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Gerard Deulofeu: ‘I’ve made adaptations to my game at Watford but I’m happy here’

Gerard Deulofeu still has much to prove as he reflects on the ups and downs of his journey from Barcelona wonderkid to WatfordGerard Deulofeu is discussing Barcelona, how the spotlight burns and the pressure can contort, when he mentions the club’s lat…

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Lionel Messi scores two free-kicks as Barcelona hammer Espanyol in derby

Lionel Messi scored two spectacular free kicks as Barcelona thrashed their local rivals Espanyol 4-0 in Saturday’s Catalan derby to move three points clear at the top of La Liga. The champions, who started the game level with Sevilla and Atlético Madri…

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Espanyol v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

La Liga updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offEuropean roundup: Sancho settles derby for Dortmund You can email James your thoughts or via Twitter @piercy360 7.35pm GMT Villarreal have just lost 3-2 to Celta Vigo which leaves the league table looking lik…

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Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong: ‘I try to have a picture of where everyone is’

The Dutch 21-year-old, one of the best young players around, talks intuition, Johan Cruyff and the links with Barcelona and Manchester City“It’s crazy when people like you come all the way from England,” Frenkie de Jong says with a sincerity that sugge…

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European roundup: PSG drop points for first time in Bordeaux draw

• PSG draw ends record-breaking run at 14 wins• Arjen Robben to leave Bayern Munich after 10 yearsParis Saint-Germain’s record-breaking start to Ligue 1 ended with a draw at Bordeaux, despite taking the lead twice in south-west France. PSG went into th…

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The surprising struggles of Europe’s top goalkeepers

David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois, Marc-André ter Stegen and Manuel Neuer have all been unusually inconsistent this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe weekend threw up another series of shock results around Europe. Real Madrid suffered a humiliatin…

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We can beat Barca and qualify for knockout rounds, says Pochettino

• Champions League win over Inter gives Tottenham belief• ‘We dominated Inter and had the best chances,’ says PochettinoTottenham can still qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds according to Mauricio Pochettino, who believes his side’s 1-0 v…

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Champions League roundup: Messi’s spectacular solo goal helps Barça through

• Barcelona beat PSV to confirm place in knockout stage• Napoli keep pressure on Liverpool with win over Red StarBarcelona ensured their place in the knockout stages with a 2-1 win over PSV in Eindhoven. Lionel Messi’s fired in a spectacular solo goal …

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Ousmane Dembélé: the disconnected kid with a knack for vital goals | Sid Lowe

The 21-year-old has appeared disengaged and immature at Barça – but he has a habit of scoring when it mattersBy night, he plays video games and eats junk food; by day, he rides to the rescue, saving the same men who have been trying to save him from hi…

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Barcelona become first sports team to average £10m a year in wages

• Sporting Intelligence survey highlights spiralling pay• Real Madrid second; Manchester United highest British clubBarcelona have become the first sports team in history with average first-team pay in excess of £10m a year, according to the latest Glo…

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Ousmane Dembélé’s last-gasp goal saves draw for Barcelona at Atlético Madrid

Ousmane Dembélé’s 90th-minute strike rescued Barcelona a point at Atlético Madrid in a 1-1 draw that kept the Catalans top of La Liga. The France winger came on as a substitute and drove in a low shot that deflected past Jan Oblak.Diego Costa’s 77th-mi…

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Atlético Madrid v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

Updates as La Liga champions meet the third-placed challengersLive scores: all the goals as they go in around the UK and EuropeEmail James here | Tweet @piercy360 7.03pm GMT There are many things wrong with the modern game – as Der Spiegel have so glo…

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Ballad of Ousmane Dembélé: £100m victim of football’s fat greasy hands

From Rennes to Barcelona via Dortmund the Dembélé story has been a sad saga of interests and agents and endless friction among the Dembélé sporting-industrial complexSympathy for Ousmane Dembélé: looking from a distance at the struggles of the world’s …

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La Liga could teach the Premier League about being competitive

Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are disproving the theory that ‘anyone can beat anyone’ in the Premier LeagueBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThere are many factors to consider when assessing what makes one league better than another, but over th…

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Real Betis’s Barcelona tribute act is even better than the real thing | Sid Lowe

Before the match, Real Betis’s manager had to apologise for his admiration for Barça. After beating them, Barcelona’s players spoke of their admiration for himIn the final moments before the first half began on Sunday afternoon, Real Betis’s manager, Q…

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Real Betis’s Barcelona tribute act is even better than the real thing | Sid Lowe

Before the match, Real Betis’s manager had to apologise for his admiration for Barça. After beating them, Barcelona’s players spoke of their admiration for himIn the final moments before the first half began on Sunday afternoon, Real Betis’s manager, Q…

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European roundup: Barcelona suffer first home defeat in more than two years

Lionel Messi scores twice in vain for BarcelonaAIK win Swedish title thanks to victory over KalmarBarcelona suffered their first home defeat in La Liga for more than two years, the champions losing 4-3 to Real Betis despite Lionel Messi scoring twice o…

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Barcelona through to Champions League last 16 despite late Inter equaliser

Barcelona qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday after a compelling 1-1 draw at Internazionale where a late leveller from Mauro Icardi disrupted Barça’s perfect record in this season’s competition. Related: Champions League…

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Six teams, 11 hours, nine goals, and the ghost haunting a Saturday in Madrid

Barcelona finally shrugged off the ghost of Butarque but Atlético and Real had their own battles as La Liga’s threads all came together in Madrid“The Ghost of Butarque: that’s a good name for a novel,” Ernesto Valverde said. It was coming up to midnigh…

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Six teams, 11 hours, nine goals, and the ghost haunting a Saturday in Madrid

Barcelona finally shrugged off the ghost of Butarque but Atlético and Real had their own battles as La Liga’s threads all came together in Madrid“The Ghost of Butarque: that’s a good name for a novel,” Ernesto Valverde said. It was coming up to midnigh…