Goalkeeper Sirigu kept taking the ball out of his net at Barca. (Getty Images) Fresh off an emphatic and cathartic 3-2 El Clasico win on Sunday, Barcelona, newly in first place in La Liga after trailing Real Madrid for months, didn’t exactly break stride
Carlo Ancelotti insisted he is focussed on wrapping up the Bundesliga before assessing how successful his first season at Bayern Munich has been following a shock German Cup semi-final defeat. April has been little short of a disaster for Ancelotti and Bayern. The German champions threw away a 2-1 lead at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday before going down 3-2 to Borussia Dortmund.
AMSTERDAM (AP) On the day Johan Cruyff would have turned 70, his home city has agreed to name Ajax’s stadium after the Dutch football great. Amsterdam Municipality says it has agreed with the stadium and Ajax to change the name of the Amsterdam Arena to the Johan Cruijff Arena – using the Dutch spelling of the Ajax and Barcelona star, who died last year. Ajax, the stadium’s board and Amsterdam say they “want to pay a worthy tribute to the best footballer Amsterdam and the Netherlands have ever known.” The agreement announced Tuesday is expected to be finalized within six months. Born in Amsterdam, Cruyff was the mercurial driving force behind Ajax and Dutch “total football” in the early 1970s.