Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised Lionel Messi for settling his side down after a nervy start against Manchester United and inspiring the Catalans to a 3-0 victory to reach the Champions League quarterfinals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a charmed life as interim Manchester United manager but Barcelona's visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday will show him the scale of the task he faces as the new fulltime boss.
Barcelona was hailed as La Liga champion-elect in the Catalan media after its 1-0 win at Real Madrid on Saturday, while the capital’s press called for sweeping changes at Real after another domestic failure.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and two other Spanish football clubs will not have to pay back taxes after a court on Tuesday annulled an EU state aid ruling in a second setback for regulators seeking to tackle tax avoidance.
Harry Kane said that the manner of Tottenham’s performance in the 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Tuesday night was the latest evidence his team can live with Europe’s best and should fire the belief that it can progress deep into the Champions League.
La Liga pledged to persevere with a long-term strategy of taking games outside of Spain after immediate plans to play Barcelona’s January match against Girona in Miami were derailed by the champion’s decision to back out of the fixture.
Lionel Messi insisted his fifth-place finish in last Monday’s Ballon d’Or awards was not a motivating factor behind his sensational performance in Barcelona’s 4-0 thrashing of local rival Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday.