Luis Enrique

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Messi haunts Atletico once more to send Barcelona top

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck the winner four minutes from time as Barcelona moved top of La Liga on Sunday with a crucial 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid.

All the goals came in the final half hour as Rafinha put Barcelona in front before Diego Godin’s header quickly restored parity.

Barcelona still the best, warns Atletico’s Simeone

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insisted Barcelona remain the best team in the world despite their recent struggles ahead of the sides third meeting this month on Sunday.

A poor opening first 45 minutes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie cost Atletico dear as wonder goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi put Barca well on their way to a 3-2 aggregate win.

Barcelona still the best, warns Atletico’s Simeone

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insisted Barcelona remain the best team in the world despite their recent struggles ahead of the sides third meeting this month on Sunday.

A poor opening first 45 minutes in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie cost Atletico dear as wonder goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi put Barca well on their way to a 3-2 aggregate win.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

Refreshed Barca seek to continue Cup dominance

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Madrid (AFP) – Holders Barcelona have a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final in sight when Atletico Madrid visit the Camp Nou on Tuesday with the daunting task of overturning a 2-1 semi-final, first leg deficit.

Stunning solo goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi put Barca well in command of the tie before half-time at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Refreshed Barca seek to continue Cup dominance

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Madrid (AFP) – Holders Barcelona have a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final in sight when Atletico Madrid visit the Camp Nou on Tuesday with the daunting task of overturning a 2-1 semi-final, first leg deficit.

Stunning solo goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi put Barca well in command of the tie before half-time at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Enrique hails bit-part Barca as injuries mount

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed the contribution of his squad's bit-part players as a much-changed side saw off Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Saturday to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

However, Barca's day was blighted by a groin strain suffered by key central defender Gerard Pique which could keep him out of Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Enrique hails bit-part Barca as injuries mount

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed the contribution of his squad's bit-part players as a much-changed side saw off Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Saturday to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

However, Barca's day was blighted by a groin strain suffered by key central defender Gerard Pique which could keep him out of Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Barca close in as confusion reigns over Real fixture

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Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi struck another trademark free-kick as Barcelona moved to within one point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Madrid have two games in hand, the first of which was supposed to take place on Sunday at Celta Vigo.

However, wind damage to Celta's Balaidos stadium has left the ground unsafe to hold the game, according to the mayor of Vigo.

Barca close in as confusion reigns over Real fixture

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Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi struck another trademark free-kick as Barcelona moved to within one point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Madrid have two games in hand, the first of which was supposed to take place on Sunday at Celta Vigo.

However, wind damage to Celta's Balaidos stadium has left the ground unsafe to hold the game, according to the mayor of Vigo.

4-3-3 vs Bilbao: Enrique could be without these 2 key Barcelona stars for home game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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

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Barcelona host Athletic Bilbao in La Liga this weekend.

Barcelona rue missed chance despite Atletico lead

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted missed chances leave his side with still some work to do to reach a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final despite taking a 2-1 semi-final, first leg lead over Atletico Madrid.

Sensational strikes from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi had Barca cruising at half-time at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Barcelona rue missed chance despite Atletico lead

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted missed chances leave his side with still some work to do to reach a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final despite taking a 2-1 semi-final, first leg lead over Atletico Madrid.

Sensational strikes from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi had Barca cruising at half-time at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Barcelona boss backs video refs as La Liga prepares testing ground

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique stressed his desire for Spanish football to embrace video technology in crucial refereeing decisions on Wednesday, whilst league chiefs expect trials to take place from next season.

Barca were denied a clear goal in Sunday's controversial 1-1 draw at Real Betis when referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez failed to see the ball had crossed the Betis goal line and was unaided as, unlike Europe's other major leagues, La Liga doesn't have goal line technology.

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona clash for Copa del Rey final spot

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets once more as they face old foes Atletico Madrid in a fifth two-legged clash between the sides in four seasons with a place in the Copa del Rey final at stake on Wednesday.

The presence of the Spanish international duo was badly missed as Barca slipped further behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga in a controversial 1-1 draw at Real Betis at the weekend.

Barcelona Call For Goal Line Technology After Being Robbed At Real Betis

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Barcelona have called for goal-line technology to be used in La Liga after they were denied a clear goal in their 1-1 draw with Real Betis on Sunday.

After Betis had taken a second-half lead through Alex Alegria, Barca thought they had equalised when Aissa Mandi attempted to clear a Jordi Alba shot off the line.

Five-star Barcelona stroll back into Cup semis

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona eased into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey for a seventh consecutive season 6-2 on aggregate as Denis Suarez scored twice in a 5-2 win over Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Already leading 1-0 from the first leg, Barca gave Sociedad a mountain to climb as Denis Suarez finished off a great team move with the only real chance of the first-half before Lionel Messi converted from the penalty spot.

Doubts grow over Luis Enrique’s future at Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona boss Luis Enrique again avoided questions over his future on Wednesday as speculation grows that he could walk away from the Spanish champions at the end of the season.

