ever come back from a 4-0 first leg deficit to remain in the Champions League and Barcelona are under no illusions about the mountain they will have to climb for the second leg of the last 16 clash at Camp Nou on March 8.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique lambasted after PSG humbling

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique floundered in the firing line on Wednesday after what he called a “disastrous” 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain left the Spanish champions on the brink of their earliest Champions League exit in a decade.

Enrique confronted a television reporter working for Catalan station TV3 after the match, while his tactics were criticised by Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique lambasted after PSG humbling

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique floundered in the firing line on Wednesday after what he called a “disastrous” 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain left the Spanish champions on the brink of their earliest Champions League exit in a decade.

Enrique confronted a television reporter working for Catalan station TV3 after the match, while his tactics were criticised by Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets.

PSG defeat ‘disastrous’ for Barcelona – Luis Enrique

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Paris (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted his side need a “heroic performance” in the return to stand any chance of overturning a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday.

“It is difficult to explain. They were superior to us from the start.

Di Maria stars as brilliant PSG stun Barcelona

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Paris (AFP) – Angel Di Maria scored a brilliant brace on his birthday as Paris Saint-Germain sensationally destroyed Barcelona 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday.

Di Maria, the former Real Madrid star, opened the scoring in the 18th minute and curled in another 10 minutes into the second half to celebrate his 29th birthday in style.

Draxler starts for PSG against Barcelona

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has selected January signing Julian Draxler for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes.

The German World Cup winner, formerly of Wolfsburg, gets the nod ahead of Lucas Moura to start on the right flank, while Angel Di Maria will play on the other side in support of Edinson Cavani.

Atletico’s Calderon to host Copa del Rey final

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Madrid (AFP) – The Copa del Rey final between holders Barcelona and Alaves on May 27 will be played at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon stadium, the Spanish Football Federation said on Monday.

It will be the second year running the final is held at Atletico’s ground, with Barcelona lifting the trophy for a record 28th time last season following a 2-0 extra-time win over Sevilla.

PSG host Barcelona in Champions League last-16 first leg tie

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain host Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday with their Spanish coach Unai Emery desperate to improve his awful personal record against the Catalans.

Emery was brought to the French capital last year as the successor to Laurent Blanc in order to help take PSG to the next level in Europe after four consecutive quarter-final exits in the Champions League.

La Liga

Barcelona make Hector Bellerin primary summer target

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Chelsea begin talks to sign Barcelona target, Star wants PL move for these two reasons

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Real Madrid midfielder Isco is thought to be frustrated with the lack of first-team action this season.

The Spanish international recently confirmed that he will evaluate his future at Santiago Bernabeu at the end of this season.

According to a recent report from Marca, the Real Madrid playmaker is a target for Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus.

World class Barcelona star to stand trial on corruption charges

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Brazilian superstar Neymar has lost his final appeal and will stand trial on corruption charges related to his transfer to Barcelona four years ago.

In effect, Neymar (and the company run by his parents) Barcelona and Santos will all stand trial on fraud and corruption charges after their appeals were turned down by Spain’s high court on Monday.

Top class La Liga target gives Chelsea transfer hope, Star open to summer move

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Spanish international Isco has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid in the past.

The attacking midfielder has now expressed his frustration at a lack of game time under Zinedine Zidane.

The former Malaga star was rated a world-class talent when he arrived at Santiago Bernabeu.

Sevilla Boss Refuses To Rule Out Replacing Luis Enrique At Barcelona

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Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli is keeping quiet over a potential summer switch to Barcelona. The Argentine has impressed since taking charge at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last summer, with his side sitting third in La Liga, just three points off leaders Real Madrid.

Barca were humbled in midweek, thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain, and most Barca fans expect that Luis Enrique will walk way from the club at the end of the season when his contract runs out.

Who Will Replace Luis Enrique At Barcelona?

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Despite winning the treble in his first season and the double last season, Barcelona fans never really took to Luis Enrique and it will not be a surprise when he leaves Barcelona at the end of the season.

The players will not fight for him to stay because many have lost faith in him. And the board of directors know that if the coach doesn't change then the spotlight will shine on them.

Barcelona should consider these PL managers as Luis Enrique's replacement in future

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Barcelona’s 4–0 Champions League capitulation to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week has pushed the club to a crisis. While no one foresaw such a damaging result this early in the competition, what has followed thereafter is no surprise.

Scapegoating the manager for a team’s bad results on the pitch is among the doctrines of the modern game, one from which the Blaugrana manager cannot escape.

