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Top 5 Highest Paid Goalkeeper In The World

However, goalkeepers are an important part of the team and so, they used to earn a very handsome amount in every calendar year. There are a number of very good and talented goalkeepers in the current World but we are talking about those who are earning a very handsome amount so far.

Highest paid goalkeeper

Here are the top 5 highest paid goalkeeper, it will be updated as times goes on.

5) Petr Cech

Petr Cech is a professional football player who plays as the goalkeeper. He has currently taken his leave from the Czech Republic national football team where he played from 2002 to 2016. He made 124 international appearances with the Czech Republic national team.

Team – Arsenal

Annual Salary – $6.1 million

Net Worth – $22 million

However, he is one of the highest paid goalkeepers and currently playing for the Premier League club Arsenal. In 1999, he started his professional career with Chmel BIsany and in 2001, he joined with Sparta Prague.

Salary & Net Worth

He made a four years contract with the Gunners on 29th June 2015 in exchange for £10 million. However, he is currently receiving $6.1 million every year and his net worth is $22 million.

4) Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris is a French professional football player and playing as the goalkeeper for France national football team. He is one of the top-rated goalkeeper in the World as well as very renowned so far.

Team – France National Team & Tottenham Hotspur

Annual Salary – $7 Million

Net Worth – $30 million

He is currently 31st years old and in last season of FIFA World Cup 2018, he played well and took his team to final and also they became the champion of FIFAWorld Cup 2018 so far.

Salary & Net Worth

In 2012, he signed a contract with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in exchange for €10 million and €5 million variable. However, later, he extended his agreement with the Spurs and still playing for the club. He is one of the highest paid goalkeepers with his annual salary $7 million and his net worth is $30 million so far.

3)Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas is a Spanish professional football player and playing for Spanish national team since 2000. He is currently 37 years old and has come to the end of his career.

Team – Spain National Team & FC Porto

Annual Salary – $7.5 Million

Net Worth – $40 million

He is currently playing for the Portuguese football club, FC Porto. He is with them since 2015. Most of his professional career, he passed with Spanish giants Real Madrid and he started his career in 1998 with Real Madrid C team.

Salary & Net Worth

In 11th July 2015, he signed a deal with Portuguese side Porto for two years with an option to play one more year. Iker Casillas is the 3rd highest paid goalkeepers with his annual salary $7.5 million. Besides, his net worth is $40 million reportedly

2) Manuel Neuer

He is regarded as one of the best goalkeeper ever and also in the list of highest paid goalkeepers. He is currently 32 years old and he is well known for his quick reflex, strength, long throwing range, and strong shot-stopping abilities.

Salary & Net Worth

In 2011, he joined with Bayern Munich and still now playing with them. His annual salary is $9.5 million reportedly and his net worth is $45 million so far.

1) David De Gea

David de Gea is a Spanish national team goalkeeper and current the highest paid goalkeeper in football World. He is currently 28 years old and playing for the Premier League club Manchester United.

Team – Spanish National Team & Manchester United

Annual Salary -$10.4 Million

Net Worth – $49 million

David de Gea summary

Salary & Net Worth

According to the report, De Gea used to earn $10.4 million every year and his net worth is near about $50 million. In 2011, he got an offer from the Red Devils and making a British record fee for a goalkeeper of £18.9 million, he joined at the Old Trafford and still now, playing for them.

Lionel Messi Scores Regular Hat-Trick As Barcelona Beats Mallorca

Barcelona Vs Mallorca 7/12/2019

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the week he was crowned the world’s best player as Barcelona eased to a 5-2 home win over Real Mallorca and reclaimed top spot in LaLiga.

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Antoine Griezmann gave Barca a seventh-minute lead and Messi then took over with a couple of goals, either side of Ante Budimir’s strike against the run of play.

Luis Suarez added a fourth before the end of the first half with a sublime back-heel to round off a fluid passing move.

