Piqué and Sergi Roberto enter the Barcelona squad for the El Clásico

BARCELONA (EFE) – The presence of the defenders Gerard Piqué Y Sergi Roberto is the main novelty of the list of summoned that the Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman, gave after training this Friday for the LaLiga classic against Real Madrid.

Piqué, absent last month after relapsing from his right knee injury in the Copa del Rey tie against Sevilla, has received medical discharge, like Sergi Roberto, on sick leave for the last two months due to an injury to the anterior rectus of the right thigh.

The El Clásico will be missed by goalkeeper Norberto Murara ‘Neto’ and attackers Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati, due to injury, and midfielder Matheus Fernandes due to technical decision.

Total, Koeman has called up 23 players for this Saturday’s game in Valdebebas: Ter Stegen, Dest, Piqué, Araujo, Sergio Busquets, Griezmann, Pjanic, Braithwaite, Messi, Dembélé, Riqui Puig, Lenglet, Pedri, Trincao, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, De Jong, Umtiti, Junior, Iñaki Peña, Ilaix, Mingueza and Arnau Tenas.

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Barcelona and Real Madrid define the new provisional leader of the League in a momentous Classic

BARCELONA – Real Madrid and Barcelona will celebrate this Saturday the 246th Classic in history in such a special confrontation for the stage (it will be the first time it will be played at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium) and for the significance of the result, imposing a sentence perhaps fictitious that the winner of the duel will become the top favorite to win a League whose leader is still Atlético de Madrid.

On Saturday, yes, there will be a change, even if it is provisional, in the leadership considering that Simeone’s team will play until Sunday at Villamarín.

A victory for Real would equalize the two Madrid clubs at the top of the table (favored by the Madridistas for the particular goal average) and would return that place to Zidane’s for the third time this season, a condition that they enjoyed for the last time on 23 December, also matched up front (although with two pending matches the colchoneros) and ahead of Koeman’s Barça by eight points. On December 30, Madrid drew (1-1) in Elche and since then the leadership has always been, alone, for Atlético.

In the case of Barça and in the absence of a direct duel with Atlético at the Camp Nou, a draw in Valdebebas would catapult them, evenly, to first place thanks to their better goal difference, while a victory would place them as the leader alone, with two points of rent and causing both a drop perhaps not definitive but very dangerous for Madrid and a maximum pressure for Atlético in their match against Real Betis.

It would also be the first time that the Barça team enjoyed the lead since June 16, 2020, on matchday 29 of last season. Three days later the team led by Quique Setién drew at Pizjuán against Betis and the controversial subsequent victory of Real in Anoeta against Real Sociedad sent him to a first place that he would no longer lose. Thus, after 38 days, a full league season, Barça is ready to return to this privileged position.

DOUBTS
Barcelona, ​​which will travel to the capital of Spain on Saturday, announced, contrary to what is usual, the list of summoned this Friday, highlighting, among the 23 mentioned, the presence of Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto, who received the medical discharge and will travel to Madrid although Koeman did not reveal if any of them will enter the starting eleven.

The doubt of the center-back would directly affect the position of Frenkie de Jong and, also, the system that he can use, keeping the three center-backs, something that Zidane could also do at Real Madrid.

The French coach will not be able to count on Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, absences of great importance in the rear but who, as Koeman warned from Barcelona “will be well replaced by other players as was seen the other day against Liverpool”.

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Barcelona expect offers to sell Konrad de la Fuente in the summer

BARCELONA – Barcelona is considering releasing US international Konrad de la Fuente next summer in case interesting offers arrive for both sides, various sources told ESPN.

De la Fuente, 19, made his first team debut for Barça earlier this season in the Champions League and in November made his senior debut for the United States’ national team.

Konrad de la Fuente has a contract until 2022, although Barcelona kept the option to extend it until 2024. Ronald Koeman highly values ​​his qualities and speed, which is why he invites him to exercise with the professional group although he plays games with Barcelona B , with which he struggles to ascend to Second.

Before renewing his contract with Barça a year ago, the Miami winger had proposals to go to the Bundesliga, where Hertha Berlin sought his services, although the player ended up discarding him.

One of the big problems that De la Fuente has is competition. He has players like Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembélé, Ansu Fati, Antoine Griezmann and Francisco Trincao ahead of him, hence having minutes with the professional team is rather complicated.

