Samuel Umtiti

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 ...

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...

Preview: Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides the team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Barcelona’s home La Liga clash with Real Sociedad this weekend. 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, while Sociedad occupy 10th, just five points off the top seven with six rounds of matches left. Barcelona © Reuters Lionel Messi scored twice and Philippe Coutinho netted the other as Barca 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 Liverpoo...

Arsenal eye Jean-Philippe Gbamin as Samuel Umtiti alternative?

Arsenal consider a £30m swoop for Mainz 05 centre-back Jean-Philippe Gbamin, according to a report. Arsenal are reportedly considering a summer swoop for Mainz 05 centre-back Jean-Philippe Gbamin. The Gunners are expected to move for at least one central defender at the end of the season and have been linked with a move for Barcelona‘s Samuel Umtiti. Umtiti is reportedly heading for Juventus, though, which has forced Arsenal into a rethink. According to Fussball Transfers, Gbamin is available for £30m in this summer’s transfer window and Unai Emery‘s side are eyeing a swoop for the 23-year-old. Gbamin, who is a five-time Ivory Coast international, has played in both midfield and defence for Mainz during the 2018-19 campaign.

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...

Result: Huesca hold Barcelona to a goalless draw

Huesca and Barcelona play out an uneventful goalless draw in Saturday afternoon’s La Liga clash at the Estadio El Alcoraz. Huesca and Barcelona played out an uneventful goalless draw in Saturday afternoon’s La Liga clash at the Estadio El Alcoraz. It was first against last in Spain’s top flight, but a much-changed Barca could not record their 23rd league victory of the campaign as the points were shared on the afternoon. The result means that Ernesto Valverde‘s side are now 12 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, while Huesca remain bottom, five points off the safety of 17th position. © Reuters Only Marc-Andre ter Stegen remained from the team that started Barca’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in the Champions League during the week. There were firs...

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...

Arsenal boss Unai Emery considering move for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti?

Arsenal manager Unai Emery refuses to rule out a summer approach for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has suggested that he is an admirer of Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti. The Gunners are likely to be in the market for a new defender during the summer transfer window, and Umtiti has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League. The France international may be out of Arsenal’s price range, but Emery has acknowledged that he rates the ability of the centre-back. Emery told RMC Sport: “He [Umtiti] is a good player, France has some very good players and the French market is quite attractive for many clubs. “I always had French players at my clubs, Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and now, here at Arsenal. I could always count on those players....

Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Barcelona

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Manchester United and Barcelona ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League showdown between the two sides. Two titans of European football go head to head on Wednesday night when Manchester United host Barcelona at Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. United launched an unforgettable comeback to beat Paris Saint-Germain on aggregate in the last 16, and will be hoping for a similarly-sized upset over two legs against the La Liga leaders. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side have lost three of their last four outings, though, whereas Barcelona boast a 16-match unbeaten streak that has taken them to the brink of a second successive domestic title and kept them on course for the treble. Here, Spor...

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