Transfer Rumours: Adams to Everton, Acosta to Man Utd, Dzeko to West Ham & More

We’re now just weeks away from getting this pesky season business out the way, so the transfer window can start once again.

Clubs across Europe are already beginning their preparations for squad overhauls, and that usually involves spending money. A whole lot of money.

Here are four stories doing the rounds today.


?Everton Eye Championship Wonderkid as Striker Woes Continue

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With strikers Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin struggling in front of goal, ?Everton have had to look elsewhere for their goals this season.? Both ?Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson have come up with the goods, but teams don’t often make it far without a reliable forward.

Fortunately for the Toffees, recruitment guru Marcel Brands has identified ?Birmingham City starlet Che Adams as the solution to their problem. According to ?Football Insider, Brands sees the 22-year-old as a certified future star, and they will do all they can to sign him this summer.

Adams has racked up 22 goals in the ?Championship this season, prompting interest from the likes of ?Southampton and ?Burnley. Everton need goals, and Adams scores plenty of them. Seems like a match made in heaven.


MLS Star ‘Happy’ to Be Watched by Man Utd Scouts


As soon as any player looks even slightly good, they tend to get linked to ?Manchester United. The latest man to find himself on their radar is D.C. United star Luciano Acosta, but there actually is some substance to this story.

Scouts from the Red Devils went to watch Acosta in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Los Angeles FC, and the 24-year-old ?admitted that he was delighted to have drawn interest from such a big club.

With Paris Saint-Germain also said to be keen on Acosta, United may have a real battle on their hands here.


West Ham Target Finally Breaks Silence as Real Madrid & Barcelona Enter Race

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you’ve probably heard about ?West Ham United’s pursuit of Maxi Gomez. The Celta Vigo man was said to be nearing a €50m move to the Hammers, but he remained quiet as the move failed to materialise.

However, for the first time since September 2018, Gomez has spoken. According to ?El Desmarque, the 22-year-old has confessed that he has no idea whether he is going to stay or go, leaving the door open to a summer exit.

If he does go, he will have no shortage of offers. ?Real Madrid and ?Barcelona now both want him, thanks to his 12 ?La Liga goals this season. Can West Ham compete with those two? Stay tuned.


West Ham Ready £165,000-a-Week Offer for Edin Dzeko

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This summers looks to be a busy one for the Hammers. If they can’t land Gomez, they want Roma hitman Edin Dzeko, and they are prepared to pay big bucks to convince him to join.

?The Express claim Manuel Pellegrini is happy to offer Dzeko a huge £165,000-a-week contract, as he looks to reunite with the striker with whom he spent several years at ?Manchester City.

With ?Andy Carroll nearing the exit door at the London Stadium, West Ham want someone to take them to the next level, and Dzeko could be that man.

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Man Utd vs Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde’s Best Available Barca Lineup

Barcelona travel to Manchester United for the first leg of their Champions League quarter final tie on Wednesday.

Barça eventually eased past Lyon in the round of 16 with a 5-1 win at Camp Nou, after a well-contested 0-0 draw in the first leg.

Ernesto Valverde’s side are in fine form and will take to the field at Old Trafford on the back of a 2-0 win over ?Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Fans of the Spanish champions will be buoyed by the return of ?Ousmane Dembele, who has missed four games with a hamstring injury, but it remains to be seen whether the 21-year-old will be thrown straight into the starting lineup against United.

Here’s how ?Barca could lineup against the Red Devils on Wednesday.


?Goalkeeper and Defenders

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – The German keeper has been in superb form in what’s arguably been his best season at Barcelona, as he continues to establish himself as one of the world’s best.

Sergi Roberto (RB) – The 27-year-old has played all over the pitch for Barça but it’s at right-back where he’s excelled, putting himself ahead of Nelsen Semedo.

Gerard Pique (CB) – ?Pique will return to Old Trafford to face his former club, having lifted the big-eared trophy for both sides.

Samuel Umtiti (CB) – Has only made one Champions League appearance this season, during which he picked up a red card, but Umtiti has returned from a knee injury and could replace Clement Lenglet alongside Pique.

Jordi Alba (LB) – On his last visit to England against ?Tottenham in the group stages, Alba assisted three of Barça’s four goals at Wembley Stadium.


Midfielders

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Sergio Busquets (DM) – The three-time Champions League winner is in line to make his 103rd appearance in the competition.

