Real against Barcelona: Ramos decides – sport

Sergio Ramos started running, hesitated – and then hit the left corner. Once again, the Real Madrid defense chief decided an important game. His team won 3: 1 (1: 1) against FC Barcelona in the infamous Clásico on Saturday afternoon. Ramos not only converted the decisive penalty to 2-1, but had also taken it out beforehand. With a typical Ramos action. When a Toni Kroos free-kick sailed into the box in the 60th minute, Barça defender Clément Lenglet tugged on Ramos’ shirt. Since the warrior with the long beard realized that he would not reach the ball optimally, he accepted the offer and let himself fall. The referee watched the scene again in the video and gave the penalty, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman later complained bitterly. But it was a justifiable decision – and the key scene of the game.

Madrid had previously lost two games in a row, against supposedly smaller opponents. In the league against Cádiz, in the Champions League against Donetsk. The 34-year-old Ramos was absent both times due to a knee injury and the captain was back in time for the Clásico. Ramos is a footballer who, like no other, succeeds in pulling his teammates away, and the older he gets, the more dangerous he gets. Last season the defender scored eleven times in the league – at Real, only striker Karim Benzema scored more goals. His role with Los Blancos is more important than ever.

The prestigious victory at Camp Nou is just right for the team and the previously harshly criticized trainer Zinedine Zidane. “I’m happy for the players,” said the Frenchman after the game. “We can be satisfied today.” Ramos conjured up team spirit: “We ran together, we suffered on the pitch together. When things are difficult, we have to be united.” Barcelona plunged deeper into the crisis after the second league defeat in a row, while Madrid took over the top again at least overnight.

A lively but sad Clásico

It was a playfully lively Clásico, but not a high-class one. And it was one of the most saddened in history. The coronavirus pandemic hits Spain like hardly any other country in Europe, more than a million residents have already been infected, and a national emergency could soon be declared. Spectators were therefore not allowed in the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, ​​the emotions on the pitch were more subdued than usual.

Real took the lead early. After a thoughtful pass from Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde hit the far corner from a tight angle in the fifth minute. But just three minutes later, the experienced Jordi Alba crossed the only 17-year-old striker Ansu Fati, who nudged the ball into the goal with his toe, kissed the club emblem on his jersey and shot himself to become the youngest Clásico scorer in history. The two teams gave each other a lot of space, and there were always opportunities. At halftime, each team had fired five shots on goal.

Barça are more offensive, Madrid are smarter

Barça were then the more offensive team, Lionel Messi was happy to play. Fati crossed perfectly on the free-standing Philippe Coutinho in the 54th minute. But the offensive player, who suddenly played an important role in Barcelona after his loan to FC Bayern had expired, negligently headed next to the goal. A little later, Ramos fell in the penalty area – and made sure that not the better, but the clever team won that afternoon. Barcelona goalkeeper Neto, who is currently replacing the injured Marc-André ter Stegen, suspected the corner but did not hold the ball. Ramos stuck out his tongue and let the other players hug him.

From then on, Messi, Fati and Coutinho played out chance after chance, but there were no compelling ones. Not even after Barcelona coach Koeman replaced Antoine Griezmann, whom he had so often reviled, for Fati. At Real, Kroos and Ramos missed good opportunities shortly before the end, before Luka Modric dribbled out goalkeeper Neto and made everything clear in the 90th minute. Messi stopped moving, paused on the lawn, puffing out his cheeks. “We played well and created a lot of chances,” said Koeman after the game. “We deserve to win this game.” But in the end there is a definite defeat.

Barcelona are struggling with themselves

At least since Barcelona embarrassed themselves in August 2: 8 in the Champions League quarter-finals against FC Bayern like never before, the club has not only been fighting against other teams, but above all with itself. The dispute between the players and President Josep Maria Bartomeu escalated. Messi then announced in the summer that he would be leaving the club and only stayed because those responsible wanted to bring him to a legal battle. Messi is trying hard on the pitch, but so far he has not forgiven those responsible, partly because they sold his teammate and friend Luis Suárez to rival Atlético Madrid.

On Friday, Gerard Piqué put in an interview with the newspaper The vanguard again after. While flattering Messi, he heavily criticized those responsible. The club does not come to rest, the defeat against Real at Camp Nou worsens the situation. The Presidium will meet near Barcelona on Monday. Much is now conceivable, even an immediate resignation of the president.