In this sense, there is the feeling that Konrad de la Fuente has outgrown the Barcelona subsidiary, so the need to seek a higher level and more minutes will help him to leave Barça next summer.

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Barcelona celebrates 47 years of Johan Cruyff’s first league

BARCELONA – Cruyff de Futbol Barcelona. This is how the impact and significance of the arrival of the soccer player Cruyff to Barça in 1973 was known and proclaimed. The flying Dutchman, signed that summer after negotiations worthy of a soap opera in which the player himself rejected an offer at the last minute from Real Madrid, in the blink of an eye, became the capital character of Barcelona, ​​who recovered his self-esteem with greatness with the conquest of a superb League that ended with 14 years, which is said soon, of drought in the Spanish championship.

This Wednesday marks a month since the victory of Joan Laporta (an uncomplexed Cruyffista) in the elections to the Barça presidency … and it is the 47th anniversary of Sunday when the Barça team beat Sporting Gijon 2-4 at El Molinón League champion was proclaimed five days in advance and after linking 24 games (18 wins and 6 draws) without knowing defeat.

‘Mamita, we win!’ the Peruvian Hugo Cholo Sotil roared from a telephone in the Asturian stadium dressing rooms, calling, euphoric, to his mother who from Lima received that good news that caused an outbreak of happiness in Barcelona and throughout the whole Culer universe, from whom Cruyff took a weight off during a superb season.

Neither Ronaldinho, nor Ronaldo, nor Maradona … Nobody had the media impact that in his day personalized the signing of that Dutchman who almost two decades later, from the bench, still increased to infinity his character of legend in Barcelona but who With the 9 on his back, he turned the Spain that suffered the last blows of the Franco dictatorship into a Barcelona party.

Cruyff could not make his debut until October 28, 1973 due to the demands of the Dutch federation and he led a team that after seven league games was 14th in the standings, having won only two of the first seven games and barely added one point more than Castellón, the first in relegation places …

Barça’s rebellion was a beast. From the 4-0 with which Cruyff made his debut (two goals) against Granada, he went to two draws away from the Camp Nou (Murcia and Real Zaragoza) which were followed by nine consecutive victories, an unusual fact at the time and that in the middle December (1-3 in Oviedo) he was already placed as a solo leader, a position that he would no longer abandon.

With Rinus Michels on the bench and an eleven guy who keeps the fan in memory (Sadurní, Rifé, Torres, Costas, De la Cruz, Juan Carlos, Rexach, Asensi, Cruyff, Sotil and Marcial) plus the veteran’s secondary appearances Gallego and Juanito from the Canary Islands, Barça surprised with a choral football that disarmed all the rivals that were in front, with special significance of Real Madrid, which they swept away in a duel for history.

The merengue team, in free fall victim of an accentuated crisis of results that had in February in seventh position in the League to nine points (the victories added two at that time) from Barça, was crushed at the Bernabéu by a legendary 0- 5 which was the icing on the cake of a campaign that is still remembered with special consideration around the club and that until 2-6 2009 remained the benchmark win in a Clásico played at the Bernabéu.

Barça flew incontestably above everything and everyone until that April 7, 1974, when knowing the defeat of a day before Atlético de Madrid in Murcia (1-0), a victory in Gijón was enough to proclaim itself champion mathematically on matchday 29, five before the end of the tournament.

Rexach scored 0-1 shortly after half an hour and fatality knocked on the door with Sporting’s comeback through Ciriaco and Leal in the second half, but a hat-trick by Marcial between minutes 75 and 87 gave shape to the final 2-4 that solved the conquest of the League in a big way.

Today it is unthinkable that a club like Barcelona could accumulate 14 years without winning a league. Those 14 years, however, existed; with controversial League finals in which he felt cheated and in which Real Madrid added nine trophies to stand out as the absolute dominator of the championship.

This is how it is explained that that bellow of the longed-for Cholo Sotil (Mamita, we champion!) Became the cry of an entire fan who enjoyed a glory that, being ephemeral (Barça would go back to spend eleven years without winning the title), He maintains, after 47 years, in the imaginary of Barcelona.

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Barcelona takes the long-term renewal of Ousmane Dembélé back as a priority

BARCELONA – Joan Laporta’s Barcelona is shaping its sporting plans for the future and once the renewal clause for youth squad Alex Collado has been executed, who will have a first-team record, and working to extend the permanence of other footballers from the subsidiary who are finishing this season as Jandro Orellana or Nico González, in addition to Óscar Mingueza who is already in the first squad, the urgent task of solving the future of Ousmane Dembélé, who has one year left on his contract and who he intends, has been revealed to ESPN a source of the Barça club, to renew in the long term.

