Jordi Alba has been talking about Barcelona’s hopes of winning the treble this season while on Spain duty. He said: “The sensations are almost the same as in 2015 with the treble. We’re in the Copa [final], we’re still in the Champions League and we’re going well in La Liga. But we’re talking of two different coaches, two who work really well but it’s difficult to compare. With Luis Enrique, things went sensationally. We won three titles and the sensations were good. If we were good, we noticed no one could beat us. Barcelona’s quality now allows us to attack and score a lot of goals.”
Inter are still dreaming of signing Ivan Rakitic in the summer transfer window. The Serie A side plan to meet next week to discuss their plans for next season, and the Barcelona midfielder remains the dream. The club think he could be tempted away because he has not been offered a contract extension and due to Frenkie de Jong’s imminent arrival.
Barcelona have been told they will need to pay 20 million euros to land Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico. The defender “intends to leave” the Dutch side this summer and is also wanted by Atletico Madrid.
Tonny Bruins Slot worked with Johan Cruyff at Barcelona and reckons the Dutch legend would approve of the way Frenkie de Jong plays the game. He said: “Cruyff would have enjoyed De Jong’s game enormously. Cruyff loves that style: the perception, the vision of play and going past two or three players dribbiling. Cruyff’s favourite players, like Faas Wilkes, his idol when he was younger, had those qualities.”
Sergio Reguilon has been talking about his little row with Lionel Messi during the Clasico. The defender reportedly called Messi and Luis Suarez names but reckoned it was all heat of the moment stuff. He said: You’re going at a thousand miles an hour in a Clásico, really fired up, you say stuff, but look, it’s things that are left out on the pitch: the tension makes you say this stuff.”
Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni says Lionel Messi and Paulo Dybala can play together for Argentina. He explained: “I’ve already says yes, they are both compatible but we have to work it out. I’m sure we can make it in time. I think now is not the moment yet, it’s logical. We didn’t have much time to prepare so it’s logical that they can be compatible but with time I think we can make it.”
Jordi Alba has also been talking about his latest call-up to the Spain squad for their games against Norway and Malta. He said: “When Luis Enrique called me for the first time, I got the same butterflies as I did when I was called up for the first time when I was playing for Valencia. After I wasn’t in his first two squads, maybe I noticed people’s support more.”