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FC Barcelona News: 3 April 2019; Carles Alena praises ‘spectacular’ Lionel Messi free-kick

Villarreal CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Alena: Messi’s freekick was spectacular | Marca

Carles Alena was full of praise for Lionel Messi’s free-kick against Villarreal on Tuesday. He said: ”His freekick was spectacular. It was a great goal. It doesn’t end against Atletico Madrid. It continues until it’s mathematically over. Nothing is done. The coach has reminded us of what happened three years ago.

Sergi Roberto: It’s all to play for against Atletico Madrid | Sport

Sergi Roberto is looking forward to Saturday’s showdown against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou. He said: “We knew Atletico had won and we looked to get a point until the end, the point is good and we will play for it all on Saturday. We want La Liga, then the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. Now it’s league and against Atletico it will be a vital game, a final. If we get the win it will be very important for us.”

Lionel Messi shirt swap death threats not Gerard Pique’s fault - Barca director

Guillermo Amor has defended Gerard Pique after Espanyol’s Adria Pedrosa received abuse for swapping his shirt with Lionel Messi at the weekend. Pique had boasted before the match he had more money than Espanyol’s budget, but Amor says the two incidents are not related.

Juve ponder a Dybala - Coutinho swap? | Calciomercato

Barcelona are reportedly considering swapping Philippe Coutinho for Paulo Dybala. Apparently Coutinho is thinking about leaving the Camp Nou, while Dybala wants out of Turin because he’s seeing less game time after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Frenkie de Jong considered Tottenham but had ‘unfinished business’ at Ajax | FourFourTwo

Frenkie de Jong has revealed he considering moving to Tottenham last summer but opted to stay at Ajax. He explained: “I considered their [Spurs’] offer long and hard. I see Tottenham as a very stable club, and they are only getting better. They give young players a chance and I see Mauricio Pochettino as a manager who really improves young players. I like the kind of football they are playing. I think it would have suited my game.”

Barça’s Denis Suárez has cost Arsenal €32,700 per minute | AS

Denis Suarez is proving a costly signing for Arsenal. He’s still yet to start a single Premier League game for the Gunners and has managed just 95 minutes since joining on loan from January. His game time means he’s costing Arsenal €32,700 so far.

Soccer: ‘Best ever’ Messi constant in Barca evolution, says Villa | Reuters

Former Barcelona star David Villa has been talking about Lionel Messi and how he ranks among some of the game’s greatest ever players. He said: “Obviously (there were) Pele, Maradona, players like (Johan) Cruyff. I didn’t have the opportunity to watch them like I watched Messi every day, every game... But, for me, Messi is the best. He is good in everything that he does.”

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