The Front: Mundo Deportivo (8.1.2016)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (8.1.2016)

THE DERBI DRAGS ON

Barcelona presents allegations and will not report Pau

The competition committee will decide today if they will sanction Luis or not

The goalkeeper said that the stamp on Messi “was just another event of the game.”

Espanyol: “Gerard Piqué remains entrenched in the controversy.”

Nolito gains on Denis

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The Front: Sport (8.1.2016)

The Front: Sport (8.1.2016)

After the brawl, let peace prevail!

Barcelona presents allegations, and Luis denies being the provocateur

Pau: “I have never gone out to hurt anyone.”

Bartomeu will go to the Cornellà and the captains will reduce the tension before the game on Wednesday

The committee will decide today if Luis will get a ban

Arda: “Iniesta is my idol.”

There will be an attempt to bring Nolito

Platini retires from the race for FIFA presidency

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport (8.1.2016)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport (8.1.2016)

Pau López does not ask for pardon: “I would never go out to hurt anyone.”

“Although you lie more than than you stop goals, if I forgive you… you will be able to tell your grandchildren that one day, you stamped on GOD.”

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Review: All in a day’s work

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Pape Diop made a statement post game that perhaps put into context what Espanyol’s game plan was, and to what lengths they would go to achieve it.

“You can’t say we were violent – there was no blood. If we’d have wanted, they would have left the pitch on a stretcher.”

When a card count of 10 yellows and 2 reds is leaning towards leniency, there is a problem. Espanyol didn’t want to play once Barça took the lead, and proceeded to make the game more difficult for themselves and frustrating to watch for cules everywhere.

Their attitude was reminiscent of Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side at the peak of their thuggery. Buoyed by their draw against the World Champions less than a week ago, they felt that repeating the same tactics would result in a similar result. They made two mistakes in doing so, however: The first was assuming that the Blaugrana would play with the same level of intensity and hunger they did at the weekend. The second? Crossing the line with their fouling on and off the ball.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (7.1.2016)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (7.1.2016)

FOOTBALL SCORES (4-1)

Barcelona came back on the basis of good play after a good goal from Caicedo, with goals from Messi (2), Piqué and Neymar

The match was dotted with unsporting behaviour and Espanyol finished with nine men

Mess in the tunnel: The referee noted in his review that Suárez provoked the Espanyol players in the tunnel

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The Front: Sport (7.1.2016)

The Front: Sport (7.1.2016)

THE KING IS MESSI (4-1)

Leo scored two goals and gave two assists

Barcelona almost finished off the tie in a match of high tension in which the Blaugrana imposed their style of play

Gerard provokes the pericos

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (6.1.2016)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (6.1.2016)

GIFT OF THE KINGS

Luis Enrique confirmed that Turan and Vidal will debut against Espanyol

Barcelona wants to sentence the tie in the Camp Nou

Galca says, “For pride, they will want to beat us.”

Zidane: “I am not Guardiola.”

Free way: Lee completes 18 years today

Pep confirms that he is leaving for the Premier League

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The Front: Sport (6.1.2016)

The Front: Sport (6.1.2016)

NIGHT OF KINGS

Barcelona wants to sentence the tie in Camp Nou and Luis Enrique will play with his best team, including the trident

Turan and Aleix will debut in the derbi

Zidane also bets on playing with BBC

Guardiola announces that he will be leaving for the Premier League

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport (6.1.2016)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport (6.1.2016)

SEE THE GIFTS THE MAGIC KINGS BROUGHT ARBELOA

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Preview: Two birds with one stone

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Who’s excited for another derbí? Hands up! Not these hands. No Espanyol player’s hands either as they’re already fists full of Messi’s shirt. Seriously, games against Espanyol are physical and gritty affairs. You’d hope the referee will be inclined to be on the watch for such nefarious shenanigans, seeing as his colleague has been slammed for days for his ridiculous leniency (what did you have on him Hernán Pérez?) over the weekend, but it’s Spain so let’s not kid ourselves. With a jam-packed schedule, bravo Luis Enrique for his apparent strategy to play tomorrow as if there was no second leg. It would be the correct strategy to go out there as strong as possible, get a safe victory margin, and then game manage the second leg next week with an energy conservative approach. The weekend game in between is against Granada, where Lucho can make the necessary rotations. It is preferable to kill two birds with one stone tomorrow than go hunting for fowl yet again in a weeks time.

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