Gerard Pique

Result: Barcelona on brink of retaining title after beating Alaves

Goals from Carles Alena and Luis Suarez give Barcelona a 2-0 win over Alaves that leaves them on the brink of an eighth La Liga title in the past 11 years. Barcelona have moved to the brink of a fourth La Liga title in the last five years courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Alaves at the Estadio de Mendizorroza this evening. The champions-elect were forced to be patient against one of the league’s surprise packages this season, but two goals in six second-half minutes extended their lead at the top of the table to 12 points. Carles Alena broke the deadlock before Luis Suarez effectively made sure of the points from the penalty spot, leaving Barcelona just one result away from successfully retaining the title. La Blaugrana could be crowned champions as early as Wednesday should Atletico Ma...

How Barcelona could line up against Alaves

Ahead of the game between Alaves and Barcelona on Tuesday night, Sports Mole looks at how Ernesto Valverde’s side could line up at the Mendizorrotza Stadium. Barcelona head into Tuesday’s clash with Alaves looking to move closer to successfully defending the La Liga title. The Catalan giants hold a nine-point advantage with five matches remaining, and victory at the Mendizorrotza Stadium could potentially put the club in a position where they could secure the top-flight crown on Saturday evening. Barcelona head into this fixture having registered a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Real Sociedad at the weekend. Below, Sports Mole predicts what starting lineup could be named by Ernesto Valverde as the Barcelona boss attempts to keep players fresh ahead of next week’s Champions ...

Preview: Alaves vs. Barcelona – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the La Liga fixture between Alaves and Barcelona. Barcelona face Alaves at the Mendizorrotza Stadium looking to further strengthen their grip of top spot in the La Liga standings. Alaves play host to the league leaders with the desire to end a five-match winless streak which has led to the club dropping down to eighth position. Alaves © Reuters Alaves had been challenging for a place in next season’s Champions League before the start of the last international break, but boss Abelardo Fernandez now faces a big task in trying to ensure that the club’s campaign does not peter out in the closing weeks. A run of 12 points from six matches has been followed by no victory in five attempts, and Alaves have now not ...

Result: Barcelona edge closer to title with narrow win over Real Sociedad

Barcelona move to within two wins of retaining their La Liga title courtesy of a narrow 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou. Barcelona have moved to within two wins of retaining their La Liga title courtesy of a narrow 2-1 triumph over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou this evening. The Champions League semi-finalists were forced to call upon unlikely heroes as Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba got the goals either side of Juanmi‘s equaliser for the visitors. The result sees Barcelona regain their nine-point lead at the top of the table with five games of the season remaining, having had their advantage cut to six by Atletico Madrid’s win over Eibar earlier in the day. However, the champions-elect were below their best and a leggy display does not bode well ahead of next we...

How Barcelona could line up against Real Sociedad

Sports Mole looks at how Barcelona could line up in this weekend’s La Liga clash with Real Sociedad. Barcelona will be looking to continue their charge towards the La Liga title when they welcome Real Sociedad to Camp Nou on Saturday night. As it stands, Barca are nine points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid at the top of the table and are very much closing on another championship. Lionel Messi scored twice and Philippe Coutinho netted the other as Ernesto Valverde‘s side recorded a 3-0 win over Manchester United in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night. The victory handed the Spanish giants a four-goal aggregate success, setting up a semi-final with Liverpool. The fact that Barca are so comfortable at the top of the division means that V...

Report: Arsenal leading Manchester United in Samuel Umtiti race

Arsenal are in the driving seat to land in-demand defender Samuel Umtiti from Barcelona, according to a report. The France international has been tipped to depart Camp Nou at the end of the season after losing his place in the side to Clement Lenglet. Umtiti has struggled with injuries this season and Barca are believed to have eyed up Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt to partner Gerard Pique for the long term. Arsenal and Premier League rivals Manchester United are among the sides said to have showed an interest in the 25-year-old. Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claims that Arsenal are the leading the way to sign Umtiti, though, with Roma also possibly set to miss out. The report also indicates that Barcelona want the former ex-Lyon defender to sign a new contract to further increase his val...

