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Neymar moving to Real Madrid ‘would annoy me’ – Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta

Steve Nicol argues that Chelsea have a great opportunity against a Barcelona side reliant on Lionel Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Craig Burley says Barcelona will have just enough to get past his former side, Chelsea, in the last 16 of the Champions League. Andres Iniesta says he would be annoyed if former teammate Neymar left Paris Saint-Germain for Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid. Neymar quit Barca in the summer, joining Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee of €222 million, but his brief spell in France has generated just as many stories off the pitch as it has on it. His relationship with teammate Edinson Cavani has been under scrutiny following an argument over penalty-taking duties, while he has frequently been linked with a move to Madrid. Madrid president Flor...

Nelson Semedo: I knew Neymar was in a ‘difficult moment’ after Barca fight

Steve Nicol argues that Chelsea have a great opportunity against a Barcelona side reliant on Lionel Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Craig Burley says Barcelona will have just enough to get past his former side, Chelsea, in the last 16 of the Champions League. Craig Burley says Barcelona will have just enough to get past his former side, Chelsea, in the last 16 of the Champions League. Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo says he understood Neymar was going through a “difficult moment” when the two clashed in preseason, but adds he was annoyed by the incident at the time. Semedo, 24, had just joined Barca from Benfica when he came to blows with Neymar during a training session on the club’s tour of the United States. Neymar reacted angrily to a challenge from Semedo as Barca p...

Pep Guardiola the most ‘immature’ coach I’ve had – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Pep Guardiola says he encouraged his players to celebrate their Manchester derby win, but insists they did it in the changing rooms. Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is the most “immature” person he has ever worked under. Ibrahimovic linked up with Guardiola at Barcelona in 2009, joining the Catalan club from Inter Milan in exchange for Samuel Eto’o and a fee of around €60 million. However, despite scoring 21 goals in his debut season at the Camp Nou, the Manchester United striker’s relationship with Guardiola deteriorated throughout the campaign. In his 2011 book, “I am Zlatan,” the 36-year-old revealed things hit an all-time low after Barca’s Champions League elimination to Inter — who were managed by Jose Mourinh...

Jordi Alba-Lionel Messi combination is ‘life insurance’ – Barca’s Valverde

Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde praised the combination of Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi, describing it as important for the team. Lionel Messi tied Gerd Muller for most goals for one club in the top five European leagues with his 525th in Barca’s 2-0 win over 10-man Villarreal. Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde admits his side’s 2-0 win at Villarreal was an important win after other La Liga title challengers won their fixtures. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has described the partnership that has developed between Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba this season as the side’s “life insurance.” The on-pitch relationship between Messi and Alba has taken on more importance since Neymar’s summer departure to Paris Saint-Germain. With more space to attack on the ...

Champions League draw: Neymar to haunt Real? Chelsea to fall at Barca?

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. With all five English teams advancing to the Champions League knockout stage, Stevie Nicol predicts who’ll go all the way. The draw for the Champions League round-of-16 has been made and there’s one clash that stands out as Neymar’s PSG take on champions Real Madrid. But there are plenty more storylines to follow. Here’s what to watch for. Real Madrid vs. PSG Real’s punishment for finishing second in Group H could hardly have been more severe — a tie that many would have fancied for this year’s final and one that will eliminate one of the tournament’s super-favourites in one stroke. There is not much head-to-head history to draw upon, tw...

European giants drawn together in UCL last 16

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Valverde: Villarreal win vital in title race

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Ronaldo ‘unfortunate’ to be playing in Messi’s era – Barca’s Rakitic

Lionel Messi tied Gerd Muller for most goals for one club in the top five European leagues with his 525th in Barca’s 2-0 win over 10-man Villarreal. Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic politely disagreed with Cristiano Ronaldo’s assumption that he’s the best player in the history of football, nominating Lionel Messi for the position instead. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or this week — drawing level with Messi in the process — and later told France Football that he believes he’s the greatest to ever play the game. However, Rakitic does not share the assessment made by the Portugal international, who he says is “unfortunate” to have played at the same time as Messi. “You know my opinion,” Rakitic told repor...

Lionel Messi matches Gerd Muller’s club goals record in win

Lionel Messi scored Barcelona’s second on Sunday. Lionel Messi matched Gerd Muller’s long-standing record for scoring the most goals for one club in the top five European leagues on Sunday, netting the second in Barcelona’s 2-0 win against Villarreal. Muller scored 525 goals in 572 appearances for Bayern Munich between 1965 and 1979, a record which had remained untouched for nearly 40 years. But Messi’s goal at the Estadio de la Ceramica drew him level with the German great. Barca had taken the lead against Villarreal though Luis Suarez after Daniel Raba had been shown a straight red card for the home side for a challenge on Sergio Busquets. 🔝 Leo #Messi equals Gerd Muller with 525 goals for one club in the top European leagues Celebrate with a ❤þ...

Valverde: Messi’s fitness not a problem

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Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta out against Villarreal with calf injury

Alejandro Moreno explains how Samuel Umtiti’s absence could impact a Barcelona side that failed to see off Celta Vigo at home. Andres Iniesta has failed to recover from a calf injury and will miss Barcelona’s trip to Villarreal on Sunday, the club have confirmed. Iniesta, 33, was taken off during last week’s draw with Celta Vigo and missed the midweek win against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League. He returned to training on Friday and Barca hoped to have him available for the game at the Estadio de la Ceramica. However, the Catalan club confirmed on Saturday that the game will come too soon for the midfielder. Like Iniesta, Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha and Javier Mascherano all took part in training this week but none will be available for the game against sixth-placed ...