Budimir pulled another back for Mallorca 26 minutes from time, but Messi rounded off his hat-trick late on as Barca maintained their good form and overtook Real Madrid at the summit.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen gave a second assist of the season with a quick goal-kick that Griezmann collected and lifted over Manolo Reina after racing through on goal.
Reina produced an impressive save to keep out the returning Sergio Busquets’ header, but Messi found a way past the visiting keeper 95 seconds later with a 25-yard curler.

Mallorca, now winless in seven away league outings this season, gave themselves hope when Budimir’s shot deflected off Clement Lenglet and looped over Ter Stegen.

But Messi took matters into his own hands with a nice goal from range, before Suarez capped a fine piece of team play by back-heeling in from eight yards.

La liga Results and Standings for this week

13th week

Spain – LaLiga

Match results for this week.

Real Sociedad 1 _ Leganes 1

Deportivo Alaves 3 _Real Valladolid0

Valencia 2 _ Granada 0

Eibar 0 _ Real Madrid 4

Barcelona4 _ Celta Vigo 1

Mallorca 3 _ Villarreal 1

Athletic Bilbao 2 _ Levante 1

Atletico Madrid 3 _ RCD Espanyol 1

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Unbelievable!!! Wijnaldum and Origi score brace as Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 to proceed to UCL finals

-Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi score brace as Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 to proceed to UCL finals

– Champions League is full of wonders, Barcelona vs Liverpool first leg was a 3-0 and now the second leg been 4-0 aggregate 4-3

– Liverpool displayed magic in Anfield tonight 7,may 2019

– Divock Origi opened scoring at 7 minutes of the brilliant game and that was the goal for the first half.

– The second goal came in at 54 minutes of the game with a goal from Georginio Wijnaldum assisted by
Alexander-Arnold.

-Georginio Wijnaldum net brace just two minutes after his first goal assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Divock Origi score the last goal of the game at 79 minutes with an assist from Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool qualify for UCL finals.

This is unbelievable for every football lovers

Lionel Messi nets brace as Barca defeats Liverpool in UCL semi-final clash

Barcelona vs Liverpool: Lionel Messi nets brace as Barca thrash Reds in UCL semi-final clash

Barcelona beat Liverpool 3-0 on Wednesday night, May 1, at Camp Nou in a tough Champions League semi-final first leg showdown.

In the opening minutes of the game, the both sides eager to dictate the pace with good display of football skills, but as the match progressed Liverpool came more into the contest.

However, in the 20th minute, Liverpool suffered a setback after Naby Keita was forced injured after picking up what looks like a groin injury.
In the 24th minute, the midfielder was replaced by Jordan Henderson, with scores still at 0-0.

Two minute later, Jordi Alba delivered a fabulous low ball into Liverpool box for Luis Suarez to slide in beyond Alisson’ reach.

Despite other scoring chances, none of the teams were able to scores, with scores remaining at Barcelona 1-0 Liverpool at the end of the first half.

However, in the second half, Barca upped their games as Liverpool struggled to get into the game.
With 15 minutes of play left.

Lionel Messi doubled Barcelona’s lead with his second goal of the match.
And with eight minutes left on the clock, Messi completed his brace, to see Barcelona claim a resounding 3-0 win over Liverpool on the night.

The Reds will play host to the Spanish champions in the reverse fixture of the semi-final clash, on Tuesday, May 7 at Anfield.

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will ‘suffer’ in Champions League semi against Barcelona

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool will ‘suffer’ in Champions League semi against Barcelona

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks forward to playing Barcelona in the Champions League
Video caption Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks forward to playing Barcelona in the Champions League
Liverpool will “suffer” in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in Barcelona but will also have chances, says manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds meet the Spanish champions at the Nou Camp on Wednesday (20:00 BST).

Klopp, who guided Liverpool to the final in 2018, said: “We were in contention last year, but they have been in contention for nearly 20 years.

“It will be so difficult, but I couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity.”

Like Liverpool, Barcelona are five-time European champions.

