Valverde under pressure after dismal end to Barcelona season

Soccer 05/26/19, 10:14

A couple of weeks ago, few questioned Ernesto Valverde as Barcelona coach.The team had just won a second straight Spanish league title under his command and was close to making it to the Champions League final after beating Liverpool 3-0 in the first leg of the semifinals.The team was also ...

Valencia beats Barcelona 2-1 to win the Copa del Rey

Soccer 05/25/19, 16:06

Valencia beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, denying Lionel Messi the chance to lead his team to a fifth consecutive domestic cup title.Strikers Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno scored after defensive errors by Barcelona in a first half dominated by Valencia.Other than the defending of ...

Barcelona wants to redeem itself with Copa del Rey title

Soccer 05/23/19, 07:35

Although Barcelona is still smarting from its collapse at Liverpool two weeks ago, the team has another cup final to play in this weekend.The Spanish champions can complete a second straight domestic double when it faces Valencia on Saturday in the Copa del Rey final."It's the last game of the ...

Barca’s reserves lose, Atletico fails to clinch 2nd place

Soccer 05/04/19, 16:47

Spanish champion Barcelona sacrificed its unbeaten streak on Saturday to prepare to reach the Champions League final at Liverpool's expense.With most regular starters rested, Barcelona's 23-match unbeaten run ended in a 2-0 loss at Celta Vigo on Saturday in the Spanish league.It was Barcelona's first setback since January and a ...

Barcelona shows it can also thrive without ball possession

Sports 05/02/19, 06:28

The protagonist is the same as always, and much of the supporting players were there as usual.The main difference for Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates this time was the coach.Barcelona has reinvented itself under Ernesto Valverde, showing it can change its style when needed and still be successful.Barcelona's Lionel ...

Messi hits 600 goals with brace, Barca beats Liverpool 3-0

Soccer 05/01/19, 16:03

Lionel Messi hit the 600-goal mark for Barcelona after scoring twice to lead the Spanish club to a 3-0 victory over Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.Luis Suarez opened the scoring against his former club in the 26th minute against a Liverpool side that ...

Barcelona manages Messi’s time ahead of Champions League

Soccer 04/30/19, 08:51

For the biggest moments, there is always Lionel Messi.The 31-year-old Argentine has been the key to Barcelona's success ever since he made his debut, but more and more this season he has been rested.Wednesday won't be one of those days, because that will be the day when Barcelona faces Liverpool ...

Barcelona seeks ‘boost’ from winning Liga before Liverpool

Sports 04/26/19, 11:34

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wants his team to wrap up the Spanish league title this weekend so it can fully concentrate on its European semifinal against Liverpool.Barcelona can clinch its eighth Liga championship in 11 years on Saturday if it beats Levante at Camp Nou. It can also win the ...

Barcelona beats Real Sociedad, keeps big Spanish league lead

Europe 04/20/19, 16:12

With the focus back on the Spanish league, Barcelona defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 on Saturday to move closer to another title.Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba scored a goal in each half at Camp Nou Stadium as Barcelona kept a nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid, which had beaten Eibar earlier in ...

Suarez hopes to end CL scoring drought as Barca faces Man U

Soccer 04/14/19, 22:41

Luis Suarez has found the net 23 times this season, including goals in his last two Spanish league matches that helped keep Barcelona on track to defending its domestic title.But the Uruguay striker will be seeking his first goal in the Champions League in more than a year when Barcelona ...

Messi rests for Man United as Barca draws 0-0 at Huesca

Soccer 04/13/19, 11:43

Missing Lionel Messi and most of its regular starters, Barcelona could only draw 0-0 at Huesca in the Spanish league on Saturday, three days before the visit of Manchester United in the Champions League.Barcelona increased its commanding lead to 12 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, which played Celta Vigo ...

Messi to sit out league match ahead of ManU visit

Soccer 04/12/19, 14:36

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has left forward Lionel Messi off his squad for this weekend's Spanish league match, giving him more rest before the visit of Manchester United.Messi and Sergio Busquets were both dropped by Valverde for Saturday's match at Huesca, which is in last place in La Liga.Messi had ...

Barcelona focuses on Champions League with treble possible

Soccer 04/08/19, 07:06

For Barcelona, three straight quarterfinal exits from the Champions League is quite a slump.The Catalan club has been plenty dominant at home, winning seven Spanish league titles in the last 10 years and claiming four straight Copa del Rey trophies. But the team has somewhat struggled in the top European ...

Valverde focused on Barca’s defense for game vs. Atletico

Soccer 04/05/19, 12:05

Ernesto Valverde has a message for his players before Barcelona hosts Atletico Madrid on Saturday in a match that will go a long way toward deciding the Spanish league title.Mind the gap — in defense.Barcelona's back line was exposed on several occasions by Villarreal on Tuesday, when Lionel Messi and ...

Barcelona struggling in attack entering decisive stretch

Soccer 02/21/19, 10:59

Suddenly, scoring has become a problem for Barcelona's prolific attack.And it's happening at a bad time, with the team entering the decisive stretch of the season.Luis Suarez is going through a slump, Ousmane Dembele hasn't proven himself as a starter, and even Lionel Messi has struggled recently.Barcelona has scored only ...

Valverde agrees to coach Barcelona for another season

Soccer 02/15/19, 04:11

Barcelona says Ernesto Valverde has agreed to stay on as coach for at least one more season.The Spanish champions say Valverde has agreed to exercise the option in his contract to continue. It also says Valverde has agreed to add the possibility of coaching for the 2020-21 season.The 55-year-old Valverde ...

Messi left out of starting lineup against Real Madrid

Soccer 02/06/19, 14:18

Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona's starting lineup for Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal match against Real Madrid.Messi picked up an unspecified injury in his right leg during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Valencia in the Spanish league.He returned to training with the team on Tuesday and had been ...

Barcelona signs Kevin-Prince Boateng until end of the season

Soccer 01/21/19, 17:01

Barcelona has surprisingly signed Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan from Italian club Sassuolo until the end of the season.The 31-year-old Boateng has appeared to be past his prime after excelling for AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke, and Tottenham.Barcelona says on Monday the agreement includes an option to buy the former Ghana ...

Dembele hurts leg in Barcelona victory

Sports 01/20/19, 17:45

Ousmane Dembele injured his left leg during the second half of Barcelona's 3-1 win over Leganes in the Spanish league on Sunday.The 21-year-old France forward slipped while trying to dribble past an opponent, causing him to fall back on his own leg.After being attended to by team doctors he limped ...

Messi comes off bench to help Barca beat Leganes 3-1

Soccer 01/20/19, 17:07

Lionel Messi had to cut short a rare rest break to help Barcelona beat Leganes 3-1 and protect its five-point lead of the Spanish league on Sunday.Messi came off the bench at Camp Nou with the score at 1-1 in the second half and set up a goal by Luis ...

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