Real Madrid dominate Barça and win first clasico behind closed doors

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Thanks in particular to a penalty from its captain Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid won (1-3) on Saturday in the first clasico in history played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic against FC Barcelona for the 7th day of La Liga.

Clear victory of the Merengue at his rival Blaugrana. Real Madrid came to win at Camp Nou (1-3), Saturday, October 24, for the first clasico played behind closed doors between the two teams.

There was no observation round in this clasico between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Merengue wasted no time and cold picked Barça at Camp Nou, Valverde finding the small net with a roll (5e, 0-1) on a through pass from Benzema.

A few minutes later, Messi found Alba who delivered a cross to Ansu Fati within six yards of Real. The young Barça striker then adjusted the Madrid goalkeeper at close range (8e, 1-1), becoming at 17 years and 359 days the youngest player to score a goal in a clasico. The first half was then lively, with several chances on both sides, but the two rival clubs joined the locker room in a draw.

Realistic Real

The second period lost clearly in rhythm, the opportunities not being legion for the two teams. Coutinho still missed an important one (53e): alone against the Madrid goalkeeper, the Barça player did not frame his head after a perfect cross from Ansu Fati.

It was then necessary to wait ten additional minutes for the score to evolve … in favor of Real (62e, 1-2). After watching the VAR, the referee whistled a penalty for a shirt pulling from Lenglet on Ramos, who was responsible for transforming the set-piece himself.

Barça did not really react to come back to the score, and it was even Real who were the most dangerous at the end of the match. Kroos’ double chance (85e) was rejected by the goalkeeper of FC Barcelona, ​​but the latter ultimately only delayed the deadline. Modric, freshly entered the field, undertook to subtly mystify him to score in the empty goal (89e, 1-3) and seal the victory of the Merengue.

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Spanish journalist’s comment on Ansu Fati causes anger

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Ansu Fati signed his first contract as a professional footballer for FC Barcelona.

El Mundo Barça was justly enraged with journalist Santiago Sostres of Diario ABC, the third most important newspaper in Spain, after a match report after the Champions League match in which Barça won 5-1 against Ferencvaros of Hungary.

With only days to play a new edition of the Spanish classic, the focus is on racism and the way in which journalism has also promulgated it. In this case, we are talking about a journalist who has done it throughout his career.

In that match report he talked about how well Barcelona had played, but then he went down a path in which he ended up verbally attacking the young star of the culé team and a member of the national team. There he came out with a heavy artillery of racist terms against the player.

He compared Ansu Fati’s movements to a “mantero” (street vendor) who “flees to the police”.

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Ansu running has something of a gazelle, a very young and black mantero that you suddenly saw running along Paseo de Gracia when someone shouted “Water, Water!” Announced that the Urban Guard had arrived. Jungle pictures in the heart of the city. Now this does not happen because for Ada Colau the criminals are the police and not the manteros who no longer have to run away. It is also true that without tourists, their business suffers a lot.

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Antoine Griezmann immediately came out to defend his teammate.

The former culé striker, Gary Lineker, also did the same, also saying on English television that this was like “going back 50 years.”

The history of Sostres

It should be remembered that Santiago Sostres was fired in 2015 from El Mundo after a change on the editorial side. The Catalan journalist has been involved in various controversies on gender and racial issues are among the most despicable in journalism in that country. In 2010, Sostres referred to the earthquake in Haiti as “balance on the planet.”

Sostres “apologized” for the “misunderstanding”, but not for what was written in a note published by the newspaper that employs him.

In the Barça chronicle about their match against Ferencvaros, in my desire to praise the beauty of Ansu’s movements, and his class as a very young player, some expressions were taken as a racist contempt. Nothing is further from my intention, nor from my opinion, very favorable to the player as I have expressed in all my reports since he debuted. I am deeply sorry for the misunderstanding and I apologize to anyone who may have been offended.

That part no longer appears in the edited version of the article. For this public apology, Barcelona withdrew its threat of legal action against the journalist.

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draw for Rennes, Juve and Barça take place

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The novice match between Rennes and FC Krasnodar gave birth to a score of parity (1-1). If Juventus and Barça have easily won, Dortmund was surprised by Lazio Rome.

If PSG fell from the start of the Champions League, Stade Rennes did not lose them for their first in the competition. The eternal favorites of Juventus and Barcelona have meanwhile not trembled against Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros.

A draw for Rennes

How hard learning at the top level is! For its great debut in the Champions League, Rennes could not do better than a 1-1 draw to the taste of unfinished.

