Barcelona Set Prices for Umtiti, Rakitic & Coutinho as They Look to Raise €265m in Summer Overhaul

?Barcelona are spending big this summer with €75m Frenkie de Jong already confirmed and Matthijs de Ligt and Antoine Griezmann likely on the way for even bigger fees. 

However, the Spanish champions are looking to offset their outgoings with a number of sales this summer, which could total a massive €265m and see some very high-profile names put on the market.

?Marca claim that Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic, Malcom, Nelson Semedo, Rafinha and Jasper Cillessen will all be put up for sale by ?Barcelona as part of the shake-up, following another traumatic season in Europe. 


In addition, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez, who were both loaned out in 2018/19 also, are (less surprisingly) expected to leave, while Marc Cucurella will be re-signed from Eibar before being sold for profit.

Most intriguingly, Marca puts specific price tags against many of the players named as available for market.

Philippe Coutinho

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As previously speculated ?by other reports, Coutinho’s tag is apparently set at €100m.

Marca name-check Chelsea as keen in the misfit Brazilian should Eden Hazard leave as anticipated. However, their ability to do business very much depends on the outcome of the CAS verdict on their two-window transfer ban.

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have also been linked with Coutinho, while ?Calciomercato claims the Red Devils are ‘interested’ but have yet to make a bid.

Spanish football expert ?Guillem Balague, meanwhile, slightly contradicts those reports by saying that Cotuinho is not ‘on the market’, but the Barça will listen to offers. Again, Balague mentions the figure of €100m.

Coutinho himself is apparently defiant over his Barça future, with the star’s agent Andrea Bartolucci insisting that ?the expected arrival of Griezmann won’t be as a replacement.

Samuel Umtiti

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The other most enticing name on the list for Premier League fans is 25-year-old World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti, for whom Marca assign the eyebrow-raisingly low price tag of just €40m.

The likes of Arsenal have been linked in the past. However, regardless of how reasonable Umtiti’s valuation is in the current market, ?it may be too much for the Gunners who could be in for a lean summer if they don’t win the Europa League.

Umtiti has suffered with a difficult knee injury this season and has seen his first-team berth usurped by fellow Frenchman Clement Lenglet. Marca also add in their report that Umtiti ‘has no intention to leave’, making a transfer difficult.

Meanwhile, Rakitic is listed at €50m. A report from Catalan daily ?Sport suggests Inter will make an offer of that value if the Nerazzurri qualifies for the Champions League. With two games to play in Serie A, Inter are currently third and four points ahead of fifth, making that a probable outcome.

In addition, Semedo is tipped to sell for €35m, Cillessen €30m and Gomes between €20m and €25m.

A bidding war between Tottenham and Everton is expected for the latter after he impressed in the Premier League with the Toffees in 2018/19.

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Barcelona President Insists Ernesto Valverde Is ‘the Coach We Want’ Ahead of Cup Final

?Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has insisted the club have no intentions of removing Ernesto Valverde from his post as Barcelona manager, despite another embarrassing exit from the UEFA Champions League this year.

Having led 3-0 from the first leg of their semi final against Liverpool, Valverde’s men crumbled to a 4-0 second leg defeat; just one season after relinquishing a 4-1 lead in last season’s quarter finals against Roma.

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As a result, Valverde faced huge criticisms and calls for his head, despite leading the club to the La Liga title and into a domestic final later this month. Nevertheless, Bartomeu has backed the 55-year-old to continue in charge of ?La Blaugrana, claiming he is the right man in charge and is yet to finish the ‘project’ at hand in Catalonia.

“Valverde said the other day that he has the support of the president and the board,” he told ?Marca.

“He’s the coach we want. We’re halfway through a large project. He has a contract and we’re very happy with him. Now it’s about how the players recover from the enormous setback.”


Support for Valverde comes ahead of the Copa del Rey showpiece against Valencia, with some rumours suggesting the Spaniard’s job depended on the outcome of the match. That has been dispelled by Bartomeu, who stated that the ‘main objective’ was always ?La Liga success.

“[The final] isn’t the deciding factor [on whether Valverde stays],” Bartomeu added. “The main objective is the league and then we want the Copa or the Champions League. It’s been a magnificent season, we’ve won [the league] with games to spare. We all want more. Now we’ve got the Copa final and we’re coming off the back of a damaging defeat.”

