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Lionel Messi feels the La Liga has become more competitive

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has said that the Spanish La Liga has become more competitive and the Blaugrana no longer have an easy route to winning the league title. The Catalan giants have won the top-flight crown in four of the past five seasons but they are regarded as the favourites to lift the trophy again.


Speaking to Marca, Messi said that the Spanish top-flight has become more even over the past few years and it is increasingly difficult to register maximum points on the road, he told: “Everything is becoming more and more even. They have been for several years and we notice that there is more equality, that any team beats any other team, which is increasingly difficult to play as an away team. The teams have become stronger at home because they know that in order to achieve their goals they must do it well at home. This makes everything more equal and more complicated.”
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Lionel Messi to Stay at Barcelona, Claims President

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has once again dismissed suggestions that Lionel Messi is on the verge of an exit from the club. The superstar’s contract runs out in the summer of 2021 but he can leave the Camp Nou on a free transfer in the summer due to a special clause in his contract. There is no doubt that Barcelona are starting to prepare for a life without Messi, who is at the wrong side of 30. Even if he stays at Barcelona, Messi will be highly effective only for a couple of years. Still, that has not prevented questions about Messi’s future at the club from cropping up to the table ofBartomeu.


Bartomeu has insisted that Messi will remain at Barcelona even after the end of the season. After a difficult start of the campaign, Barcelona have once again started performing very well and it is not a surprise that Messi has been the key factor behind this revival. After struggling with the threat of missing out on the title race in the early part of the campaign,Bartomeu has seen Barcelona get back to the top of the table with a significant aid from Messi. Even though Messi is 32,Bartomeu expects the player to stay at the club at least for the next two or three seasons.
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Ter Stegen Welcomes the Return of Lionel Messi

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen claimed that the club always find it easy when Lionel Messi is on the pitch. The Argentine has had a couple of injury problems this season and it has prevented a direct impact since this season. Unsurprisingly, Barcelona have struggled at the start of the campaign and they have had a poor set of results. It is even future of manager Ernesto Valverde under a lot of doubt. Messi has so far made only four appearances and one of those came in the recent game against Inter Milan at the Camp Nou.


There was a major setback for the Catalan outfit as early as in the second minute after Inter took a shock lead. This was the first time Inter were scoring at the Camp Nou since 1970. However, Barcelona were able to get all three points thanks to a double from Luis Suarez. Even though Messi did not get on the scoresheet, the presence of the five-time FIFA Ballon d’Or award winner was a major inspiration to the players, according to Ter Stegen. After having struggled with a number of injuries this season, Messi had a lot of positivity after completing 90 minutes of action.Ter Stegen says that it can be only good news for Barcelona in the forthcoming weeks.
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Ernesto Valverde admits Barcelona suffered against Borussia Dortmund

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has acknowledged that the Blaugrana suffered against Borussia Dortmund during the opening game of the Champions League group stage. The Spanish champions dominated the possession against Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park but they were second best when it came to creating chances on goal.

Moreover, they had to thank goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen for the goalless stalemate after he made a vital save to deny Marco Reus from the penalty spot. Speaking after the game, Valverde admitted that his team were second best throughout the game as they did not possess an attacking threat to make the difference.
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Frenkie de Jong reveals where he can improve further with Barcelona

Netherlands international Frenkie de Jong has acknowledged that he has plenty of progress to make before he can be regarded as the ideal midfielder. The Dutchman made the move to the Blaugrana from Ajax during the summer transfer windowand he is now expected to play an integral role under manager Ernesto Valverde at the Camp Nou.

As such, the 22-year-old has been presented with numerous questions over the past few weeks and in a recent interview, the midfielder was asked about the facet of the game to improve upon to which he replied: “I think I can improve my long-range passing a lot. I can score more goals. I don’t think it’s the most important thing as a midfielder, especially with my style of playing, but I can score more goals. I can improve my long-range shooting, going behind the defence, runs behind the defence.” Continue reading…

Mbappe wants Neymar to stay with PSG amid Barcelona return talk

Paris Saint-Germain attacker Kylian Mbappe has said that Neymar remains an important figure with the club’s ranks and he wants him to stay put beyond the summer. The Brazil international has been heavily touted to make a comeback with Barcelona and reports have emerged that the Spanish champions will lodge an approach to re-sign him during the closing stages of the transfer window.

Speaking to reporters, Mbappe said that he has a good relationship with Neymar on and off the playing field and he would prefer to work with the Brazilian for the forthcoming campaign rather than watching him part ways with the club, he told: “We all know the importance of this player after he leaves. He knows what I think of him and he knows what I think of his situation. Of course, I don’t want him to leave, I want him to stay. We have a relationship based on honesty and respect. I respect him and I admire him a lot, I told him what I thought of his situation and everything is fine.”
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Frenkie de Jong reveals where he can improve further with Barcelona

Netherlands international Frenkie de Jong has acknowledged that he has plenty of progress to make before he can be regarded as the ideal midfielder. The Dutchman made the move to the Blaugrana from Ajax during the summer transfer windowand he is now expected to play an integral role under manager Ernesto Valverde at the Camp Nou.

As such, the 22-year-old has been presented with numerous questions over the past few weeks and in a recent interview, the midfielder was asked about the facet of the game to improve upon to which he replied: “I think I can improve my long-range passing a lot. I can score more goals. I don’t think it’s the most important thing as a midfielder, especially with my style of playing, but I can score more goals. I can improve my long-range shooting, going behind the defence, runs behind the defence.” Continue reading…

Lautaro Martinez’s agent confirms transfer interest from Barcelona

The agent of Lautaro Martinez has acknowledged that Barcelona have made an enquiry regarding the Argentina international. The 21-year-old experienced his first taste of European football with Inter Milan last season where he contributed a decent tally of nine goals from 35 appearances across all competitions.

Speaking to Tuttosport, agent Beto Yaquesaid that the Blaugrana have not made contact with him regarding the player’s status but he is aware of an approach to Inter Milan for the forward, he told: “The rumours are true. Well, nobody has called us directly but we know Barcelona made an enquiry about Lautaro. He’s happy about that.”
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Van Gaal blames Messi for Barcelona’s recent Champions League failure

Dutch manager Louis van Gaal has said that Lionel Messi should take more of the blame for the club’s failure to win the Champions League crown in the past four seasons. The Blaugrana have generally been touted as one of the favourites to reach the final of the competition but they have not quite lived up to the expectations of late.

Speaking to El Pais, Van Gaal admitted that Messi is the best individual player in the world and he must take more responsibility for the average Champions League performance of the team, given he is the head coach, he said: “I like Messi as an individual player. He is the best individual player in the world because his statistics are amazing.
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Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has no idea on how to stop Lionel Messi

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has admitted that he has no idea on how to restrict the threat from Lionel Messi when his team face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final. The Reds cruised to the last four of the competition after a comfortable 6-1 win over Porto and they are now scheduled to face the Blaugrana, who are deemed the front-runners to secure the trophy.

Speaking on BT Sport, Van Dijk said that he has yet to devise any strategy on limiting the threat from Messi. He added that there are 10 other players within the Blaugrana ranks and the Reds would require a collective effort in order to progress to their second Champions League final on the bounce.
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