Ivan Rakitic (CM) – ?Rakitic will be hoping for a repeat of his last appearance against Premier League opposition, when his superb volley flew past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in October.

Arthur (CM) – Arthur is yet to complete a full 90 minutes in La Liga this season but he has started five of Barcelona’s eight European games.


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Lionel Messi (RW) – His cute finish against Atletico on Saturday was his 43rd goal of the season, in just his 40th appearance.

Luis Suarez (ST) – ?Suarez was also on target on Saturday, as he prepares to return to the ground where he’s sure to be public enemy number one thanks to his spell at ?Liverpool.

Malcom (LW) – Philippe Coutinho continues to stutter at Camp Nou, which could give Malcom an opportunity to start following a goal and two assists in his last three games.

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Transfer Rumours: Isak to Chelsea, Veretout to Arsenal, Camacho to Wolves and More

?As the season enters its final straight, it’s still all to play for in the Premier League and beyond, and as such, most managers are focusing on making the most of what they have until the window opens in June. 

That’s not enough to stop the transfer rumour freight train in its tracks, however, and as outlets up and down the country have been churning out the speculation, we’ve thrown together some of Monday’s highlights for your perusal.


Chelsea Eye Move for Dortmund Target-Man After Starring in Eredivisie Loan Spell 

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?Chelsea, as we all know at this stage, are staring down the barrel of a two-window transfer ban, but Chelsea, as we all know at this stage, are pretending that isn’t happening and pressing on with transfer plans nonetheless.

Assuming their ?appeal ?later this week works in their favour, and they are granted the summer to stock up on new signings, ?The Mirror say they will move for Borussia Dortmund’s teenage target-man Alexander Isak. The 19-year-old has torn the Eredivisie to shreds since moving on loan to Willem II in January, with 10 goals and three assists in his last six appearances, and the Blues are reported to see him as a long-term alternative to Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

Conversely, there’s also talk in there of a move for Robert Lewandowski, but we’ll believe that when we see it. 


Arsenal See €30m-Rated Former Aston Villa Star as Aaron Ramsey Replacement

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Losing Aaron Ramsey to Juventus in the summer will come as something of a hammer blow for ?Arsenal, so it comes as no surprise to see them being linked with a cavalcade of potential replacements.

The latest midfielder linked with a move to join Unai Emery’s revolution is former Aston Villa man Jordan Veretout, who has come into his own since moving to Fiorentina in 2017. 

According to Le Foot (via ?Sport Witness), the 26-year-old could be on his way back to England this summer, with Arsenal among a host of sides considering a bid in the region of 25-30m.


Wolves Among Host of Clubs Chasing Liverpool’s Rafa Camacho

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?Liverpool winger Rafa Camacho made his first team debut against ?Wolves at Molineux earlier this season, and if reports are to be believed, then he could be featuring there more regularly in the years to come. ?

That’s because ?Goal say that Wolves, as well as Leipzig, Benfica, and Sporting Lisbon, are pursuing the 18-year-old’s signature in the summer, with a minimum £10m fee touted for the Portugal youth international.

He’s currently pretty highly thought of by Jurgen Klopp and his staff at Anfield, and his versatility – capable of playing at right back or on either wing – could make him an important asset, wherever his long-term future lies.


Barcelona ‘Seriously Interested’ in FC Gronigen Wonderkid 

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?Barcelona have made no secret of their admiration for Dutch starlets as of late. The signing of Frenkie de Jong is already confirmed, and Matthijs de Ligt is ?rumoured to be following this summer, and ?RTV Noord report that they could complete the hattrick with a move for Gronigen’s Ludovit Reis. 

An offer is ‘expected’ to come next week for the 18-year-old, who has made 25 appearances so far this season, and although no fee is mentioned, it isn’t expected to be a bank-breaking deal on the level of either Ajax star.

The report notes it should be the first time the two clubs have done business, though Luis Suarez, who featured for Gronigen before moving to Ajax, currently leads the line for Barca. 


Islam Slimani’s Move to Sporting CP on Hold Due to Wage Dispute

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The transfer saga surrounding ?Leicester City striker Islam Slimani rolls on to what seems like the 650th week, as reports have emerged in Turkey claiming his summer move to Sporting CP is still on – but only if an agreement can be reached over his wage demands. 

Slimani is currently on loan at Fenerbahce, where he has just scored once, and is thought to be out of favour at Leicester even since new manager Brendan Rodgers has taken over. 

