FC Barcelona take command early, sink Ajax (3-1) | FC Barcelona
First half scores from Barça’s lethal one-two punch of Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr gave the home side everything they would need, as a near total dominance of the ball kept Ajax safely at bay. In a match featuring a pair of sides with long, intertwined histories and similar playing styles, it was FC Barcelona who showed they were master of their domain.
Messi feels more goals were possible | FC Barcelona
After beating Ajax 3-1, Leo Messi commented that "we could have scored more goals to sentence the game. After that, things got a bit more difficult, but this is the Champions League against strong teams." As for the substitution, he wished to clear up that "a lot has been said these last few days but Luis Enrique is the manager and can take off whoever he wants".
Luis Enrique: "We deserved to win" | FC Barcelona
"Generally I liked the game" he said after the final whistle. "We were very much the better team in the first half. There were ten minutes when they could have got back into it, but they were ten very isolated minutes … We ended up winning deservedly. We were much more powerful than our opponent."
Five keys to the Ajax match | FC Barcelona
10 goals in 10 games. Could we have asked for a better return from the Brazilian? He’s proving magnificent at finding the target under pressure and he and Messi between them are tearing defences apart. The Argentinian has set Neymar up for exactly half of his goals this season, including a wonderful assist tonight. At his press conference, Neymar said he wanted to score against both Ajax and Real Madrid. That’s half the job already done.
UEFA campaign says No to Racism | FC Barcelona
On Tuesday, the day of the game between Barça and Ajax in the Champions League, the Camp Nou will once again be supporting UEFA and its campaign to say No to Racism. A number of actions before, during and after the match will be helping to raise awareness of the need to end racial discrimination in football. This is the 14th time that such an initiative has been organised.
Dani Alves: "We live for the Clásico" | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves was as straight-talking as ever on the ‘El Marcador’ show on Barça TV tonight. "We live for games like this" he said when asked about the forthcoming Clásico. "Who would we be without games like this? We’re always checking the fixture list to see when they are."
Messi and Neymar Jr: 13 goals in five games | FC Barcelona
Any team would be pleased to know that their striker has found the net in five consecutive games. But at Barça’s it’s even better. Both Leo Messi and Neymar Jr have achieved the feat, scoring 13 goals between them. Here’s a selection of other stats from the 3-1 win over Ajax on Tuesday night.
Preparations for the Clásico | FC Barcelona
The Ajax game done and dusted, the Barça players can now focus their minds fully on the Clásico on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabéu. Luis Enrique took charge of today’s training session with Sergio Busquets among the team despite not yet having been declared fully fit after sitting out last night’s Champions league game with a hip injury.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirms Gareth Bale will miss El Clasico | Sky Sports
"We are working hard to get him fit but he is not available for tomorrow and Saturday but we are trying to get him recuperated as quickly as possible," said Ancelotti. "It would be strange to come here thinking about Saturday and our thoughts are not with the next league game."
Clasico countdown: Who's in, who's out as Real Madrid face Barcelona? | Eurosport
Barcelona's big concern surrounds key midfielder Sergio Busquets, whose excellence in the holding role and relish for the dark arts of the Clasico make him an essential starter, especially in the cauldron of the Bernabeu. Busquets, though, missed the Champions League win over Ajax on Tuesday night and is a major doubt for the weekend. If he does miss out, then Javier Mascerano will again perform the holding role, with Gerard Pique in the back four despite his poor form of late.
Barcelona club member Jordi Cases drops lawsuit over Neymar transfer fee - ESPN FC
The Barcelona club member who filed a lawsuit over the cost of Neymar's transfer fee said on Tuesday that he has asked his lawyers to withdraw the suit. Jordi Cases brought legal action claiming that former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell had misappropriated funds by hiding the real cost to the club behind false contracts, a criminal offense punishable by up to six years of prison.
FC Barcelona U19 v Ajax U19: Back from behind (2-2) | FC Barcelona
The game between two of the best youth teams in the world got off to a dramatic start with El Idrissi pouncing on a poor clearance by the Barça defence to put the visitors ahead after just three minutes. Ajax dominated the early moments of the game but Groothuizen’s goal was soon under threat, with Cantalapiedra bringing out a save in the Dutch keeper and then hitting the bar just moments later. But FCB keeper Onana also had work to do when Muric produced a fine shot.
Ex-Barcelona president Jose Nunez loses appeal to avoid jail - ESPN FC
Former Barcelona club president Jose Nunez has lost an appeal to a court verdict that sentenced him to two years and two months of prison after being found guilty of bribing tax inspectors. A Barcelona-based court issued a statement on Tuesday saying a judge rejected the appeal filed by Nunez requesting the sentence to be suspended.
Guardiola linked to Valdes swoop | Football Espana
Guardiola is having problems with his goalkeepers at Bayern, both Pepe Reina and third-choice stopper Tom Starke having picked up injuries, and he reportedly sees Valdes as an emergency solution. It is understood that initial contact has already been made and there seems to be a willingness on both sides to make the deal happen.
Basque Country and Catalonia set to meet at San Mames - ESPN FC
The Basque and Catalan representative sides are to meet in a friendly at Athletic Bilbao's San Mames stadium on Dec. 28. Teams from both the Basque Country and Catalonia traditionally play games during La Liga's winter break each year, with recent opponents including Venezuela, Tunisia, Argentina and Nigeria.
We need third-party investment funds to help compete - Atletico Madrid - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin says his club could not compete at the top level without the help of third-party investment funds, while maintaining no outside party has ever forced Los Colchoneros to sell a player against their own will.
Ricardo Quaresma goal sees Porto beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 | Sky Sports Football
Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera had put the Portuguese side ahead at the Dragao stadium on the stroke of half-time before Athletic's Guillermo Fernandez equalised before the hour mark. Substitute Quaresma then came to the rescue four minutes after entering the pitch, hitting the ball past a helpless Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz to hand his team three valuable points.