Barcelona youngster Jordi Mboula pulled off a breathtaking goal midweek against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Youth League quarterfinals, and he looked like Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez during it. This extraordinary goal sees him with some Neymar flair to break free down the right, then some Messi speed and skill to get inside, and then a Suarez-like finish into the far side. Take a look. La cadencia de Leo Messi, el regate de Neymar Jr. y la potencia de Luis Suarez, ¡en uno solo! 😮 😮 😮 Brilliant. And he is only 17. The Spanish winger, also of Congolese heritage, has been with Barca’s youth teams since 2010. He has six goals in seven matches in the UEFA Youth League, and if he keeps
The numbers tell the story, where Juan Mata is concerned. It is why he suddenly finds himself a crucial component of Jose Mourinho’s plans for Sunday’s League Cup final against Southampton. The very notion of joining a line of players walking out behind Mourinho at Wembley was once unthinkable, given the way that the manager saw him off Chelsea’s premises two years ago, and facing Southampton carries particularly searing memories where he is concerned.
PORT ST. LUCIE — Kevin Plawecki would like to think he is better than what he has shown the Mets over the past two seasons. The pressure is off now. The Mets have Travis d’Arnaud and Rene Rivera lined up at catcher to begin the Grapefruit League season, leaving the 26-year-old Plawecki to spend spring training working on his craft. In 48 games in the major league last season, Plawecki had a disappointing .197/.298/.265 slash line with one homer and 11 RBIs. It followed his equally anemic 2015 season. “I believe I’m a starting catcher in this league and whether it’s here, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Plawecki said Thursday. “I have got to continue to work hard and bust my [butt], and