Spain

Friday, April 4, 2014

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The Catalans have been hit with a transfer ban by FIFA but they are still being linked with the Spain international, who is currently on loan to the Partenopei from Liverpool.

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The tournament does not get under way until June 12 but the Selecao starlet has confessed that he is feeling the pressure to deliver on home soil

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The Spain striker has netted just 19 Premier League goals since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2011 and looked set for an exit, but the Blues boss insists he is part of his plans.

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The Arsenal boss believes that players under the age of 16 should not be made to move countries without their parents after the Catalans received a transfer ban.

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The 29-year-old will be rested for the trip to the Basque country but Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is confident that he will be fit for Tuesday's clash with Dortmund

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The Spaniard has become concerned with the increasing number of injuries players are suffering ahead of the World Cup and feels there should be more recovery time between games.

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Tata Martino's men could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid during the week and will be hoping for a morale-boosting win ahead of the return clash.

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Spain international Diego Costa, who has scored 33 goals in all competitions this season, will miss the game at the Vicente Calderon with a hamstring problem.

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The Portuguese suffered a minor knee injury in the midweek win over Borussia Dortmund but will no doubt be needed for a game against a side with a formidable home record.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

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The Rojiblancos suffered a 1-0 defeat in Portugal, with Eliaquim Mangala scoring the only goal of the game, but the 42-year-old coach says all is not lost.

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Eliaquim Mangala's thumping first-half header gave the Portuguese champion a slender advantage after the Europa League quarterfinal first leg.

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The Rotblau take a commanding first-leg lead in their Europa League quarterfinal, leaving los Che with it all to do in the return meeting at Mestalla next week

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The France defender's first-half goal makes the Portuguese side the favorite to reach the last four after it held on despite Fernando's late red card.

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Despite playing in front of an empty stadium, the home side secured a three-goal advantage in the first leg of its quarterfinal clash against the Spaniards

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The Blaugrana supremo held a press conference on Thursday to defend the Catalans after they were sanctioned for allegedly breaking rules regarding the signing of players under 18