FC Barcelona are heading into this match bearing it at the back of their mind that it is one of the biggest games of their campaign. It is the second leg of their Copa del Rey clash with league rivals Sevilla and they will have to be in their best form if they want to overturn the already-standing 2-0 deficit after the first leg.
The game will be a repeat of last Saturday’s La Liga match which Barca won by the same 2-0 scoreline and they will be banking on their individual brilliance and team efforts to come out of this tie as qualifiers and into the next round. Although the game will be played at the Camp Nou, Barca boss Ronald Lowman has suggested that it does not have any major impact on the tie and that his side will have to be at their very best if they want to proceed to the next round of the tournament.
Just days before Barcelona play their next UEFA Champions League game, they will be facing a seemingly easy test as they welcome Alavés to the Camp Noi in what is expected to be a comfortable win for the hosts. Barça will want to seal a win to continue their fine run of form in the Spanish La Liga and also start preparations ahead of their next European fixture.
Barcelona are currently the 2nd team on the table and are on 43 points while Alavés lie in 16th position with 22 points ahead of the Matchday 23 fixture. The game will be played km Saturday 13th of February by 9 pm and the venue is Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.More Link
Barcelona are still interested in snapping up Manchester City’s teenage sensation Eric Garcia when the transfer window opens for business in January. According to Catalunya Radio’s Marta Carreras, the Spanish giants will capture and announce the defender from Premier League outfit Manchester City, but he won’t be heading to Spain until in the summer.
Garcia, 19, is a product of the famous Barcelona’s La Masia Academy and he decided to leave the youth setup back in 2017 as he went in search of more game time. He did get his chance last season though, having featured for the Etihad club 20 times in what was a breakthrough season for him.
Spanish giants Barcelona face a hugely tough test as they come up against Real Sociedad on Wednesday in their La Liga clash at the Camp Nou. Sociedad are the current table toppers and should they manage to secure a win against Barcelona, they would extend their lead at the top of the table.
Barca won their last league game against Levante but it was an underwhelming performance from Ronald Koeman’s side. It was a slender 1-0 victory and could have ended in a reverse fashion, but Levante had their ill luck to blame.
The controversial striker of Uruguay, Luis Suarez is now getting his due respect at Atletico Madrid as a senior player. It is undoubted that he is one of the best strikers of modern football but he was shadowed under Lionel Messi in Barcelona. Amid the humiliating defeat of Barcelona with a result of 8-2 against Bayern Munich, he was dismissed overnight by the coach Ronald Koeman. He did not get a single chance to defend himself and he was informed that the club is no more interested to have his service, though he helped the club to win 13 trophies including a Champions Trophy after he arrived there in 2015. This chance was grabbed by real Madrid and took the destructive striker in their team.
The new session of this Uruguay striker came like a fresh wind and he started entertaining the Atletico Madrid supporters even without being fully fit. His 2 goals and one assist against Granada led his team to thrash the opponent with a 6-1 win. The front line striker of Atletico Madrid Felix Blossom is hoping that he and Suarez will score lots of goals for Atletico Madrid. Though Suarez and Felix were never in the field together, still after watching Suarez’s style of play, he is very excited to play with him.
According to reports from England Frank Lampard is prioritizing the signing of a centre-half this transfer window. Chelsea have already strengthened upfront and on the wings with the signing of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively.
The Blues are also expected to sign Warner’s international teammate and Bayern Leverkusen star Kai Havertz. It is going to be a new-look squad next season. But Lampard is not done as he knows he needs to strengthen his defence. Chelsea conceded 54 goals in the league last season- the highest from any top six sides.
Barcelona manager Quique Setien has expressed his pleasure after the Blaugrana registered a slender 1-0 win over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou. The Catalan giants suffered a 2-0 defeat in the El Clasico and it appeared that they could go winless for the second league game on the spin before Lionel Messi converted from the penalty spot in the 81st minute.
Of course, the club need assistance from the VAR to find the back of the net but Setien was pleased with the mental strength shown by the team, he told: “We knew it was going to be a tremendously complicated game. They had six straight wins, one at the Bernabeu, and are in the final of the cup. Apart from in some phases, the game was controlled. We did have difficult times but we also created danger. We have won thanks to the VAR. From the bench, I did not see it as it was too far away. How I see it is that we are well and strong mentally, that is what interests me.”
The manager of Barnsley, Gerhard Struber, has opened up his concerns about the match fixtures going null due to postponement of the championship. Earlier the game date was shifted to the first week of April, but there has been the latest revelation that the extensions are probably to get moved to April ending, with the increasing concerns in the virus outbreak. He said that the Reds were supposed to face the Queens Park Rangers but taking the cause of the health and wellbeing of the players of Europe, the match got extended in the EFL meeting that happened with immediate effect.
Struber said that the decision is made by experts, and in the UK, the issue has got little alarming. He noted that unlike Italy, he is expecting England to take a pretty firm decision in this regard. The potential alternative mentioned was to conduct the game behind the closed setup, but Struber expressed that it was not that feasible. He said that football is a sport that needs an audience and their support and cannot be conducted well behind doors. The Austrian pointed that if there is no chance of bringing the supporters, it’s best to block the games on the field. He said that he is supporting the decision of UEFA postponing Euro 2020.
With the January transfer window gone and Arteta not really getting the kind of players he believes will help him build his next Gunner dynasty, the former Manchester City assistant coach has sounded out a warning to all players under him urging them to give their best between now and the end of the season if they are to stand a chance of still being around come next season.
The Spaniard made it clear that any player that doesn’t get on with the program, face a high chance of being booted out and risk ending up in the lower leagues with teams like Barnsley.
Barcelona center forward Luiz Suarez has told the club to start looking for a new striker as soon as possible given that his playing days are almost over.
According to the Uruguayan, the most important reason why Barcelona should act quickly is to allow him mentor the new striker before he hangs up his boots.