🇪🇸 La Liga News, Match Previews, Results, Discussions - 2020/21 Open Thread

Messi trains after overcoming hamstring problem

Lionel Messi was substituted in the 65th minute of Barcelona’s game against Granada due to discomfort in his hamstring, which would have had his club worried.


But, the captain has already recovered and trained as normal on Monday morning.

The Argentine came off as a precautionary measure after a fantastic contribution, with him scoring twice, and Ronald Koeman didn’t want to take any risks with his No.10.

Now, Messi is ready to play in the Supercopa de Espana, with Barcelona taking on Real Sociedad in the semi-final on Wednesday.

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Braithwaite: There’s no chance of me leaving Barcelona

Martin Braithwaite has declared his intention to stay at Barcelona beyond the end of the current season.

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Barcelona to wear special shirt in El Clásico on 11 April

Legendary captain Carles Puyol will be the face of the campaign for the new shirt, which will be worn exclusively by the team against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu.


Carles Puyol will be the face of the campaign for the presentation of a commemorative shirt for the 2020/21 season, the ‘Special El Clásico Edition” which has been designed especially for one game only - against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu, on the weekend of 11 April.

The shirt is sure to be sought after by collectors. The design combines Barcelona’s club colours with those of the regional Senyera flag. The specially-commissioned shirts will go on sale exclusively in FC Barcelona’s official club stores at the end of January.

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Four points clear at the top of La Liga with two games in hand.

Atletico Madrid mean business :boom:

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On this day a year ago, Barcelona sacked Ernesto Valverde.

Since that day:
:black_small_square:Two more managers
:black_small_square:First trophyless season since 2008
:black_small_square:The 8-2 game
:black_small_square:Let Luis Suarez join rivals Atletico Madrid
:black_small_square:Leo Messi tries to leave
:black_small_square:Whole board resigns

Rough year at the Nou Camp.

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Barcelona are through to the Spanish Super Cup final :smile::muscle:

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Marc-André ter Stegen made SIX saves for Barcelona in regulation time, and saved 2 penalties in the shootout.

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That was Barcelona’s first penalty shoot-out since 1998 :flushed:

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:thinking: I just couldn’t believe this. I reread couple of times to make sure I was reading it right! :innocent:

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Real Madrid 1-2 Athletic Club FT:

:soccer: Raul Garcia
:soccer: Raul Garcia (Penalty)
:soccer: Benzema

Athletic Club will face Barcelona in the Super Cup final.

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Atletico Madrid are masters of both penalty areas

Atletico Madrid are proving to be a rather effective team in both attack and defence this season. Diego Simeone’s side are four points clear at the top of LaLiga Santander having played two games fewer than both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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Koeman: Barcelona are hopeful Messi will play, but the decision is his

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is hopeful Lionel Messi will be fit for he Supercopa De Espana, but did admit the decision to play in the game will be made by the player.

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Lionel Messi wants to ‘STAY at Barcelona as long as the club can offer him something that suits him’

Joan Laporta, the favourite to become the next president of Barcelona, has revealed that Lionel Messi wants to stay at the Nou Camp.
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Barcelona’s midfielders switch to attack mode

Ronald Koeman demands attacking involvement from his midfielders. The Dutch coach wants them to contribute around 10 goals a season and they’ve stepped up in recent matches.

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Messi is ready and expected to start against Athletic Club

Lionel Messi has every chance of starting Sunday night’s Supercopa de Espana final against Athletic Club at the Estadio de la Cartuja.

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Real Madrid returned to training at Valdebebas on Sunday following their defeat to Athletic Club in the semi-final of the Supercopa de Espana.**1610908494487

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Barcelona’s stars don’t like coming across Jesus Gil Manzano. The referee dismissed Lionel Messi during Sunday’s Supercopa de Espana final, making the Argentine the latest Blaugrana player he has sent off.

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Lionel Messi could be facing a ban of at least four games after being sent off in Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup final defeat to Athletic Club on Sunday.

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Lionel Messi has been handed a two-match ban after being sent off for the first-ever time in his senior Barcelona career in the Spanish Supercopa final on Sunday.1611083501052

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Hazard leads Real Madrid squad to face Alcoyano as Carvajal & Ramos out

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