In a Roazhon Park which hosted 5,000 supercharged supporters, Rennes even took the advantage on a penalty obtained by Martin Terrier and transformed by Serhou Guirassy (55th).

But the euphoria lasted only 4 minutes, time for Cristian Ramirez to send a strike into the Rennes skylight (59th).

This draw nevertheless allows the two teams to settle at the top of Group E ahead of Chelsea and Sevilla, who also neutralized each other (0-0).

Juve and Barça take place before Group G clash

In group G, the favorites did not fail: Juventus (3 pts) went to win 2-0 on the lawn of Dynamo Kiev thanks to a double from Alvaro Morata, while FC Barcelona did not of detail (5-1) against the modest Hungarians of Ferencvaros.

Everything is already in place for a shock at the top of the group next week between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juve and Lionel Messi’s Barça … if however the Portuguese is restored in time from the Covid-19.

Without “CR7” in Kiev, the Turinese managed to offer their new coach Andrea Pirlo a successful start on a C1 bench, with a double from Alvaro Morata (46th, 84th).

In Catalonia, coach Ronald Koeman settled the debate over the last few days on Antoine Griezmann’s performance by deciding to do without the striker, replacing at kick-off.

This did not prevent Barça from taking place at Camp Nou, despite the exclusion of Gerard Pique, penalty conceded at the key (70th). Messi himself caused and transformed a penalty (27th) then the young Ansu Fati doubled the bet (42nd) before being decisive passer for Philippe Coutinho (52nd). Pedri increased the score with an offering from Ousmane Dembélé (82nd).

Victory over capture of Lazio

Erling Haaland (20 years old), the revelation of the previous edition of the C1 with his 10 goals scored, was not enough for Dortmund: scorer of an overpowered recovery (72nd), the great Norwegian striker did not however avoid at Borussia an inaugural defeat on the lawn of Lazio in Rome (3-1).

Laziale captain Ciro Immobile showered the BVB with an early goal after a ball grabbed very high (6th), then Marwin Hitz scored against his camp from a corner (23rd) and the former Toulouse player Jean-Daniel Akpa-Apro closed the mark (76th).

Lazio therefore takes the lead of Group F, in front of Club Bruges, victorious a little earlier on the lawn of Zenit Saint-Petersburg (2-1).

Paris under pressure

In this very tough Group H, Paris is already under pressure with its defeat since Neymar and others are already three lengths behind Manchester and RB Leipzig, 2-0 winner of Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir, which the Parisians will challenge from next week.

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That did not please me

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  • Andre OechsnerWednesday, October 21, 2020 – 4:25 p.m.

With the clear 5: 1 against Ferencvaros Budapest, FC Barcelona made a perfect debut in the new Champions League season on Tuesday evening. But Ronald Koeman didn’t like everything.

“I think we played 25 really good minutes after the break,” said Ronald Koeman after beating Ferencvaros in the premier class. The Dutch coach of FC Barcelona had something to complain about.

“But what I didn’t like, and we have to improve and avoid, are the moments in the game when we switch off,” he said.

“If we are able to play the whole game with the same intensity and above all with this high rhythm with the ball, we are a really good team.”

Koeman was supposed to mean the numerous shortcomings his men had made, especially in defensive behavior. Barça were lucky after just ten minutes when Tokmac Chol Nguen took the lead for Ferencvaros, but the goal was denied for being offside.

Another ten minutes later, it was the Brazilian Isael who only hit the crossbar from close range. In addition, Gerard Pique had not really acted according to his class in the previous penalty against the bustling Nguen. The defender was sent off after his foul 20 minutes before the end of the game with smooth Rott.


Barça contract extended: Ter Stegen now costs half a billion

DFB goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen extended his contract with FC Barcelona and agreed on a long cooperation with the Catalans. In addition to the 28-year-old, who has played for Barça since 2014, three other top performers have long been committed to the traditional club.

FC Barcelona has extended the contracts of national football goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen and three other important professionals in one fell swoop. According to a club announcement, the 28-year-old goalkeeper agreed to work with the Catalans until mid-2025. The contract therefore contains a fixed transfer fee of 500 million euros. Ter Stegen has been with the Spanish top club since 2014. Since then he has won the Champions League, the Spanish Championship and the Spanish Cup, among others. He is currently absent due to a knee injury.

