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Game is over and the final score is Juventus 0-2 Barcelona. Here is the match report.
2020/2021 UEFA Champions League
0 – 2
Messi (90’+1′ PEN)
0′ The match is about to start!
2′ Messi’s shot blocked
3′ Griezmann hits the post
14′ GOAL! Juventus 0-1 Barcelona (Dembele)
15′ OFFSIDE! Morata’s goal disallowed
29′ AGAIN OFFSIDE! Morata’s goal disallowed
52′ Messi’s free-kick blocked
55′ Disallowed! Morata scores but the goal is offside
67′ Subs! Fati in, Dembele out
79′ Yellow Card! Rabiot booked
85′ Second Yellow Card! Demiral sent off
91′ Penalty Goal! Juventus 0-2 Barcelona (Messi)
Juventus XI: Bonucci, Szczesny, Cuadrado, Danilo, Morata, Dybala, Rabiot, Demiral, Bentancur, Chiesa, Kulusevski
Subs: Buffon, Ramsey, Pinsoglio, Bernardeschi, Arthur, Frabotta, McKennie, M. Portanova, A. Riccio, K. De Winter
Barcelona XI: Messi, Pjanic, Alba, Neto, Griezmann, Roberto, Lenglet, Dembele, De Jong, R. Araújo, Pedri
Subs: Busquets, Braithwaite, Alena, Firpo, Pena, Trincão, Dest, Arnau Tenas, Riqui Puig, Fati
Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo has labelled coronavirus testing as ‘bulls***’ after testing positive for the illness for a third time, which forced him out of Juventus’ clash with Barcelona.
The Portugal international recorded another positive Covid-19 result on Tuesday after first testing positive for the illness on October 13.
As a result Ronaldo will not come up against long-time rival Lionel Messi in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night and will have to watch the tie at home.
Ronaldo revealed that he was ‘feeling good and healthy’ on Wednesday morning in an Instagram post but also slammed Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing – the typical form of Covid-19 testing – as ‘bull****’.
Ronaldo has been self-isolating at home in Italy since he tested positive for coronavirus while away on international duty with Portugal over two weeks ago.
The 35-year-old recorded another positive result last Thursday and had hoped to return to action for Wednesday’s clash but another positive result on Tuesday dashed his hopes.
Ronaldo was asymptomatic when he tested positive days after playing for Portugal against France and Spain and posing for a team photo at dinner and has continued to display no symptoms.
Friends have revealed that he ‘feels like a beast forced to stay in cage’ with the star frustrated in quarantine, revealed Tuttosport, as reported by Calciomercato.
Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro took aim at coronavirus on her Instagram page after her sibling’s first positive result.
‘If Cristiano Ronaldo has to wake the world up, I have to say he really is a prophet from God. Thank you,’ she wrote.
‘I believe that today thousands of people will stop believing as much in this pandemic, in the tests and in the measures taken like me… the biggest fraud I have ever seen since I was born. Open your eyes please.’
Ronaldo’s reunion with rival Messi was the pick of the ties when the Champions League groups were drawn but fans will have to wait until December 8 for the match-up. Two of the sport’s greatest ever players have not faced each other in the Champions League since the semi-final between Real Madrid and Barcelona in the 2011-12 season.
The Portugal superstar has missed three matches for Juventus already – Andrea Pirlo’s side beat Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League last week but have been held to two draws in Serie A.
Ronaldo has been keeping busy in his home gym to ensure he stays fit for his return. He shared a clip on his Instagram page last week where he is seen dancing and singing while cycling on the gym bike, sporting an eye-catching new buzzcut.
Ronaldo has been keeping himself separated from his family members during his time at home in quarantine, with the rest of his loved ones on a different floor, and the forward is able to maintain his fitness levels by using an outdoor gym.
The Juventus forward has been active on social media during his time in quarantine. He posted a picture on Instagram of him lounging by his swimming pool, alongside the caption: ‘Don’t let what you can’t do get in the way of what you can do.’
The five-time Ballon D’or winner also posted a selfie on Instagram sitting at his dinner table, amid the news of the second test, with the caption: ‘Thursday style!’
Ronaldo is under investigation for breaking coronavirus rules with Italy’s sports minister saying the Juventus star ‘did not respect’ protocols with his flight home from Portugal duty while infected.
There were flashes of the old Lionel Messi in the first half of the Clasico on Saturday.
Casemiro was booked for trying to scythe him down. Nacho should have been booked for actually scything him down, and it was his pass over the top for Jordi Alba that sent the left-back clear to cross for Ansu Fati to equalise.
