Cartoon of the Day: Sport (21.1.2016)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport (21.1.2016)

González González could not this time 1 A team without the trident 2

“This result is worse for me than the Lions… but if I am allowed to officiate the return leg, there are still possibilities.”

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Review: Bravo Lucho

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You’re the coach of the best team in the world. Your (and history’s) best player is injured, and your best striker (who is also Europe’s top scorer in all competitions) is suspended. Your first, second and third choice left-backs are also unavailable due to injury. To make your situation even better, you’re facing a team you just beat 6-0. at a ground where you also recently lost 4-0. In short, the world seems to be conspiring against you.

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Café con leche: Messi wants to stay in Barcelona

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Suarez and Messi stay at home

The Tribunal Administrativo del Deporte (TAD) confirmed this noon that FC Barcelona forward Luis Suárez’ Copa del Rey two match ban will be maintained and thus he will not be able to play facing Athletic Club in Bilbao tonight. The TAD rejected Barcelona’s appeal to reduce the punishment to a single match ban. Given this decision, Luisito will be staying in Barcelona and no traveling with the team. Other players who will be staying at home for the night are Lionel Messi, out of precaution, and injured Jordi Alba, Jeremy Mathieu and Rafinha, along with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, left out of technical decision.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.1.2016)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (20.1.2016)

ONLY YOU

TAD meets today to examine the appeal, but it is not expected that Luis will be pardoned

Neymar will carry the team on his back and will be accompanied by Munir and Arda in attack

Messi did not train yesterday and the idea is to reserve him for the crucial next week

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The Front: Sport (20.1.2016)

The Front: Sport (20.1.2016)

ONLY NEYMAR AGAINST THE DANGER

Without Messi and Suarez, he will be the leader of a team with many new faces

Gareth bale out injured for a month

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport (20.1.2016)

Cartoon of the Day: Sport (20.1.2016)

This is how we see Sergi Roberto

This is how Luis Enrique sees him

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Preview: The Basque Battle continues!

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While Sunday’s game against Athletic Club was certainly enjoyable, tomorrow’s visit to the San Mamés promises to be an entirely different matchup. Barcelona brutally punished Ernesto Valverde’s men after they went a man down very early in the game, and it almost looked like the blaugrana were trying to extract revenge after they were denied a second historic sextuple by Athletic. Barcelona won the two Liga fixtures between the two clubs and Athletic walked away with the Spanish Super Cup, but who gets to stay in the race for the Copa del Rey? That question will be partly answered on Wednesday!

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Café con leche: Tricky trip to San Mamés

Luis Enrique in a Suit

Lucho wary of Athletic Club threat

Barça travel to Bilbao on Wednesday for the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter finals and Luis Enrique concedes life has been difficult for him at the San Mamés“They will try and make home advantage count, but we will go out to win the game, without thinking about the second leg,” he said before adding, “I never had an easy game at San Mamés and if they made things hard for us tonight with 10 men, imagine what it’ll be like with 11.”

Lucho confessed that even with 10 men the Basque club was dangerous and the team had to give it their best to win the game. He said, “The incidents changed the game completely and the tactical plans we had went out the window. It was a comfortable game for us but we still needed to work hard and stay in our positions. It was much easier for us obviously but we still had to do our job, we were only 2-0 up at half-time. We had to finish them off after the break and we did that.”

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The Front: Sport (19.1.2016)

The Front: Sport (19.1.2016)

STOP TO MESSI

He does not have a muscular injury, but will not play against Bilbao tomorrow as a precaution

Luis Enrique will have to improvise a trident for the Copa, given that Neymar is the only available crack

Busquets: “Atleti is a bigger rival than Madrid.”

James is a problem for Zidane

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (19.1.2016)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (19.1.2016)

NEYMAR THE LION

The Brazilian seems to be the only member of the trident available at the San Mames

He is Athletic’s nightmare, having scored five times against them in five games

Messi suffers an elongation and will be a doubt till the last moment

The club will appeal Luis’ suspension, and he will not play if the appeal fails

CR7: “If I really gave it to him, he would not be able to get up.”

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