Ronald Koeman refuses to concede defeat in title race

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman claims that the club can still win the La Liga title from this position after his team managed a 3-2 victory against Athletic Bilbao in the Wednesday meeting. Barcelona made a disastrous start to the season and they appeared to be out of the running for the La Liga title. Now, the latest victory coupled with other results going their way means that Barcelona are only seven points away from Atletico Madrid. However, it should be stressed that Diego Simeone’s team have two games in hand and they could pull out with a 13 point advantage.


The latest win over Athletic Bilbao means that Barcelona’s unbeaten run now stands at seven matches in all competitions. The last defeat suffered by Barcelona in any competition came against Juventus in the Champions League. Ronald Koeman watched his team lose 3-0 at the Camp Nou in one of the worst results for the team in recent memory. However, they have bounced back extremely well from the loss. The last four games have produced three victories and a draw for Barcelona. The last league title picked up by the club was back in the 2018-19 season, while the last Champions League success came in 2014-15. Continue reading “Ronald Koeman refuses to concede defeat in title race”

BARCELONA SQUAD FOR GRANADA REVEALED

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has named the squad for the Granada game in the Spanish La Liga. Ronald Koeman and his Barcelona players would be the guests of Granada in one of the matchday 18 encounters in the Spanish top flight this term. Ronald Koeman has unveiled a 22-man squad for the game scheduled to take place on Saturday evening. Ronald Koeman don’t have a new injury to worry about from the last game at Athletic Bilbao in midweek ahead of the Granada match though French defender Christian Lenglet will miss the game after accumulatingfive yellow cards.

Ronald Koeman has named the trio of Marc Andre TerStegen, Neto and Inaki Pena as his goalkeepers. The Dutch tactician has revealed six defenders as part of his squad for the trip to face Granada. The defenders are Jordi Alba, Junior Firpo, Ronald Araujo, SerginoDest, Samuel Umtiti and Oscar Mingueza. Continue reading “BARCELONA SQUAD FOR GRANADA REVEALED”

SQUAD FOR GRANADA REVEALED

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has named the squad for the Granada game in the Spanish La Liga. Ronald Koeman and his Barcelona players would be the guests of Granada in one of the matchday 18 encounters in the Spanish top flight this term.

Ronald Koeman has unveiled a 22-man squad for the game scheduled to take place on Saturday evening. Ronald Koeman don’t have a new injury to worry about from the last game at Athletic Bilbao in midweek ahead of the Granada match though French defender Christian Lenglet will miss the game after accumulating five yellow cards. Continue reading “SQUAD FOR GRANADA REVEALED”

Ronald Koeman says Barcelona must be more clinical in front of goal

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has said that the players should be more clinical in front of goal ahead of their La Liga clash against Valencia. The Catalan giants started the season with back-to-back wins where they scored eight goals and conceded none in the process. However, they have won just four of the next 10 matches in the Spanish top-flight and during this period, they have scored just 15 goals.


They recently made it two wins on the bounce after a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Real Sociedad and Koeman now wants his side to make the most out of the chances created, he told: “We always create [chances], but we must be more clinical. As everyone knows, Valencia will not be the best memory I will have had as a coach. It could be that I was wrong with some decisions. It was a short stay, but at least we won something: the Copa [del Rey]. It is a complicated place, because for the last 15 years they’ve changed coaches [a lot]. [There is] no peace of mind to work.”
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UNITED TARGET BACK TO HIS BEST

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is getting back to his best according to the club’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke. The Borussia Dortmund supremo talked about the Manchester United target shortly after he scored his first goal of the season in the German Bundesliga at the weekend.

The Manchester United target was amongst the goals again in league football after he found the back of the net to help his team on the way to a 2-0 win over VFL Wolfsburg on Sunday. Continue reading “UNITED TARGET BACK TO HIS BEST”

HAZARD VS NEYMAR

A few years ago, the names Eden Hazard and Neymar Jr. were just two of the entire household names of top footballing professionals. Both of them at their peak kept being compared to the past and even present football greats older than them.

They possess the tricks, the flair, as well as other key ingredients a top-class player should have. Hazard for instance at Chelsea was the London club’s star player and he carried the team on his back while he was there. The Belgian was known for his ability to beat defenders and get into the box to hit the opposition team where it hurt the most. Continue reading “HAZARD VS NEYMAR”

MATCH PREVIEW: BARCELONA VS JUVENTUS

 

For many footballing reasons, this is expected to be a crunch cracker and promises to contain a lot of mixed memories and emotions; and of course, a major reunion.


For the very first time in a long while, Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona talismanic forward Lionel Messi will share the same football pitch in a competitive match; this piece of detail would bring goosebumps and send sparks running down the spines of football fans across the globe. Continue reading “MATCH PREVIEW: BARCELONA VS JUVENTUS”

Carles Tusquets comments on Messi ill-advised, saysKoeman

 

Barcelona have had a lot of turmoil on and off the field. The latest comments by acting president Carles Tusquets does not help matters, according to Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman.Tusquets recently appeared to suggest that Barcelona have made a huge profit by selling Lionel Messi in December. He appeared to suggest that this would have been a desirable solution for the club considering that the superstar could leave for free in the upcoming summer. These comments have not gone well with many at Barcelona – including the coach. It has been a very difficult period for the club, who have gone through terrible results and financial problems.

Most of the issues have been created surrounding the future of Messi, who continues to have a major influence on the club. The Argentine superstar was reported to be on the verge of leaving the Camp Nou – for the first time in his career – back in the summer when he had a release clause. Messi wanted to join Manchester City – a move that will see him get reunited with Guardiola.Koeman says that the situation surrounding Messi is out in the open, but there was no need from the club’s acting president to make comments on the same.Koeman says that it will only destabilise the situation further. Continue reading “Carles Tusquets comments on Messi ill-advised, saysKoeman”

UNITED BLOW IN DEMBELE CHASE

 

Manchester United were one of the clubs strongly linked with a loan move for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman was considered by Red Devils officials as a short-term replacement for number one target Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund.


The Red Devils had turned their attention to a loan transfer for Dembele in the summer after it became clear that they won’t be able to lure England international Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. Dembele opted against any loan move to interested clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool and others as he opted to fight for his future at the Nou Camp.
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ZIDANE PRAISE THE MADRID TEAM

 

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has heaped praises on the team for their effort in beating Barcelona at home in the El Clasico. The French manager is elated that the team was able to rise to the occasion against their archrivals Barcelona in the La Liga.

The defending champions are keen on keeping a lid on the title after reclaiming it from Barca last term. It seems a greater priority is keeping the local title after years of losing it to their rivals as they exceled in Europe. Continue reading “ZIDANE PRAISE THE MADRID TEAM”