He might even have put Barcelona ahead having spun Sergio Ramos one way and then the other only for Thibaut Courtois to save at his near post.
But the flame only burned for 45 minutes. It flickered in the second half, and was almost extinguished by Ramos’ penalty that put Real Madrid ahead and shut the game down as a contest such is Barcelona’s currently failure to respond when things go against them.
Everyone still looks to Messi, but Messi just looks back wondering who will play Robin to his Batman. There were no candidates in the last 20 minutes at the Camp Nou on Saturday despite Ronald Koeman having flooded his team with attacking substitutes.
Messi’s body language late-on when Ousmane Dembele wasted one opening spoke volumes. The introduction of the French winger, Franciso Trincao and Antoine Griezmann on 81 minutes was almost a case of too much too late. A change should have been made earlier, and the three forwards made for five in an attack – an uncoordinated mess.
When the whistle blew at full-time Messi had touched the ball 98 times. That was more than anyone else but he had ended the game without a goal.
He has now failed to score in his last six Clasicos. Not since Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid has he hit the back of the net in his biggest club fixture. The personal duel also fuelled him and is maybe another reason for the relative decline.
Those 515 minutes without a goal against Barcelona have come despite nineteen shots. It’s not for the want of trying. A drop in his incredible statistics was always likely as his physical numbers went down. But there are other factors.
Messi has always been helped by having decoys – players around him that terrified and occupied the opposition to the extent that space would be opened up for him – now those decoys are no longer there, or at least no longer anywhere near as effective.
Where once he was flanked by Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o and then by Pedro and David Villa, before teaming up with Neymar and Luis Suarez, he now finds himself in a moveable-feast front four that included on Saturday two 17-year-olds and Philippe Coutinho. The latter was below par against Real Madrid and is now out injured for the next three weeks.
The kids will come good. Ansu Fati is already joint La Liga top scorer on four goals despite not turning 18 until next weekend. And Pedri will have better games than his first Clasico, but they can’t yet compete with what might have been if Messi had got his way in the transfer market.
The idea that Barcelona could re-sign Neymar or bring in his national team-mate Lautaro Martinez evaporated in the financial crisis and so he finds himself having to produce more of the magic on his own, and a time in his career when he can no longer go it alone in the way he used to.
It was a feature of last season that he was dropping deeper than ever to get on the ball, and yet is further than ever from being that player who can slalom through an entire team running from the halfway line in the process.
The degree to which the transfer request and the ultimately aborted transfer to Manchester City has affected him into the season is debatable.
The mind of the genius usually works in the moment – unburdened by past failures or any imagined future shortcomings. Those close to him say he has lost little sleep over the famous Burofax.
Neither has it been held against him. In fact with Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu quitting on Tuesday, Messi has been credited with the assist in some quarters.
When the new permanent president comes in he will want to get Messi to sign a new contract.
It then will remain to be seen whether his appetite is still there to put pen to paper in Catalonia or if he feels that to squeeze another season out of his career he needs the jolt of a new challenge.
This is something which would put him back on the Manchester City agenda providing Pep Guardiola stays at the club into next season.
Before that next chapter is written, this season still offers him all to play for. But he knows from watching Bayern Munich destroy Atletico Madrid almost as effectively as they had thrashed Barcelona how hard it will be for the team to get back to the top in Europe, especially when supremacy at home is currently also beyond them.
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Manchester City currently sit in 13th place in the Premier League table after two wins, two draws and one defeat from their opening five matches. Pep Guardiola has never been in a lower position at this stage of the season at any of his previous clubs.
On Saturday, City dropped yet more points after a 1-1 draw against West Ham at the London Stadium, having already drawn with Leeds and lost at home to Leicester this campaign.
“At this level, we’ve already dropped seven points, which is a lot,” Guardiola said on Saturday. “We’ve had difficulties. We have to go game by game and see what happens.”
With eight points from five games, City are already five points behind joint league leaders Everton and Liverpool, with the latter looking to defend their Premier League title.
At no point in his four seasons at Barcelona, three at Bayern Munich and previous four at City has Guardiola been lower than fifth in a league table after the first five games of the season – let alone his current position of 13th.
Before this season, Guardiola’s previous worst start to a campaign was the 10 points he picked up from his first five games as Barcelona boss in 2008/09 and the first five games in the Premier League in 2019/20.
Never have his teams scored fewer goals (eight) and conceded as many goals (eight) as City this season.
Guardiola has pointed out that the packed schedule has had an adverse effect on the fitness levels of his City squad this season.