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Denis Suarez Emerges as Surprise Chelsea Target Despite Dismal Loan Spell at Arsenal

?Denis Suarez has emerged as a surprise target for Chelsea, with a permanent departure from Barcelona looking more and more likely this summer.

Having originally moved to Catalonia back in 2013, Suarez was loaned out to Sevilla and subsequently sold to Villarreal, before making a return to Camp Nou in 2016. However, he once again failed to fully establish himself for La Blaugrana, and was eventually loaned to Arsenal in January of this year. 

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Upon his arrival at the Emirates, Arsenal fans were hoping that the reuniting of Suarez with manager Unai Emery would result in him replicating the sort of form that saw the midfielder help Emery’s Sevilla side to Europa League glory in arguably the Spaniard’s best season to date.

Unfortunately, injury restricted Suarez to just four appearances for the Gunners before returning to Barcelona – but according to Sport, that hasn’t deterred London rivals Chelsea from taking an interest in his services.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is thought to be a long-term admirer of Suarez, having been keen to sign him for Napoli whilst he was at the helm. With Eden Hazard looking likely to become Real Madrid’s latest ‘Galactico’, Sarri could be in the market to strengthen his midfield options, with Suarez able to operate out wide and in the middle. 

Maurizio Sarri

Any potential talks between the Blues and Suarez will be dependent on the outcome of Chelsea’s potential transfer ban. Having failed in their original appeal against FIFA’s decision, their next course of action could be to lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which could result in an uplifting of the transfer ban or buy them enough time to make signings before the ban is imposed.

If Chelsea’s transfer ban makes a move to west London impossible, Suarez would not be short of other suitors. Top of the list would be a move to Valencia, which would see the Spaniard reuniting with manager Marcelino, who he played under during his time at Villarreal.    

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Transfer Rumours: Cancelo to Leave Juventus, James to Leeds, Neres to Atletico & More

?The summer transfer window is right around the corner and, with each passing day, it seems like another blockbuster deal emerges out of nowhere.

Now, a lot of this #goss disappears just as quickly as it pops up but, as they say, there’s usually no smoke without fire.

Here are eight stories for you to sink your teeth into.


Agent Confirms Liverpool Interest in Young Turkish Goalkeeper

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Gone are the days when ?Liverpool fans were fretting which one of Simon Mignolet or ?Loris Karius would ruin their day. Alisson is the star of the show now, but there are still a few doubts about his backup.

Mignolet could still leave the club, and the Reds look to be preparing for that by tracking Trabzonspor starlet Ugurcan Cakir. The 23-year-old’s agent told ?Ajansspor? that Jurgen Klopp’s side have made contact ahead of a summer deal, although they are yet to receive any bids.

Cakir has enjoyed an impressive year, but he could hardly be much of a downgrade to Mignolet anyway.


Porto Star ‘Passes Atletico Medical’ Ahead of €20m Summer Move

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With Diego Godin leaving the club this summer, ?Atletico Madrid find themselves on the lookout for a new centre-back. Fortunately, it looks like they’ve found one.

The man in question is Porto’s Felipe who, according to ?Maisfutebol, ?has already completed a medical with Diego Simeone’s side, and it is simply a matter of time before his €20m switch to Atletico is confirmed.

The 29-year-old has been one of Porto’s standout performers in recent years, but he has got some big shoes to fill in the heart of Atletico’s defence.


West Ham ‘Agree €40m Deal’ to Sign Porto Striker Moussa Marega

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Porto are on fire, selling players left, right and centre. They must be doing their best Oprah Winfrey impression – ‘YOU GET A PLAYER! YOU GET A PLAYER! EVERYONE GETS PLAYERS!’.

According to ?A Bola, the next man out the door is striker Moussa Marega, who will soon seal a €40m switch to ?West Ham United.

?The Hammers failed in their bid to sign the Mali international last summer, but you’ve got to respect their persistence. Porto know how to get the most for their assets, and it looks like they’ve done it again.


Atletico to Rival PSG in Race for Ajax Sensation David Neres

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Ajax’s performances in the ?Champions League this season have turned several unknown players into household names, and David Neres is a perfect example. The 22-year-old winger has looked like an exciting prospect, and he may soon earn himself a blockbuster move overseas.

