Pep Guardiola compares Manchester City’s desire with Barcelona’s on the field

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that the Citizens are showing the same desire as Barcelona on the field after they were clinical during their recent Premier League game against Chelsea. The Citizens were anticipated to have a tricky game on their hands against Chelsea but nothing of that sort happened as they rolled them over with a comfortable 6-0 scoreline.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola spoke about the team’s desire to continuing winning with every gameweek and compared their ambition to Barcelona’s, he said: “The desire to want to do the best is incredible and similar (to that at Barca). For us to get 100 points, break all records and continue to push them and push them… these guys work a lot. The only way I know is the more you win, the more you have to work.”
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Sky Sports reporter says Arsenal can sign Denis Suarez on one condition

Sky Sports report Dharmesh Sheth has revealed that Arsenal remain in discussions with Barcelona regarding a potential loan move for Denis Suarez. The Spain international has already been deemed surplus to requirements by the Catalan giants after managing under 20 minutes of league action during the course of the current campaign.

Speaking on The Transfer Talk Podcast, Sheth has acknowledged that the Gunners are maintaining the interest in the former Villarreal man and they are hopeful of finalising a loan move. However, Barcelona are unlikely to accept to the agreement unless the Gunners include an obligatory buy option for the versatile midfielder.
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Barcelona land Jeison Murillo from Valencia on an initial loan

Barcelona have confirmed their first signing of the winter transfer window with Jeison Murillo scheduled to arrive from Valencia on an initial loan move. The Colombia international only joined Los Che on a permanent deal earlier in the season but he has now been offered the chance to link up with the Blaugrana, who are said to have the obligation to buy for €25m.

“FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jeison Murillo on loan for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. The agreement includes a purchase option worth €25m. The presentation ceremony is scheduled for next Thursday, December 27. Details forthcoming,” a statement on the club’s official website read.
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Xavi Hernandez does not expect Neymar to return to Barcelona

Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez does not fancy the prospect of Neymar making a sensational comeback with the Catalan giants. The Brazil international made the switch to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona on a world-record £200m fee last year and the move was certainly not taken lightly by the Blaugrana faithful in the lead up to the departure.

Neymar has since won plenty of domestic silverware with the French heavyweights but there has been regular speculation that he remains unsettled and would fancy a comeback with the Blaugrana. When asked on the same, Xavi suggested that he does not see any chances of that happening after the way the attacker pushed through his exit from the Camp Nou, he said:”I don’t see it. I don’t see it. I also think it didn’t work out well, I don’t see it in any way. I read a lot of press because I’m up to date with everything football, but I see zero chances that Neymar can return to Barcelona.”
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Vermaelen might return to Premier League

Thomas Vermaelen has not enjoyed a great stint at Barcelona. He has had to deal with several injuries and apart from that, he has also not been able to get accustomed to Barcelona’s style properly.

It’s not that Vermaelen has had a complete horror run at Camp Nou. He has not established himself as a regular starter, but whenever he has got an opportunity as a back-up, he has been decent. But he hasn’t had as much success as he would have liked to. Continue reading Vermaelen might return to Premier League

Carlos Puyol believes Ousmane Dembele should seize his opportunity at Barcelona

Barcelona legend Carlos Puyol believes Ousmane Dembele should seize the opportunity of playing for the Catalan giants amid the current speculation over his future with the club. The France international has recently been in the news for the wrong seasons and there has already been the gossip that they could make way from the Blaugrana in the near future.

Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Puyol highlighted that Dembele is still at the beginning of his professional career and the emphasis is on him to take the right step towards succeeding with the Spanish champions, he said: “He is a young player, I am not in the dressing room and I do not know the day to day, but we must try to help him. It is not easy to adapt to the philosophy of Barca that everything is so media, that you arrive late to training and it seems that the world is over. He has good teachers next door, people who will help him for sure, but it also depends on his attitude. It is important that he reflects and thinks where he is, that he takes advantage of these opportunities.”
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Thomas Vermaelen heaps praise on summer signing Arthur

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has heaped praise on summer signing Arthur after the Brazilian’s quick adjustment to the club’s style of play. The 22-year-old made the switch from Gremio during the summer transfer window and he has since been regularly involved at the heart of the club’s midfield.

Speaking to reporters, Vermaelen highlighted that the midfielder is a good player and needs more games before completely coming to terms with the tactical nous at the club, he said: “Arthur is a good player and of course he needs more games to adapt to the club and style. But his start has been incredible, he has all the battling skills and the technical ability to go right to the top.”
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Marc-Andre Ter Stegen insists Barcelona are more than just Messi

Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has insisted that Barcelona are more than just Lionel Messi and the credit should also be given to the remaining 10 players for the Champions League win over PSV Eindhoven. The Blaugrana kick-started their European campaign with a comfortable 4-0 triumph over the Dutch champions and Messi was once more the standout performer for the Catalan giants after contributing his eighth hat-trick in the competition.

Speaking after the game, Ter Stegen admitted that Messi always turns up for the La Liga holders and nobody can compare him with any other player. However, the shot-stopper wanted respect for the other players within the squad and insists they were equally influential towards the final result on the night, he said: “Lionel Messi always turns up for us, everyone knows his level and nobody can compare to him. But while Leo always is fantastic, there are ten other players in our team who helped us in this victory too, we are a team and not just one individual.”
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Ernesto Valverde unsure whether Real Madrid would be weaker without Ronaldo

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has said that he is unsure whether Real Madrid would become a weaker opposition with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar made the surprise move to Juventus during the summer transfer window after spending nine seasons with the European champions.

Since then, there have been question marks whether Los Blancos can continue challenging for major honours but Valverde does not believe it could be the case, he said: “I do not know if it will make them weaker. We were in a similar situation last year [with Neymar] and in the end the team grew and became stronger.”
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Thomas Vermaelen Keen to Stop Kylian Mbappe in World Cup Semi-Finals

Barcelona and Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen claims that Kylian Mbappe is the biggest threat for France in the upcoming meeting between the two teams at the World Cup 2018. The PSG youngster has been a revelation so far in the tournament. Even though the competition started with the expectation that the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, or Neymar will be able to shine, there has been an unexpected progress from Kylian Mbappe, who is about to become one of the world’s most expensive players when his loan move from PSG transforms into a £ 166 million permanent deal.

After ripping off several teams earlier in the competition,Mbappe is on course to making history by getting France into the finals. France are one of the teams unbeaten in the competition but they have been reliant on a handful of players in order to do the job. Vermaelen is aware of this element and he knows that Kylian Mbappe needs to be stopped in order to prevent France from having any tilt at the World Cup final. The Les Blues are hopeful of winning the competition for the first time since 1998 and there has been an effervescent mood within the camp. Vermaelen, though, has identifiedMbappe as the biggest threat for France and the primary job for the Belgian defenders will be to stop the youngster from playing his natural game.
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