“We’ve had problems with lots of injuries and the lack of preparation and time to recover between matches,” Guardiola said.
“Gabriel Jesus got injured in the first game, [Kevin] De Bruyne has been out, [Sergio] Aguero spent four months out, [Ilkay] Gundogan recovered from coronavirus, which has happened to five players… We’ve had barely any time to rest.”
On top of those names the City boss mentioned, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake have all suffered injuries this season, while Aguero is now sidelined again.
In terms of performance, Guardiola’s team still dominate games – no one reaches their average possession of 63 percent in the Premier League this season – but five teams have scored more goals than them.
Lionel Messi has less than one year left in his contract with Barcelona and LaLiga president Javier Tebas has made clear that he wants to see the Argentine stay in Spain after his deal comes to an end.
The Barcelona captain asked to be released from the club last summer, but the Catalans refused to let him go on a free transfer, with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter all reportedly interested to acquire his services.
“It’s true that a player is very important in one specific part of the world,” Tebas said in a speech the CEU Cardenal Herrera University. “A Japanese player or a Chinese player are better positioned in those countries.
“With Wu Lei, Espanyol would be twice as [popular] in LaLiga Santander as Real Madrid or Barcelona.
“I’d prefer Messi to stay, but it’s not a matter of life and death. We have closed TV agreements for four years.
“There is a fact: that we have sold our international TV rights for the next four seasons. Even if Messi leaves, we have still sold them, and we have three years to recover.”
Several superstars including Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have left Spain to join other leagues in the last few seasons, but Tebas denied that LaLiga Santander has lost its value.
“I’ve heard that so many times but LaLiga Santander is not losing value,” Tebas added. “I’d rather have those players here playing.
“I prefer that they go for tax reasons than for something else. We are better in terms of managing [the league] than England, but they have 77 million inhabitants, with a larger TV audience and more income per capita.
“Every weekend in England there are 14 million more households that pay to watch English football. It is impossible to reach that turnover.”
Having played the last five games for Real Madrid, three of them as a starter, Asensio is once again a protagonist for Zinedine Zidane.
The wings are the most volatile positions in Zidane’s eleven, where the French coach has opted for several variants over the campaign so far. But in the Clásico, the first important game of the season, Zizou put his faith Marco Asensio.
The previous two defeats prompted Zidane to strengthen the centre of the field for the Clásico, with Kroos, Modric and Valverde accompanying Casemiro. The Madrid boss trusted in the formula that has given him so many successes in the past, opting to start Asensio in a position that, against Barcelona, had the added responsibility of giving support to Nacho (and eventually Lucas Vázquez after Nacho’s injury) to keep Jordi Alba at bay.
Zidane has a lot of confidence in Asensio. The serious injury he suffered last season prevented him from stamping his mark on one of the most competitive positions on Zidane’s team, but to which no one could claim a permanent hold in his absence.
Asensio takes Bale’s 11 shirt
Asensio has become the owner of the 11 shirt with the exit of Bale, and the appreciation between coach and player is mutual. “We understand each other very well, almost just by looking at each other. He told me to score a goal”, revealed Asensio when talking about what Zidane said to him before he came on in the game against Valencia after the coronavirus suspension. It was his first appearance back after recovering from his horror injury and it took him half a minute to satisfy his coach’s wish. He ended up contributing two more goals on the way to Madrid’s 34th LaLiga title.
Asensio has been envisioned to become a regular fixture in Madrid’s attacking trident alongside Hazard and Benzema – an offensive line of which Real Madrid has been deprived because of both Isco’s injury and Hazard’s recurrent injuries. The three have only coincided on the field for nine minutes, in the aforementioned game against Valencia that marked Asensio’s return.
The prudence that Zidane has shown when it comes to reintroducing injured players to the fold meant that Asensio only played 362 minutes in the final 12 games of last season following the coronavirus suspension.
In the seven games played so far this season, Marco has played 318 minutes, making him the 11th most-used player in the squad. Having played the last five games, three of them as a starter, Asensio is a protagonist once again.
Barcelona have confirmed that Philippe Coutinho picked up a hamstring injury during the El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday.
The Catalans were beaten 3-1 by their arch rivals over the weekend but their misery has been compounded by the loss of one of their key attacking stars.
In a statement on the club’s official website, Barcelona did not confirm how long Coutinho will be out for as ‘it depends on how the injury evolves.
But according to Spanish news outlet AS, the Brazilian attacker is expected to be out for three weeks – which will rule him out for crucial LaLiga and Champions League matches.