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The print edition of Takvim (via ?Sport Witness) claims that the Portuguese side still look like his most likely destination, but have told Leicester they cannot pay half of his wages, so it seems some compromise will be required before a deal can be finalised.


Brazilian Defender Tracked by Leicester and Leeds Ahead of Potential £10m Move

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24-year-old Braga defender Bruno Viana has been linked with a move to both Leicester and Leeds, with ?TalkSport claiming both sides are interested in a move for the Brazilian, who has conceded just 28 goals in 28 Primeira Liga appearances this season. 

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Brendan Rodgers is thought to be uncertain on who he sees at the heart of his defence going forward, with Harry Maguire continually linked with a summer move away, and both Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan getting on in years. 

In the case of Leeds, a move is expected should they gain promotion from the Championship, with a fee of £8-10m touted to secure his services. 

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Man Utd vs Barcelona: Picking a Combined XI Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League Clash

?Manchester United host Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night for the first leg of this mouth-watering quarter-final tie.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have tailed off in recent weeks, losing three of their previous four games in all competitions, but last month’s historic victory of Paris Saint-Germain should act as a warning for the Spanish champions.

?Barcelona go into Wednesday’s clash following a crucial 2-0 win over ?Atletico Madrid, which extended their lead at the top of La Liga to 11 points.

However, as ?United proved in Paris, anything can happen over two legs and a positive result at Old Trafford is absolutely crucial if they wish to progress to their first semi-final since 2011.

Ahead of the game, we bring you a combined XI of the two European giants.


Goalkeeper – David de Gea

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The Spaniard is consistently touted as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and rightfully so. It’s difficult to imagine where United would be without De Gea between the sticks – only two goalkeepers in the Premier League have made more saves this season.

In February, the 28-year-old earned his 100th Premier League clean sheet and De Gea was named in the FIFPro World XI last year. However, Marc-Andre ter Stegen wouldn’t be too bad either.


Right Back – Sergi Roberto

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Barça’s versatile full-back can do the business in the central midfield and on the wing and his consistency puts him ahead of Nelson Semedo and Ashley Young in this XI.

It takes a special talent to graduate from La Masia, but since making his debut in 2010 at the age of 18, Roberto has looked every inch a Barcelona player. His continued selection since the €30m arrival of Semedo in 2017 is testament to the 27-year-old.


Centre Back – Gerard Pique

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Pique was allowed to leave Old Trafford in 2008 to return to his boyhood club for just £5m, but truthfully the 32-year-old would have walked into any United starting lineup of the last five years.

One of the best ball-playing centre-backs in the world, Pique’s elegant style could see him continue at the top of the game for another five years, as he nears 500 appearances in a Barcelona shirt.


Centre Back – Samuel Umtiti

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Umtiti’s time on the field this season has been limited due to a knee injury, but the World Cup winner deserves a spot in the team without question.

A huge player in France’s triumph in Russia, scoring the winning goal in the semi-final, Umtiti’s athleticism, ability and personality put him right up there with the best in his position. 


Left Back – Jordi Alba

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Alba completes this all-Barça back four thanks to his attacking threat and frightening pace, and it appears he’s only getting better with age.

Now 30 years old, Alba has 15 assists to his name this season – comfortably his best return since arriving at Camp Nou in 2012. 


Centre Midfield – Sergio Busquets

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Busquets keeps Barcelona ticking at the base of the midfield, breaking up attacks and breaking defensive lines with his inch-perfect passing.

Often overlooked when discussing the world’s best midfielders, it can’t be ignored that since his Barça debut in 2008 the club have won it all at club level, as well as Spain’s World Cup and European Championship victories. 


Centre Midfield – Paul Pogba

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Pogba is flourishing under Solskjaer since being freed from the shackles of Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman is in double figures for both goals and assists, as he finally looks like the player re-signed by United for £89m in 2016.

After leading France to a World Cup trophy last summer, Pogba can no longer be denied a place at the very top table of central midfielders, with the 26-year-old growing in stature and leading by example for club and country.


Centre Midfield – Ivan Rakitic

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Since arriving in 2014, Rakitic has been a huge success in the Barcelona midfield, faced with the unenviable task of leading the transition from club legends like Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

In his debut season, Barça won the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Champions League, scoring the winning goal in the final of the latter against Juventus. The Croatian has already punished English opposition with a wonder strike against Tottenham Hotspur in the group stages. 


Forward – Lionel Messi

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This was a tough one.

