Barcelona

  • 'Xavi is my enemy' - Spurs boss Pochetti...

    Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has shrugged off comments from “enemy” Xavi regarding a possible move to Manchester City for Dele Alli. The Barcelona legend has suggested that a big-money bid from the Etihad Stadium could arrive this summer, with Pep Guardiola said to b...

    'Xavi is my enemy' - Spurs boss Pochettino hits back at Alli to Man City claims from Barca legend

    Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has shrugged off comments from “enemy” Xavi regarding a possible move to Manchester City for Dele Alli. The Barcelona legend has suggested that a big-money bid from the Etihad Stadium could arrive this summer, with Pep Guardiola said to be a big fan of a “special player”. Pochettino, though, has made it clear that he has no intention of parting with any of his prized assets. 'Eriksen good enough for Barca' He has also accused Xavi, a former rival from his days at Catalan rivals Espanyol, of talking too much. "Xavi is in a period where he loves to talk. He is working for Manchester City, maybe," smiled Pochettino, clearly half-joking. "He is playing in Qatar and he was a Barcelona player, he's my enemy. He tried to destroy our focus to win because he hates me. He's Barcelona – a player, a fan, you know. "I remember the game when Xavi fell down [in 2009], it wasn't a penalty, but the referee awarded it. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the penalty and Barcelona won the game. Xavi fell and said ‘penalty!’ and it was given. "On the replays, it was very funny because nobody touched him. At Tottenham we are doing things and the club has a lot of potential, so there is focus on a talented player." Pochettino added on his desire to keep an exciting Spurs squad together as it chases down the Premier League title once again: "My relationship with [chairman] Daniel Levy is very close. We have a plan to improve and we will deliver it when we finish the season. Poch: No guarantee that Alli stays "The players we want to keep, we will keep, because the chairman said to me: 'We don’t need the money.' "If we sell some players, it is because we want to. We will sell players because of the players we want to sign. "For our fans, it is so clear that all the decisions we take are to try to improve the team, try to be more competitive next season."

  • Madrid skipper Ramos receives one-match ...

    Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has received a one-match ban after being sent off for a lunge on Lionel Messi in Sunday's El Clasico defeat to Barcelona. Messi went on to score the winner in a 3-2 win for Barca following Ramos' dismissal, with the defender having exchanged word...

    Madrid skipper Ramos receives one-match ban for Messi foul in El Clasico

    Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has received a one-match ban after being sent off for a lunge on Lionel Messi in Sunday's El Clasico defeat to Barcelona. Messi went on to score the winner in a 3-2 win for Barca following Ramos' dismissal, with the defender having exchanged words with fellow Spain international Gerard Pique on his way from the field. 'Real always want to hurt Messi' Ramos also applauded as he departed the Santiago Bernabeu pitch, with Madrid's appeal against the dismissal having been rejected by the competition committee of the RFEF, which described the foul on Messi as a "violent act" in its ruling. Neymar was banned for the Clasico after sarcastically clapping the match officials following his red card in a defeat at Malaga, which earned the Brazilian a two-game extension to his one-match ban. Ramos sends Pique message after red But Ramos avoided any further punishment for his red card as the referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez made no mention of his clash with Pique or the Madrid skipper's applauding on his departure in his report. Barcelona's Clasico victory sent them top of La Liga via their superior head-to-head record against Madrid, with both teams in league action on Wednesday as Barca host Osasuna and Madrid travel to Deportivo La Coruna.

  • Tottenham star Eriksen talked up for Bar...

    Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has “all that a Barcelona player must have”, according to Frank de Boer. The Denmark international has emerged as a possible transfer target for the La Liga giants on the back of his exploits in the Premier League. Eriksen has filled Spurs'...