Barcelona’s next game sees them travel to last season’s Serie A champions Juventus in Europe’s premier club competition, while Coutinho could also miss the league trip to Alaves next weekend as well as home ties with Dynamo Kiev and Real Betis.
Catalans boss Ronald Koeman will be hoping the Brazilian star can recover in time for Barcelona’s trip to Atletico Madrid on November 22, which will be a pivotal match for the club’s title chances after a slow start to the campaign.
Coutinho’s injury means young wonderkid Ansu Fati can expect more game time for Barcelona, while Antoine Griezmann could also come in to replace the Brazilian.
Teenage midfielder Pedri started the El Clasico match-up on the opposite wing to Philippe Coutinho so could also be given more minutes while wide options Ousmane Dembele and Francisco Trincao are alternative wide options.
Coutinho played the full 90 minutes of the El Clasico contest at the Camp Nou, which saw Barcelona fall behind early on to Fede Valverde’s opener after five minutes.
The home side equalised just three minutes later through teenage sensation Fati and Coutinho nearly gave his side the lead in the second-half but missed a gilt-edged header from inside the penalty area.
Sergio Ramos won then scored a penalty go edge Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid side back in front before Luka Modric won the tie late on with a superb individual effort.
The result saw Madrid go to the top of the table on Saturday night, with Barcelona six points behind in 12th place after back-to-back league defeats.
On Monday, Barcelona will hold a Board of Directors meeting to discuss about the date and further details regarding the vote of no confidence motion against Josep Maria Bartomeu, and whether there will be any members’ resignations.
In addition, the promoters of the vote of no confidence are awaiting the agreements reached by the leaders at the meeting, in which they are obliged to set a date for the referendum. Otherwise, the promoters have already made clear that they will denounce the board.
It will be this Monday, October 26, when the board will inform their members about the details of the vote of no confidence which, in principle, is set for November 1 or 2.
The regional government in Catalonia have already given the green light, so long as the health protocols are met. However, Barcelona’s board informed them that they do not have enough time to apply the established regulations due to their complexity and will need a 15-day margin.
The promoters of the motion believe that this postponement is some kind of strategy by Bartomeu and his current board and, therefore, they have threatened to take legal action against the club if they do not call for a vote on Monday.
The promoters understand that the board will flagrantly breach the club’s regulations, which specify that the maximum term has to be one of 20 business days, counting from the day when the notification is sent to the board, with a minimum notice of five days.
Barcelona’s board will also discuss potential resignations and in the event any member steps down on Monday, Bartomeu will have to find someone to replace them.
Meanwhile, Spain’s government is waiting for Barcelona to present plans to hold the referendum in the current climate, as well as the health protocols that would need to be put in place.
Until this is submitted by the club, there will be no definitive decision on whether or not a public referendum can be held.
Having struggled to produce his best form for Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann has been told he should look to move on by Bixente Lizarazu.
Antoine Griezmann has been urged to cut his losses and leave Barcelona by former France left-back Bixente Lizarazu.
Griezmann should leave, says Lizarazu
After joining Barca from Atletico Madrid for €120million in July 2019, Griezmann scored 15 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last season – his worse return since 2012-13 with Real Sociedad.
The 29-year-old attacker averaged one LaLiga goal every 285 minutes for the Blaugrana, way below his best return of one every 112 minutes for Atletico in 2014-15.
He has been vocal about his frustration at playing on the right wing since Ronald Koeman took over as Barca coach in August and only played eight minutes off the bench in the 3-1 Clasico defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday, having been an unused substitute in the midweek thrashing of Ferencvaros.
World Cup-winning left-back Lizarazu believes Griezmann, who is reportedly set for a new contract at Camp Nou, should look to move on before his situation deteriorates any further.
“Griezmann is great. He’s a very, very good player and he’s fantastic for France. But he isn’t at all for Barcelona. This is a real problem,” Lizarazu said on Telefoot on Sunday.
“He went to Barcelona with a dream of playing with Lionel Messi, but unfortunately there is no technical relationship between the two.
“He cannot find his position, he can no longer player football with Barça. It’s a crisis of confidence.
“At some point it is better to cut off your hand than your arm. Do not hesitate to leave when you cannot find your place.
“It’s been 18 months, not just two… the situation is really critical.”
Griezmann and Messi are yet to create a single chance for one another in LaLiga this season, though the Barca captain has provided one key pass each to Francisco Trincao and Gerard Pique, two to Ansu Fati and three to Philippe Coutinho.