The renewal of the 23-year-old French striker is a topic that he has been occupying at the Camp Nou for months but that was parked during the electoral campaign and that with the arrival of the new directive he has returned to the stage, understanding himself vital both from a plane sports as well as financial.

The plans of the Barça establish to present him a proposal of three seasons extendable to another two, adapting, yes, his starting salary to the difficult economic reality of the club. At the Camp Nou, the player is entrusted to attend to this effort, although it is not unknown to the fact that, with the proximity of the end of the contract, they may find themselves in a complicated negotiation, so in the case of not reaching an agreement In a suitable period (before the beginning of the next course), it would not be ruled out to put it on the market with the aim of preventing it from leaving for free in 2022. Although this scenario, today, is the last one contemplated.

Enjoying his best moment since he arrived at the club in the summer of 2017 and having left behind, or so it seems, all his physical mishaps and behavioral problems that weighed down his early years, Barcelona considers a continuity that Ronald Koeman personally supports to be transcendent. “Ousmane is an important player. His career has been very good and physically he has improved a lot.

“I think it has been the key to his consistency. If it’s because of me, of course I’d like him to stay ”, explained the Dutch coach on Monday, after the victory against Real Valladolid and discovering, without dissimulation, their plans in this regard.

Dembélé did not attend to the proposal of the old Josep Maria Bartomeu board in October, when the Barça club extended the contracts of Gerard Pique, Marc-André Ter Stegen, Clement Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong at one stroke.

The situation is now observed differently in Barcelona, ​​where apart from the renovation that is considered transcendental by Lionel Messi and waiting to start dealing with the future of Ilaix Moriba, which also ends in 2022, he wants to solve the future of a Dembélé that it has gone from disputed, and pointed out, to indisputable.

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Barcelona, ​​hit by injuries and distrust generated by long recoveries

BARCELONA – Barcelona will play many of their options in the League next Saturday against Real Madrid, and five days after the clash Ronald Koeman still does not know if he will be able to count on Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto.

The latter could be discharged without further delay, but with the central defender the reserves are maximum around the club, in view of the fact that he has not yet been able to complete a full training session and that the recovery, after the relapse he suffered in the match of Cup against Sevilla FC in February, not as fast as expected.

Piqué, injured in November, refused to undergo surgery as advised by the club’s doctors in order to speed up his set-up but after forcing his efforts to play in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain, and perhaps poor planning in his exercises, They caused that relapse that now maintain the state of alarm.

But the Catalan central defender is not the only name that causes controversy. If the case of Philippe Coutinho, who left for his country on his own to be operated on by the doctor of the Brazilian team, is the last, at Barça there is still going around what happened with Ansu Fati, also injured in November and that after an initial intervention that had to return him to the fields in March, he is still on leave, after another operation and fearing, now, that he still has to return to the operating room, without clarifying whether the problem lies in how he has carried out his recovery at the orders from the club doctors.

What is evidence is that the youth squad will not play again this season and that there is unanimity that more than urgency what prevails is a slow and complete recovery with a view to the next year.

The return of Sergi Roberto is expected, even if Koeman remains cautious, facing the Clásico once he recovered from the relapse he suffered on February 3 in Granada after the injury that took him off the pitch in November and that it kept him out of the fields for initially two months, evidencing some controversy both due to the difficulties in its set-up and, in the same way that happens in general, the null information of the club’s medical services.

OTHER CASES
Coutinho underwent surgery in his country on Monday and although Barcelona did not announce, as a normal rule, a recovery period, at Camp Nou it is practically taken for granted that the Brazilian midfielder will not play again this season.

The intervention, led by the Canarinha team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, revealed the tight relationship and suspicious mistrust of the players of the Barça squad with the club’s medical services, who have been involved this season in several episodes that cause doubts both in diagnoses and in recoveries.

The case of the Brazilian is outstanding but it is still one more. Injured on December 29, this week’s intervention is the third to which he undergoes just when, after the first, he should be in a position to reappear in the Classic to be played on Saturday in Madrid. The meniscus suture in January led to an inadequate recovery, led to a second operation in March to remove a cyst, followed by a visit to Qatar and ended with a disenchanted Coutinho, leaving on his own for Brazil to put himself in the hands of the doctors of his selection and without taking into account the doctors of the club.