Four of the Spanish side’s titles have come in the past 13 years. In contrast, Liverpool’s sole success since 1984 came in 2005.

Last year’s run to the final came after Liverpool had failed to qualify for the competition in the previous season. Barcelona, meanwhile, are on an unbeaten run of 31 home games in the Champions League.

Will we be perfect? That’s not possible,” said Klopp. “Will we make mistakes? Oh, yes. Will we suffer? Oh, yes, 100%.

“Will there be moments when we have a chance? Yes, 100%. I hope we will use them – that is what we will try to do.”

We can feel completely free to play our game. It is a brilliant team here at Barcelona.”

Klopp, who also took Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final, added: “I would say a draw would not be the worst result in the world, not that we go for it, but it would be OK.

So many people came to Barcelona and had a plan and in the end they got a proper knock.”

Liverpool are fighting for a first domestic league triumph in 29 years, sitting a point behind Manchester City with two games to play.

However, even with Liverpool relying on City dropping points in order to win the Premier League, Klopp would not be drawn on whether the Champions League represented his side’s best chance of winning a trophy this season.

“We still have to play against Barcelona,” he said.

We have a chance in both these competitions, but we have to play these games. I never understand when people think a game is won or lost before it is played.

“At the moment, I do not need to know which is the better chance for us to win. We will try to play our best football, then we will see what we can get from it.

“When we go home, we will not be playing against City, we will be playing against Newcastle. But nobody has to think about that game tomorrow, because it would be a massive mistake to play Barcelona with 15% or 20% of your mind on Newcastle.”

Lionel Messi’s goal seals Barcelona for La Liga title 1-0 Levante

Breaking: Barcelona seals La Liga title

FC Barcelona have won the Spanish La Liga title for the second year running.

Captain Lionel Messi’s second half goal at 62 minutes was the difference between the team and Levante.

Messi did it again tonight, to keep his team back to back La Liga wins and making it the 10th of Messi era.
Over 91,000 fans in Camp Nou roared excitedly when the referee blew the final whistle.

With the win, Barcelona confirmed its dominance of the La Liga title having won eight out of the last 11.

Barcelona will be facing Liverpool on 1st May, Wednesday in the Champions League Semifinals.

Barcelona beats Alavès a dominant 2-0 in La Liga

Alavés vs Barcelona, La Liga: Final Score 0-2, Barça thoroughly dominate, win on the roadBarcelona took another big step towards winning back-to-back La Liga championships thanks to a dominant 2-0 win away to Deportivo Alavés on Tuesday night. The Blaugrana were in control from the very start of the game, and second half goals from Carles Aleñá and Luis Suárez ensured a comfortable win for the leaders, who now need just three points to officially become champions.

The first 45 minutes were dominated by Barcelona, who had possession from the very start of the game and looked really creative and sharp to find spaces inside a tight Alavés defense. Unfortunately Luis Suárez and Philippe Coutinho weren’t very good in front of goal, and the Blaugrana wasted some really nice scoring opportunities early on.

After surviving a super strong Barça start, Alavés slowly recovered and started to show some attacking promise, though all of their best stuff came on set pieces that didn’t really bother Marc-André ter Stegen. For most of the half it was all about the home team keeping nine men behind the ball and trying to get a free-kick or a corner to send the ball into the box, but their plan didn’t really succeed.

At halftime, Barça were clearly the best team on the pitch and deserved the lead, but they needed to find their scoring boots in the second half.

Barça continues to dominate possession and looking even more dangerous in the final third.

Carles Aleñá made the opening goal; The away team take a 1 – 0 lead through Carles Alena assist by Roberto. Barcelona took a 2-0 lead after a VAR review led to a penalty on a Tomás Pina handball, Suárez buried the spot kick and doubled his team’s lead.

With two goals in the first 15 minutes of the half the Blaugrana pretty much guaranteed the victory, but Ernesto Valverde wanted to make sure and brought on Lionel Messi with 30 minutes to go. Messi was hungry for his goal and even hit the post, but that was really the highlight of the last half-hour as Barca really just wanted to keep a clean sheet and wait for the game to end.

