Luis Suarez influential in Barcelona win at Granada


Luis Suarez scored one and created two goals as Barcelona cut the gap to La Liga leaders Real Madrid with victory at Granada. The Uruguayan’s cross-shot allowed Ivan Rakitic to turn into an empty net for the opener and he doubled the lead, poking home after half-time. Fran Rico’s penalty gave Granada hope but Suarez rounded the keeper to create ...

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Sergio Busquets: Barcelona midfielder to sign new contract


Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets will sign a new four-year contract on Friday with the option of a further year, the club has announced. The World Cup winner with Spain has won four La Liga titles since making his senior debut for the club in 2008. Busquets, 26, has played 313 games for Barca, winning the Champions League in 2009 and ...

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Barcelona striker Luis Suarez unimpressed by Man City defence


Barcelona striker Luis Suarez hopes to exploit ‘weakness’ in the Manchester City defence when the sides meet in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg. The Uruguay star failed to net against the Premier League champions when playing for Liverpool last season but is confident he can put that right with new club Barcelona. [contextly_sidebar id=”ZOMGPMTGlkLVlwE0oIe5unPcbqdkU6wR”]When asked about City’s qualities, ...

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Ronaldo now 3rd on Real Madrid’s All-time scorers chart

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Cristiano Ronaldo moved up to third on Real Madrid’s all-time top scorers list after he found the net in a comfortable away victory over Elche in La Liga. The Portugal forward scored the 290th goal of his Madrid career to climb above Carlos Santillana and is now 33 goals behind Raul’s record of 323. Karim Benzema had put Real ahead ...

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Jose Mourinho ‘could not cope’ with Real pressure – Calderon


Jose Mourinho could not handle the pressure as manager of Real Madrid, says ex-club president Ramon Calderon. The Chelsea boss managed Real from 2010-13, winning La Liga in 2012 and the Copa del Rey in 2011, before leaving for Stamford Bridge. “To be a manager of Real Madrid is really, really difficult,” Calderon told BBC World Service. “See what happened ...

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Lionel Messi admits he had ‘many problems’ last year


Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi admits he went through “many problems on and off the pitch” last season. The 27-year-old failed to pick up a trophy for club or country and also faced charges of tax evasion. “It was a challenge for me to return to be the player I had been in previous years,” he said before Saturday’s La Liga ...

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Real Madrid extend La Liga lead with Deportivo win


Real Madrid extended their La Liga lead to four points as goals from Isco and Karim Benzema saw off Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu. However, it was not a vintage Real display in the final match before they resume the defence of their Champions League crown in midweek, at Schalke. Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo missed from one yard, while he ...

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Bryan Ruiz denied move to La Liga side Levante


Bryan Ruiz will remain at Fulham and not play on loan at Levante after the Spanish club saw their appeal to have the player’s transfer granted finally turned down. The 29-year-old forward’s planned six-month loan move to the Valencian outfit was scuppered with the paperwork received one minute after the transfer deadline on January 30. “We have to accept and ...

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Real Madrid’s plans to redevelop Bernabeu stadium suffer setback


Real Madrid’s plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Bernabeu stadium have suffered a setback after an agreement with the city council was quashed by a Madrid court. The European champions have ambitious plans for the iconic venue but Madrid’s High Court has put the renovation on hold with the club under investigation over a related land deal. The ...

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Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno wary of Barcelona threat


Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno fears his side’s Copa del Rey dreams could go up in smoke on Wednesday night if Barcelona’s star-studded attack perform like they did against Athletic Bilbao at the weekend. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were all on the mark as Barcelona put on a superb display to humble Athletic 5-2 at San Mames. Messi and ...

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