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FC Barcelona News: 25 April 2019; Atletico Madrid Win to Deny Barcelona Title Celebrations

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Atletico put Barca celebrations on ice with win over Valencia | ESPN
Atletico Madrid delayed Barcelona’s La Liga title celebrations by beating Valencia 3-2 at home in an entertaining game on Wednesday at a sparsely attended Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Defeat for Atletico would have seen Barca clinch an eighth title in 11 years, but the victory moved Diego Simeone’s side on to 71 points after 34 games, nine points behind the Catalans.

Three points to win La Liga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona need one more win to secure a 26th Liga title and the eighth in just eleven seasons. In fact, they could already have become champions this Wednesday had Atlético Madrid lost to Valencia in a gripping encounter at the Wanda Metropolitano, but the side in second place managed to win 3-2 to leave the champagne, or in this case cava, on hold.

Training with title in touching distance | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde returned to the training ground on Wednesday the day after beating Deportivo Alavés a 2-0 at Mendizorroza to move even closer to the Liga title.In fact, had Atlético failed to beat Valencia this evening the title would have been won already, but a dramatic game ended 3-2 and Barça still need one more win to confirm their eighth championship in just eleven years.

Barcelona to be handed LaLiga trophy on Saturday if they become champions | Marca
The Catalan side will secure the title if Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia on Wednesday or if Diego Simeone’s side lose to Real Valladolid on Saturday. The trophy will be handed to Barcelona after the game, no matter how they win it - as long as they do win it.

The uprising of Carles Alena | Marca
Carles Alena played a starring role in Barcelona 2-0 win at Alaves on Tuesday night as he continues to impress everyone at the Camp Nou. The midfielder opened the scoring in a win that may prove decisive as Barcelona chase their 26th LaLiga Santander title.

Philippe Coutinho to Chelsea ‘depends on FIFA’ | Football Espana
Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho will join Chelsea this summer should FIFA lift their transfer ban, report Diario Sport. The report claims the Brazilian will replace the outgoing Eden Hazard, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Daily Mail: Tottenham and Arsenal fight it out for Malcom | Sport
The forward joined Barcelona in a €40m deal from Bordeaux last summer and has a contract until 2023. The club don’t want to lose the Brazilian and if they did, they’d want a return on their initial investment.

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