Defense chief Gerard Piqué, who was thrown off the pitch in the 5-1 win against Ferencvaros Budapest at the start of the Champions League season on Tuesday evening, can only leave Barça for half a billion euros. However, the total with him depends on a number of stakes. It extended until 2024. Frankie De Jong, who only moved to Barcelona a year ago, extended his contract, which ran until 2024, until 2026 and now has a fixed transfer fee of 400 million euros. Defender Clément Lenglet agreed on a contract until 2026. The Frenchman has a release clause of 300 million euros in his contract.

Against Budapest, it was the first game in the premier class after the cracking 2-8 debacle against FC Bayern at the final tournament in mid-August, superstar Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the lead with a penalty (27th). Young star Ansu Fati (42nd) increased before the break. In the second section, the former Munich Philippe Coutinho (52nd), Pedri (82nd) ​​and Ousmane Dembele (89th) increased the result even further. The Magyars were only able to shorten the game with a penalty from Igor Charatin (70th).


Football: Preview of the Champions League – Sport

Could it be that the Champions League is about to start again, hasn’t FC Bayern just won it? The answers to these two questions are: Yes, it can be. And yes. The people of Munich have not yet got the pictures from the solemn night of Lisbon out of their heads, and they have to get used to the everyday routine of a preliminary round. The corona-related compressed appointment calendar actually makes the distinction between the old and new season more difficult than ever before. The industry’s old reflex remains unchanged: the defending champion will be the favorite again.

So is FC Bayern able to do what Real Madrid last did, which won the biggest title in European club football three times in a row (2016, 2017, 2018)? Although the Munich team have lost midfielder Thiago to their rivals Liverpool FC, otherwise they are starting the new Champions League season with their hierarchically solid winning squad. Who can be dangerous to Bavaria? Which European top team has strengthened itself best? Who has worries, and if so, how many? Despite Corona: a little round trip through Europe.

Gift in Paris

After the night of the final in Lisbon, you are no longer smiled at, and that is worth a lot: Paris Saint-Germain is now part of the glamorous circle of natural cup contenders – a title that Qatari club owners have paid a lot of money in eleven years. And yet: Much depends on the atmospheric again. In the final tournament in August, the French watched with some amazement as the acquired team of first-person shooters developed a collective sense. Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Ángel Di María & Co. played as if they were concerned about the whole thing emotionally, about the project, even about Paris. It was so amazing that the narrow defeat against FC Bayern itself demanded at least a grade of respect from many millions – let’s say – not so PSG-savvy Frenchmen.

But the atmospheric is fleeting. The least likely to suffer are two of the most important men: the Brazilian sports director Leonardo and the German coach Thomas Tuchel The team, they do not have the same vision for the team and are not the best friends in the world. That was meant as a euphemism. “Unless another miracle happens that nobody thinks possible, things won’t go on with them after this season.”

He or I, me or he. Tuchel thinks Leonardo slept through the transfer market. And because he announced this directly after two defeats at the start of the season, as if the rival were to blame for the false start, the climate was quickly poisoned. “I didn’t appreciate that,” said Leonardo, “the club didn’t like that either.” Or to put it another way: the emir from Doha is behind me.

In fact, the transfer market can be discussed. Paris lost its long-time head of defense and captain Thiago Silva to Chelsea. And although Tuchel insisted on the commitment of a central defender, this request went unheard. Striker Edinson Cavani (Manchester United), full-back Thomas Meunier (Dortmund) and attacker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (FC Bayern) have also left. Leonardo brought Alessandro Florenzi from AS Roma for the right wing. Rafinha, the brother of Thiago Alcántara, son of Mazinho, an old friend and comrade of the sports director, came to the creative side. And then there was the Portuguese Danilo Pereira, who was once the captain of FC Porto. All very respectable, but not galactic.

It will probably be the last time that Neymar and Mbappé will run after the cup together. Maybe that’s why it’s the last chance for the pot for Paris and Qatar for a long time.

Limping on the island

Liverpool FC would probably have preferred to keep the diagnosis for Virgil van Dijk under lock and key forever. The scenes on Saturday in the city duel with Everton FC (2: 2) looked too bad to want to be reminded again. Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford knocked the Dutchman down (there is no other way of saying it) in the sixth minute of the game.

Champions League, 1st matchday

Group A

RB Salzburg – Locomotive Moscow Wed 18.55

FC Bayern – Atlético Madrid Mi. 21.00

Group B

Real Madrid – Shakhtar Donetsk Wed 18.55

Inter Milan – Bor.Mönchengladbach Wed. 21.00

Group C

Manchester City – FC Porto Mi. 21.00

Olymp. Piräus – Olympique Marseille Mi. 21.00

Group D

Ajax Amsterdam – FC Liverpool Mi. 21.00

Atalanta Bergamo Mi. – FC Midtjylland 21.00

Group E

FC Chelsea – FC Sevilla Di. 21.00

Stade Rennes – FK Krasnodar Di. 21.00

Group F.

