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Messi Returns To Barcelona Training Ground (See Photos)

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Lionel Messi arrived at Barcelona’s training ground on Monday as he begins to reintegrate with the team following his failed attempt to leave the club this summer.

Messi was seen driving into the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despi at just after 4:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Monday, where he is expected to take part in training for the first time under new coach Ronald Koeman.

The Argentinian superstar said on Friday in his explosive interview with Goal that he would continue to give his best for Barca, despite admitting defeat in his bid to depart for free.

The 33-year-old maintained he tried to go because he “wanted to live his last years of football happily” while also blaming the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu for “breaking his word” and forcing him to stay.

The return of Barcelona’s embitterred captain and greatest ever player may not be an easy one, particularly given some of his closest team-mates are likely to be absent.

Luis Suarez, Messi’s best friend and neighbour, as well as Arturo Vidal are expected to join Juventus and Inter Milan respectively.

It will also be the first time Messi has trained under Koeman, who was appointed Barca’s new coach last month.

Messi’s decision to notify the club via burofax that he intended to leave came the day after he had met with Koeman, talks that reportedly involved Dutchman taking a hard line with his top striker.

Koeman also said in his first press conference that he “only wanted players who want to be here and to give everything”.

If Messi passes his coronavirus test and rejoins training without problems, he could feature in Barcelona’s friendly against Gimnastic Tarragona on Saturday.

It would be the first time Messi has played for the team since their historic 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in last month’s Champions League quarter-finals.

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Levante vs Barcelona 3-3 – Highlights [DOWNLOAD VIDEO]

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Levante vs Barcelona 3-3 – Highlights Download 11 May 2021 Premier League

Barcelona have the chance to go top of the league with a win today, and come into this game having lost just one of their last six in all competitions (W4 D1), though they missed a big chance to leapfrog Atletico Madrid when they drew with the league leaders last time out.

They face a Levante side that are winless in their last five (D1 L4) and who are without a win at home since mid-March when they beat Valencia 1-0.

Barcelona have recorded the joint-most wins (22, level with Real Madrid) and most goals scored (86) of any side against Levante in LaLiga history.

Just the two changes by Ronald Koeman to his team after their draw with Atletico last time out. Araujo and Dembele both come into the side, with Mingueza and Dest starting on the bench.

 

 

 

 

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Manchester United vs Leicester 1-2– Highlights [DOWNLOAD VIDEO]

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Manchester United vs Leicester 1-2 – Highlights Download 11 May 2021 Premier League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been forced to rotate his squad, given United’s hectic schedule — though he is also be keen to beat top four hopefuls Leicester, to strengthen their grip on second place.

United captain Harry Maguire is not available to face his former club, having pulled up with an ankle injury in the game against Villa. Young winger Amad and academy graduate Anthony Elanga make their first Premier League starts.

United again need to avoid defeat to prevent Manchester City’s Premier League title championship being confirmed. A win would reduce the gap at the summit to seven points with three matches to play for both clubs.

 

 

 

 

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Manchester City vs Chelsea 1-2 – Highlights Download 08 May 2021 Premier League

CHELSEA SUBS: Jorginho, Emerson, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud, Kai Havertz, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Valentino Livramento, Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma.

CHELSEA STARTING XI (3-1-4-2): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; N’Golo Kante; Reece James, Hakim Ziyech, Billy Gilmour, Marcos Alonso; Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner.

MANCHESTER CITY STARTING XI (3-3-3-1): Ederson; Nathan Ake, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte; Joao Cancelo, Rodrigo, Benjamin Mendy; Ferran Torres, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling; Gabriel Jesus.

Thomas Tuchel makes five changes to his side after their win over Real Madrid last time out, bringing in James, Ziyech, Gilmour, Alonso and Pulisic. Jorginho and Havertz drop to the bench, with Mason Mount, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell all being rested.

Pep Guardiola rotates his squad again and makes nine changes to the team that beat Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, with only Ederson and Dias retaining their places. Aguero, Sterling and Jesus are brought in to lead the line, while De Bruyne is left out of the squad due to not being fully fit.

 

 

 

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