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  • VIDEO: Barcelona youngster scores solo g...

    Jordi Mboula scored one of the best solo goals you will see this season as he helped Barcelona down Borussia Dortmund 4-1 to reach the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals. Sloppy Real give Barca title boost The Blaugrana fell behind to a Dominik Wanner strike after just six minut...

    VIDEO: Barcelona youngster scores solo goal which Messi would have been proud of

    Jordi Mboula scored one of the best solo goals you will see this season as he helped Barcelona down Borussia Dortmund 4-1 to reach the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals. Sloppy Real give Barca title boost The Blaugrana fell behind to a Dominik Wanner strike after just six minutes but Mboula was on target to help his side complete a fantastic comeback. Carlos Perez, Abel Ruiz and Seungwoo Lee all found the back of the net to put Barca 3-1 ahead in the tie before Mboula stepped up with a piece of individual genius. Collecting the ball down the right-hand side of the field, Mboula danced past one Dortmund defender before embarking on a solo run which Lionel Messi would have been proud of. Mboula showed brilliant pace and close control to drive into the penalty area before slotting calmly into the back of the net to seal Barca's passage into the last eight. Barca's U19s, coached by Gabri Garcia, will now take on Porto in the quarter-finals of the competition.

  • Alba: Luis Enrique the best coach for Ba...

    Jordi Alba believes Luis Enrique remains the best coach for Barcelona despite heavy recent criticism. Luis Enrique has come under intense scrutiny following Barca's 4-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg loss to Paris Saint-Germain, while they needed a penalty in the last minute...

    Alba: Luis Enrique the best coach for Barca

    Jordi Alba believes Luis Enrique remains the best coach for Barcelona despite heavy recent criticism. Luis Enrique has come under intense scrutiny following Barca's 4-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg loss to Paris Saint-Germain, while they needed a penalty in the last minute of normal time to see off relegation-threatened Leganes 2-1 in LaLiga last weekend. CARTOON: Messi visits Egypt But Alba has faith in Luis Enrique, whose contract with the club expires at the end of the season. "He is the best coach that Barca could have today," said Alba, who was speaking at an event in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. Alba also retains belief Barca can overturn their mammoth first-leg deficit in the return fixture with PSG at Camp Nou on March 8, despite being thoroughly outplayed at the Parc des Princes. "The comeback is difficult, but if they were capable of scoring four goals, we can be too," Alba added. "If we did not believe in the comeback, we would not jump to play."  

  • Deulofeu loves AC Milan but future 'depe...

    Gerard Deulofeu has been surprised by his brilliant start to life at AC Milan but Barcelona will determine whether he stays there permanently, his agent says. Why you must embrace Pep's Man City The winger joined Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January...

    Deulofeu loves AC Milan but future 'depends on Barcelona'

    Gerard Deulofeu has been surprised by his brilliant start to life at AC Milan but Barcelona will determine whether he stays there permanently, his agent says. Why you must embrace Pep's Man City The winger joined Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January and he scored his first goal for the club in last week's 2-1 win over Fiorentina, capping a fine start to his Serie A career. Deulofeu, 22, has immediately settled with Vincenzo Montella's side, but it is Barca – who maintain an option to buy the player from Everton as part of his 2015 Camp Nou exit – who will determine his long-term future in Italy. "So far nobody from Barcelona has contacted us, but clearly his future does depend on what they want because they do have this option," Gines Carvajal, Deulofeu's representative, told Calciomercato. "His partner is staying in Barcelona - she is pregnant and can't really travel at the moment, so their daughter will be born in Barcelona. Griezmann becomes Atletico's all-time leading scorer in Europe "But I wouldn't be so sure that [re-joining Barcelona] is going to happen.  "Right now Barcelona have other things to think about. They need to get back on their feet in LaLiga and overturn the 4-0 Champions League defeat to PSG. "Deulofeu is very happy to be at Milan, so I certainly wouldn't rule out him pushing to remain here after the loan spell. "We often speak and he seems almost surprised at how well he has settled in at Milan. The squad welcomed him, he likes the city, the club infrastructure and the fans. "I was certain of Gerard's quality as he is a great player, but I did not expect him to have such a good start at Milan. "It took a long time for him to arrive, but the determination of Rocco Maiorino, president Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani had a decisive role.  "Vincenzo Montella really wanted him and it was the right choice to make. Gerard immediately felt the confidence of him and that is fundamental to doing well."  

  • Leicester can't afford to live in the pa...

    Many of the players remain the same, but the Leicester City team that takes to the field at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday should be treated as a very different side from last year's surprise Premier League winners, according to Sevilla's bullish coach Jorge Sampaoli. Th...

    Leicester can't afford to live in the past, warns Sampaoli

    Many of the players remain the same, but the Leicester City team that takes to the field at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday should be treated as a very different side from last year's surprise Premier League winners, according to Sevilla's bullish coach Jorge Sampaoli. The Foxes earned a place in the Champions League by defying the odds to claim the title in 2015-16, before progressing to the knockout stages of Europe's elite club competition at the first attempt. Their defence of the domestic crown is verging on the disastrous, though, with Leicester sitting 17th, one point clear of the relegation zone, prompting speculation over the future of manager Claudio Ranieri, just nine months after earning pride of place in the club's folklore.  Why Nani never escaped from Ronaldo's shadow The strugglers from the East Midlands will receive no quarter in Andalusia this week, when a Sevilla side pushing favourites Real Madrid and Barcelona all the way in LaLiga will expect to earn a commanding aggregate lead in the round-of-16 tie.  "Today we are not talking about the team that won the league so brilliantly, we're talking about one that is not doing well and is fighting relegation. You have to talk about the present," Sampaoli told a news conference on Tuesday. Quizzed on Ranieri's position, the former Chile boss replied: "Common sense says someone who had so much success with so few resources can lift the team again, although that is for the people in charge of Leicester to decide.  "But the present is more important than the past, even with an achievement as incredible as theirs. "I think Leicester are not having a good time in the league, they have a lot of doubts when last year they had so much belief."

  • Puyol backs Barcelona for Champions Leag...

    Carles Puyol believes Barcelona can make Champions League history and beat Paris Saint-Germain for a quarter-final spot, despite a 4-0 first-leg hammering. Angel Di Maria scored twice last week, with Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani capping a magnificent performance from Unai E...

    Puyol backs Barcelona for Champions League miracle

    Carles Puyol believes Barcelona can make Champions League history and beat Paris Saint-Germain for a quarter-final spot, despite a 4-0 first-leg hammering. Angel Di Maria scored twice last week, with Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani capping a magnificent performance from Unai Emery's men as Lionel Messi and Co fell well short at the Parc des Princes. No side has ever overturned a four-goal deficit from the first leg in a Champions League tie, putting Barca's task in sharp context. Zidane reveals Cristiano's favourite position A frosty reception welcomed the team back to Camp Nou as they edged out struggling Leganes 2-1 on Sunday, but three-time Champions League winning Barca captain Puyol believes all is not lost in Europe this season. "This is a time for the team to be united," Puyol told reporters. "By sticking together, they can get through this situation. We know that the result in Paris hurt, but if there is any team that can turn something like this around, then that team is Barca. "It is a difficult result, but not impossible. This team has done a lot in recent years and they deserve every confidence in the world. "I am with them to the death, not just because they are friends of mine but because at Barca we are all in the same boat. "We cannot afford to have doubts. We have to fight to the end."  

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