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  • Barca guarding against complacency in La Liga title push

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has stressed his side won't take their eye off the ball despite having a comfortable run-in to the end of the La Liga season as they chase a fifth title in seven years. A 2-0 win over local rivals Espanyol on Saturday ensured Barca maintained a two-point lead over Real…

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  • Hernandez stars for Madrid in six-goal thriller

    Javier Hernandez struck twice as Real Madrid kept the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga by reducing the Catalans' lead to two points with a enthralling 4-2 win at Celta Vigo on Sunday. Nolito fired the hosts into an early lead before goals from Toni Kroos and Hernandez turned the game…

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  • Vermaelen finally ready to start Barca career

    Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen has been given the all-clear to make his first appearance for Barcelona nearly nine months since he joined the Catalan giants. Vermaelen has been plagued by hamstring problems that he originally suffered whilst representing his country at last year's World Cup…

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  • Champions League easier to win than La Liga - Ancelotti

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side have a better chance of retaining the Champions League trophy than denying Barcelona the La Liga title. Los Blancos squeezed past Atletico Madrid to reach the last four in midweek and were rewarded with on paper the easiest draw as they face…

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  • Espanyol keen to destroy Barca's treble dreams

    Barcelona can take a huge step towards sealing a fifth La Liga title in seven years when they visit local rivals Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Saturday. Luis Enrique's men remain on course for just the second treble in the club's storied history after easing past Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 on…

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  • PSG tie not over, says Barca's Suarez

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez insists his side can't relax when they host Paris Saint-Germain in the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday despite holding a commanding 3-1 lead in the tie. Suarez was the orchestrator of the French champions' downfall in the first-leg at the…

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  • Sevilla face depleted Zenit in Europa League quarters

    Holders Sevilla host a Zenit Saint Petersburg side ripped apart by suspensions in the Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday. Defenders Domenico Criscito and Igor Smolnikov, skipper Miguel Danny and Brazilian star striker Hulk are all banned after collecting third bookings in the last…

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  • Barcelona coach dismisses talk of Neymar 'controversy'

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique gave short shrift to questions about Neymar on the eve of his side's Champions League quarter-final with Paris Saint-Germain after the Brazilian reacted angrily to being substituted at the weekend. Neymar scored in Barcelona's game at Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday but…

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  • Atletico clash with Real in Champions League showdown

    Last season's Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid meet for the seventh time this season in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg with revenge in mind for both. Real took the spoils in Lisbon last May as Sergio Ramos's stoppage time header denied Atletico their…

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  • I tried to forget last year's troubles - Messi

    Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has admitted that he struggled to overcome injuries in Barcelona's first trophyless campaign for six years last season. As well as the disappointment at club level, Messi suffered the devastation of losing the World Cup final with Argentina and saw…

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  • Real fired up for Atletico revenge - Ancelotti

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said his side will be out to avenge the humiliation of their 4-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in February when the sides meet in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday. Los Blancos beat Atletico 4-1 after extra time to win their 10th European Cup in last…

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  • Barcelona blow two-goal lead at Sevilla

    Sevilla came from 2-0 down to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a 2-2 draw against leaders Barcelona on Saturday. Stunning finishes from Lionel Messi and Neymar inside the first half looked to have Barca well on course for a 10th consecutive win in all competitions.

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  • Brazilians chase the Chinese soccer dollar

    China is fast becoming the new destination for some of Brazil's best players, rather than the English Premier League, Spain's La Liga or the Bundesliga in Germany. China was the country that has spent the most on transfers from Brazilian clubs so far this year, topping almost $40 million in the…

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  • Barcelona coach Enrique confident for Sevilla test as PSG loom

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is "optimistic" of starting off a crucial run of five high-pressure games with victory over Sevilla on Saturday. The Sevilla game is followed for the Spanish league leaders by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-final first leg next Wednesday, then…

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  • Barcelona face stiff title test in Seville

    La Liga leaders Barcelona will have to break Sevilla's 31-game unbeaten run at the Sanchez Pizjuan to ensure they maintain a four-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the table on Saturday. Barca swept aside Almeria on Wednesday to take their winning streak in all competition to nine games,…

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  • Athletic Bilbao strike late to hold Valencia

    Valencia's push for a return to the Champions League next season suffered a setback as Aritz Aduriz's controversial stoppage time equaliser handed Athletic Bilbao a 1-1 draw on Thursday. The visitors looked on course for all three points when Argentine winger Rodrigo de Paul slotted home his first…

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  • Deportivo name former star Victor as new boss

    Deportivo la Coruna confirmed the appointment of former midfielder Victor as the La Liga strugglers' new coach on Thursday. "Victor Sanchez del Amo has this afternoon been named as the new coach of Real Club Deportivo," said a statement on the club's website. The Galicians sacked Victor Fernandez…

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