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Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: Simeone's giant hurdle for the title

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Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: Simeone's giant hurdle for the title
Atletico may be knocked off the top spot of the La Liga table if they don't win against Barcelona.
May 5, 2021 09:28 BST
When Atletico Madrid was leading the La Liga Santander title race by 10 points in late January, nobody could predict that this Saturday's clash against FC Barcelona could determine this season's winner.
Atletico has suffered a dip in form since the start of the year, seeing their lead get whittled down to just two points. Last month, they even relinquished that top spot to both Barcelona and city rivals Real Madrid in what has been a game of musical chairs at the top of the table.

Barcelona players attend Lionel Messi's barbecue party, is it goodbye?

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Barcelona players attend Lionel Messi's barbecue party, is it goodbye?
The captain invited members of the squad to his home on Monday for a light boding session over barbecue.
May 4, 2021 09:13 BST
In a rare glimpse into their personal lives outside the football pitch, Barcelona players reportedly gathered for a barbecue party at club captain Lionel Messi's house on Monday. With just four matches remaining in the La Liga season, could this be Messi's early farewell party with what could possibly be his soon-to-be ex-teammates?
The gathering came after the squad attended a recovery training session following their crucial 3-2 victory over Valencia on Sunday night. The win at the Mestalla Stadium kept them within striking distance of the La Liga trophy, as they now stand just two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona comes from behind to beat Valencia, Messi scores twice

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Barcelona comes from behind to beat Valencia, Messi scores twice
The Catalans are keeping themselves in the title race by staying just two points behind Atletico Madrid.
May 3, 2021 08:59 BST
FC Barcelona escaped a scare after falling behind early in the second half of their La Liga clash against Valencia. However, captain Lionel Messi missed a penalty but scored twice to help his team win the match at 2-3. The victory lets Barcelona stay just two points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid.
Valencia's opening goal came in the 50th minute thanks to a header by ex-Arsenal man Gabriel. Messi found the equaliser less than ten minutes later after missing a spot kick but quickly scoring off the rebound.

Hazard starts as Real Madrid defeat Osasuna, while Atleti scrape past Elche

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Hazard starts as Real Madrid defeat Osasuna, while Atleti scrape past Elche
Zinedine Zidane’s side saw off Osasuna 2-0.
Saturday 1 May 2021, 10:28 PM
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Real Madrid's Casemiro celebrates scoring his side's second goal.
Image: Bernat Armangue
Image: Bernat Armangue
REAL MADRID HELD their nerve to beat Osasuna 2-0 in La Liga on Saturday as Eden Hazard made his first start since January, raising the possibility of Zinedine Zidane picking him for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea.
After making a brief cameo off the bench in the first leg last week, Hazard played 72 minutes at Valdebebas and could now face his former club from the start in the pivotal return game at Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos still in doubt for Chelsea second leg

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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos still in doubt for Chelsea second leg
Injury troubles continue to haunt Los Blancos, with Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez ruled out for the rest of the season.
May 2, 2021 04:25 BST
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane decided that was not yet willing to risk playing Sergio Ramos, even though the latter has already been seen training with the rest of the squad this week. The captain was left out of the squad that faced Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday, and remains in doubt against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in mid week.
Real Madrid fans were delighted to see Ramos on the pitch with his teammates on Thursday and Friday, as the squad prepared for the weekend encounter. However, Zidane did not included him in the squad list for Saturday. in a game which Real Madrid won 2-0.

Real Madrid: Eden Hazard's outrageous back-heel through ball during Osasuna win

Hazard made his first start for Real Madrid since January

Barcelona reaches WCL final as Martens scores twice vs PSG

Barcelona reaches WCL final as Martens scores twice vs PSG
May 2, 2021 GMT
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona reached the Women’s Champions League final after Lieke Martens scored twice in a 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their semifinal on Sunday.
Barça advanced by an aggregate score of 3-2 and will play either Chelsea or Bayern Munich in the final on May 16 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Chelsea hosts Bayern later Sunday.
The hosts, playing in front of nearly 1,000 fans at Johan Cruyff Stadium, built an early two-goal lead thanks to stellar finishing from its Netherlands winger.
Martens, the UEFA women’s player of the year in 2016-17, caught up to a long pass and curled a right-footed shot into the top left corner of the net in the 8th minute. She was then left unmarked at the far post to tap in a low cross from Caroline Graham Hansen in the 31st.

Messi strikes twice in 2nd half to keep Barcelona near top

Messi strikes twice in 2nd half to keep Barcelona near top
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi came through for Barcelona again on Sunday, keeping the Spanish league’s title race wide open.
Messi scored two second-half goals — including his 50th from a free kick — as Barcelona came from behind to beat Valencia 3-2 and get within two points of leader Atlético Madrid ahead of their key match at the Camp Nou Stadium next weekend.
A win will give Ronald Koeman’s team the league lead for the first time this season.
Antoine Griezmann also scored for Barcelona, which is tied on points with second-place Madrid with four rounds to go. Madrid has a better head-to-head tiebreaker against both rivals at the top. Sevilla also remains in the title race. It can move within three points of the lead if it beats Athletic Bilbao at home on Monday. Sevilla visits Madrid next weekend.

Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Marcelo plans to make it via private jet

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Brazilian-born Marcelo obtained Spanish citizenship in 2011.
May 1, 2021 05:29 BST
Real Madrid CF has been dealing with blow after blow when it comes to their available lineup for the crucial part of the season. The latest setback involves Marcelo, who may miss the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final clash against Chelsea after being called up to do his polling station duties in the upcoming Madrid elections
For those who are unfamiliar, Spanish citizens all face the possibility of being selected to "volunteer" at polling stations during elections. Brazilian-born Marcelo obtained Spanish citizenship in 2011, and as such has been eligible to be selected since then. On May 4, Madrid will be holding polls for local positions and Marcelo is one of those selected to help monitor one of the stations. Real Madrid will be facing Chelsea the next day, but the match is all the way in Stamford Bridge in London.

Atlético ekes out win at Elche to grow Liga lead to 5 points

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atlético Madrid needed a goal by Marcos Llorente and a penalty miss by Elche in injury time to grind out a 1-0 win and open a five-point advantage at the top of the Spanish league on Saturday. Other than Llorente’s first-half goal, Atlético relied on its defense and almost paid for it in the final moments when Llorente used his arm to disrupt a cross into the box. But Diego Simeone's side dodged another costly stumble away from home when Elche’s Fidel Chaves fired the resulting penalty kick off the left post.

La Liga title race enters business end with Barca favourites

La Liga title race enters business end with Barca favourites
30 Apr 2021 / 14:00 H.
MADRID: La Liga heads into the home stretch with one of the most exciting title races of recent times in full swing four teams battling it out to lift the trophy this season.
In an unlikely turn of events, Barcelona have emerged as favourites to be crowned champions after one defeat in their last 22 Liga games.
That run has seen Ronald Koeman’s side claw back league leaders Atletico Madrid, who sit top with 73 points from 33 games, to within two points and they have a game in hand.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman sent off in crucial La Liga loss

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Koeman was shown a red card for allegedly insulting a referee.

Sergio Ramos has decided to stay at Real Madrid but with conditions

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Sergio Ramos has decided to stay at Real Madrid but with conditions
The Spaniard has agreed to a pay cut, but only if he is offered at least a two-year deal.
April 29, 2021 09:23 BST
Time is quickly running out for Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, whose contract is set to expire in June. He has been at a standoff with the club on his contract renewal, but he is now aware that the best option for him is to stay with the Spanish giants, However, he is also looking for more long-term security if he is going to accept a pay cut.

Lionel Messi camp, Barcelona president finally have contract meeting

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Lionel Messi camp, Barcelona president finally have contract meeting
The long-awaited conversation between Jorge Messi and Joan Laporta has finally started.
April 29, 2021 07:54 BST
The clock is ticking with just two months to go before Lionel Messi's current contract with FC Barcelona expires. Fans have been at the edge of their seats waiting for updates, even as Barcelona president Joan Laporta said that he needs to get a better picture of the club's finances before finally making an offer.
While the said offer has not officially been laid on the table yet, there have at least been informal talks between Laporta and Messi's father and agent, Jorge. The conversations are a good sign that both sides are working towards the possibility of a contract renewal.

Chelsea's Ability To Beat Real Madrid's High Press Was Excellent

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Ryan Sidle
11:57 AM, April 28 2021 GMT+1
Chelsea's ability to avoid Real Madrid's high press is exactly why they're in a good position to make the Champions League final.
On Tuesday night Thomas Tuchel's side put in an excellent performance in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Christian Pulisic's first half lead gave the Premier League side the lead and, despite Karim Benzema's equaliser shortly after, they're in an excellent place to make it to the final in Istanbul next month.
Scoreline aside, the Blues were the better side on the night in the Spanish capital and, if it weren't for Timo Werner, might have taken a deserved lead back to Stamford Bridge.

Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Marcelo will reportedly miss second leg due to polling station duties

On the morning after Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first leg, some incredible reports have emerged from Spain suggesting Marcelo will miss the second leg because he’s been selected to work on the polling stations for next week’s elections.
No, we’re deadly serious.
The report from El Mundo suggests Marcelo has been randomly selected to work at the elections, which are being held next Tuesday. The second leg takes place next Wednesday.
The electoral board has argued that Marcelo can fly after working at the elections and, therefore, isn’t entitled to miss his duties. However, due to Covid protocols, that may not be possible.

Antoine Griezmann 'Proud To Be At Barcelona' Even If It Means Playing Out Of Position

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Antoine Griezmann 'Proud To Be At Barcelona' Even If It Means Playing Out Of Position
Antoine Griezmann scored twice to earn Barcelona a 2-1 win at Villarreal and talked up his side's chances of chasing down LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid.
26 April 2021
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Antoine Griezmann 'Proud To Be At Barcelona' Even If It Means Playing Out Of Position
Antoine Griezmann is proud to be playing his part in Barcelona's LaLiga title push, even if it means continuing to play out of position. (More Football News)
The France international scored twice to earn Barca a 2-1 comeback win away at Villarreal on Sunday after Samuel Chukwueze opened the scoring at Estadio de la Ceramica.

Advantage Barcelona as Atletico squanders La Liga lead

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Advantage Barcelona as Atletico squanders La Liga lead
Atletico Madrid dropped three crucial points after losing to Athletic Club Bilbao on Sunday.
April 26, 2021 09:13 BST
FC Barcelona now has the advantage in the Spanish La Liga title race. Atletico Madrid handed the advantage to the Catalans after losing 2-1 against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Atletico reclaimed the lead on Saturday after Real Madrid dropped points for two weekends in a row. Los Blancos only managed draws against both Getafe and Real Betis, and won only one out of their last three league games. As a result, their city rivals were handed an advantage which they in turn squandered against Bilbao.

Messi escapes injury scare against Villarreal

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Messi escapes injury scare against Villarreal
Messi appeared to have been injured after a tackle by Manu Trigueros.
April 26, 2021 11:28 BST
FC Barcelona fans held their breaths in unison while waiting for Lionel Messi to get up from the ground after he was felled by a nasty challenge during last night's 2-1 victory over Villarreal.
Messi was tackled by Villarreal's Manu Trigueros, who was subsequently shown a straight red card. Trigueros jumped in for the tackle and raked his studs along Messi's leg in the process. Messi fell and proceeded to clutch his leg as the referee was brandishing the card. The Argentine eventually got up and was able to complete the match without further issues.

Below-par Real Madrid suffer blow in title race with Betis draw

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Below-par Real Madrid suffer blow in title race with Betis draw
A goalless draw at Valdebebas left Chelsea with little to fear ahead of the next week’s Champions League semi-final.
Saturday 24 Apr 2021, 10:27 PM
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Image: Bernat Armangue
Image: Bernat Armangue
REAL MADRID HANDED the initiative back to Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday by drawing at home to Real Betis, a result that raises doubts about the team’s condition ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Chelsea.
Eden Hazard was thrown on for the last 15 minutes of the 0-0 draw at Valdebebas in what was just the Belgian’s second appearance in three months but Madrid could not find a way through.

Real Madrid loses grip on La Liga with latest setback

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Real Madrid loses grip on La Liga with latest setback
The defending champions dropped two crucial points against Real Betis.
April 25, 2021 08:21 BST
Real Madrid CF has suffered yet another setback in their bid to retain the La Liga Santander title. The defending champions could only manage a goalless draw against Real Betis Balompie on Saturday, which means that they dropped two crucial points for the second weekend in a row.
Los Blancos now find themselves two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who have an opportunity to extend the lead to five points if they win against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Meanwhile, FC Barcelona is also not far behind on third place. They are three points behind Real Madrid but can easily leapfrog their rivals thanks to two games still in hand.

Eden Hazard records impressive stat in 13 minutes during Real Madrid 0-0 Betis

Eden Hazard made his long-awaited return to action during Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Real Betis on Saturday night.
The Belgian winger entered the fray as a 77th-minute substitute in place of Marco Asensio, as Zinedine Zidane rolled the dice in search of all three points.
Hazard wasn’t able to inspire Los Blancos to victory at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano, although he still managed to make a positive impression.
The 30-year-old, whose Real Madrid spell to date has been seriously hampered by various injuries, looked bright during his 13-minute cameo.
Per Squawka, no Real Madrid player created more chances against Betis than Hazard, who produced a series of direct runs, plus a few quality passes and a couple of neat flicks.

Chelsea's Super League FOMO Contrasts With Barcelona And Real Madrid's Fears

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The motivation behind Chelsea’s participation in the ill-fated European Super League has been made clear: it was fear of missing out (FOMO).

Messi buys US property, is MLS move imminent?

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The Barcelona captain said last year that he is open to playing in the MLS.
April 24, 2021 08:54 BST
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has refused to speak about his future with the club until the end of the season. While club officials have constantly claimed that they are determined to convince him to stay, the latest reports point to a clue that he might be considering a career in the United States playing in Major League Soccer (MLS).
The Argentine forward reportedly bought a luxury apartment located near downtown Miami. The Sunny Isles Beach property has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and sweepingly spectacular sea views. Marca shared the scoop along with some photos of the alleged new acquisition.

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