Barcelona wins Real Sociedad 2-1 in La Liga

Barcelona 2 Real Sociedad 1: Lenglet and Alba bring title closer

C. Lenglet (45)⚽ ⚽Juanmi(62)Jordi Alba (64)⚽

Clement Lenglet’s first LaLiga goal for Barcelona helped them take another step towards back-to-back titles with a 2-1 win at home to Real Sociedad.

The former Sevilla centre-back broke through on the stroke of half-time as Barca re-established a nine-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the summit.

Ernesto Valverde’s side were once again not at their fluent best but stepped up when required – Jordi Alba netting the 64th-minute winner as an instant response to Juanmi’s equaliser for Imanol Alguacil’s visitors.

Paul Pogba’s Reaction To Lionel Messi’s Stunning Goal Is Absolutely Priceless

Paul Pogba’s Reaction To Lionel Messi’s Stunning Individual Goal Is Absolutely Priceless

Paul Pogba’s reaction to Lionel Messi’s first goal says it all.

Messi bagged not one but two first-half goals including a superb individual strike to open the scoring on Tuesday night.

He skipped past Fred before curling a stinging shot into the bottom corner in the 16th minute to extend Barcelona’s aggregate lead.

The camera immediately panned to Pogba who cut a shock figure on the pitch and it’s absolutely priceless.

Pogba’s reaction is all of us.

His performance was subject to criticism with Gary Neville launching a fierce rant on the midfielder.

“Pogba’s now playing how he was pre-Ole’s arrival,” he said following United’s 3-0 defeat at the Camp Nou.

“I thought he was really poor , rolling his foot over the ball all the time, playing for himself, not popping it off and moving, didn’t look interested at times.

But he’s a great player, and can be a great player, he just needs to get that focus back.”

Meanwhile, Messi continued his ultra-prolific season by scoring twice to secure Barcelona’s spot in the Champions League last four.

He’s weighed in with a staggering 45 goals this campaign – including 10 in Europe.

Barcelona are still fighting on three fronts this term. They’ve pretty much wrapped up La Liga and they’re in the final of the Copa del Rey, with Liverpool or Porto the team they must beat to reach the Champions League final.

Source: Sport Bible

Manchester United are facing big Paul Pogba problem after Barcelona defeat

The influence – or indeed lack of it – from the Man Utd midfielder was palpable.

Solskjaer with Pogba after the Barcelona defeat
It was a disappointing night on Tuesday for Manchester United as they went down 3-0 to Barcelona to end their quest for a fourth Champions League title.

An overall aggregate score of 4-0 perhaps justified United’s impact on Barcelona over the two legs. Notably, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had an Expected Goal (xG) total of just 0.69 for both matches; in contrast Barcelona’s xG was 1.66 and their clinical edge supplied by their star players proved decisive.

Amongst the many disappointments from the tie, the influence, or indeed lack of it, from midfielder Paul Pogba was palpable.

The Frenchman managed just two shots on goal over the two legs, both of which came at the Camp Nou. One was an audacious attempted lob from near the halfway line that went high and wide, and the other was a tame effort straight into Marc-Ande ter Stegen’s arms.

The big Paul Pogba decision facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United this summer

It’s not the first time the marque United man has failed to impact a big European contest for United. In their last 16 tie against PSG, he capped off another underwhelming display at Old Trafford with a potentially expensive red card that saw him suspended for the return-leg in Paris.

United overcame a two-goal deficit without the Frenchman, raising further questions as to his true impact in these big games.

Pogba is of course known for being a dynamic dribbler and, due to his size, can cover large amounts of space easily while maintaining strength and balance as he runs at opponents.

He is aggressive in his choice of passes and often has the technique to follow through on his confidence. Yet, he has often faced a backlash from fans and media for his regular sub-par displays.