    Tottenham star Eriksen talked up for Barcelona move by De Boer

    Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen has “all that a Barcelona player must have”, according to Frank de Boer. The Denmark international has emerged as a possible transfer target for the La Liga giants on the back of his exploits in the Premier League. Eriksen has filled Spurs' Modric void The Spurs star has shown himself to be a leading creative influence in the English top-flight, with few able to match the numbers he has posted in terms of chances creates and assists. It is those qualities which have brought him to Barca’s attention, with De Boer of the opinion that the 25-year-old would not look out of place at Camp Nou. He told Ekstra Bladet: “I think he can have a wonderful career. “First Ajax, then Tottenham and then the highest level. “I think he’s ready for a step higher. He has all that a Barcelona player must have. He has an overview, he has a working ethic, and he kicks well with both legs.” Spurs star Eriksen is Europe's assist king De Boer, who graced the books at Barca during his playing days, worked with Eriksen during his time with the Ajax academy set-up. He broke into the senior fold with the Eredivisie club after being nurtured by an iconic figure in Amsterdam and caught the eye of teams across Europe before joining Spurs in 2013. His displays this season have helped to keep Tottenham in the hunt for the Premier League title, with seven goals and 12 assists offered to the White Hart Lane cause.

  • Luis Enrique reiterates wish for Messi t...

    Outgoing Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has reiterated his desire for Lionel Messi to end his career at the club. Messi was the hero in the Clasico on Sunday, netting a last-gasp winner in a 3-2 triumph that took Barca ahead of Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga. Messi celebrated th...

    Luis Enrique reiterates wish for Messi to end career at Barcelona

    Outgoing Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has reiterated his desire for Lionel Messi to end his career at the club. Messi was the hero in the Clasico on Sunday, netting a last-gasp winner in a 3-2 triumph that took Barca ahead of Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga. Messi celebrated the goal by taking off his shirt and holding it aloft, which some interpreted as a sign he is poised to sign a contract extension with Barca. Bale out of Champions League semi-final Pressed on that topic in his media conference ahead of Wednesday's meeting with Osasuna, Luis Enrique said: "My particular opinion is that I would like him to end his career at Barca, but that is something for Leo to decide. "The person who can best explain the celebration of the goal in the Clasico is Leo." This campaign is the last season in which Luis Enrique will coach Messi, having announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the term back in March. But the 46-year-old is not disappointed he will no longer work with Messi, instead appreciating the time he has been able to spend with the player many regard as the greatest of all time. He added: "In my farewell I see the positive side, that is to have been able to train and direct to Leo Messi, not the one that I will not be able to do it."

  • 'I am working on it' - Hazard says he ne...

    Eden Hazard believes he needs to score more goals if he wants to reach the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Xavi tips City to make mega Alli move Hazard, 26, has helped put Chelsea on the brink of winning a Premier League and FA Cup double this season, scoring ...

    'I am working on it' - Hazard says he needs more goals to reach Messi and Ronaldo's level

    Eden Hazard believes he needs to score more goals if he wants to reach the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Xavi tips City to make mega Alli move Hazard, 26, has helped put Chelsea on the brink of winning a Premier League and FA Cup double this season, scoring 15 goals across both competitions. The former Lille man was in contention to win the PFA Player of the Year award as a result of his fine efforts, but he was pipped to the individual prize by Blues team-mate N'Golo Kante. Another Chelsea team-mate, Cesc Fabregas, recently stated Hazard must become more “selfish” in front of goal in order to match the dizzy heights Messi has set at Barcelona. And Hazard has revealed Fabregas is not alone to have told him that and says he is “working on” beefing up his goal tally. "Fabregas is not the only one to say that to me," he told Sky Sports. "A lot of people say to me: 'You need to be more selfish,' but when I am on the pitch sometimes I prefer to pass the ball. "I try game after game to be more selfish. I know it is good for me to score more goals if I want to reach the level of Messi and Ronaldo. I am working on it." Messi has scored 47 goals in all competitions for Barcelona so far this term, while Ronaldo has netted 31 times for Madrid.

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