?UOL Esporte state that the Paris Saint-Germain are keen to flex their financial muscle to sign him, but Atletico are ready to step up and challenge them. Diego Simeone sees him as the perfect candidate to fill the void on the wing, and will do all he can to win Neres over.

Atletico better get a move on here, as PSG don’t have a habit of hanging around once they identify their targets. ?AC Milan are also keen, so this one is far from over.


Leeds Refuse to Give Up Pursuit of Man Utd Target Daniel James

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?Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve probably heard that ?Manchester United are ?nearing a £15m deal for ?Swansea City wonderkid Daniel James.? The Welshman had previously been close to ?Leeds United, only for the deal to spectacularly collapse on the last day of the January transfer window.

Leeds still want him and, according to ?Football Insider, they still believe they can get him. The club want him to hold off on completing a move to Old Trafford until Leeds discover whether they will reach the ?Premier League next year, hoping that James may opt to make the move to Yorkshire instead.

For James, this looks like a no-brainer. Every youngster wants to move to a team who can compete for trophies at the highest level, and he will know he can get that with United… Actually, on second thought, maybe wait.


Nelson Semedo Considering Barcelona Future as Premier League Sides Circle

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Poor ?Nelson Semedo. He moved to ?Barcelona in 2017 with all the expectation in the world, but things have not gone to plan, and he still finds himself behind ?Sergi Roberto, who isn’t even a right-back by trade.

?Marca claim that Semedo is sick of life on the bench at Camp Nou, adding that he knows he could get a game with plenty of sides around the world. There has been interest from various sides in the Premier League, who would be willing to pay €35m for his services.

It doesn’t seem like he is ever going to cut it at Barcelona, especially with young Moussa Wague knocking on the door. Time for a change of scenery?


Keylor Navas’ Future Rests on the Shoulders of Man Utd Star David de Gea

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We all love a good transfer merry-go-round, and we could have a really special one on our hands here.

According to ?Onda Cero’s El Transistor radio show, Keylor Navas’ future is up in the air. He seems certain to leave ?Real Madrid, but there are two possible destinations. He could move to PSG, but only if they don’t sign ?David de Gea. However, if PSG do manage to sign the Spaniard, then United will look to replace him with Navas.

It looks like ?Thibaut Courtois has won the battle at the Santiago Bernabeu, and poor Navas now has to look for a new home, despite being the better of the two shot stoppers (am I right, ?Chelsea fans?).


Juventus Ready to Sell Joao Cancelo to Man City or Man Utd ‘on 2 Conditions’

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?Joao Cancelo is firmly on the naughty step at ?Juventus after falling out with manager Massimiliano Allegri. Whatever he did, it looks to have cost him is future at the club.

Both ?Manchester City and Manchester United want to sign the right-back, but ?Calciomercato claim that Juventus will not be forced into agreeing to a deal they don’t want. Instead, they will demand at least €60m, but will only sell if Cancelo himself asks to leave.

Basically, the headline is ‘Juventus will sell Cancelo if they receive a lot of money’. Bet you’ve never heard anything like that before.

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La Decisionazo: Antoine Griezmann’s Leaked Personal Diary for the 2018/19 Season

Antoine Griezmann is leaving Atletico Madrid, to go to…somewhere? 

We got an unmarked envelope at 90min Towers on Wednesday morning which appears to contain his innermost thoughts from the last 12 months. Since The Decision

We take no pleasure in revealing the envelope’s contents. But the people deserve to know. 


14th June 2018

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Did The Decision today. Needed something to take my mind off playing with these snail-munchers instead of my pals at the World Cup for the next month – really think FIFA need to have another look at their rules. 

?Ousmane and that Umtiti lad keep giving me funny looks around the camp though. Can’t tell if it’s because I just made an entire documentary to par off their club or if they didn’t think my apology for the Globetrotters thing was enough. Guess I’ll never know. Refuse to speak French. 

p.s. Still waiting to hear from Uruguay citizenship office. Will chase again tomorrow.