Former Manchester United star reveals four summer transfers needed after FC Barcelona loss

A lot of this was put down to the management of the player under former boss Jose Mourinho. The Frenchman was often deployed as a deep lying left central midfielder in a 5-3-2 / 3-5-2 formation.

As a result, it was considered he was tactically shackled and unable to impact the game,

When Solskjaer arrived, he reintroduced Pogba back into an attacking midfield role, and it looked to be a wise move. He once again seemed to be proving himself as the all-action midfielder fans love and remember, and looked to be bossing games; indeed, he can now boast a handsome 15 goals and nine assists across this seasons Premier League and Champions League.

However a detailed look into those underlying numbers, specifically against the stronger opponents United have faced, doesn’t bode well for the midfielder.

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The below data illustrates his underlying numbers against ‘elite’ sides compared to non-‘elite’ sides. The sides labeled ‘elite’ are teams United have faced in either the Champions League or in England’s current top-six this season.

Pogba’s underlying numbers against elite sides compared with non-elite sides

This season, according to Wyscout, Pogba has played 39 matches across the Premier League and Champions League. Of those matches, 15 have been against ‘elite’ sides.

As the above table illustrates, his performances has been markedly reduced in the games against those elite sides in comparison to the ‘lesser’ sides he has faced.

Despite scoring 15 goals across both competitions this season, just two have been against better opposition – that was a brace against perhaps the weakest of all the elite opposition, Swiss side Young Boys back in September.

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Additionally, just two of his nine assists across both competitions have been against two of these teams. Again, one came against Young Boys in that same game in September, with the other away at Tottenham Hotspur in January.

This would represent a largely underwhelming return for the Frenchman, specifically when three of those four combined goals and assists came against perhaps the weakest Champions League side United faced.

His drop in goal threat is affirmed by his underlying numbers in this department. His xG against the top sides averages out at just 0.15 per 90 minutes, which is significantly fewer than his efforts against other lesser opponents at 0.62.

He also averages around just one shot on target per 90 minutes against these sides, which is a sharp drop on his average of 1.58 against the ‘rest’.

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This basically illustrates he not only scoring fewer goals, his is also involved in fewer quality chances.

And it’s not just his threat in front of goal that has dwindled.

There are also reductions to his Expected Assist (xA) average which measures the quality of his final ball, and his average number of successful dribbles per 90 minutes – although the latter is only a minor reduction.

All in all, on paper, Pogba is shaping up to be a textbook example of a flat-track bully.

There is no denying he has phenomenal natural talent and would prove hugely influential over the course of a season in terms of his goals and assists.

However, United’s aspirations are to close the gap on the likes of Barcelona and again have the Reds at the pinnacle of European football.

Post-game Solskjaer said: “We have said all along that this isn’t going to change tonight. The next few years will be massive for us to get to the level of Barcelona”.

The performances of their star players such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Phillipe Countinho all made the difference over the two legs.

If Solskjaer’s United are to truly close that gap, they will need more than superior displays against those below.

They will need their linchpins and star players to become match winners in the biggest of games – and on this season’s performances, it doesn’t look like Pogba is that player.

Source: Manchester evening news

Messi scores brace as Barcelona beats Manchester United 3-0 to move to the UCL semi finals

Barcelona vs Manchester United: Lionel Messi’s brace sinks Red Devils at Camp Nou

– Barcelona vs Manchester United Champions League encounter favoured the Spanish League side after regulation period

– Two first half goals from Lionel Messi and one from Philippe Coutinho sealed the win for the hosts

– Barce have now reached their first semifinal since the 2014-15 season and they will hope to win the title Barcelona are through to the semifinal stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2014-15 season after beating Manchester United 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

The Catalans came into the fixture with a goal advantage from the first leg at Old Trafford barely one week ago with Luke Shaw scoring an own goal.

However, it was the Red Devils who got the game off to a flying start in Spain with Marcus Rashford firing the first shot, but his effort was denied by the wood works after just forty seconds into the match.