A goalscorer on Saturday with a deft finish against Atletico and with 12 goals in his last eight games, Messi will go to Old Trafford expecting to continue his hot streak and grab his 44th goal of the season. 


Forward – Luis Suarez 

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Love him or hate him, Suarez is one of the most talented and clinical strikers in the world. His record at Barcelona is nothing short of phenomenal, with 175 goals and 94 assists in 240 games.

During his Liverpool days, the 32-year-old faced United on seven occasions – scoring twice and assisting twice.


Forward – Marcus Rashford

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The final spot in this combined XI goes to 21-year-old Rashford. Much like Pogba, the England forward has enjoyed life under new management this season.

Under Mourinho, Rashford had scored just four goals but since Solskjaer’s arrival in December, that figure has risen to 13. His pace and his finishing are likely to be key on Wednesday night if United are to get a positive result to take to Camp Nou next week. ?

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Unai Emery Opens Up on Transfer Rumours Linking Barcelona Defender Samuel Umtiti to Arsenal

?Arsenal manager Unai Emery has claimed Samuel Umtiti is a ‘very good player’, amid reports linking the Barcelona defender with a move to the Emirates.

The France World Cup winner has found himself in and out of the Barcelona squad this season, and faces the prospect of added competition in central defence come the summer, with Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt a potential arrival.

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Speaking after his Gunners side were consigned to a 1-0 defeat at Everton, Emery admitted his admiration for Umtiti and recounted the significant influence of French players in his former teams.

He told RMC (as quoted by ?Mundo Deportivo): “He is a very good player. France has very good players abroad.

But the French league is a very attractive market for many teams. I myself have always had French players in my teams, in Valencia, Sevilla, Paris and here in ?Arsenal. And I’ve always been able to count on these players.”

According to Mundo Deportivo, Umtiti’s potential move to the Emirates could be helped by the presence of former ?Barcelona man Raul Sanllehi, who is the Gunners’ current director of football.

Having started his professional career at French side Lyon, Umtiti made his high-profile move to Barcelona in the summer of 2016 for a fee in the region of €25m.

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The 25-year-old has since made 94 appearances for the Catalan giants, scoring two goals, and has won La Liga once and the Copa del Rey on two separate occasions during his time in Spain.

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Ivan Rakitic Move Rejected by Niko Kovac After Barcelona Offer Midfielder to Bayern Munich

?Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has rejected the opportunity to sign Ivan Rakitic, after the Croatian was offered to the Bundesliga giants in the wake of Frenkie de Jong’s imminent summer arrival.

Rumours have been circulating about a potential departure from Catalonia for the 31-year-old, whose days at the Camp Nou look numbered after finding game time less frequent under Ernesto Valverde this season.


One such escape route will not be ?Bayern, however, after ?TZ claimed that ?Rakitic had already been offered to the club a few weeks ago, with Kovac rejecting the offer after deeming the player too old and too expensive.

?Barcelona are eager to offload the World Cup runner up in the summer with De Jong moving to the La Liga giants for £65m at the end of the campaign, leaving Rakitic set to play second, if not third fiddle in the midfield if no transfer is agreed.

Ivan Rakitic

Despite being deemed too old to sign by Kovac, after Rakitic turned 31 in March, the midfielder told ?Mundo Deportivo that he is looking to continue playing into his forties, insisting he never grows tired of football.

“I wish I could play until I’m 41, at this moment I feel perfect,” he said.

“I have a lot of football left. Football never bores me”


Should the player make the move from La Blaugrana in the summer then there will surely be a whole host of clubs looking to snap up the experienced Croatian up. Regardless of his age, Rakitic is still considered as one of the finest players in his position, with ?Manchester United supposedly one of the clubs interested in a move for the former Sevilla man.

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Philippe Coutinho Admits He Has Extra Motivation for Barcelona to Eliminate Man Utd in UCL Tie

?Philippe Coutinho has admitted that facing old foes Manchester United gives him added motivation as Barcelona prepare to take on the Red Devils in the Champions League.

The two sides will do battle in the first leg of their quarter final tie at Old Trafford on Wednesday, and Coutinho has admitted that his ties with former club Liverpool will likely earn both him and Luis Suarez a hostile reception upon their return to Manchester.


However, as quoted by the ?Mirror, Coutinho admitted: “If they boo myself and ?Luis Suarez, then that’s normal at Old Trafford because of the team we used to play for. But it won’t make any difference to me.