Samuel Umtiti ‘on verge of Juventus move’

Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti will join Juventus this summer, according to a report. Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti will reportedly join Juventus in this summer’s transfer window. Umtiti made over 80 appearances for Barca during his first two seasons at the club. The 25-year-old has had a difficult 2018-19 campaign, though, with a knee problem seeing him miss a number of matches, and Clement Lenglet has emerged as Gerard Pique‘s first-choice partner in central defence. Manchester United and Arsenal were amongst those to be linked with Umtiti, but according to Diario AS, Juve have won the race for the France international ahead of the 2019-2020 campaign. The defender, who joined Barca from Lyon in the summer of 2016, has won one La Liga title and two Copa del Rey crow...

Combined XI: Barcelona vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Barcelona and Manchester United ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie. Barcelona and Manchester United meet at Camp Nou on Tuesday night for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. It will be the 13th time the heavyweight clubs have faced off in a competitive fixture, with Barca winning five and losing three of those. The Catalan giants have come out on top in each of the last three encounters, though, including a 1-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Arguably the toughest choice of all to make is in goal. David de Gea is widely considered by many to be the best goalkeep...

Preview: Barcelona vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Barcelona and Man United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the scene of his greatest triumph on Tuesday night, aiming for a repeat of the 1999 Champions League final when Manchester United take on Barcelona at Camp Nou in a blockbuster quarter-final second leg. United’s recently-appointed manager scored a memorable late goal against Bayern Munich to win the second of three European Cups for United, and his side require a result of similar magnitude two decades on as they trail Barca 1-0 from the opening 90 minutes. Barcelona © Reuters Barcelona did not really get out of first gear in last Wednesday’s first leg at Old Trafford, but nor did they have to. Ma...

How Barcelona could line up against Huesca

Sports Mole looks at how Barcelona could line up in this weekend’s La Liga clash with Huesca. Barcelona will be looking to continue their charge towards the La Liga title when they travel to basement side Huesca on Saturday afternoon. Barca beat second-placed Atletico Madrid last weekend to open up an 11-point lead at the summit, while Huesca sit bottom of the table, six points behind 17th-placed Real Valladolid. An own goal from Luke Shaw saw Barca record a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The return match at Camp Nou will take place next week and therefore head coach Ernesto Valverde is expected to make a number of changes to his starting XI this weekend. With that in mind, Sports Mole has ta...

Preview: Huesca vs. Barcelona – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole brings you the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Barcelona’s trip to Huesca in La Liga. Bottom will welcome top in La Liga this weekend as Barcelona head to Estadio El Alcoraz to face Huesca. Barca beat second-placed Atletico Madrid last weekend to open up an 11-point lead at the summit, while Huesca sit bottom of the table, six points behind 17th-placed Real Valladolid heading into Week 32. Huesca © Reuters Huesca finished second in the Segunda Division last term to earn a spot in the top flight for the first time. They were actually playing Segunda B football as recently as 2015 but are now in the big time. All things considered, Huesca deserve huge praise for their form this season. It is going to be tough to escape the bottom three, but just six point...

Champions League Team of the Week – Roberto Firmino, Son Heung-min, Frenkie de Jong

Sports Mole selects its Champions League team of the week for the first legs of the quarter-finals, including Roberto Firmino, Son Heung-min and Frenkie de Jong. A star-studded quarter-final stage of the Champions League began this week with eight European heavyweights doing battle to give themselves a first-leg advantage in the race to reach the last four. Tottenham Hotspur made it two wins from two at their brand new stadium with a 1-0 victory over domestic rivals Manchester City, although it was not all good news for the North Londoners as they lost Harry Kane to a serious-looking ankle injury. Barcelona are in the driving seat against Manchester United courtesy of a 1-0 win at Old Trafford, giving them a crucial away goal to take back to the Camp Nou next week despite not being at thei...

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