Zenit St. Petersburg – FC Brügge Di. 18.55

Lazio Rom – Borussia Dortmund Di. 21.00

Group G

Dynamo Kiew – Juventus Turin Di. 18.55

FC Barcelona – Ferencvaros Budapest In. 21.00

Group H.

RB Leipzig – Basaksehir Istanbul Di. 21.00

Paris St.-Germain – Manchester United Di. 21.00

For the first time since his move in winter 2018, van Dijk, who was brought in from Southampton FC for 84 million euros, was unable to continue in a competitive game for Liverpool. The diagnosis: injury to the cruciate ligament, an operation soon, probably the end of the season – and a bitter blow to the club’s ambition to win the Champions League again after 2019. The only consolation: Thiago’s diagnosis, who was also fouled as hard as a board, should not have resulted in any structural injury.


Confession of a world champion: “I wanted to catch girls every weekend”

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“I wanted to catch girls every weekend”

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Wild relationship, intense separation, mud fight: Pamela Anderson and Adil Rami

Wild relationship, intense separation, mud fight: Pamela Anderson and Adil Rami

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In 2018, Adil Rami became world champion with France. Now the eccentric professional made his life confession. The 34-year-old, who was in a relationship with Pamela Anderson, hated Didier Deschamps and two big vices.

Et are tough words he chooses for one of his former coaches: “Pascal Planque, Claude Puel, Unai Emery and Didier Deschamps were my best encounters. I had a difficult time with Deschamps at the beginning. I couldn’t stand him. Worse still, I hated him, “says Adil Rami in an interview with” Le Figaro “.

The 34-year-old, who became world champion in 2018 with Deschamps and the French national team, has written a book and obviously knows how to advertise it. “Autopsy” is the life confession of the central defender. And despite numerous escapades, there is something forgiving about it, as the chapter Deschamps also shows: “Now I thank him. When we won the World Cup, I went to him to apologize, “said the 36-time international:” In the beginning he was too strict, just thinking about work. I like to work, but not 24 hours a day. We didn’t always get along. “

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However, he is still critical of his relationship with Baywatch blonde Pamela Anderson. A few months ago the American accused him of violence and fraud. “I know exactly what she was aiming at with her allegations. She wanted to smash me, especially because of my collaboration with the Association for the Protection of Abused Women. She never filed a complaint against me because none of this happened. I suffered for two years, people lied about me, ”said Rami.

Violence?  Defamation?  Pamela Anderson and Adil Rami broke up in an argument

Violence? Defamation? Pamela Anderson and Adil Rami broke up in an argument

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He was in possession of videos and photos with which he could refute Anderson’s allegations: “This is all in the past, and I no longer want to be associated with her. That’s why I didn’t file a complaint. It’s a lesson, ”he said, announcing his evidence for the future.

Cannes, Monaco and Los Angeles in a week

His wild life, rich in escapades and women, was already concluded with the Anderson chapter. “At the beginning of my career I wanted to catch girls every weekend. I played with the picture of a playboy. But age and maturity made me stop. “

In his book, Rami describes the many temptations and temptations he was exposed to as a professional footballer at OSC Lille, FC Valencia, FC Sevilla, Olympique Marseille, AC Milan and Fenerbahce Istanbul. “If you sit in a bar with the label of the footballer who makes money, you have a dozen girls at your table who are only there to empty the bottles,” he says.

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In 2017 he was at parties at the Cannes Film Festival, the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco and Los Angeles within a week: “I was out of touch with reality. With my little mustache and shitty English accent, people adored me at the hype parties. Until six o’clock in the morning I played with girls who fought for me. “

Sporting highlight: Adil Rami becomes world champion with France in Russia in 2018

Sporting highlight: Adil Rami becomes world champion with France in Russia in 2018

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Rami completed 463 competitive games for his clubs. A few days ago he signed another contract with Boavista Porto until 2022. “I could have had a better career with a better lifestyle,” says Rami: “Too many trips, too many girls, and I don’t have my weight respected. My big problem was the food. I love to eat. “

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Koeman speaks to Getafe trainer about ‘lack of respect’ at Nyom | NOW

FC Barcelona lost 1-0 to Getafe on Saturday evening, but afterwards it was mainly about a meeting between trainers Ronald Koeman and José Bordalás. The Dutchman complained to his Spanish colleague about the behavior of midfielder Allan Nyom.

