Ousmane Dembele to miss Manchester United clash through injury
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by Feargal Brennan
5h ago
Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele will miss their Europa League last 16 play off with Manchester United through injury. The French international limped off after just 25 minutes in Barcelona’s 1-0 La Liga win at Girona with his replacement Pedri netting the winner late on. Xavi admitted in his post match interview that he is concerned over how long the 25-year-old will be out of action for. The club immediately sent him for medical tests after the game with an update this evening confirming a thigh muscle injury. LATEST NEWS | Tests carried out this evening on Ousmane Dembélé have shown that he ..read more
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Pedri outlines goal mission in 2023
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by Feargal Brennan
5h ago
Barcelona starlet Pedri has set himself a clear mission to score more goals before the end of the 2022/23 season. His winner sealed a 1-0 victory for Barcelona at local rivals Girona to bring his tally up to five La Liga goals so far this campaign. Despite Barcelona’s struggles in recent weeks, Pedri has ensured their title challenge has not dropped off, with three goals in his last four appearances in all competitions. He found the back of the net in Barcelona’s Spanish Supercopa final win over Real Madrid, and his goal this weekend makes it successive 1-0 league wins, secured by a strik ..read more
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Carlo Ancelotti ends Everton speculation on his son Davide
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by Feargal Brennan
5h ago
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has moved to end speculation over his son taking charge at Everton. Davide Ancelotti was on of the names linked with replacing Frank Lampard at Goodison Park following the former England international’s dismissal last week. However, the speculation did not amount to a concrete offer for Ancelotti Jr, having worked alongside his father during his own time on Merseyside. Veteran Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa was initially linked with the job but former Burnley head coach Sean Dyche now looks set to take the over the reins with the Toffees. Ancelotti was asked ..read more
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Xavi praises ‘world class’ Pedri after reaching 100 Barcelona games
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by Feargal Brennan
5h ago
Barcelona boss Xavi was full of praise for matchwinner Pedri as they edged out a 1-0 win at Girona. The visitors were once again below their best, despite moving into a six point lead at the top of the table overnight, as Pedri’s second half goal capped a landmark day for the 20-year-old. With Barcelona struggling for inspiration in recent weeks, Pedri has ensured their title challenge has not faded, with three goals in his last four appearances in all competitions. Pedri on the scoresheet two weeks in a row… This kid's got some future ahead!! ?#LaLigaTV pic.twitter.com/dYWpEjETPM — LaLigaTV ..read more
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Xavi concerned by Ousmane Dembele injury
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by John Menzies
5h ago
Barcelona’s victory over Catalan rivals Girona on Saturday afternoon was a hard fought one. The hosts made life difficult for the La Liga leaders, but Pedri’s winning goal in his 100th appearance for the club was enough for the three points. Although Girona did well in containing them, Barcelona will be disappointed with their overall performance, especially in attack. Head coach Xavi Hernandez has pleased with the results, but he insisted that his team’s displays have to be better going forward. “We must dare to do more things in the attack. We have generated many chances under high pressure ..read more
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Barcelona scrape past Girona to move 6 points clear in La Liga
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by John Menzies
5h ago
Barcelona struggled for much of Saturday afternoon’s fixture against Girona, but ultimately, they have come away with three valuable points in the race for the La Liga title after a 1-0 win. Xavi Hernandez made four changes to the team that started Wednesday’s Copa del Rey victory over Real Sociedad, with Eric Garcia, Marcos Alonso, Raphinha and Ansu Fati all starting against their Catalan rivals. They started like a team without much time playing together, and Girona easily counteracted them. Things got worse for Barca when Wednesday’s matchwinner Ousmane Dembele went off injured after just 2 ..read more
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Sporting CP identify Barcelona defender as Pedro Porro replacement
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by John Menzies
5h ago
Pedro Porro has gathered plenty of interest in this transfer window. The former Girona and Real Valladolid defender has been in fantastic form for Sporting CP this season, having joined permanently from Manchester City last summer. His exploits have attracted the interest of both Barcelona and Real Madrid, but he seems likely to return to the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur. As such, Sporting will require a new right back should Porro leave, and they are looking to replace him with another Spaniard. Journalist David Ornstein reports that Sporting want Barcelona’s Hector Bellerin should P ..read more
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WATCH: Pedri makes landmark game for Barcelona with opening goal against Girona
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by John Menzies
5h ago
Barcelona have struggled the break down their Catalan rivals Girona in this afternoon’s La Liga fixture, with Xavi Hernandez’s side having turned in a rather underwhelming performance. Barca were particularly poor in the first half, and failed to create any real opportunities. To make matters worse, Ousmane Dembele was forced off with an injury, although those close to the club don’t believe that it is serious. Pedri replaces the Frenchman, making his 100th appearance for Barca in the process, and he has marked the occasion with the opening goal in this one. Fellow substitute Jordi Alba swung ..read more
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Gennaro Gattuso vows to continue at Valencia amid sacking rumours
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by John Menzies
5h ago
Valencia are not in a good place at the moment. Thursday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Athletic Club means that they were are out of the Copa del Rey, which was the club’s only chance of silverware this season. Since domestic football returned at the end of last month, Valencia have won just two of their seven fixtures, and both are those were in the Copa, which is rather irrelevant now. They have failed to win any of their three La Liga games, meaning that they sit 13th, just three points outside the relegation zone. This has lead to plenty of discontent among Los Che supporters, who were furious a ..read more
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Mateu Alemany allays Barcelona fears over registration of Gavi and Ronald Araujo
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by John Menzies
5h ago
Barcelona’s financial issues have caused many problems for the club, especially when it comes to making transfers. The La Liga salary cap has also meant that Barca have had issues in registering players, with two in particular having been an issue of late. Barca are desperate to register Ronald Araujo and Gavi’s new contracts with La Liga, with both having agreed new deals earlier in the season. The duo have become indispensable players under Xavi Hernandez this season, and have helped the club sit three points clear at the top of the league. Despite Barca’s willingness to register Araujo and ..read more
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