Better late than never as Valverde finally learns Barca rotation lesson

Better late than never as Valverde finally learns Barca rotation lesson

Lessons learned by Barcelona and an unbeaten run intact. Coach Ernesto Valverde has been criticised for a lack of rotation, especially in light of last week’s collapse in Italy, but the 54-year-old shuffled his pack away to Celta Vigo. Valverde has picked the same side for most of the season and his team looked tiredRead more about Better late than never as Valverde finally learns Barca rotation lesson[…]

‘I will stop making mistakes when I die’ – Leeds United defender Berardi

‘I will stop making mistakes when I die’ – Leeds United defender Berardi

Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi believes he will find it difficult to change his playing style after being sent off for a third time this season. Berardi was dismissed against Sunderland for a two-footed lunge on Callum McManaman in early April and picked up a five-match suspension which means he will not play again thisRead more about ‘I will stop making mistakes when I die’ – Leeds United defender Berardi[…]

Juventus set to buy out Boca’s Bentancur sell-on clause

Juventus set to buy out Boca’s Bentancur sell-on clause

Juventus are preparing to negotiate with Boca Juniors to purchase the sell-on clause agreed over midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur. Bentancur, 20, made his debut at the tender age of 17 for the Argentine giants, and moved to Juve in 2017 having previously signed a first option as part of the deal that took Carlos Tevez back toRead more about Juventus set to buy out Boca’s Bentancur sell-on clause[…]

‘Bayern know how to play against Madrid’ – James not worried about Real reunion

‘Bayern know how to play against Madrid’ – James not worried about Real reunion

James Rodriguez is convinced Bayern Munich know exactly how to play against his parent club Real Madrid as they prepare to meet in the Champions League semi-finals. Neither side fully convinced in progressing from the quarter-finals, as Bayern edged past Sevilla 2-1, while Madrid advanced in controversial circumstances. Having lost 3-0 in Turin, Juventus wereRead more about ‘Bayern know how to play against Madrid’ – James not worried about Real reunion[…]

Like Guardiola, Rafa Benitez has reached his goals at Newcastle with five games to spare

Like Guardiola, Rafa Benitez has reached his goals at Newcastle with five games to spare

Some people question what Pep Guardiola could do with less money at his disposal and less talent. Well, if they care to look at Rafael Benitez and Newcastle they might get an approximation of the answer. With plenty of players who came up from the Championship – and with an owner unwilling to spend inRead more about Like Guardiola, Rafa Benitez has reached his goals at Newcastle with five games to spare[…]

Aguero faces race to be fit for World Cup as knee surgery appears to end his season

Aguero faces race to be fit for World Cup as knee surgery appears to end his season

Manchester City and Argentina striker Sergio Aguero has undergone minor knee surgery and will seemingly struggle to return in time for any of his side’s final five matches of the season. Aguero has scored 30 times in all competitions for newly crowned Premier League champions City despite recently spending a month on the sidelines withRead more about Aguero faces race to be fit for World Cup as knee surgery appears to end his season[…]

Neymar’s worst nightmare? Why hiring control freak Tuchel could be bad news for PSG ace

Neymar’s worst nightmare? Why hiring control freak Tuchel could be bad news for PSG ace

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is a man used to getting what he wants. When he took over in Paris in 2011, he outlined his two main goals for the club: signing the ‘next Messi’ and challenging for the Champions League. Success rarely happens overnight in football, but Al-Khelaifi is now more than halfway towards hisRead more about Neymar’s worst nightmare? Why hiring control freak Tuchel could be bad news for PSG ace[…]

How Klopp and Liverpool turned Salah into Europe’s deadliest goalscorer

How Klopp and Liverpool turned Salah into Europe’s deadliest goalscorer

The Egyptian scored his 40th goal of the season at the weekend – and he’s not finished yet Commentators across the football world are struggling to explain the phenomenon that is Mohamed Salah, but one Liverpool team-mate reckons he knows the secret to the Egyptian’s success. Salah was conducting an interview in the mixed zoneRead more about How Klopp and Liverpool turned Salah into Europe’s deadliest goalscorer[…]

Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Tottenham 1: Spurs miss chance to strengthen top-four claim

Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Tottenham 1: Spurs miss chance to strengthen top-four claim

Tottenham missed the opportunity to pull level with Liverpool in third place in the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday. A win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side would have sent them 10 points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea and put them in a strong position to secureRead more about Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Tottenham 1: Spurs miss chance to strengthen top-four claim[…]

Celta Vigo 2 Barcelona 2: 10-man leaders hang on to unbeaten record

Celta Vigo 2 Barcelona 2: 10-man leaders hang on to unbeaten record

Barcelona twice led through Ousmane Demeble and Paco Alcacer but Iago Aspas earned Celta Vigo a deserved 2-2 draw against Ernesto Valverde’s much-changed side after Sergi Roberto was sent off. Casting an eye towards Saturday’s Copa del Rey showdown against Sevilla, Valverde named an experimental line-up and started with a host of regulars, including LionelRead more about Celta Vigo 2 Barcelona 2: 10-man leaders hang on to unbeaten record[…]