The visitors continued to make advances at the weak back line of their hosts, and once again the Premier League team failed to bury the chance they created.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men narrowly escape being punished through a penalty kick after Fred threw a careless tackle on Ivan Rakitic in the 11th minute.

But the referee had to consult the VAR before overturning the earlier penalty call he made earlier in the game. Meanwhile, it took Lionel Messi 16 minutes to find the back of the net after his weak shot slipped under David De Gea’s arms.

After their opening goal, Barca seem settled and confident as they continued their attacking football but it was not long before they broke through for the second time in the match.

Five things Manchester United must do to beat Barcelona

Five things Manchester United must do to beat Barcelona

Champions League Looking to repeat the heroics of Paris

Barcelona hold a one-goal advantage from their clash at Old Trafford, yet Manchester United aren’t completely out of this quarter-final tie despite the Blaugrana’s sheer superiority on paper.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already masterminded one miraculous comeback in this season’s Champions League, although you suspect that a team as focused as Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona will be far less charitable towards the English giants than PSG were.

There are five things the Reds must do in order to stand any chance of eliminating Los Cules at the Camp Nou.

1.Test Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet
Too often in the first leg, the match was played in front of Pique and Lenglet.

Yes, they were both colossal figures in defence and dealt confidently with every United half-chance, however the hosts will have been disappointed not to have tested the defensive pairing.

2.At the Camp Nou, they must put the duo under physical pressure.

Marcus Rashford will not be beaten in a footrace by either centre-back and if United can continuously put Pique and Lenglet in such a situation then they will get opportunities to score.

Asking Romelu Lukaku to hold up play in front of Pique is pointless, as you’re playing to the Catalan’s strength.

United have to turn their former player around and make him constantly worry about keeping up with Rashford, as that’s where the visitors can get attacking joy.

3.Make the midfield a horrible place to be
Scott McTominay and Fred were both excellent off the ball in the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

They restricted the qualities of both Ivan Rakitic and Arthur Melo with what Jose Mourinho described as “mad dog” pressing.

It was one of the few areas where Manchester United had success against Los Cules, with the lack of time on the ball given to Rakitic and Arthur actually preventing Lionel Messi from receiving any service.

On Tuesday, the visiting side have to accomplish a similar feat, whilst making the midfield a horrible place for Barcelona’s stars.

They have to be aggressive and press Rakitic and Arthur or Arturo Vidal every single time they have possession.

They can leave Sergio Busquets to dictate from a deeper position, but aggressive pressing, strong challenges and generally being a constant nuisance is what will help United stop Barcelona’s intricate style, even if it will draw criticism from the purists.

Be unafraid of possession statistics
One of the unfortunate consequences of Pep Guardiola’s revolutionary spell in charge at Barcelona has been that many people now automatically equate having possession to playing well.

Barcelona are one of the few teams that can retain the ball as well as play beautiful football, but Manchester United can’t allow themselves to be intimidated by this on Tuesday evening.

In the first leg, you got the sense that Solskjaer’s charges were caught in two minds over whether or not to respect the fact they were the home side and to try to match the Catalan club.

United shouldn’t bother trying to keep possession in unnecessary areas at the Camp Nou, it won’t matter a jot if they win 1-0 and go through on penalties after having 21 percent possession.

You simply aren’t going to keep the ball away from the Spanish champions, as they’re too good in possession, and it wouldn’t be wise for United to try.

4.Allow Marc-Andre ter Stegen time on the ball
One of the takeaways from the first meeting between the two teams was how Manchester United wasted so much energy pressing Barcelona’s German goalkeeper.

Never has an individual appeared to be in so much strife, yet emerge from the situation with such consummate ease.

Ter Stegen was in control of every single situation and, yes, you may get lucky one out of 100 times by chasing him down, but it’s a waste of energy to bet on those odds.

