Eric Abidal dismisses talk of Barcelona changing their philosophy

Barcelona technical secretary Eric Abidal has dismissed suggestions that the club are looking to change their transfer philosophy. The Spanish champions recently completed the surprise signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich and Abidal has now highlighted that the club are looking to adapt to the transfer market than changing their philosophy.

Speaking to reporters, the Frenchman said: “You talk about a philosophy, but there were other players [Barcelona were interested in. I think we have to adapt to the squad and make it as strong as possible. The coach has to have decisions to make. He [Vidal] is a player with character, who gives a lot in the centre of the pitch, not only in defence but in attack. [He brings] goals, that arrival into the box. A player with a profile like that, we know we need. He is happy here and wants to win titles.”
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MESSI TO RETIRE FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

There are reports that Lionel Messi is set to hang his boot at the international level following Argentina’s exit from the 2018 World Cup. The Barcelona man scored the hat trick that sent Argentina to the World Cup finals after several setbacks. However, Messi could not inspire the South Americans beyond the Round of 16.

The team’s captain who has retired before in 2016 but was persuaded to return could now very well exit the team for good. He is 31 years of age and is obviously in decline. While the superstar soccer forward would always be dragged for his limitations in the national team shirt, it is sensible that he looks ahead after years of dedicated service. Read more…

Simon Mignolet Insists Mohamed Salah Is A Better Player Than Luis Suarez

Posted on 10 of June, 2018 by in OU Soccer

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has said that Mohamed Salah is the better player compared to former teammate and Barcelona star Luis Suarez. The Uruguay international was a huge fan favourite during his time at Anfield and nearly guided the club to Premier League success during the 2013/14 season.

In an interview with HLN, Mignolet was clear on his thoughts on who is the better player between Suarez and Salah, he said:“Luis Suarez was super clinical, but in terms of pace and technique I rate Mo Salah higher.” Meanwhile, speaking about his own struggles between the sticks, Mignolet added: “I try to help my mates as much as possible. (James) Milner likes to practice penalties with me, and (Mohamed) Salah sometimes asks me things about goalkeepers. Before Bournemouth I gave him tips about (Asmir) Begovic.” Read more…

TalkSPORT Pundit Hails Mohamed Salah As One Of Liverpool’s Best Signings

TalkSPORT Pundit and Liverpool fan Micky Quinn believes Mohamed Salah has been one of the Reds’ top signings over the past decade. The Egypt international joined the Merseyside outfit from AS Roma during the previous summer transfer window, and he has since accumulated a tally of more than 30 goals in all competitions despite playing on the right-wing.


Speaking on TalkSPORT, Quinn feels Salah is probably the better signing when compared to the likes of Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres – both of whom were centre-forwards by nature, he said: “Luis Suarez was an unbelievable player, but he came with a lot of baggage – this kid has no baggage. Fernando Torres was a breath a fresh air when he came to Liverpool and scored spectacular goals, be he was an out-and-out centre forward and Salah is a midfielder. With Coutinho, I think he was yet to really fulfil his potential at Liverpool and he probably will do with Barcelona, but Salah now is at the very top of his game. I think he’s been one of the most important Liverpool signings and probably the best Liverpool signing in the last ten to 15 years.”
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Barcelona identify Daley Blind as January target

Spanish giants Barcelona have reportedly earmarked Manchester United’s Daley Blind as a potential target for the January transfer window. The Blaugrana are currently utilising the services of Gerard Pique alongside Thomas Vermaelen in central defence with both Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano on the sidelines.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants are planning to retain their interest in Blind, who was previously on their radar prior to his Old Trafford move in 2014. Apparently, Blind’s versatility has caught the eye of manager Ernesto Valverde, and the Dutchman learned his early trade Ajax, who are known to play total football.
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