Enrique has won eight trophies in two-and-a-half years in charge but is out of contract at the end of the season and is in no rush to renew, with the club's focus on securing new deals for Lionel Messi and captain Andres Iniesta.

Doubts grow over Luis Enrique’s future at Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona boss Luis Enrique again avoided questions over his future on Wednesday as speculation grows that he could walk away from the Spanish champions at the end of the season.

Enrique has won eight trophies in two-and-a-half years in charge but is out of contract at the end of the season and is in no rush to renew, with the club's focus on securing new deals for Lionel Messi and captain Andres Iniesta.

Barca end Sociedad hoodoo, Atletico cruise

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona ended a decade-long drought without winning away to Real Sociedad on Thursday as Neymar's first-half penalty handed the Spanish champions a 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final, first leg lead.

Atletico Madrid also took a huge step towards the semi-finals as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Kevin Gameiro downed an under-strength Eibar 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

Barca end Sociedad hoodoo, Atletico cruise

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona ended a decade-long drought without winning away to Real Sociedad on Thursday as Neymar's first-half penalty handed the Spanish champions a 1-0 Copa del Rey quarter-final, first leg lead.

Atletico Madrid also took a huge step towards the semi-finals as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa and Kevin Gameiro downed an under-strength Eibar 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

Returning Iniesta on bench for El Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was left on the bench for the visit of Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday on his return from two months out with a knee injury.

Barca coach Luis Enrique named the same side from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, despite describing that display as the worst of his tenure.

Returning Iniesta on bench for El Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was left on the bench for the visit of Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday on his return from two months out with a knee injury.

Barca coach Luis Enrique named the same side from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, despite describing that display as the worst of his tenure.

Barca more desperate for El Clasico win – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona boss Luis Enrique accepted his side are by far the more in need of the three points when Real Madrid visit the Camp Nou on Saturday (1515GMT) in El Clasico.

Madrid hold a six-point lead over Barca, who are off to their worst La Liga start in nine seasons, at the top of the table.

Barca more desperate for El Clasico win – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona boss Luis Enrique accepted his side are by far the more in need of the three points when Real Madrid visit the Camp Nou on Saturday (1515GMT) in El Clasico.

Madrid hold a six-point lead over Barca, who are off to their worst La Liga start in nine seasons, at the top of the table.

4-3-3 vs Real Madrid: Luis Enrique's strongest possible Barcelona lineup for tomorrow's Clasico; Injury Updates & Predicted Lineups

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The first El Clasico of this season is almost upon us and both Real Madrid and Barcelona will be looking to get one over the other when the two sides meet on Saturday.

This is a must win game for Barcelona as the Spanish champions are already six points behind league leaders Real Madrid.

Barca desperate to break Madrid’s unbeaten streak

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona are the more desperate side as Real Madrid visit Catalonia on Saturday for the first El Clasico of the season boasting a six-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Madrid have won 15 more points in all in La Liga under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane since the sides last met in April and are riding a 31-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

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Juventus hitting form at the perfect time in pursuit of overdue Champions League glory

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Winning the UEFA Champions League requires a clutch of different qualities. Teams who go all the way are supremely talented, yet underscoring all their ability is diligence, intensity and a steely mentality.

Champions League success can be circumstantial too. In 2016, Real Madrid were a mess under Rafael Benitez in the early stages of the campaign, before Zinedine Zidane added some organization and impetus to the team which ultimately proved vital on their way to an 11th European crown in Milan.

Juventus hitting form at the perfect time in pursuit of overdue Champions League glory

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Winning the UEFA Champions League requires a clutch of different qualities. Teams who go all the way are supremely talented, yet underscoring all their ability is diligence, intensity and a steely mentality.

Champions League success can be circumstantial too. In 2016, Real Madrid were a mess under Rafael Benitez in the early stages of the campaign, before Zinedine Zidane added some organization and impetus to the team which ultimately proved vital on their way to an 11th European crown in Milan.

Luis Enrique striving for balance as Barcelona face up to Real Madrid test

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After five major honors in his first two seasons in charge at Barcelona, manager Luis Enrique set himself high standards at the Camp Nou.

Indeed, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic arrived in the same summer as the former Blaugrana midfielder and in the main, they haven't looked back since. Enrique tweaked the system to get the best from Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi, and that trio have trailblazed Barcelona to title after title.

Luis Enrique striving for balance as Barcelona face up to Real Madrid test

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After five major honors in his first two seasons in charge at Barcelona, manager Luis Enrique set himself high standards at the Camp Nou.

Indeed, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic arrived in the same summer as the former Blaugrana midfielder and in the main, they haven't looked back since. Enrique tweaked the system to get the best from Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi, and that trio have trailblazed Barcelona to title after title.

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Tuesday Kickoff: Gabriel Jesus, Fabregas, Ribery and more

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While one up-and-coming star could miss significant time due to injury, a Chinese club has denied interest in a longtime playmaker.

Pep Guardiola says he "will pray" that the injury to Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is not serious as the club hopes for a quick recovery for the recently-added forward.