Barcelona can’t score from their own penalty box, so United have to be disciplined in their positioning and allow the hosts to keep the ball between Ter Stegen, Pique, Jordi Alba and co. for long periods.

The lack of a demanding Old Trafford crowd will probably aid them in this endeavour.

Retaining some energy could be vital for when United do get their big chance to score, whilst not being able to move the ball forward could frustrate Barcelona.

5.Take their chance(s)
Profligacy has been the name of the game for the Manchester club in recent weeks.

They could have scored four or five against Arsenal, but lost, and they could have done the same in the Premier League trip to Wolverhampton, but they lost once again.

Manchester United have been far more creative since Mourinho’s departure, and the football has been a staggering improvement in aesthetic terms.

However, not being able to take their chances has plagued the team of late.

You won’t get many chances against Valverde’s team, as was proven in the first leg.

When that moment comes, United cannot afford to squander it.

If they’re to have any chance of progressing to a first semi-final since 2011, they need to be as clinical as Chelsea were at the same venue in 2012

Source:marca.com

Messi set new record as Barcelona beats Atletico Madrid in La Liga

Barcelona increase La Liga lead to 11 points as Messi set new record

Lionel Messi set a new La Liga wins mark while Barcelona increased their commanding lead to 11 points with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

Diego Costa was given a straight red card in the opening half-hour for something he said to referee Jesus Gil Manzano, putting Diego Simeone’s men a man down in what was a must-win game to keep any realistic title hopes alive.

Atletico produced a gutsy second-half display, expertly shackling Barca but the Catalans finally found a way past the visitors’ outstanding goalkeeper Jan Oblak with a superb curling shot from Suarez in the 85th minute.

Moments later Messi sealed victory and quite probably the league title with an irresistibly cool finish into the net and Barca’s fans jubilantly chanted “champions”, crowing at their surely unassailable lead at the top with seven games remaining.
Atletico realistically needed to win at the Nou Camp for the first time since 2006 to stay in the title race and they played with ambition and intelligence in the opening stages, keeping the ball for long periods and depriving Barca of space.

But they were rocked by Costa’s moment of madness which killed their early momentum and left them with little choice but to defend for the remaining hour of the game.
Striker Costa reacted angrily to not being awarded a foul after being tackled by Jordi Alba and gave a long verbal response to the referee, who to his disbelief pulled out a red card.

Costa had to be shepherded off the pitch by Barca’s Gerard Pique as he struggled to control his temper while his teammates Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez earned bookings for venting their anger over the decision.
Atletico coped superbly with the setback and numerical disadvantage, controlling the space for the majority of the game.
Messi still carved his way through the middle of the pitch on two occasions, creating openings for Suarez and himself but both South American forwards were thwarted by the titanic presence of Oblak.
Atletico naturally had limited opportunities down the other end but were not far from finding a goal when Antoine Griezmann picked out Rodrigo from a free kick but the midfielder headed over the bar when Gimenez was stood behind him, in a better position.
Diego Simeone’s side could not last the distance, however, and as their legs inevitably tired, Barca’s attacking quality made the difference.
The win marked the 335th in La Liga for the Argentina international, passing former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas on the all-time list.
The defending La Liga champions now have 73 points from 31 matches, while second-placed Atletico remain on 62.
Lionel Messi set a new La Liga wins mark while Barcelona increased their commanding lead to 11 points with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Diego Costa was given a straight red card in the opening half-hour for something he said to referee Jesus Gil Manzano, putting Diego Simeone’s men a man down in what was a must-win game to keep any realistic title hopes alive.
Atletico produced a gutsy second-half display, expertly shackling Barca but the Catalans finally found a way past the visitors’ outstanding goalkeeper Jan Oblak with a superb curling shot from Suarez in the 85th minute.

Moments later Messi sealed victory and quite probably the league title with an irresistibly cool finish into the net and Barca’s fans jubilantly chanted “champions”, crowing at their surely unassailable lead at the top with seven games remaining.
Atletico realistically needed to win at the Nou Camp for the first time since 2006 to stay in the title race and they played with ambition and intelligence in the opening stages, keeping the ball for long periods and depriving Barca of space.

