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‘Not ideal but no excuse’: Spain’s Luis Enrique looks beyond Covid chaos

A positive Covid-19 test for captain Sergio Busquets threw their preparations into crisis but Spain feel ready to be contendersThe army rolled into Las Rozas at 0945 hours on Friday. A dozen personnel, including a colonel, a captain, a lieutenant, two …

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Argentina’s Rodrigo de Paul: ‘Messi surprised me. He enjoys a song, cards’

The Udinese midfielder discusses Brazil rather than Argentina hosting the Copa América, his future and being a ‘spare tyre’Rodrigo de Paul had imagined it, but not like this. “We had gone years without playing a Copa América in our country and we had t…

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Luis Enrique worried about Covid vaccine side-effects on Spain’s squad

Spain awaiting confirmation they will get jabs before Euro 2020Manager will stand by Sergio Busquets after positive testLuis Enrique has said there is no confirmation that the Spain team will be vaccinated against Covid-19, despite the country’s health…

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Spain’s players and staff return negative Covid-19 tests

Tests carried out after Sergio Busquets was positiveFive players called up to cover any withdrawalsPCR tests carried out on the players and staff at Spain’s Las Rozas HQ all came back negative on Monday night, 24 hours after the captain Sergio Busquets…

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Spain squad in isolation after Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid

Rest of 24-man squad tested negativeU21s will play final warm-up matchSpain’s preparations for the European Championship have been thrown into chaos after Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning, forcing the entire squad to go in…

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Spain squad in isolation after Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid

Rest of 24-man squad tested negativeU21s will play final warm-up matchSpain’s preparations for the European Championship have been thrown into chaos after Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning, forcing the entire squad to go in…

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Spain squad in isolation after Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid

Rest of 24-man squad tested negativeU21s will play final warm-up matchSpain’s preparations for the European Championship have been thrown into chaos after Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning, forcing the entire squad to go in…

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Spain squad in isolation after Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid

Rest of 24-man squad tested negativeU21s will play final warm-up matchSpain’s preparations for the European Championship have been thrown into chaos after Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning, forcing the entire squad to go in…

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Spain squad in isolation after Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid

Rest of 24-man squad tested negativeU21s will play final warm-up matchSpain’s preparations for the European Championship have been thrown into chaos after Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning, forcing the entire squad to go in…

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Spain squad in isolation after Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid

Rest of 24-man squad tested negativeU21s will play final warm-up matchSpain’s preparations for the European Championship have been thrown into chaos after Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning, forcing the entire squad to go in…

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Spain squad in isolation after Sergio Busquets tests positive for Covid

Rest of 24-man squad tested negativeU21s will play final warm-up matchSpain’s preparations for the European Championship have been thrown into chaos after Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning, forcing the entire squad to go in…

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Ernesto Valverde: ‘Football has become this thing we all live off. It’s a show’

The former Barcelona manager used to face the cameras but now, 17 months after his dismissal, has a photographic exhibitionFootball looks different from where Ernesto Valverde is. “The idea was to change the focus,” he says, which he always has. This w…

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Álvaro Morata and Spain booed by home crowd after friendly draw with Portugal

Álvaro Morata was suddenly away and the noise level rose, a chance to win this game, a shot at redemption. Instead, there was a reaction that could do him even more damage than what went before. Clean through, the Juventus striker smashed his effort of…

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It’s the Sids 2021! The complete review of La Liga’s 2020-21 season | Sid Lowe

Luiz Suárez’s switch to Atlético Madrid helped them to the league title as five different teams lifted trophiesOne day the phone rang and everything changed. “They called me from the club to see if I wanted Luis Suárez and I laughed,” Diego Simeone say…

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It’s the Sids 2021! The complete review of La Liga’s 2020-21 season | Sid Lowe

Luiz Suárez’s switch to Atlético Madrid helped them to the league title as five different teams lifted trophiesOne day the phone rang and everything changed. “They called me from the club to see if I wanted Luis Suárez and I laughed,” Diego Simeone say…

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It’s the Sids 2021! The complete review of La Liga’s 2020-21 season | Sid Lowe

Luiz Suárez’s switch to Atlético Madrid helped them to the league title as five different teams lifted trophiesOne day the phone rang and everything changed. “They called me from the club to see if I wanted Luis Suárez and I laughed,” Diego Simeone say…

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Domènec Torrent: what it is really like to be Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man

Coach who has worked with Guardiola at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City on training, Foden and MessiDomènec Torrent has been talking for 90 minutes plus added time, explaining processes and planning, the mechanics that go into every match, …

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Villarreal’s glory is a tale of redemption, vindication and disbelief | Sid Lowe

Club has a first trophy after beating Manchester United, thanks to a second-choice keeper who had never taken a penaltyThe greatest victory of all belonged to everyone, a whole team effort. So often said, this time it was true. Gerard Moreno, Dani Raba…

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Unai Emery the Europa League master plots Manchester United’s downfall

Villarreal’s coach has reached five finals in eight years with three different clubs, but losing his last one was the beginning of the end for him at ArsenalThis is not a redemption story. This isn’t about Unai Emery, the loser. This is about Unai Emer…

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Villarreal’s Alberto Moreno: ‘I’ll go to my grave not understanding why I got all the blame’

As he prepares to take on Manchester United, the full-back recalls his last Europa League final as a Liverpool player in 2016“I’ve already told some of my teammates: ‘I hope we win just so you can feel how heavy it is; you’re going to go nuts, you won’…