A 19/20 season review of: Marc-André ter Stegen

Marc-André ter Stegen completed his fifth season for the blaugranas. With the next campaign arriving within a month, here is a quick look at the overall 19/20 season from Ter Stegen and just how consistently he performed.

This is the seventh episode of a series in which we review the performances of the different Barça first team players, as well as discuss their futures for the next campaign. You can check the series here.

The 2019/20 season has frankly been a failure for Barcelona. For starters, the team didn’t win a single trophy, which in itself is not what Barça, as a historic club, can accept. The way the team played was far from how they should play. Many clubs have a specific way or philosophy of playing. Barcelona is built upon a specific style of play and for the club to neither follow that nor play especially appealing … Read the rest

‘This is where I want to be’ – PSG superstar puts paid to transfer rumours

As Paris Saint-Germain gear up for an appearance in their maiden Champions League final, one of their star players has put paid to rumours suggesting he wants to leave the club.

Ever since the end of his first season in the French capital, Neymar has had to contend with stories linking him with former club Barcelona.

Though it may have been true at that point, and a link-up with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez would surely have lit the blue touch paper at the Camp Nou again, it seems as though that particular ship has finally sailed.

“This is where I want to be,” he said to the Daily Star.

“The owners have a big project and part of that project is to be considered the best in Europe. We have never been closer than we are now – but we must stay focussed.”

If the Brazilian were to … Read the rest

A 19/20 season review of: Ousmane Dembélé

The 19/20 season of Ousmane Dembélé has been helpless and hampered by injuries again. Let’s review it and discuss his future.

This is the fifth episode of a series in which we review the performances of the different Barça first team players, as well as discuss their futures for the next campaign. You can check the series here.

Injuries are the worst event that can happen to a footballer’s career. Worse than red cards, bad diets and paltry runs of form. Injuries destroy players’ fitness and muscles to a certain point of no return where the players can’t sustain the highest level anymore. It happened with Yoann Gourcuff. The Frenchman was incredible at title-winning Bordeaux, but when he jumped ship to go to Lyon, injuries destroyed him to the point where he got injured while walking his dog.

At Barcelona, another injury-prone Frenchman has set foot at the pitch, … Read the rest

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign world class centre back on a free transfer

Sometimes a club will need to find a short term solution to a ongoing problem, so bagging a world class veteran at the end of their career for a season or two can be the ideal solution.

Chelsea’s defence was a real weak point last season, but you could also argue that the general standard of defensive play has got worse in recent years.

That means we don’t see too many world class defenders going about, and it certainly means they won’t be available very often.

READ MORE: Transfer complete: Dutch side announce loan deal for promising Chelsea attacker

Thiago Silva is getting older but he’s still a top class player, and he’s available on a free transfer once he leaves PSG this summer.

There were some murmurings that Chelsea might hold an interest, and that’s been confirmed after a report stated they are in advanced talks with the player:… Read the rest

A 19/20 season review of: Ansu Fati

Ansu Fati has been one of the few bright spots at Barcelona this year, so let’s review the 19/20 season of the bright and sensationally surprising 17-year-old.

This is the third episode of a series in which we review the performances of the different Barça first team players, as well as discuss their futures for the next campaign. You can check the series here.

In a season full of disillusion, some shine brighter than others. Usually, when big clubs have dismal terms, they look back at their bright spots to build around them in the future. Barcelona have had their worst season in a long time, finishing trophyless and with the biggest embarrassment against Bayern Munich, but one player made everyone smile in the 2019/20.

Ansu Fati, the La Masía graduate, began the year as an emergency back-up, as Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembélé were all … Read the rest

“Please make this happen”: These fans urge Man United to beat Arsenal to Gabriel Magalhaes signing

It’s still baffling that transfer stories can go on for so long only for everything to change at the last minute, but it also makes the transfer market much more exciting.

In the past few days it looked like Arsenal had won the race to sign Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, but things have changes tonight after reports suggested that Man United have made a late move:

Arsenal fans should feel confident considering they are still being described as the favourites to sign him, but this news will be worrying and it’s possible that he’ll change his mind.

It also means that Gabriel’s performances will be under more … Read the rest

A 19/20 season review of: Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann was a new signing for Barça last summer and, while he did not do wonders, he still had a decent 19/20 season. Let’s review it.

This is the second episode of a series in which we review the performances of the different Barça first team players, as well as discuss their futures for the next campaign. You can check the series here.

Barcelona have had a big problem in the past few years, and it’s money-related. Not that the club is in a profound economic crisis –– that’s a topic for another day ––; it’s that the club has tried papering over the cracks with money, a bit like state-funded clubs have in the past few years.

Superstar signings often take time to adapt, and they are always bound to fail when they have moved for astronomical fees that will not help their developments. After signing the … Read the rest

Fulham make a stunning offer to sign Barcelona defender Gerard Pique

One of the biggest problems for newly promoted sides to the Premier League is dealing with the higher quality of attacking player, and defensively they often struggle.

The problem is that good defenders are expensive and rarely available, so finding someone who’s good enough can be a hard thing to do.

Usually they need to take a gamble on someone from a lower level, but it looks like Fulham are bucking that trend by trying to sign Gerard Pique from Barcelona.

READ MORE: Man United look set to complete the signing of Barcelona wonderkid after paperwork delay

This report came from Sport via Football Espana, and while it does seem unlikely, it might not be completely ridiculous.

They claim that Pique himself has offered to leave Barcelona if it would help the club, and they point out that him going could free up a wage for someone else to come … Read the rest

Luis Suárez has no intention of leaving Barcelona

Ronald Koeman is officially the new coach of the Catalan giants and with him, comes a plethora of changes. One of which, as we’re led to believe, is a total clean-up of the squad. However, according to the latest reports, Luis Suárez has no intention of leaving Barcelona this summer.

This may or may not come as a surprise but the Uruguayan still believes he has something to offer to the club. Despite slowly but surely heading towards the sunset, El Pistolero feels quite important.

Of course, there’s no arguing that besides Lionel Messi, Suárez is one of the few players who actually score goals for the team. That is true but it’s also true that the Uruguayan has been an issue at times.

His declining physique, unwillingness to run or defend and sloppy play have all had a bad impact on the club’s results. And if we’re talking … Read the rest

Video: Angel Di Maria extends PSG’s lead vs RB Leipzig after insane Neymar back-heel assist

Just minutes before halftime, Paris Saint-Germain have extended their lead in tonight’s Champions League semi-final clash against RB Leipzig.

Leipzig stopper Peter Gulasci was punished for his attempts to play out from the back as PSG latched onto the ball, with it quickly slipped into Neymar’s path.

Neymar pulled off the spectacular as usual as he rolled the ball towards Angel Di Maria with a sensational back-heel flick, Di Maria took a touch before slotting the ball into the back of the net.

Di Maria also crafted the Parisians’ first goal, the attacking midfielder whipped in a dangerous free-kick that was headed in by Marquinhos.

Pictures from BT Sport and TUDN.