Alaves - Valencia La Liga Match Centre 

Valencia aim to secure Champions League spot against Alaves

The last time Valencia and Alaves met in the league back in October, Los Che won the clash 2-1 to take them just behind leaders Barcelona. Fast forward several months and Valencia are now in fourth place, 16 points off the top. But, Valencia seems to have picked back up their form in recent matches and are unbeaten in the league since losing out to Atletico Madrid in early February. Last week, they faced a much-anticipated away match at Sevilla which saw Marcelino García Toral’s side win 0-2 and all…

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Diego Simeone Europa La Liga News 

Simeone anticipates missing injured full-back duo against Villarreal

Lokomotiv Moscow were decisively beaten 1-5 by visitors Atletico Madrid on Thursday, meaning‎ Los Colchoneros advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League by 1-8 on aggregate. Commenting on the performance, in particular of Fernando Torres and the quality of his shot, Simeone said, “[Torres’] stats are the same as his colleagues, “[He is] committed, involved, always wanting the good of the group. “He played very well, he safely converted the penalty and did well for the second goal. His attitude is what has always marked him out. “That, he…

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Andres Iniesta La Liga News 

Ernesto Valverde offers an update on Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique injury status

During Sunday’s win over Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou, Barcelona was unfortunate to lose Andres Iniesta to injury in the first half. The Spaniard pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury and could be out of action for a month. Potentially missing not just the Champions League tie with Chelsea, but also the first leg of the next tie should they make it through. As Philippe Coutinho is unavailable for Champions League duty, Iniesta’s absence could pose a problem for Valverde. Speaking after the match, Valverde said, “Iniesta is a unique player, a…

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Leandro Chichizola La Liga Match Centre 

Leganes 0-0 Las Palmas: Visitors hang on to a precious point

Las Palmas managed to hang on to a precious point against Leganes, thanks mostly to their goalkeeper Leandro Chichizola who made several fine saves. Now that Las Palmas forward Jonathan Viera finalized his €11 million move to the Chinese Super League this week, Las Palmas were hopeless in attack. The closest they came was actually off a rebound off Unai Bustinza when the ball almost rolled in. Las Palmas coach Paco Jemez was very unhappy with his team’s performance. He claimed if they continue to play like that then they will be heading…

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Barcelona v. Girona La Liga Match Centre News 

Barcelona 6-1 Girona: Lionel Messi at his best and a Luis Suarez hat-trick seal the win

Barcelona put on a dominant display to destroy Catalan neighbours Girona 6-1 at Camp Nou. An outstanding display by Messi saw the Argentine come away with two goals, while Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick, and Philippe Coutinho scored his first La Liga goal. The starting whistle was still ringing in fans’ ears when Portu shocked the home crowd with a goal for Girona. Sergio Busquets made an unnecessary back-heel which resulted in Girona’s Anthony Lozano making a run and trying to get on the end of the ball. Samuel Umtiti should…

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Ernesto Valverde La Liga News 

Ernesto Valverde says Girona derby is a turning point

The Catalan derby kicks off in just over a few hours, with Barcelona facing Girona at the Camp Nou. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is cautious of their Catalan neighbours. He believes this weekend marks a moment in the season when “the points count for more.” The Whites and Reds are sitting in ninth place in the table, only a few places away from possible European football next season. Valverde said, “Girona is a team with a bit of a spark, they always attack and get in your face and they don’t sit back. “It’s a…

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Girona v Barcelona La Liga Match Centre 

Barcelona vs Girona: A Historic Catalan Derby

Now that Barcelona has returned from a tiring trip to Stamford Bridge mid-week for their Champions League draw against Chelsea, they face another difficult fixture tomorrow. Local Catalan rivals Girona travel to the capital to take on the La Liga leaders. The Whites and Reds have been the surprise package this season, and are currently sitting in 8th place in the table. Barcelona is the only one of the traditional top three La Liga clubs to have beaten Girona this season. Girona lost to Barcelona 0-3 at the Montilivi back in…

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Girona Stuani La Liga Match Centre 

Girona 3 – 0 Leganes: A dominant win at the Montilivi

Girona enjoyed a thumping 3-0 win at the Montilivi to put them within two points of European football next season. The Catalans had several thrilling chances before getting the breakthrough with a Stuani penalty and goals from Portu and Juanpe. An outrageous hand from Martin Mantovani gifted a penalty to the home side in the 23rd minute. The Argentine literally had his hand above his head to reach the ball, making it an obvious decision for the referee. Cristhian Stuani was only too happy to convert from the spot. Roughly ten minutes later,…

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Unai Emery News 

Unai Emery believes Paris Saint Germain deserved a penalty against Real Madrid

Paris Saint Germain coach Unai Emery feels hard done by after Wednesday night’s Champions League loss against Real Madrid. The Spaniard believes his side should have had a penalty after Sergio Ramos’ handball in the penalty box. At the time, the sides were level at 1-1 and a penalty could have changed the fate of the match. Emery said that the referees gave more decisions “in favour of Real Madrid” and suggested that the 3-1 outcome would have been different with other officials. He said, “I was told there could have been a…

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Mikel San Jose Athletic Bilbao Blog Spain 

Mikel San Jose: Supporting Independence and playing for Spain are not mutually exclusive

Spanish unity has become a very delicate subject in recent years. Particularly since the attempts by the northeast region of Catalonia to vote on independence resulted in violence last October. Athletic Bilbao player Mikel San Jose is from the northern Basque region of Spain, another fiercely autonomous region. The Basque region has its own violent history with ETA (an acronym for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna), a nationalist and separatist organization that originally promoted Basque culture and ultimately morphed into a terrorist group. Incredibly, San Jose recounted a story of when he was 16 years old…

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