4-3-3 vs Leganes: Blow for Barcelona, world class duo ruled out along with 4 others; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Barcelona vs Leganes Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Barcelona vs Leganes
Liga BBVA 2016/17
19th February, 19:45 pm BST
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Live Stream: Watch Barcelona vs Leganes live on Sky Sports 3

Barcelona Team News & Preview

Barcelona will be looking to close the gap with bitter rivals Real Madrid with a win over Leganes this weekend.

Chelsea target buys house near Stamford Bridge, Star was in London for transfer talks last week

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Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past.

The Turkish international has had a limited role at Camp Nou, ever since he joined them from Atletico Madrid.

Man Utd Target Antoine Griezmann Insists He’s Perfectly Happy At Atletico Madrid Thank You Very Much

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With a prospective move to Manchester United keeping the rumour mill churning for what seems like an age, Antoine Griezmann has finally piped up to let everybody know that's he's perfectly happy at Atletico Madrid.

That said, in doing so, the French forwardalso revealed that he's been studiously mulling over his options of late.

Where to find PSG vs. Barcelona on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch PSG vs. Barcelona, you’ve come to the right place.

After no Champions League games for 70 days, what better way to return to the next round of the tournament than Paris Saint-Germain versus Barcelona, which will be shown live on US television and streaming.

Where to find PSG vs. Barcelona on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch PSG vs. Barcelona, you’ve come to the right place.

After no Champions League games for 70 days, what better way to return to the next round of the tournament than Paris Saint-Germain versus Barcelona, which will be shown live on US television and streaming.

4-3-3 vs PSG: Enrique without these 4 Barcelona players for vital UCL game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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PSG vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League fixture.

PSG vs Barcelona
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
14th February, 19:45 pm BST
Parc des Princes, Paris
Live Stream: Watch PSG vs Barcelona live on BT Sport 2

PSG Team News & Preview

Paris Saint-Germain host Barcelona in the Champions League this week.

Paris Saint Germain

Paris Saint-Germain blows out Barcelona, Carli Lloyd joins Manchester City: Brotherly Game Daily Links 2/15/17

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USA jersey released, Barcelona gets blasted, and more: Freedom Kicks for February 15, 2017

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All red everything for the USMNT & USWNT!

Happy Wednesday folks. Hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine's Day (or Singles Awareness Day). Today is just Wednesday, but there are Champions League matches for you to watch! Okay, here's the news:

U.S. Soccer unveils new red 2017 U.S.

UCL Tuesday Rewind: PSG hammers Barcelona, Benfica holds off Dortmund

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Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian forward Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona on February 14, 2017 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Europe's biggest domestic club competition, theUEFA Champions League returned with the start of the Round of 16.

PSG’s Emery has poor record against Barcelona

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has managed teams against Barcelona 23 times since 2007. Here is the size of his challenge in five figures as his side prepare to take on the Spanish superstars in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday:

1 win

Emery, who moved from Sevilla last year and has also coached Lorca, Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow, has won just once against Barcelona, lost 16 times and drawn six.

PSG’s Emery has poor record against Barcelona

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Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has managed teams against Barcelona 23 times since 2007. Here is the size of his challenge in five figures as his side prepare to take on the Spanish superstars in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday:

1 win

Emery, who moved from Sevilla last year and has also coached Lorca, Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow, has won just once against Barcelona, lost 16 times and drawn six.

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Is Barcelona Losing Its Identify Under Luis Enrique?

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For years, Barcelona has been a club marked by a very clear approach to the game of football, defined by an academy program that has produced some of the best players in the world over the last 15 years.

But on Sunday, Barcelona's starting XI away to Leganes contained only one Spanish born player (Sergi Roberto), for the first time in their 118-year history.

MLS Ticker: TFC inks Barcelona product, NYCFC signs Awuah, and more

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Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images.

Toronto FC has been expectedly quiet during the winter, but they made a significant splash on Monday morning.

TFC has officially unveiled the signing of Spanish midfielder Victor Vazquez using targeted allocation money. The 30-year-old most recently played for Cruz Azul in Liga MX and will provide even more experience in TFC's midfield this upcoming season.

Thousands Of Chile Fans To March Through Santiago In Support Of Alexis Sanchez Leaving Arsenal

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Fed up at seeing their main man let down by his teammates, thousands of Chile fans have organised a campaign to persuade Alexis Sanchez to ditch Arsenal at the end of the season.

A Facebook event page has been set up called "National March for Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal", with over 5,000 Chilean zealots signing up to march through the city of Santiago on 1st March.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | PSG 4 - FC BARCELONA 0

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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The long-awaited return of the UEFA Champions League comes on Tuesday, as a few heavyweights of the European game square off against each other.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain headline the marquee in a star-studded round of 16 clash at the Parc des Princes that could go a long way in determining the two-legged tie.