It should also be noted the case of Ronald Araújo, who suffered a sprain at the beginning of February against Real Betis, reappeared just three weeks later and relapsed after another three weeks, which have kept him out of Koeman’s plans until the last Monday, when he returned a few minutes against Real Valladolid after a recovery from which hardly any information was given.

As it was not explained, nor understood, what happened to Pedri, injured during the league victory in Seville, diagnosed with a muscle stretch that should keep him out for a minimum of two weeks … And miraculously he started after four days in the second leg of the Cup against the Andalusian team without any difficulty. The announced injury was nothing more than a blow …

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Messi, don’t go, where are you going to be better than in Barcelona?

Dani, don’t go, where will you be better than here?”…

It was the 2015-16 season, and Dani Alves, one of the best partners Lionel Messi has had in his career, was preparing suitcases to leave FC Barcelona.

The Brazilian had found out that the club did not intend renew and they wanted it throw, for this reason he anticipated the play and had the luxury of choosing in which set of elite he would continue his career.

Before his departure, during a trainingMessi asked him to reconsider under the argument that, wherever he went, he was not going to be better than at Barça.

All this was told years later by Dani Alves in an interview, and acknowledged having regretted not attending the advice of the partner with whom he raised 23 titles and to the one who gave 43 assists, because although he continued demonstrating his quality and winning trophies in Italy with Juventus, and in France With PSG, nothing was the same since he stopped defending the Barça shirt.

Five years after this anecdote, Messi has the most important decision of his career at the end of this campaign: it will O stays in Barcelona, ​​there is no turning of the page.

According to the newspaper Sport In a news item released last week, Manchester City, one of the main interested in signing Leo, already gave up, as it will give priority to hiring a forward center due to the departure of Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero.

In case this journalistic version is trueThe only alternative for the Argentine if he decides to leave the team of his loves, is Paris Saint-Germain.

And this is where the big question: Is it really worth leaving Barcelona to play in a minor league like Ligue 1, on the grounds that PSG is designed to fight the Champions League year with year?

Right, the city fall in love by itself and the simple idea that it is reunited with Neymar of course that seduce; however, is that more than Barcelona?

Only Leo and his family will have the answer in a matter of weeks.

On the other hand, at home, Barça, Joan Laporta will do the impossible for convincing him to stay, and with the understanding that the issue does not pass only through the money, the club will try to present you a project ambitious that will seek to resume the leadershipAlthough this, it must be said, will not happen overnight.

In the remainder of the season, the Copa del Rey looks like an objective within reach, and today more than ever Barça is alive in the League and with arguments to win it, although the still leader Atlético de Madrid and Real, have the same target.

Thus, what a few months ago unleashed a scandal large with the famous burofax, which assumed that Messi’s decision had been made and would leave as soon as he was released next summer, has taken a turn.

Today Leo’s alternatives seem to be only two: renew his contract with Barça or go free to PSG.

Paraphrasing Messi himself: Leo, don’t go, where are you going to be better than in Barcelona?”…

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Real Madrid takes the second position

The Merengues defeated Eibar 2-0 to rise to the sub-leadership in the absence of the Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona matches

The fight for LaLiga still on fire. The victory of Real Madrid before him Eibar by 2-0, again took the meringues to second place in the competition and left Zinedine Zidane’s pupils just one victory away from equaling the Atlético de Madrid at the top, although, of course, the ‘Mattresses’ play this round.

With goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema, the whites reached the 63 units after 29 days and they also went to Barcelona, which, for the moment and yet to play this weekend, have 62 points.

The Madrid played first this weekend due to his engagement in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday against Liverpool. Now, the physical issue may be a factor towards the end of the Spanish tournament.

In this way, Zidane will have to handle his pieces well so as not to give up an inch in LaLiga, but so that their starting players arrive with good rhythm to the game in Europe, since they are the only Spanish team that remains alive in the maximum club tournament in the world.

On the other hand, and back to what happens in Spain, the Athletic will visit Seville this Sunday. If he wins, he will be able to reach 69 units and thus get away from the meringues and the Catalans. The duel against the Sevilla players does not seem easy and it will be one of the most complicated they have facing the closing of the tournament.

Meanwhile, the Barcelona will collide with Valladolid on Monday and if they win, they will go to Real and will take over the second place. It would reach 65 units and it would depend on the result of the Colchoneros to know how many points it would get from Diego Simeone’s box.

