Lionel Messi has demanded that Barcelona don’t sell long-time star Javier Mascherano, according to reports in Spain. Mascherano, 33, is likely approaching the tail end of his career, but Spanish outlet Diario Gol claim Lionel Messi is determined that his Argentina teammate should not be let go from the club.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has defended his decision to not use Lionel Messi in the penultimate game of the campaign. Barcelona’s unbeaten tag came to a conclusion after the 5-4 defeat against an unlikely opponent in the form of Levante. Even though Barcelona came up with four goals going forward, they were unable to keep out a brilliant Levante outfit, who had a 4-1 lead at one point in the game. Philippe Coutinho’s hat-trick was responsible for getting Barcelona out of a tricky situation but it was not sufficient to prevent a first defeat of the campaign for the Catalan outfit.
Valverde defended his decision not to utilise Messi in the match. He said: “I feel very angry but I have to look forward because what makes me angry isn’t going to give me solutions. Continue reading Valverde Defends Resting Messi
Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen admits regrets over staying at Barcelona last summer. Numerous sides were interested in his signature including Everton and Crystal Palace. The Premier League sides wanted him for his experience playing at the top level at Arsenal and in Europe.
Ernesto Valverde, who was just taking over the reins, convinced him to remain at the club. The coach asked that Vermaelen fight for a spot in the team despite the mountain against him. The defender agreed to remain despite the frustrating experience he has had since moving to the Nou Camp.
Continue reading VERMAELEN REGRETS BARCELONA SUMMER MOVE
La Liga have rejected the payment for Neymar as lawyers of the star seek to trigger his release clause of £198 million.
The 25-year old is expected to move to Paris St-Germain in a record shattering move this summer. The player has informed the club of his decision to exit and even his teammates. However, La Liga have refused to sanction the deal, claiming PSG are violating Financial Fair Play rules.
Spanish sources earlier claimed that Barcelona would report the incident to UEFA but nothing so far. In Spain, players need to buy themselves from their contract with clubs which is what Neymar’s reps have done.
Players would deposit the buyout clause with La Liga so he/she could be release from his/her contractual obligations. It is the league that then releases the money to the club involved.
“We can confirm that the lawyers of the player have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected,” La Liga claimed. Continue reading LA LIGA REJECT PAYMENT FOR NEYMAR
It was the start of an important season and Manchester United were in dire need of making a comeback statement after a recent pause of their title winning spree no thanks to Manchester City and Chelsea.
The once dominant traditional contenders where now at full fledge war with Arab and Russian billions.
Something else troubled The Red Devils though;They were entering a season without legendary goalie Erdwin Van der Sarand there was a lot of uncertainty over the success of whoever was going to take the baton from the then 31-year old. The last time Manchester united faced a goalie crisis; it took years to land one capable of really standing in the big shoes of legend Peter Schmeichel. And that person was yes Van der Sar.
The first few matches of David de Geawere far from fun. The Spaniard was soon under fire for having a very poor foot work. Even as flashes of his brilliance were sometimes aired the uneasiness refused to go. Continue reading DE GEA’S STOCK KEEP RISING
Earlier in the season, Luis Enrique announced that he will step down as the head coach of Barcelona when the end of the season arrives and this has sparked rumors to spread around in relation to who is going to step up and become next manager of Barcelona, one of the candidates that was being heavily linked with the coaching position in Camp Nou was EusebioSacritan.
Eusebio Sacristan is a former player of Barcelona; he helped the Spanish club in lifting 4 La Liga trophies as well as more pieces of silverware during his time spent as a player back in the 1990’s.
A few years later on and Eusebio went on to become the assistant coach of Barcelona as well as the head coach of the youth academy of Barcelona. Eusebio is currently the head coach of Real Sociedad and even though he has the chance of making a return to Camp Nou, the 52 year old Spanish tactician recently said that he has no intentions of leaving Real Sociedad. Continue reading Eusebio is not going to be the successor of Luis Enrique
Neymar is not frustrated at not being able to have his hands on the Ballon d’Or award yet in his career.
In the opinion of Neymar, personal awards are not the biggest prizes in the game and even though he has aimed for Ballon d’Or in the past couple of years, it has not affected him that he hasn’t got it to his name.
As per the striker, out of so many fantastic players in the world, Ballon d’Or has to go to just one individual and he understands that. It will not be a big regret for him if he has to bid goodbye to the game without adding that award to his cabinet because it is not a matter of life and death for him. It is not the reason why he is involved in the game either. The reason for his involvement in the game is only the enjoyment that he gets from the game and nothing else and he is enjoying himself to the fullest at the present moment in his career. Continue reading Neymar not Frustrated about Ballon d’Or award
Catalan giants, FC Barcelona rejected the chance to sign Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric in 2008 just before he signed for Tottenham Hotspurs.
Former Barca scout and father of the Blaugrana’s protégé – Bojan Krkic Sr. – made this revelation while speaking with SER Catalunya.
According to him, Barca could not sign Modric because they felt satisfied with what they had in the middle of their park – Yaya Toure, Sergio Busquests, Andres Iniesta and Xavi – which to them were enough to keep their success engine going. They were wrong. Xavi has since hung up his boots, while Toure left for Manchester City after a strained relationship with then coach Pep Guardiola. Only Iniesta and Busquests are left at the mesunque club.
“We had it our hands. Modric was a player with a winning mentality, but the club weren’t thinking about the future, only the short to medium term.
“Our contact in Croatia spoke highly of Modric before he signed for Tottenham. I was working for Barca then and they sent us various DVDs with Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatian national team.” Continue reading BARCA REJECTED THE CHANCE TO SIGN MODRIC
A few days ago on October 25, Barcelona suffered a rather surprising 1-0 defeat against Espanyol and the aftermath that rose with this result has seen Luis Enrique receiving heavy criticism mostly due to his selection decisions as none of Barcelona’s truly influential players were given playing time in this match and they ultimately succumbed to defeat.
When the match reached it’s end, Luis Enrique was questioned about his decision to drop his high profile and star players such as: Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. Continue reading Enrique is happy despite losing
Barcelona has impressed in the win which saw them beat Leganes 5-1.
This was a masterclass display from the Spanish team that seems to have hit top form in recent games. Indeed Barcelona has scored twelve goals in their last 2 matches and seems to be unstoppable at the moment.
The win against Leganes followed the impressive match that saw them thrash Celtic 7-0 in the Champions League, and it appears that there is no team at the moment that can prevent Barcelona from winning.
The Spanish side may be actually playing the best football of the Luis Enrique era and at the moment pundits believe that there is still more to come from the club. Despite making numerous changes to the first team, Barcelona seems to be capable of unlocking any defense and score whenever they want.
In the match against Leganes, Luis Enrique experimented with an offensive 3-4-3 formation, and this gave the Barcelona team license to attack their helpless opposition. The attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez were at their best and caused all kinds of problems to the opposition. Although Messi did not score in the game, this does not prevent him from creating various opportunities in the game and causing problems to the opposition defence.
Luis Enrique said that he was pleased with the performance of his team and the way they played during the game. He said that all his players gave their best in the match and that he is happy with the character and determination they showed on the pitch. He believes however that there is still room for improvement as the strikers missed far too many chances. He admitted that his team will not be given this time and space in every game and that they need to become more accurate in front of goals.