15th July 2018

Won the World Cup today. The frog-gobblers are all loving it, but I just feel empty. It is not the time for posts. I told Juan Mata that. He scribbled it in a notebook. Odd lad. I like his name though, it reminds me of mate, which I bloody love, of course. 

p.s. Still waiting to hear from Uruguay citizenship office. Will chase again tomorrow.


6th August 2018

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Back with my mate mates today, it’s been such a long summer. I love drinking small amounts of bitter leaf juice with my Uruguayan kin, it’s the only reason made The Decision to stay here in the summer. ?Luis Suarez…he doesn’t appreciate me in the same way that they do. 

“He’s not Uruguayan, he’s French and he scored a goal. He doesn’t know what we have to do to succeed in football. He will have his customs and his Uruguayan way of speaking, but we feel differently.”

Dickhead. 

p.s. Still waiting to hear from Uruguay citizenship office. Will chase again tomorrow.


19th November 2018

Wow, long time no speak! Had to play against the homeland again today, and it was really hard. I put a Uruguayan flag on my boots, but people just laughed at me. Diego and Jose weren’t even in their squad, I just felt so alone. Sometimes I think they don’t even believe I’m really one of them. 

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Had a chat with Luis after the game though. Cleared the air a bit, turns out we have a lot in common – he says he was called racist for doing something that’s accepted in our culture too! Lots to think about. 

p.s. Still waiting to hear from Uruguay citizenship office. Will chase again tomorrow.


28th January 2019

This season is going great! Through in the ?Champions League, second in the league and not far behind ?Barça! I’ve scored eight in eight! I’m getting a little bit worried that Diego (the good one, not the feral one) hasn’t signed his new contract yet though. I’m going to start leaving pens in his kitbag so he’s always ready, I think. 

p.s. Still waiting to hear from Uruguay citizenship office. Will chase again tomorrow.


3rd February 2019

Spoke too soon. Lost to Betis. Will go home and genuflect to my single lock of Diego Forlan’s hair. 


9th February 2019

Lost to Real. Need to step it up. Time to put on my signed and match-worn Álvaro Recoba pants until we win again. 

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20th February 2019

Okay, calma. Jose and Diego (the two Gs, or ‘my Gs’) scored against Juve, we’re going to boss the Champions League, I’m feeling a lot better about this now. 

Suarez keeps texting me to complain about Philippe Coutinho lately – ‘Ohhh he takes loads of stupid shots so we don’t give him the ball now, and then he runs into the middle and gets in my and Leo’s way’ – but I told him exactly what I tell people about Filipe. You can’t trust people from a country who speak Portuguese when everyone around them speaks Spanish! 

He said I’ve given him a lot to think about, but I’m not sure he was convinced. 

p.s. Still waiting to hear from Uruguay citizenship office. Will chase again tomorrow.


12th March 2019

Ronaldo knocked us out AGAIN? Screw this stupid club. 


27th March 2019

Lucas signed for Bayern today. Absolutely no flair – he let them announce it themselves with some written statement on their website. I bet he doesn’t even have a documentary filmmaker’s phone number. 


He had made things a bit awkward for me now though. He’s off, Juanfran’s off, Diego’s stopped speaking to me (again, the good one, not the one who only eats raw meat and—wait, that’s both of them. I mean not the one who looks like his face was carved out of the side of Cerro Catedral—-that’s both of them too. The one who doesn’t flinch at Antonio Conte’s name! That’s the one) and he’s always with Jose, so I can’t talk to him either. 

I’m starting to feel a little bit alone here. I’m spending most of my time in my room videoing new celebrations to send to my new pal Luis. He says he’s really worried about the chance of playing Liverpool in the Champions League because Coutinho is – and I quote – ‘about as constitutionally strong as a wet sheet of tissue’. I’m sure they’ll be fine. 

p.s. Still waiting to hear from Uruguay citizenship office. Will chase again tomorrow.


6th April 2019

Fake Spaniard got sent off against Barça today. Hate this place. 

Can’t even summon the energy to ring the Uruguay citizenship office. I’ll give them a buzz next week. 


14th May 2019

Alright. It’s time. Diego’s abandoning me, Luis is begging me to come and replace ‘that tiny idiot waste of air’, Juanfran’s gone, Lucas has gone, I’ve had it. I’m done. I haven’t showered in five days and my hair looks like I just came off the island off Castaway (love Tom Hanks), but I can’t take it any more.