Immediately after the final whistle in the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Koeman contacted Bordalás and not only to congratulate him on the victory. “I told him that Nyom shouted very ugly things to me two or three times, which I will not repeat. I cannot accept that. It is a lack of respect,” Koeman said afterwards at the press conference.

Koeman told Bordalás that he should address Nyom about his behavior and the Getafe coach will actually talk to the 32-year-old Cameroonian.

“I told Koeman that I am going to talk to Nyom because there is no place in our team for insults,” said Bordalás. “But I doubt he really said what Koeman heard. I know Nyom as a competitive guy who lives for competitions, but also as a respectful person.”

Allan Nyom in duel with Sergiño Dest. (Photo: ANP)

‘Don’t talk about the arbitration’

Barcelona lost at Getafe to a penalty kick from Jaime Mata, caused by Frenkie de Jong ten minutes after the break. Koeman’s team, with Sergiño Dest in the starting line-up, failed to play the defensively strong Getafe. “We didn’t get our rhythm,” Koeman saw.

In addition, Getafe and especially Nyom played hard, including an elbow strike against Lionel Messi. An alleged foul in the penalty area on Ansu Fati also went unpunished, Koeman did not want to say too much about it.

“I don’t like to talk about the abritrage. Anyone who has seen the games and all the fouls can draw their own conclusions.”

Because of the defeat, Barcelona is in the middle of the La Liga with seven points from four games, although the Catalan club has yet to catch up. Real Madrid, which lost 0-1 to Cádiz on Saturday, is in the lead with ten points from five matches.

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FC Barcelona: dispute threatens to escalate in court

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The dispute between the club and the players threatens to escalate in court

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Salaries in the millions are now commonplace in football. But the discrepancy between individual players is still enormous. In the list of top earners you will mainly find the big names, even if not all of them currently play a role in sport.

FC Barcelona players and employees continue to refuse to accept pay cuts. The club is sticking to its plan. Likewise the opposite side. There is hardly any time left to prevent a legal battle.

Dhe FC Barcelona does not come to rest: First the hang-up game at the end of March about the existential plight of the club, then the rather unworthy spectacle about the farewell or whereabouts of superstar Lionel Messi, and now that: FC Barcelona and its employees, including the players , in a labor dispute. The reason is the upcoming 30 percent wage cut that the club wants to impose on everyone. This is reported by the Spanish broadcaster Radio Cadena SER.

The wage cut, it is said, is urgent and must be completed within three weeks – regardless of whether there is an agreement or not. This should be achieved by October 22, but the negotiations do not seem easy: The positions of the club, team and works council are far apart.

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Should the club actually implement the cuts without reaching an agreement, the case should go to court, according to Radio Cadena SER. Messi and his teammates, whose salaries represent nearly 70 percent of the club’s budget, are unwilling to accept the proposed terms.

When Messi and Co. gave in

Review – there was already a lot of money recently: at the end of March this year, the board of the Spanish champions decided to cut payments to all professionals and also to the club’s employees. The pandemic is forcing a reduction in working hours and a corresponding cut in salaries, it said.

In the end he stayed: Lionel Messi

In the end he stayed: Lionel Messi continues to wear the FC Barcelona jersey

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There was talk of 70 percent less. However, the players quickly said no to a voluntary waiver of money. Then the U-turn a few days later: Lionel Messi announced that the team would accept the club’s proposed salary cuts of 70 percent during the Corona crisis and would also guarantee full pay for the club’s employees.

Ter Stegen before contract extension

There is also new sporting news from Barcelona: According to media reports, national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is about to renew his contract. It is only “a matter of days”, wrote the sports newspaper “Mundo Deportivo”. The 28-year-old will extend his contract, which runs until 2022, by three years until 2025. Both sides have already reached an agreement. The negotiations were not easy, it said.

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The former Mönchengladbach resident is currently recovering from an operation on his right knee that he underwent on August 18. His return to the Catalans’ goal is expected in early November. That is how long he will be replaced by the Brazilian Neto.

Since moving to Barcelona in the summer of 2014, the German has played 236 competitive games for the “Blaugrana”. He conceded 221 goals and conceded 100 matches. In six years ter Stegen won the Spanish league four times with Barcelona and the Champions League once (2015).

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