“And, even more than that, it is an incentive to play better and to be even more focused. I know that games against ?Manchester United are special. I learned what they meant during my time at ?Liverpool when we lived it so intensely with the fans.

“I have that nailed in my memory and, even though this is a different stage, if ?Barcelona knock United out of Europe, it will be a double personal satisfaction for me.”


Coutinho has suggested that Liverpool fans will be backing Barcelona to eliminate their great rivals. However, should both Barcelona and Liverpool advance from their respective quarter final ties, they will then be pitted against each other in the last four.

That would see Coutinho line up against his former side, should Liverpool advance past Porto, and the Brazilian said of the prospect: “I know that Liverpool supporters will be with us at United. 

“But they know that later we could see them at Anfield and then, of course, I will be there with Barcelona wanting to win. It would be a dream to play at Anfield again, an explosion of different feelings, I’m sure.

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“But I have to be honest and say I would have preferred to meet Liverpool only in the final itself.

“The tie is tough,” Coutinho said of Barcelona’s upcoming clash against United. “They have already shown what they can do by knocking out PSG and I think most people would say the tie is 50-50.

“Playing at Old Trafford is one of the best feelings a footballer can have. The atmosphere and the history are incredible and if, on top of that, you get a positive result, then it’s very special.


“I don’t have any particular advice for my team-mates because Barcelona are used to playing these big games and to having the second tie at home. Everyone wants to win this tie, not just me.

“In almost five seasons with Liverpool I had both good and bad results here, so I’m not really thinking about the past. I only think about the present and knocking United out.”

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Barcelona Handed Huge Injury Boost as Star Forward Is Declared Fit for Man Utd Clash

?Barcelona are set to welcome Ousmane Dembele back from injury for their Champions League clash against Manchester United on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old has been sidelined for the club’s last four games after picking up a thigh injury in the 5-1 win over Lyon, but is expected to make his return to the squad at Old Trafford.


News of ?Dembele’s condition comes from ?The Mirror, who note that the Frenchman has now returned to full training with the rest of his teammates.

He was not risked during the 2-0 win over ?Atletico Madrid on Saturday in an attempt to ensure he is ready for the ?Champions League quarter-final meeting with the ?Red Devils on Wednesday.

Ernesto Valverde will certainly have been reluctant to field Dembele before he is ready, having already aggravated his injury by playing him against Lyon in the first place. The winger had been struggling with a thigh injury, but played the last 20 minutes of the second leg and saw his problem worsen, despite scoring his side’s fifth goal of the night.

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In Dembele’s absence, Philippe Coutinho was handed plenty of chances to impress in ?Barcelona’s starting lineup, but the Brazilian’s disappointing run of form has continued, once again prompting talk of a summer exit for the former ?Liverpool star.

Whether Dembele starts the game or comes on from the bench remains to be seen, but he appears set to play a major impact in the tie, and he will certainly be targeting full fitness by the time the second leg comes around on Tuesday, 16 April.

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This season, the winger has racked up 14 goals and eight assists in all competitions, despite often being forced to rotate with the struggling Coutinho. He has three strikes in the Champions League already this season, and will certainly be keen to add to that tally on Wednesday.

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Barcelona 2-0 Atletico: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Barca Take Giant Step Towards La Liga Title

?A late double from Barcelona was enough to earn them a crucial 2-0 win over title rivals Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp on Saturday night, taking them to within touching distance of retaining the league title.

The game began a lively affair with both sides creating chances, however Atletico’s game plan was thrown into disarray on the half hour mark with Diego Costa being sent off after an angry outburst at the referee. 

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Despite going down to 10 men ?Atletico remained in the game and were able to hold out until the 85th minute, however they were eventually undone by a piece of brilliance from ?Luis Suarez – who curled the ball right into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

Then just one minute after going ahead, none other than ?Lionel Messi calmed all the nerves and made sure of all three points with a calm finish to wrap up a hard-fought 2-0 win for ?Barcelona.

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Here’s a breakdown of the night’s events: 


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Key Talking Point

A win for Barcelona would’ve all-but secured their status as ?La Liga champions, and they were just about able to do so.

Ernesto Valverde’s men had scored 15 goals in their previous four games in all competitions heading into the clash, but on the night they ran into an in-form Jan Oblak who looked to be denying everything that was thrown at him as Barcelona lacked a cutting edge in front of goal.