As if that weren’t enough, the following weekend comes the Classic between Real Madrid and Barcelona, a match where the loser could say goodbye to the fight for LaLiga and what would I give to the Athletic greater tranquility to be able to handle the top.

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There is still a race for the La Liga title between Atlético, Barcelona and Real Madrid with 10 games remaining

Gerard Piqué knew it, and maybe everyone did. By then, at least at one point or another, everyone had said it, believe it or not. But that day he did, and the rest soon joined. For once, the Barcelona defender said he was able to enjoy a post-match interview. And so, standing at the Sánchez-Pizjuán at the end of February, after Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Seville, he took his position in front of the microphone and the empty stands, smiled and said:

“Yes, of course, there is still a race for the league title – worse things have been seen.”

It was an unusual way of putting it, but Atlético de Madrid manager Diego Simeone knew he was right, and that’s why it hurt.

Was it happening again? Could the club that has lost three European Cups in a combined total of less than three minutes, two of them under your direction, be on the verge of losing a league title catastrophically as well? Worse things have been seen, but not much worse.

When Atlético beat Cádiz 4-2, the title race did indeed appear to be over. He closed January with a 10-point lead at the top of the table, and one game less. He had scored 50 points, and was on his way to 100. To put things in context, Madrid and Barcelona were on their way to 76.

“We have to be realistic,” acknowledged Ronald Koeman. “We are not in a position to win much.” Meanwhile, Zinédine’s assistant Zidane insisted: “Madrid fans continue to believe in the team, because it is in their DNA to fight to the end.” But that sounded more like a matter of pride than points, and David Bettoni knew the end was near.

Had finished. Although, in reality, he hadn’t finished anything.

February changed everything. In 12 days, Atlético lost as many points as it had lost in the entire season. From 50 out of 57 possible to just five in the last four games. In eight games they let slip 11 points after missing just 17 in 19 previous games. They hit the crossbar, the post, the goalkeeper and missed easy shots, but they simply did not manage to open the way as they had been doing. Fear returned to visit them, pressure arrived, fatalism. The games of advantage – points that had been added in advance, as if they did not even need to be played – were consumed. The extra lives were exhausted.

Meanwhile, in Barcelona and Madrid, something moved. Slow at first, but with each game they were gaining speed. It wasn’t always pretty, but points are points. At the end of a 1-0 win at Real Valladolid, Lucas Vázquez of Madrid set about remarking to his teammates how important that result had been. Madrid managed to hold on. It had been ruled out many times, but now there was a chance. Somehow.

The margins could be finite. Let’s take week 27 as an example. Two excellent shots on the finish: one by Karim Benzema, one by Luis Suárez; one hits the stick and goes in, one hits the stick and goes out. Benzema converts against Elche, Suárez fails against Getafe, leaving Madrid just six points behind Atlético. There is game. Turn things around and Atlético would be 10 points ahead of Madrid. There is no game.

A recurring theme, the third rescue mission in a row for Madrid: Real Sociedad (tie in 89 ‘), Atlético (tie in 88’), and Elche (winning goal in 92 ‘). As for Barcelona, ​​they are unbeaten at 19. Unconvincing at first, now they are playing with everything and they are definitely the best team of the moment in Spain. The only question is whether it was too long. If Atlético can hold on to what he has.

The derby was especially damaging for the leader of the league; it was an opportunity for Atlético to shake off its rivals … until Karim Benzema scored the tying goal at the end. But he was not the only one: Celta had drawn in the 89th minute. In search of the tying goal at the end of a match against Levante, they left a space for the rival and ended up conceding a goal. It is one of lime and another of sand, of course: last weekend, Alavés could have done the same, but Jan Oblak saved a penalty at the end. The vulnerability was revealed, the nerves were evident to all, but this time they avoided disaster.

“A championship save,” read a headline on the front page. It was “half the title,” the newspaper said inside. So many moments have been “half a title” that there must be dozens of titles to hand out when La Liga ends at the end of May.

There is only one. Which is more than many had thought. The League is there to fight it. It seemed to be finished, defined. And then the headlines began to pray: THE LEAGUE IS TURNED ON. HOT LEAGUE. THE LEAGUE BURNS. And the favorite: ¡Hay Liga! There is play, and it didn’t always seem that way. Athletic was too good. Madrid and Barcelona, ​​too bad. No more.

