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Neymar to Real Madrid would bother me, admits Iniesta

Andres Iniesta has admitted it would bother him to see “unique and decisive” Neymar join Real Madrid because it would strengthen Barcelona’s main rival. Neymar left Barca in controversial circumstances in August when he made the €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain. The 25-year-old had spent four years with the …

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Rafinha returns to Barcelona training as Dembele continues recovery

Rafinha returned to Barcelona training on Friday for the first time since suffering an injury on April 2. The Brazilian damaged the meniscus in his right knee in last season’s 4-1 La Liga win over Granada and has yet to make an appearance since undergoing surgery. Midfielder Rafinha was involved in …

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Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Villarreal

Barcelona will look to continue their unbeaten run in La Liga on Sunday when they travel to Villarreal. Ernesto Valverde’s side are top of the table and five points clear of second-placed Valencia after 14 rounds of matches, having won 11 and drawn three so far. One of those draws …

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Atletico not finished yet: Costa can help over-achievers bounce back from Champions League exit

The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League takes place on Monday and, for the first time since 2012, Atletico Madrid will not be part of it. If that is a shock, though, it is testament to just how much this team has achieved under Diego Simeone in …

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Masterful Messi not enough as Celta expose sloppy Barcelona

Lionel Messi hung his head in disappointment. He had just curled a fine free-kick towards goal, but seen his set piece deflect off a defender and out of play. The last opportunity had been lost and with it, two points were dropped. It was not the Argentine’s fault. He had …

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Salah-Suarez Liverpool comparisons are for newspapers and social media – Klopp

Jurgen Klopp had little interest in comparing in-form Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to former Reds star Luis Suarez, insisting such discussions are for newspapers and social media. Egypt winger Salah has been in sensational form since moving to Anfield in the close-season, and he took his tally of goals for …

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‘Tottenham made Kovacic offer, but Real Madrid will never sell’

Real Madrid rejected an offer from Tottenham Hotspur for Mateo Kovacic but have vowed not to sell the midfielder, according to general director Jose Angel Sanchez. The 23-year-old has struggled to break into the first team since joining from Inter in 2015, starting just 27 of his 54 appearances in La …

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Simao hails Griezmann as ‘one of the best scorers in the world’ amid Barcelona transfer talk

Former Atletico Madrid player Simao has hailed the impact that Antoine Griezmann has had at the club. The France international striker has recently been linked with a transfer to Barcelona or Manchester United, but the former Portugal man believes that the club must do everything they can to keep hold …

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Ronaldo: Real Madrid do not fear possible PSG challenge

Cristiano Ronaldo insists he and reigning two-time Champions League winners Real Madrid do not fear Paris Saint-Germain in Europe. Following their shock defeat to Tottenham earlier this month, Madrid face the prospect of finishing second in Group H, which would pit the defending champions against a European powerhouse. PSG have …

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Simeone is ‘untouchable’ at Atletico Madrid, insists club president Cerezo

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has reaffirmed his total support for Diego Simeone, insisting the Argentine coach is “untouchable” at the club. While still unbeaten in La Liga ahead of the Madrid derby on November 18, Simeone’s Atletico have struggled to score goals in a season that has been dominated by …

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‘Modric the best player in the world’ – are these the top 25 footballers of 2017?

Luka Modric the No.1 player in the world in 2017, Lionel Messi only seventh best and not a single Juventus player among the top 25 – those are the controversial views of Goal’s Peter Staunton. As ever, the Goal 50 is already provoking plenty of debate – despite the fact …

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Ronaldo, Messi, Drogba and Gerrard make Liverpool striker Sturridge’s Ultimate XI

Daniel Sturridge has pieced together an iconic Ultimate XI made up of star turns from past and present, although he admits his team would “probably lose”. Over the course of his career, the 28-year-old has been fortunate to play with and against some of the finest talent in world football, …

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Liverpool return unlikely as Mascherano airs River Plate ambition

Javier Mascherano has been linked with a return to Liverpool, but is hoping to head back to his roots at River Plate if he leaves Barcelona. The experienced Argentina international remains under contract at Camp Nou until the summer of 2019. He has, however, slipped behind Gerard Pique and Samuel …

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Betting: Barcelona aiming for third La Liga title in four years as Real Madrid pay for poor start

The opening three months of the La Liga season have seen Barcelona build up a lead over arch rivals Real Madrid that few thought possible at the start of the campaign. Back in August, Los Blancos beat the Catalans 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup, and with the …

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Dani Alves digs Arsenal: Barcelona loved playing against them!

Dani Alves says Barcelona enjoyed facing Arsenal in the Champions League during his time at Camp Nou because they “dominated” the Gunners. Barcelona eliminated the Premier League side from the knockout rounds of the competition twice in a row during Pep Guardiola’s spell in charge before a 5-1 aggregate win …

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I never should have left Juventus – Morata admits longing to return to Italy

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata admits he misses living in Italy and feels he should never have left Juventus to return to Real Madrid. The Spain international spent two seasons in Turin, winning two domestic doubles and reaching the 2015 Champions League final, before Madrid activated a buyback option in his …

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‘PSG continue to cheat’ – La Liga chief Tebas hits out at Man City and Ligue 1 heavyweights

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have been accused of cheating by Javier Tebas, with the La Liga president seeking Champions League expulsion if Financial Fair Play rules have been breached. The Ligue 1 and Premier League heavyweights continue to benefit from the presence of billionaire backers, with PSG bankrolled by …

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