Sturridge says Klopp’s training is intense

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has stated that he has experienced the most intense pre-season of his career at Liverpool.


He said that Jurgen Klopp is a meticulous person and wants to have all his players ready for the start of the season.

Sturridge stated that he is happy to be back in the team and that he wants to prepare himself well so as to avoid missing matches through injuries. Indeed the striker enjoyed a poor campaign last season where he only managed 25 appearances for Liverpool. Most of these appearances have come as substitute and Sturridge will not want a repeat of the same situation this season.

He said that this pre-season has been quite different for him, and it has also been very intense. He said that Jurgen Klopp prepared them tactically as well as technically. There is a lot of hard work as well as running sessions in order to prepare the team physically. Daniel Sturridge admitted that he has not run this much during a pre-season before.
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BARCELONA ACTIVATES DENIS SUAREZ’S CLAUSE

Catalan giant FC Barcelona are set to acquire Denis Suarez back from Villarreal CF after activating his clause in the deal they have.


The buy-back clause deal is subject to medical examination but the Primera Division club are set to land the player.

Barcelona will now pay £3.25 million to sign the 22-year old who was in plying his trade in the Barcelona B team between 2013 and 2015. The club released a statement that reads: “FC Barcelona have decided to exercise the buy-back clause for the player Denis Suarez, currently at Villarreal CF, which will see the player join the club for the next four seasons with an option of a fifth depending on the number of appearances in the fourth season.”

The statement also read that they will deposit the above sum to buy back the youngster but will set a buyout clause of 50 million Euros for him. He is set to undergo his medical on Teusday, July 5th and is due to be presented to the public the new day.
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FORMER BARCELONA PLAYER SAYS MADRID PLAYED LIKE A SMALL TEAM

Barcelona legend, Xavi Hernandez, says his former rival club in Spain, Real Madrid, played “like a small team” in the El Classico against his former club.

The Spanish giant, Madrid defeated Barcelona by 2-1 in a keenly contested match as it was crucial to the La Liga title.


Madrid head coach, Zinedine Zidane, opted for a cautious approach as they came from behind to beat their arch-rivals at Camp Nou. The victory is one that helped reignite the La Liga title race and has made the title race one that will end in the final minutes of the season. With two games left this season, Madrid are in third place with 84 points, Atletico and Barcelona are a point ahead but the Catalan giant are atop due to goals’ difference.

However, Xavi believes that style – along with the tactics of Atletico Madrid – would not be accepted at Barca. He told beIN SPORTS:

“Real Madrid played like a small team in the Clasico at Camp Nou.

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Luis Enrique disappointed with his Team Players Performance

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was disappointed to see his team not score many goals in the Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.

The Catalan club registered a 2-1 victory against their Spanish opponents, but the margin of victory could have been more had Barcelona taken advantage of being a man up for the last 30 minutes. The club conceded an early goal to Fernando Torres, who was then sent off for a second bookable offence. This gave the impetus for Barcelona to go on and win the match. Luis Suarez once again continued his impressive form by scoring twice.

Atletico will feel confident about getting a result in the return leg at the Vicente Calderon because they have secured a crucial away goal. For this reason, Enrique will see that a third goal would have given Barcelona some comfort going into the second leg. Still, many clubs would like to be in the position as the Catalan giants and this certainly applies for Real Madrid. Madrid suffered a 2-0 loss against Wolfsburg in their first leg of the Champions League game. For Barcelona, it was about recovering quickly from the El Clasico lost during the weekend and they achieved it in some style. Read more “Luis Enrique disappointed with his Team Players Performance”

Barcelona is interested in signing Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba is one of the most sought out talents of the approaching summer transfer window. At the age of 22, Pogba has demonstrated that he has what it takes to join a top club and win major pieces of silverware.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are just a few of the clubs that have shown interest in signing the French player.

Barcelona’s Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that the star player of Juventus, Paul Pogba is the leading target of the club and the future of Pogba remains unclear as the Italian club is willing to allow him to leave during the next transfer window but only if the price is right.

Even though Barcelona has a transfer ban which runs up in 2016, this ban has not stopped the club in signing players as they have already signed Aleix Vidal from Sevilla but the player will only be able to play an official competitive match for Barcelona in January of 2016.

“It is true that Pogba is a leading target of ours and obviously we are interested, but I can’t say anything more. We are forbidden to recruit players until January, so I can’t talk about it.” Those were the words which were released by Barcelona’s Josep Maria Bartomeu as he confirmed that the Spanish side is indeed interested in signing Pogba.

There does seem to be difference in opinion between certain figures involving Paul Pogba.

The agent of Paul Pogba is Raiola and he stated that there is a possibility of Pogba leaving Juventus during the summer but this will only happen if a club offers a substantially high amount of money and Real Madrid, Barcelona as well as Manchester United are all capable of doing that.

However, the CEO of Juventus, Giuseppe Marotta believes and wants Pogba to continue performing in the Italian club for another season.

 

Pep Guardiola is seen as one of the best in the club’s history

Barcelona’s time under Pep Guardiola is seen as one of the best in the club’s history.

The Barcelona team achieved in numerous records in the five years spent under their former captain. One of those records was 11 successive victories in all competitions. The current Barcelona team, under Luis Enrique, have equalise this record after managing to win all their matches since the 1-0 defeat against Real Sociedad at the start of January. The incredible run of results has put Barcelona within touching distance of the table leaders, Real Madrid. They currently trail Carlo Ancelotti’s team by just one point.

Manager Luis Enrique, though, is keen to keep his feet on the ground as he says that these records mean nothing if the club does not win any titles this campaign. It was a forgettable last season after the team failed to win any major honour under the stewardship of Gerardo Martino. This particularly places a lot of pressure on Enrique. A major reason towards this impeccable form has been superstar Lionel Messi, who has been going from strength to strength in this period. This has taken away all the rumours about an impending departure. Messi is now only two league goals behind Cristiano Ronaldo for the season. Read more “Pep Guardiola is seen as one of the best in the club’s history”