But they were rocked by Costa’s moment of madness which killed their early momentum and left them with little choice but to defend for the remaining hour of the game.
Striker Costa reacted angrily to not being awarded a foul after being tackled by Jordi Alba and gave a long verbal response to the referee, who to his disbelief pulled out a red card.
Costa had to be shepherded off the pitch by Barca’s Gerard Pique as he struggled to control his temper while his teammates Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez earned bookings for venting their anger over the decision.
Atletico coped superbly with the setback and numerical disadvantage, controlling the space for the majority of the game.
Messi still carved his way through the middle of the pitch on two occasions, creating openings for Suarez and himself but both South American forwards were thwarted by the titanic presence of Oblak.

Atletico naturally had limited opportunities down the other end but were not far from finding a goal when Antoine Griezmann picked out Rodrigo from a free kick but the midfielder headed over the bar when Gimenez was stood behind him, in a better position.
Diego Simeone’s side could not last the distance, however, and as their legs inevitably tired, Barca’s attacking quality made the difference.
The win marked the 335th in La Liga for the Argentina international, passing former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas on the all-time list.

The defending La Liga champions now have 73 points from 31 matches, while second-placed Atletico remain on 62.

Barcelona vs Espanyol: Lionel Messi’s brace gives the Catalans 2-0 win

Barcelona vs Espanyol: Lionel Messi’s brace gives the Catalans 2-0 win

– Barcelona vs Espanyol’s La Liga game ended 2-0 in favor of the Spanish champions

– Lionel Messi was in superb form for Barcelona scoring the two goals in this match Spanish champions Barcelona on Saturday, March 30, extended their lead on the La Liga standings after beating Espanyol 2-0 at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona were made to go through lots of trouble by their visitors before scoring the winning goals thanks to Lionel Messi.

Espanyol had the first chance to score in the 4th minute when Naldo sent a long ball to Victor Sanchez, but his shot was well saved by goalkeeper Marc Stegen. And five minutes later, Ivan Rakitic brilliantly set up Lionel Messi, but his shot was blocked by defender Mario Hermoso.

Victor Sanchez of Espanyol was presented with a shooting opportunity in the 20th minute only for his strike to be blocked by Gerard Pique as the first half ended goalless.

Barcelona changed their style of play in the second half, but they had to wait till the 71st minute before Lionel Messi scored the opener via a superb free kick.

Espanyol were trying to restore parity towards the end of the match before Malcom provided a stunning assist for Lionel Messi to score another goal in the 89th minute as Barcelona won 2-0.

Barcelona star mocks Real Madrid while answering questions on relationship with his partner

Gerard Piqué trolls Real Madrid while answering questions on relationship with Shakira

Gerard Piqué has trolled Real Madrid while answering questions about his partner Shakira

Pique was a guest on a television show where he was asked to reveal the number of times he has slept with her last month

But the Spain international laughed and asked if those times at the Bernabeu counts Barcelona superstar Gerard Pique has taken a swipe at his club’s greatest rivals Real Madrid while answering questions about his relationship with Shakira.

The Spain international appeared on Spanish TV show La Resistencia which was filmed in Madrid to answer questions from presenter David Broncano.

And during their discussion on the television show on Thursday night, March 28, Pique was asked on his in-house life with his partner in which his response trolled Real Madrid.

Gerard Piqué was asked by the anchor of the show on how many times he has has slept with Shakira in the last month, Pique laughed, before responding: “Do those times at the Bernabeu count?”

And his response to the question led to laughter from the crowd who attended the show. This season, Gerard Pique was among the Barcelona players who recorded back to back win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are now on the verge of finishing the season without any title as they have been dumped out of the Champions League and also out of the Copa del Rey. Barcelona are currently topping the Spanish La Liga standings with 66 points, while Real Madrid are third on the log with 54 points.