Gerard Pique

How Barcelona could line up against Real Valladolid

Sports Mole looks at how Barcelona could line up in Saturday’s La Liga clash with Real Valladolid. Barcelona will be looking to return to winning ways following three successive draws when they welcome Real Valladolid to Camp Nou in La Liga on Saturday night. Ernesto Valverde‘s side are still top of the table, but are now just six points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, having drawn their last two league fixtures against Valencia and Athletic Bilbao. The Catalan giants have only lost two of their 23 league matches this season, though, and have had a free week to prepare for this match as they are not in Champions League last-16 action until February 19. Barcelona recorded a 1-0 win over Valladolid in the reverse fixture earlier this season, with Ousmane Dembele scoring the o...

Fenerbahce defender Martin Skrtel ‘turned down Barcelona move’

Fenerbahce defender Martin Skrtel allegedly turned down a move to Barcelona during the January transfer window. Fenerbahce defender Martin Skrtel has allegedly rejected the chance to sign for Barcelona. The 34-year-old – formerly of Liverpool – has spent the last two-and-a-half years in Turkey, but it has been suggested by a partner of his representatives that the Slovakia international was offered the opportunity to join Barcelona in January. However, it has been claimed that the centre-back is happy with life at Fenerbahce and did not want to be regarded as a backup option. Mithat Halis is quoted by AS as saying: “Barcelona wanted to sign him (Skrtel) and were insisting on him because they needed a central defender that was a reliable alternative, but the player didn...

Juventus emerge as favourites for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt?

Juventus reportedly emerge as the favourites to win the race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt during the summer. Juventus have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt. The Dutch giants have already allowed Frenkie de Jong to pen a deal with Barcelona ahead of next season, and it appears likely that De Ligt will be given permission to join one of European football’s giants in the summer. A number of clubs in the Premier League – including Manchester United and Liverpool – have been linked with the 19-year-old, as have Barcelona who are keen to find a long-term replacement for Gerard Pique. However, according to Sport, Juventus are De Ligt’s most likely destination due to the relationship between the Italian outfit and his r...

Result: Madrid hold Barcelona at Camp Nou

Barcelona and Real Madrid play out a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie. Malcom struck shortly before the hour mark to cancel out Lucas Vazquez‘s early goal and earn Barcelona a 1-1 draw in Wednesday evening’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg at Camp Nou. Los Blancos enjoyed the better of things in the first half and took a lead into the break thanks to Vazquez’s close-range finish early on, assisted by in-form striker Karim Benzema. Barca, minus star man Lionel Messi for the opening hour, struggled to get going for large parts of the match but they managed to find a way through thanks to Malcom’s goal, leaving the tie wide open ahead of the return match in three weeks’ time. © Reuters A little over three months on from...

Combined XI: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

Sports Mole selects a combined XI ahead of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid, using only players available for Wednesday’s clash. Barcelona will welcome Real Madrid to Camp Nou on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final. Barca have won the competition in each of the last four years and have been present in all but one of the last eight finals. The Spanish champions will enter the match off the back of a 2-2 draw with Valencia in the league on Saturday, while Madrid continued their impressive run of form with a 3-0 home success over Alaves. Both teams have some injury concerns heading into the match, but some of the world’s biggest stars will be on display at Camp Nou. Here, Sports Mole has selected the best team from both squads, u...

Result: Barcelona turn on style to overcome Sevilla in Copa del Rey quarter-finals

Barcelona thrash Sevilla 6-1 at Camp Nou to earn a 6-3 aggregate win in their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie. Barcelona have picked up a 6-1 second-leg win over Sevilla to progress through to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey 6-3 on aggregate. Ernesto Valverde restored the big boys after losing the first leg 2-0 and he was rewarded with a six-goal showing from his side. The four-in-a-row winners of this competition were level in the tie inside 31 minutes thanks to a Philippe Coutinho penalty and an Ivan Rakitic strike, either side of a costly penalty miss from Ever Banega. Coutinho doubled his tally and Sergi Roberto added a fourth for Barca, but Guilherme Arana‘s bullet strike made it game on again with a quarter of the match to play. A dominant Barca display was rounded off with ...

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