They have also combined on just 23 passes, with Messi having shared more with Fati (35), Frenkie de Jong (39), Jordi Alba (47), Sergi Roberto (54), Coutinho (55) and Sergio Busquets (109).
France Football are trying to put together their best-ever XI of the world’s greatest players, and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos finds himself in the mix as one of the best centre-backs of all time.
The Spaniard, who is the only active player in the list of centre-backs, is competing with Franco Baresi, Franz Beckenbauer, Fabio Cannavaro, Marcel Desailly, Ronald Koeman, Bobby Moore, Daniel Passarella, Matthias Sammer and Gaetano Scirea.
The winner will be decided through a vote on France Football’s website, as they look to finalise their Ballon d’Or Dream Team. The truth is that Ramos starts as the favourite in the centre-back position.
France Football, following Ramos’ excellent display in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Clasico win at the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon, have directly asked if the 34-year-old does not deserve this award.
In fact, they have put out a survey asking whether “Ramos should already be considered the best centre-back of all time”. At the moment, he is in the lead with 60 percent of the votes.
When discussing Ramos, France Football point to not just his qualities but also the way in which he impacts his teams (i.e. Real Madrid and Spain).
“The impression that comes to the fore is that a defender has never had a similar impact on the teams he plays for,” they wrote.
“And this is true in both areas, which perhaps makes him unique compared to his predecessors. The teams have two very different faces: one winning and competing when he is there, and the other less composed and ambitious when he is not.”
France Football have decided not to award this year’s Ballon d’Or as a result of the impact the coronavirus impact had on the 2019/20 campaign, but instead they will release an all-time best XI from the list of players that have already been put online.
The XI will be in a 3-4-3 formation and the winners will be chosen by 170 representatives in December, thus forming the best line-up in history.
Brazil and Barcelona legend Ronaldinho has confirmed he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Ronaldinho, who won 97 caps for Brazil between 1999 and 2013, posted a video to his Instagram story revealing his diagnosis. The 40-year-old said he is asymptomatic and is self-isolating in Belo Horizonte, having arrived in the city on Saturday.
“I’ve been here in BH since yesterday, I came to participate in an event,” Ronaldinho said on Sunday.
“I took the test and tested positive for COVID. I’m fine, asymptomatic, but we’ll have to leave the event for later. Soon we will be there together. Big hug!”
Wishing him a speedy recovery!
Game is over and the final score is Bayern 5-0 Frankfurt. Here is the match report.
0′ The match is about to start!
2′ Injured Davies replaced
10′ GOAL! Bayern 1-0 Frankfurt (Lewandowski)
17′ Yellow Card! Goretzka booked
26′ GOAL! Bayern 2-0 Frankfurt (Lewandowski)
41′ Hasebe handball in the box but ref says no penalty!
51′ Lucas’ shot stopped
60′ GOAL! Bayern 3-0 Frankfurt (Lewandowski)
72′ GOAL! Bayern 4-0 Frankfurt (Sane)
83′ Neuer makes goal-line clearance
Bayern XI: Neuer, Boateng, Alaba, Muller, Lewandowski, Douglas Costa, Sarr, Goretzka, Kimmich, Coman, Alphonso Davies
Subs: Martinez, Choupo-Moting, Sule, Sane, Lucas, A. Nübel, Roca, Pavard, J. Musiala
Frankfurt XI: Hasebe, Ilsanker, Rode, Zuber, Trapp, Dost, Hinteregger, Andre Silva, A. Toure, Kamada, Tuta
Subs: Chandler, Da Costa, Younes, Kohr, A. Hrustic, Sow, M. Schubert, Barkok, N’Dicka
Cavani fired just wide with his first touch while Marcus Rashford went close late on. And down the other end Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty when Harry Maguire held Cesar Azpilicueta down. But ultimately nobody could argue the goalless draw wasn’t a fair result.
0′ The match is about to start!
12′ Cavani is watching the game on bench
27′ James’ free kick stopped by De Gea
31′ Fernandes’ long shot too straight
34′ Pulisic’s shot wide out
35′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy
41′ Mata’s shot stopped by Mendy
58′ Cavani subbed on to make his Manchester United debut
59′ Cavani’s shot wide out
80′ Ziyech subbed on to make his Chelsea debut
90′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy
Man Utd XI: Mata, De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay
Subs: Cavani, Matic, Pogba, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe, Greenwood
Chelsea XI: Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Jorginho, E. Mendy, Kante, Werner, Chilwell, Pulisic, Havertz, Reece James
Subs: Caballero, Giroud, Kovacic, Rudiger, Ziyech, Abraham, Mount.