Messi always gets us out of trouble – Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised Lionel Messi for settling his side down after a nervy start against Manchester United and inspiring the Catalans to a 3-0 victory to reach the Champions League quarterfinals. Marcus Rashford struck the crossbar for the…

Solskjaer calls for squad rebuild after United outclassed by Barca

After their slim hopes of another famous Champions League revival were stopped dead by Lionel Messi and a rampant Barcelona, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his Manchester United side need a huge overhaul in order to return to Europe’s elite. Although…

Barca reach semis with Messi exhibition against United

Lionel Messi produced another masterful Champions League performance to knock out Manchester United and fire Barcelona into the semifinals for the first time in four years, scoring twice in a 3-0 home win on Tuesday. Barca, who toyed with United…

Messi fit for Barca as United attempt another comeback

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said Lionel Messi is in “perfect” condition to face Manchester United in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday. It is four years since Barca last reached the semis of Europe’s premier…

Diego Costa banned 8 matches for insulting referee

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been handed an eight-match La Liga ban by the Spanish Football Federation’s Competition Committee for abusing the referee after he was shown the red card during last Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by Barcelona. The official’s…

UCL: Shaw own goal gives Barca advantage over United

Barcelona will take a 1-0 lead over Manchester United into next week’s second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal after a 12th-minute Luke Shaw own goal gave them victory at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Sergio Busquets found Lionel Messi with…

Solskjaer aims to replicate spirit of ’99 at United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to replicate the spirit of Manchester United’s treble-winners at Old Trafford as he plots a route back to the top for the club. Solskjaer, last month appointed as the permanent United boss, famously scored the injury-time…

‘Best ever’ Messi constant in Barca evolution, says Villa

Lionel Messi is the best player ever and Barcelona owe their success to their evolution to a more direct style from a possession-based passing game, the club’s former player David Villa has said. Barcelona currently have an eight-point lead in…

LaLiga: Messi hits hat-trick as Barca torment Betis

Even the Real Betis fans were applauding by the end as Lionel Messi scored another spectacular hat-trick to fire Barcelona to a 4-1 victory on Sunday and leave them with one hand on the La Liga trophy. Messi’s treble, his…

City face Spurs, United draw Barca in UCL quarters

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will face off in an all-Premier League clash after being draw together in the Champions League quarterfinals on Friday. Manchester United, who staged a dramatic comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to make the last eight, will…

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