And here we are.

Atlético has yet to face Real Betis (visitor), Huesca (home), Athletic de Bilbao (visitor), Eibar (home), Elche (visitor), BARCELONA (visitor), Real Sociedad (home), Osasuna (home) and Real Valladolid (visitor).

Meanwhile, Barcelona has games against: Real Valladolid (home), REAL MADRID (visitor), Getafe (home), Villarreal (visitor), Granada (home), Valencia (visitor), ATLÉTICO MADRID (home), Levante (visitor) , Celta Vigo (local) and Eibar (visitor).

Finally, Madrid will face: Eibar (home), Barcelona (home), Cadiz (visitor), Real Betis (home), Getafe (visitor), Osasuna (home), Sevilla (home), Granada (visitor), Athletic Bilbao (visitor) and Villarreal (local).

However, they do not start from the same line. Atlético is first, a position it has held for 15 weeks, and currently has 66 points. Barcelona is second, four points behind, with 62, while Madrid is third, six points behind, with 60. (But with a better mark, already insurmountable, head to head).

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Manu Martín reviews the last chapters of the renovation of the Real Madrid captain, which resemble a television series.

“We have two huge teams behind that will not lose a game,” says Simeone. Which can’t be entirely correct – unless you’re sure your team won’t beat Barcelona and the clasico will end in a draw – but it tells you something about the pressure they handle, the mentality they must adopt. There is no room for spot measurements, no room for mistakes, or to relax. Atlético has not had an easy game since Cádiz. Every tense and exhausting week, a heart attack, and now you must overcome them no matter what. There are no excuses, there is no way out, there are no easy paths.

Atlético’s position is the best, but he’s by no means certain. He would have scored for this at the beginning of the season, if not towards the middle. And you can still lose; the other team does not. Ronald Koeman clearly called for caution when he said, “The sun is shining today, but it could rain tomorrow.” And yet it is hard to avoid the feeling that Simeone’s side will have to win at least seven of their 10 remaining matches and not lose against Barcelona.

It’s hard to judge who has the toughest dates, at first glance. Visitor games against Sevilla, Betis and Barcelona, ​​suggest that perhaps Atlético. Although the run of Barcelona with matches against Madrid, Villarreal and Valencia away and Atlético at home (Barcelona) is not easy either. Neither is that of Madrid; the whites still have local games against Barcelona, ​​Sevilla and Villarreal. If the three candidates achieve the same results against these teams as the last time they played against them, Atlético would finish with 94, Barcelona with 79 and Madrid with 83.

But those teams are no longer the same, the dates are at home when they had been visitors before and vice versa, and these teams are certainly not in the same condition. If during the next 10 games the three teams score points with the same rhythm as they did in the last 10, with the exit speed prevailing, Barcelona would finish with 90, Atlético with 85 and Madrid with 83.

“I have told the players that the goal is important and it is wonderful if you reach it, but the journey is more important, it is what matters most. What is most enjoyable is walking the road,” said Simeone, although he probably does not know. creates it. Instead, his other mantra remains: match by match.

Now there are 10 left, and the season is reaching the weeks where you can even forgive Zidane for his habit of calling each game a final. It is no longer so wrong; you lose and you are left out. Neither is the phrase: “It seems that people believed we would win the league by 15 or 20 points,” Simeone said. “I don’t know what they expected.”

Not that. But that’s what there is. A league where there wasn’t before.

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Barcelona remembers a great goal by Giovani Dos Santos and the fans regret his loss

Gio had a fleeting step by the first team of Barcelona after being in the inferiors of the culé institution

The Barcelona squad remembered one of the most beautiful goals that the Mexican scored Giovani Dos Santos, in which it was probably the best game he played with the Blaugrana shirt.

Through their official Twitter account, the Catalan team recalled one of the three annotations that ‘Gio’ got in the match against Murcia played on May 17, 2008. The Aztec signed an extraordinary performance by scoring a triplet, said annotations would be of the last with the culé team, since he left the institution at the end of that campaign and emigrated to the Premier League to play with Tottenham.

For their part, several of the users who reacted to the video published by Barcelona lamented the current level of Giovani, who would be living his last weeks as a azulcrema with rumors that suggest that the Eagles board does not have it among their plans for him next tournament and his future would be in Osasuna.

Below we share some of the comments posted by users criticizing how ‘Gio’ career has been.

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