Even with Atletico down to 10 men for an hour Barca were struggling, however they were clinical when they needed to be with late goals from Suarez and Messi stealing the win. The result now leaves Barcelona 11 points clear at the top of La Liga with seven games remaining, with seemingly only a major collapse being able to prevent Barca from winning the title.

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Starting XI: ter Stegen (7); Roberto (6), Pique (7), Lenglet (7), Alba (8); Arthur (6), Busquets (7), Rakitic (6); Messi (9), Suarez (8), Coutinho (7).

Substitutes: Malcom (7), Alena (6), Semedo (N/A).

STAR MAN – On a night where Barcelona lacked a cutting edge, it was still Lionel Messi who was at the centre of Barca’s play. His dazzling runs troubled the Atletico defence all night and really had it not been for an in form Oblak, Messi would’ve had a field day.

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It wasn’t one of Messi’s classic performance that we’ll look back on in awe, but he was finally able to get his goal on the stroke of stoppage time which secured the win, and it really was the least he deserved for his efforts throughout the encounter.


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Key Talking Point

It was always going to be a tough task for Atletico to go to the Nou Camp and get the win they needed, but their task was made much harder with Costa’s red card on the half hour mark.

Diego Simeone’s men were in the game up until that point, but were then put immediately on the back foot by Barca. In fairness to the visitors they were stern in defence and they did make attacking changes despite being down to 10 men, but Barcelona showed why they are top of the league in crunch time.

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Atletico haven’t beaten Barcelona in La Liga since 2010, and that run will continue as the hosts snatched all three points and left the travelling fans heartbroken.


Atletico Madrid Player Ratings

Starting XI: Oblak (8); Arias (6), Gimenez (7), Godin (7), Luis (6); Koke (7), Thomas (8), Rodri (6), Niguez (6); Griezmann (6), Costa (3).

Substitutes: Correa (7), Morata (6), Juanfran (N/A).

STAR MAN – There were a number of top class performances for Atletico on the defensive end, but had it not been for Jan Oblak it would’ve been a very long night for the visitors.

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The Slovenian international was on top form right from when he was first called into action, pulling off some brilliant saves at crucial times in the game. Unfortunately he was unable to keep a clean sheet and earn his side a point, however he can certainly hold his head up high after a brilliant showing.


Looking Ahead

Having all-but secured their status as champions of La Liga, Barcelona now turn their attention to the Champions League as they get ready to travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United Wednesday night. 


As for Atletico, they’ll be hoping to finish their league campaign strongly when they host Celta Vigo on Saturday evening.

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Andres Iniesta Reveals He’d Have Liked to Have ‘Won More Champions Leagues’ With Barcelona

Few players in history have enjoyed a more trophy-laden career than Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta. But the 34-year-old still has regrets over a number of major honours that he let slip through his hands in a period of complete dominance for Barcelona. 

In particular, Iniesta would have liked to have lifted more Champions League trophies – something akin to Real Madrid’s recent run of three consecutive titles. The playmaker did collect four Champions League winners medals during his time at Barca. 

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The Spanish giants lifted the trophy more frequently than anyone in Iniesta’s 16 years at the club but Iniesta himself hinted the squad was good enough to win more. Speaking to Marca, Iniesta revealed his disappointment at the 12 tournaments which he failed to win.  

“I do not feel angry, of course, I would have liked to win more Champions [Leagues], who would not?” Iniesta stated. “It is true that at Barça we have had squads in recent years as to have taken another step in the Champions [League].”  

His comments come amid recent claims from fans that Barcelona failed to capitalise on their greatest generation that included Iniesta, Xavi and Lionel Messi. Aside from the four Champions League trophies, that Barcelona squad won nine La Liga titles and six Copa Del Rey trophies.

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Factor in the additional six Supercopa de Espana trophies, two UEFA Super Cups and five FIFA World Club Cups for a total 32 major honours over 12 years. Iniesta also lifted the European Championships twice and World Cup once with Spain. 

He’s not resigned himself to a complete trophy collection yet though and is still targeting honours with his current club, Vissel Kobe. The Japanese side are currently four points off the top of the league although they are in the early stages of their season. 

Iniesta also left the door open for a return to Barcelona one day in a managerial capacity perhaps following in the footsteps of his former manager Pep Guardiola. 

Xavi Hernandez,Andres Iniesta

“If it were up to me, I would go back, we do not know what the future will bring, making long-term calculations is difficult today, I wish I had the opportunity to come, that way I could try to transmit what that I have learned for so long,” he added. 

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