Apparently everyone’s ‘at Cannes’ and ‘too busy’. France ruins everything again. Get my tripod. 

I’ve made my Decision. 

p.s. Still waiting to hear from Uruguay citizenship office. Will chase again tomorrow.


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Sergio Aguero Backs Lionel Messi for Ballon d’Or as He Clears Up False Champions League Quote

?Manchester City star Sergio Aguero has revealed Lionel Messi as his personal pick for the Ballon d’Or ‘as long as he keeps playing’, as he rejected a previous quote that appeared to suggest that this year’s winner should come from either Liverpool or Tottenham. 

The 30-year-old striker, who picked up his second consecutive Premier League title last weekend, was reported to have backed a Champions League finalist for football’s top individual prize in 2019, with several outlets reporting Aguero’s supposed words as either an endorsement of a Liverpool or Spurs player or a snub to Lionel Messi.

The City striker was quoted in various places as saying: “I think that to win the Ballon d’Or [you] have to be in the Champions League [final] no matter what.”

However, Aguero has since distanced himself from that apparently falsified quote, instead taking to Twitter to back his compatriot Messi.

“I do not like having to go out and clarify but when words are attributed to me that I never said, I have to do it,” Aguero wrote.

“To be clear, and I always answered the same, while Messi continues to play, and especially how he has played this season, he deserves to win the Ballon d’Or.” 

While both Messi and Ronaldo missed out last year, a Champions League winner has taken home the award for each of the last five years. Ronaldo (x3), Messi and most recently Luka Modric all received the honour off the back of their side being victorious in Europe’s premier club competition.

If playing in the final of the club game’s biggest competition does have a major impact on the Ballon d’Or (which is voted for by international journalists) this year, the most likely candidate for the 2019 award could be one of Liverpool trio Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen would also be considered potential winners of the prestigious individual trophy.

Aguero’s side were eliminated from the competition by Spurs at the quarter-final stage and, despite winning the Premier League four times in the last eight seasons, the Citizens have never been beyond the semi-final stage of the Champions League.

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Antoine Griezmann: Twitter Reacts as Star Announces Decision to Leave Atletico Madrid

?All good things must come to an end. But not only good things, for insufferably long transfer sagas too eventually have a finale. And unlike Game of Thrones this one was wrapped up with minimal plot holes, bloodshed and in just two minutes. 

Antoine Griezmann has released La Decisión 2: Electric Boogaloo revealing his intention to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, with Barcelona, the Ross to his Rachel, now waiting at the airport with €120m in a envelope ready to whisk him off into the sunset…I can’t remember how Friends finished, I’ll be honest.

Anyway, it’s done. It’s all done. Except it isn’t because Griezy Rider still needs to actually sign da ting with Barcelona and God knows how long that will take, but it’s basically done. Now if Hazard and Pogba can just go to Real Madrid and Nicolas Gaitan can join Man Utd (that still a thing?) we’ll have wrapped up the most annoying transfer loose ends before the Nations League gets here.

Here’s what Football Twitter said about ?Griezmann doing a Griezmann.


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Never been shy of a bold look has Antoine…


Spare a thought for the forgotten heroes of football…

Stuff the analytical stuff Ryan. Look at his hair! Also, he’s 28 until he’s 29…

??Ok, if we must talk about real stuff…


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??A notable omission from the announcement… 

To sum up…??

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Antoine Griezmann Reveals Decision to Leave Atletico Madrid After ‘Five Incredible Years’

?Antoine Griezmann has officially announced his decision to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, with his long predicted move to Barcelona now imminent.

The World Cup winner has been linked with Barça for over a year and was expected to sign for the Spanish champions last summer, before the transfer saga culminated in a remarkable U-turn, with the player announcing his decision to stay at Atletico in the now infamous televised documentary ‘La Decisión’.

However, one year on and it looks like ?Barcelona have finally got their man, with ?Marca revealing on Tuesday that Griezmann had informed the club and his teammates of his decision to leave, before the player himself released a video statement posted on Atleti’s website and social media channels thanking the club for ‘five incredible years’.


