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Barcelona assistant coach says players ‘were as happy as children’ following Sevilla victory

Aaryan Parasnis

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Barcelona assistant coach Alfred Schreuder has revealed to AD that the Barcelona players were as happy as children following their brilliant comeback win against Sevilla. The Catalans bested the Andalusians in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final.

Barcelona went into the tie with a two goal deficit from the first leg, but managed to pull off a dramatic 3-0 win in extra time. Schreuder spoke about what the win meant to the team and also provided anecdotes about his personal life in the interview.

“Players like Messi, Piqué and Busquets have won everything, but after that win against Sevilla they were still as happy as children. It shows that there is energy in the team. Fun, and also development,” said Schreuder about the squad’s mentality, in both the youngsters and the veterans.

He added that while the club is in a much different situation, there is plenty of cause for optimism: “Sure, this is not the Barcelona of seven or eight years ago. But the team is really moving forward. Talent also breaks through from La Masia. There’s a lot more to come.”

Schreuder arrived at Barcelona as Ronald Koeman’s right-hand man eight months ago. The two Dutchmen have had to take over a side in a state of heavy transition but have done a commendable job thus far. Schreuder also spoke about what it was like to arrive at the club and his coaching career so far.

The 48-year-old field trainer is tasked with massive responsibility, to keep the superstars at Barcelona in top shape without causing injuries. He spoke very highly of Lionel Messi, Marc Andre Ter Stegen and Sergio Busquets as well.

He also expressed his enthusiasm about the presidential elections on Sunday, labelling it a “thrilling day for the club’s future.”

It was the great César Luis Menotti who once said that "to be a footballer means being a privileged interpreter of the feelings and dreams of many, many people". This quote has stuck with me since my childhood when football first caught my attention. My interest in football developed from a hobby to an emotion embedded into every fibre of my being. Football and Barça became my life. I spend every waking moment thinking about football and my sentimentality towards FC Barcelona is a catalyst. The world's most popular sport is a universal language that unites everyone who loves it and, to me, writing about football is being able to transmit that language in my own way.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

Udhav Arora

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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