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Messi breaks Chelsea duck to earn Barca 1-1 draw

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi finally opened his account against Chelsea with a 75th-minute equalizer to earn his side a 1-1 draw in a fascinating Champions League last 16, first leg duel at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Willian's superb 62nd-minute effort looked like giving Chelsea a precious advantage for the second leg in Spain but they undid all their good work by handing Messi an equalizer. The Argentine maestro, teed up by Andres Iniesta after some sloppy play by the hosts, struck a low ...

Cahill: Players must be responsible for Chelsea defeats

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The Chelsea players need to shoulder the responsibility for their “abysmal” Premier League displays in recent weeks and not under-fire manager Antonio Conte, defender Gary Cahill said. The defending champions have endured a turbulent period on the pitch, losing 4-1 at Watford on Monday, five days after a 3-0 home defeat by Bournemouth, increasing speculation over the future of their Italian coach. “The players have to take responsibility. The manager has done an absolutely ...

Messi’s contract with FC Barcelona to exceed 100 mln euros per year

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Saturday, November 25, after five months of waiting, Lionel Messi signed his contract binding him until 2021 at FC Barcelona. Lionel Messi, could comfortably earn more than 100 million euros every year, according to a report released by France-based Mediapart. Journalists from European Investigation Collaborations (EIC) claimed to have seen the details of the updated contract signed by Messi on November 25. According to the report, Messi is guaranteed around 70 million euros a year in salary and ...

Speculation over Nike ad with Coutinho name on Barcelona shirt

Monday, 1 January 2018

Sports apparel manufacturers Nike have created a flurry of speculation around the future of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho after they appeared to use his name in an advertisement on their website to promote Barcelona apparel. The advertisement, which read “Philippe Coutinho is ready to light up Camp Nou”, was deleted shortly after it appeared and it was unclear if the advertisement was genuine or the website had been hacked, the BBC and other British media reported. The ...

Barcelona takes 14-point lead over Real Madrid after 3-0 win

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored as Barcelona beat 10-man Real Madrid 3-0 Saturday in the Spanish league, dealing a huge blow to its fiercest rival’s title defense. Suarez struck in the 54th minute of the politically charged game and Messi added a penalty 10 minutes later after Madrid’s Dani Carvajal received a direct red for stopping a goal-bound header by Paulinho. Messi also set up substitute Aleix Vidal to round off the commanding win in stoppage time. The victory by Ernesto ...

Suarez, Messi give Barca win as Atletico keep up chase

Monday, 11 December 2017

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi fired Barcelona to a 2-0 victory over 10-man Villarreal as the leaders won for the first time in three La Liga games to stay five points clear on Sunday while Atletico Madrid edged Real Betis 1-0.Barca looked set for a third consecutive league draw as they created scant opportunities but were presented with the advantage of an extra man when Villarreal midfielder Daniel Raba was given a straight red card for a wild, studs-up challenge on Sergio Busquets on the hour ...

Barca handed tricky Cup tie with Celta, Real face Numancia

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Triple King’s Cup holders Barcelona were drawn against Celta Vigo in the last 16 on Tuesday, three days after being held to a 2-2 draw by the Galician team in La Liga.Real Madrid were pitted against second division Numancia and Atletico Madrid face third tier Lleida Esportiu who came from behind to knock out Real Sociedad on away goals and reach the last 16 for the first time.Formentera, the only other third-tier side left in the competition, will play last season’s runners-up Alaves ...

Messi signs new contract in big win for Barcelona

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Barcelona enjoyed a big win Saturday without even playing.Lionel Messi finally put Barcelona fans at ease by signing a new contract that will keep the Argentina forward at the Spanish club through 2021 when he will be 34.“I’m happy to continue with the club, which is my home,” Messi said. “My dream was to finish my career at Barca and we are moving down that path.”With his former contract set to run out next summer, Messi would have been free to listen to offers ...

Guardiola focus on winning, not possible last 16 opponents

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Manager Pep Guardiola is calm about Manchester City’s potential opponents in the Champions League knockout stages as the Spaniard is expecting a tough fixture regardless and says the Premier League leaders are only focused on winning. City progressed to the last 16 earlier this month and are top of their group after extending their winning streak to 17 matches across all competitions with a 1-0 win over Feyenoord on Tuesday. Guardiola’s former teams ...

Pique booking gives Barca defensive headache against Valencia

Saturday, 18 November 2017

La Liga leaders Barcelona will be short of options in defense for next Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with Valencia after Gerard Pique was suspended for the game by picking up a fifth booking of the season against Leganes on Saturday. Pique’s absence comes after Argentina international Javier Mascherano was ruled out for a month with a muscle injury, leaving coach Ernesto Valverde with only two defenders for the crucial trip to the Mestalla in Samuel Umtiti and Thomas ...

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