Barca on their way back to the top – Dani Alves


Dani Alves believes Barcelona are on their way back to the top under Luis Enrique following their 1-0 Champions League win over APOEL on Wednesday. A single Gerard Pique goal was enough to help the Primera Division side to the full three points at Camp Nou and Alves was happy with their general performance. “Luis Enrique has really got us on track, back towards the ...

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Barcelona to honour former boss Tito Vilanova


Barcelona have honoured the memory of former coach Tito Vilanova by renaming a training ground after him The Catalan club’s board of directors agreed to name the number one pitch at the club’s training camp at Sant Joan Despi after Vilanova. Vilanova, who replaced Pep Guardiola at the helm of Barca and won La Liga in his only season in ...

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Atletico Madrid forward Mandzukic to have surgery


Atletico Madrid have revealed striker Mario Mandzukic is to undergo surgery on a broken nose suffered during the Champions League defeat to Olympiacos. Mandzukic, who joined the Spanish champions from Bayern Munich on a four-year deal over the summer, suffered the injury early on following an elbow in the face from Pajtim Kasami at Karaiskakis Stadium, but managed to play ...

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Messi better than the ‘Playstation’ – Luis Enrique


Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, according to his Barcelona team-mate Neymar and boss Luis Enrique. The Argentine, 27, created Neymar’s two goals on Saturday as Barca beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 to top La Liga. “Messi is a star. I am improving playing with him,” said Brazil’s Neymar, 22, who came off the substitutes’ bench at the Nou Camp. ...

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Real lose at home in Madrid derby to Atletico


Atletico Madrid took all Real Madrid had to throw at them as they won 2-1 at the Bernabeu. Last season’s surprise champions weathered a first-half storm after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty cancelled out Tiago’s opener, and their resolve was worth it as they won it in the 76th minute. Substitute Arda Turan got their winner, but all their players were heroes ...

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Neymar scores twice in Barca win over Bilbao


A late Neymar double salvaged a 2-0 La Liga win for wasteful Barcelona over Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou on Saturday. Luis Enrique’s side enjoyed long spells of unrelenting pressure and produced some fine football on Saturday, but Barca almost put themselves in a difficult situation after spurning a host of chances. Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz proved a difficult obstacle, denying Munir El ...

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‘Football’s not a game for girls’ – Ancelotti defends Atletico’s style


Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has rejected suggestions that Atletico Madrid are a violent team and insisted “football is not a game for girls”. The Madrid derbies have become even feistier than usual over the past two years as Diego Simeone’s men have gone from Europa League spot contenders to Champions League finalists and La Liga winners. Criticism has been levelled at the combative style ...

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Ronaldo 100% fit for Madrid derby


Cristiano Ronaldo has been declared “100% ready” for the Madrid derby as coach Carlo Ancelotti assures he will get it right with his revamped Real. Ronaldo missed Portugal’s shock defeat by Albania and Real’s loss to Sociedad on Sunday with an unspecified injury. “My confidence lies on two pillars,” said Ancelotti ahead of the visit of champions Atletico. “I have a group of professionals ...

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Bale wants more British players to play abroad


Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has urged more British footballers to leave the Premier League and play abroad. Welshman Bale moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid for a world-record £85m transfer fee last summer. The 25-year-old, who is one of only a few leading players from the UK to move abroad, won the Champions League in his first season in Spain. “If ...

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Barcelona’s Suarez set for debut against Real Madrid


Barcelona say striker Luis Suarez will be able to play in the league match at Real Madrid on 25 October. The game takes place a day after the Uruguay international’s four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup comes to an end. Spain’s professional league (LFP) confirmed the date of El Clasico on Wednesday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) also ...

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