In the short statement, Griezmann confirmed the details of Marca’s report that he had met with club president Miguel Angel Gil Martin and manager Diego Simeone, before reflecting on the success of his time in Madrid, but stopped short of referencing Barcelona.

It seems the payment of the contractual buyout clause of €200m (dropping to €120m on 1 July) is now all that stands between Barcelona sealing the deal, with an official announcement expected soon.

La Blaugrana had supposedly cooled their interest in Griezmann after being snubbed rather embarrassingly last year, but ?an apology from the striker and the all-important need to revamp the squad after another humiliating Champions League this season looks likely to trump all previous concerns over the transfer.

Antoine Griezmann

After last year’s saga, Griezmann signed a bumper new contract with Atleti (containing the release clause) while previous reports suggest he will even take a pay cut to join Barcelona, with the? terms of his potential deal reported last week.

As much as Barcelona want to refresh their squad this summer, ?Atletico Madrid look set for an enforced spree in the transfer market with first team stars Lucas Hernandez, Diego Godin, Juanfran, Filipe Luis and now Griezmann all leaving. Big question marks also remain over the futures of Manchester City-linked Rodri and veteran striker Diego Costa.

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Sergio Busquets Suggests Anfield Collapse Was the Low Point of His Barcelona Career

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has said his side’s Champions League semi-final second leg implosion at Anfield has had a lasting effect on the Barcelona squad, adding that it is the lowest ebb of his career so far. 

Barca went to Liverpool leading 3-0 from the first leg, and looked almost assured of a place in the final in Madrid. Having thrown a 4-1 lead against Roma in the quarter-finals last year, however, there were some nerves among the visiting camp, and their worst fears were realised. 

They were taken apart by ?the Reds, who now advance to face ?Tottenham Hotspur in the final, with four unanswered goals enough to leave Busquets and his side in a state of disarray. 


Speaking after Barça’s routine 2-0 victory over Getafe, the midfielder said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: “We knew we had to play, but it was really difficult for everyone,

“We wanted to be at 100% but it was a struggle because of what happened [at Liverpool]. Hopefully the wounds which the club, the fans and the players have will heal.

“We’re all hurting. I’ve lost titles, games, but I have never been dealt a blow like this. It’s really difficult for everyone, even though it forms part of the game.”

Though they have no European honours remaining to contest, Ernesto Valvere’s side have ?La Liga sewn up, and can add the Copa del Rey to their burgeoning trophy cabinet if they overcome Valencia later this month.

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“We will come out of it together. We’ve got the cup final to come,” Busquets resolutely added, via ESPN.

“The challenge ahead isn’t a small one, either. Winning a double is no small thing but the wound from Liverpool is deep.

“It’s not the moment to single people out or look for solutions. We have to stick together. We have done big things together and now we must focus on ending the season in the best way possible.”

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Ernesto Valverde Gives Curt Answer When Asked if He’s Considered Quitting Barcelona After Getafe Win

?Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed he has not considered resigning following his side’s 2-0 victory over Getafe in their last home game of the season on Sunday.

Barca battled past a stubborn Getafe side on Sunday afternoon to record the 15th home victory of their 2018/19 La Liga campaign. However, the win was not enough to gloss over what has been a very disappointing and embarrassing week for Valverde and his players.

In the wake of ?Barcelona’s ?Champions League elimination following a 4-0 loss to ?Liverpool at Anfield, question marks have been raised over Valverde’s managerial capability in Europe’s elite competition. 

Speaking after the match, the Spaniard was asked whether he had considered walking away at the end of the season. He responded, as quoted by ?Sport: “Well, no.

“For us it was fundamental to win, to get rid of the ghosts in our head and take a step forward. In the start it was hard for us because we didn’t have our minds straight and they came to put salt in the wound, but later we got on top of it.”

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Philippe Coutinho and other players were whistled during Sunday’s clash but Valverde admitted he expected the reaction after their dismal Champions League exit.

He added: “I expected that reaction. At first they whistled us a little, but, of course they would. When we’ve have a defeat like we’ve had, they have to let you know it. We knew they we would be with us if we showed up. We are grateful and happy (for their support).”

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Despite another successful domestic campaign, sections of Barcelona’s fan base have been unhappy with some of Valverde’s team selections, and the style of football he employs at Camp Nou. 

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