Rio Ferdinand explains the change in Lionel Messi versus Nigeria

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand suggested that Lionel Messi showed a huge change in body language during Argentina’s crucial 2-1 victory over Nigeria at the World Cup. Argentina opened the scoring within the 14th minute of the game after an impressive finish from Lionel Messi but ultimately it was Marcos Rojo, who caught the headlines after netting the winner four minutes from time.

Speaking after the game, Ferdinand praised the Barcelona star for lifting his performance on the night where Argentina needed a win to avoid a shock group-stage exit, he said:"His body language, immediately as he came on the pitch, was different to what we've seen in this World Cup. He looked like there was a spark about him, there's an energy about him, that 'this was my stage, my moment now'. His touch for the can't underestimate how good this guy's touch is, not only his first touch but his second touch after that."

Yerry Mina has no plans of leaving Barcelona this summer

Colombian defender Yerry Mina has stressed that he does not have plans of leaving Barcelona despite the criticism levied at him during the second half of the season. The centre-back was recruited by the Blaugrana during the winter transfer window after Javier Mascherano left for China and he has since struggled for consistency at the heart of the defence.

Despite this, the 23-year-old is unfazed by the situation and he is looking forward to making better progress next term, he told Mundo Deportivo: “I arrived in the middle of the season, in a difficult moment, I talked to some of my teammates, but now I have to show why I am here and do it well since the start of the next preseason. Compete with Piqué and Umtiti? I know that the beginnings are not easy, but I have all the desire in the world to succeed here. Going out of Barca is not something that goes through my head, nor will it happen.”

Roberto Firmino speaks on his strong relationship with Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has admitted that he shares a fond relationship with Philippe Coutinho despite the latter leaving the Reds for Barcelona midway through last season. The 25-year-old spent five seasons at Anfield where he contributed 41 goals and 35 assists but the urge to join the Blaugrana was too hard to refuse.

Regardless of this, Firmino continues to share a good bond with his compatriot whilst playing for the Brazilian national side and he is looking forward to sharing the same dressing room during the upcoming World Cup in Russia. Speaking exclusively to Four Four Two, he said: “Everybody knows that Coutinho is a great footballer – here in England they call him ‘The Magician’. He made his decision to join Barcelona, but every time we play for the Seleção we have a chat and maintain that friendship. He's an exceptional guy – one of the best friends football has given me. I believe Brazil is enjoying a good uprising since Tite took over – everyone is playing good football.”

Philippe Coutinho Admits Disappointment After Levante Defeat

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has expressed his disappointment after the club were not able to maintain their unbeaten league run. The Blaugrana had not lost any of their previous 36 games in the Spanish La Liga and they appeared on the course to go invincible before succumbing to an away defeat at Levante.

Ernesto Valverde Delivers His Verdict On Lionel Messi’s Injury

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has remained calm about the ongoing injury concern to star forward Lionel Messi. The Argentina international missed the friendlies against Italy and Spain during the break with a hamstring niggle and he is now said to be doubt for the La Liga outing against Sevilla this weekend.

Luis Suarez Opens Up On His Injury Concern

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted that he was worried that his knee injury in August would derail his long-term prospects with the Catalan giants. The Uruguay international suffered the problem during the Super Cup defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, and he struggled to recapture his form on his return to the starting lineup.

Carlo Ancelotti: Lionel Messi And Cristiano Ronaldo The Difference In The Champions League

Former Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti believes Barcelona and Real Madrid are favourites to reach the final of the Champions League, as they possess the individual talents of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The La Liga duo have cruised through the quarter-final stage with Messi and Ronaldo dominating the scoresheet for their respective sides.

In a report covered by, Ancelotti was asked about his favourites for this season’s Champions League, where he said: "Clearly Champions League games are decided by the smallest of details and in a one-off game it is sufficient for a refereeing decision to knock someone out.Madrid and Barcelona are favourites for their experience and because they have Ronaldo and Messi.It is clear [Juventus and Roma] are not favourites because they are up against two European powers but they still will have their chances."

Gerard Pique warns Barcelona of Chelsea's attacking threat

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has urged his teammates to be wary of the threat possessed by Chelsea despite their mixed performances since the turn of the year. The Blues ended a run of back-to-back defeats with victories over West Bromwich Albion and Hull City, and Pique is not taking the game likely with no wins in their previous seven meetings with the Capital outfit.

In a report covered by Four Four Two, Pique admitted that the Catalans have high expectations on their head, and though they go as favourites for the Champions League tie, a poor result against the Blues could turn their worse into one which is not so good.

Barcelona Not Complacent about League Title, Says Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde has rejected suggestions that Barcelona will become complacent after opening up a massive 14 point advantage over Real Madrid after the latest round of league games. The El Clasico witnessed Barcelona getting a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu. This turned out to be a huge victory for the team at a time when they already have been dominating the La Liga. Equally, Real Madrid have been unable to build on from last season’s success, as the team has been dropping far too many points. It led to an 11 point advantage for Barcelona coming into the match.

Goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, and Aleix Vidal secured a comprehensive victory for Barcelona, while the completely took advantage of the Carvajal’s red card in the second half. Barcelona only have the cup competitions and the domestic challenges to worry about. There are suggestions that the Catalans would be strengthening a lot in the January transfer window, as rumours have once again started linking Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho with a move to the Camp Nou. At the moment, there is a heavy reliance on Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to score the goals. Madrid have already lost the possibility of winning the title from on their own set of results following this result.

Ernesto Valverde: Neymar situation affected Barcelona

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has admitted that the Catalan giants were affected in the early part of the campaign due to the Neymar transfer saga. The Brazil international sealed a world-record €222m move to Paris Saint-Germainin early August, and shortly after, the Spanish outfit suffered a damaging 5-1 Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid across two legs.

Speaking prior to Barca's Copa del Rey game against third-tier Real Murcia, Valverde reflected on the turbulent days in the early part of his reign, he said: "I think everyone has their opinion. It is true that at those moments the situation really did us a bit of harm. The environment as well. There was a lot of noise around the club. But I just focus on what happens on the field, that's my job. Everything can affect that situation but I am just concerned about what happens on the field."


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